Best Ways to De-Stress

It’s important to remember to take care of ourselves, especially in today’s busy world. Whether or not you notice it, we’re always on the go and a lot of people forget to take breaks or give themselves a breather. For me, there are small things that I try to do daily and weekly to de-tress and relax. Most people don’t have time to go on regular vacations, or even weekend trips, so daily de-stressing tasks can come in really handy! Here are my personal favourite ways to relax and relieve stress.

1.Listening to the “Calma” playlist on Spotify. I love to listen to this playlist when I just need time to myself. Sometimes that’s in the car and other times it’s when I’m working at home. It creates a really relaxing environment and helps to keep me calm.

2. A cup of chamomile tea. I usually only drink this in the evenings when I need a breather after a long day. The tea works wonders for helping you relax before going to sleep.

3. Hot bath with epsom salts. Epsom salts are known to relieve muscle tension and relax the body, which makes them perfect de-stressors. Below is the brand of epsom salts that I use!

4. Diffuser with eucalyptus oil. Before I sleep or sometimes while I’m working later in the day, I like to turn on my Saje diffuser with eucalyptus oil. Just like the epsom salts, it helps the mind to relax and calm down! It also really helps if you have trouble sleeping.

5. Pedicure. This one is not something I do weekly, but when I have the opportunity to get a pedicure it always helps to relieve stress. It’s just a great pick-me-up activity! I mean, who doesn’t love getting pedicures?

6. Creating a list. When I am extremely stressed out about multiple things, it helps to create a list of everything that’s stressing me out. Beside that list I write down possible solutions that will help to relieve the stress that I’m holding. For example, if I’m ever stressed about deadlines, it always helps to write down everything I need to do and schedule in the priority tasks.

7. Working out. I try to workout 4-6 times a week because while I’m exercising I’m not thinking about anything else! It’s 100% ME time and I always feel refreshed and focussed afterward. I prefer to workout in the mornings so that I start my day off right.

8. Putting my phone down. Since my job is to always be online, my phone often causes me a lot of stress. It’s taken me a while to understand when I need to put it down, but now whenever I feel overwhelmed, it helps to put it away and spend time with family or friends.

9. Staying away from social media. Only over the past month or so have I learned that social media should not rule my life and I do NOT need to be on it 24/7. It is my job, but there needs to be a boundary between my daily life and my social media accounts. Whether it’s scheduling time to be on my phone during the day, or just staying off of it for a weekend, it helps relieve some of my stress.

10. Going on walks. I don’t do this very often, but when I do it really helps. This in combination with the Calma playlist on Spotify are great for clearing my head and re-focusing during the day.

What do you do to de-stress?

xoxo,

Haley

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Fool Proof Ways to Tone for Summer

It’s that time of year again when we all want to tone our bodies for summer and get leaaannnnn. If there’s one appearance goal that I have it would definitely be to tone my body and cut down on stubborn fat. It’s easier said than done, but with consistence and dedication it is definitely possibly. Here are a few ways that help me to tone my body for summer!

#1 Reduce Your Calorie Intake

The body needs to be in a calorie deficit in order to truly burn fat cells on its own. You can do this by eating and drinking less calories than you burn off in a day. When you burn more calories a day than you’re eating or drinking, your body will begin to shrink fat cells for energy!

The best way to figure out how many calories you should eat/drink a day is to use a fitness app or website. It’s all based on your gender, age, weight and height so they’re pretty accurate. Once you know your target calorie range, subtract 500-1000 calories a day, to get into that calorie deficit.

#2 Cardio, cardio, cardio!

This is an easy one to understand. Cardiovascular activity simply burns calories! Whether you’re a runner, swimmer or love to skip rope, any type of cardio daily will help you tone for summer. This is especially important if you do regular strength training in the gym or at classes.

#3 Drink tons of water!

Thousands of calories are consumed through sugary or alcoholic drinks. Water is your best friend this summer girl! Drinking water, at least 2L a day, keeps you hydrated, flushes out toxins and tightens the skin. When you do want a sweet drink or alcoholic beverage, make sure you drink lots of water at the same time so your body doesn’t retain a lot of water.

#4 Eat your greens and fruits!

If you’re in a calorie deficit, you’re going to need energy from something. Try to increase your vegetable and fruit intake daily so that you’re getting all of the nutrients and vitamins your body needs. Pass on the potatoes and get the carrots 😛

#5 Stay Consistent

One of the easiest ways to stay consistent is by planning out at least one or two meals a day. For example, I eat the same thing for breakfast every day! Two eggs and a sausage patty right after my workout provide the protein I need to stay strong and grow muscle.

I hope these ways help you to tone your own body for summer! If you have any tips of your own feel free to share them in the comments 🙂

xx,

Haley

4 Ways to Feel Your Best Throughout the Day

We all know that some days are just better than others, but with a few tweaks in our daily schedules it’s possible to feel healthy and refreshed even on our busiest days. Whether it’s an early morning workout, a cup of herbal tea, or a few minutes of meditation there are so many ways to improve how you’re feeling during the day.

Below are little life hacks that you can add to your day to ensure that you’re always feeling your best!

  1. Drink naturally infused water throughout the day. Lemon water in particular is great for flushing out toxins and providing a boost of energy. If you get through the day without drinking sugary beverages, you’ll feel much better and more awake!
  2. Start your morning off with cardio. Even before you go to grab your breakfast, make it a goal to start your day off with a run or a skip rope session. By doing this you’ll feel more awake, hungry for breakfast (if you’re not a morning person), and ready to take on the day. It’s also nice to start your day off with a shower, so working out in the AM fits perfectly into that schedule.
  3. Use a clarity or focus spray before doing work. My bestie recently got me the Saje Mental Alertness Spray and I can’t stop using it! A few sprays of this helps to clear my mind and allows me to focus on my work longer.
  4. Put your devices away while eating. If you’re going to have a lunch break mid-day, put your phone or laptop aside and let yourself relax while you eat. Even if it’s just 15 minutes of silence and eating, it’ll help your brain to re-focus and you’ll be more productive afterwards.

How do you stay feeling your best throughout the day? Share in the comments below!

xoxo,

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How to Free Up Your Weekends

I don’t know about you, but I love to have freedom on my weekends, AKA, I like not having to worry about finishing assignments or getting work done for deadlines. I’d say 90% of my weekends are laid back, and my secret is… I work my a** off during the week! I’ve broken down my habits during the week so that hopefully you can free up your weekends as well.

The key to weekend freedom is simply this, DO NOT WASTE PRECIOUS WEEKDAY TIME. As much as I’d love to spend my evenings catching up on Netflix shows and scrolling through my social media, I don’t. I’ve developed the habit of getting done what’s important before sitting down to relax.


SCHOOL

  • Complete assignments in between classes.
  • Complete assignments ahead of time.
  • If you write class notes, write them in the evenings from Monday-Thursday.
  • If you’re taking an online course, read your chapters in the evenings and complete discussions or weekly activities in between your classes.
  • Pay attention in class so that you don’t have to take time outside of class to catchup and re-read what you’ve just been taught.

Asides from exam time, I really do try hard to keep my weekends free because that’s my time to refresh my brain for the upcoming week. When it’s exam time I follow these guidelines but do a lot of my studying on the weekends.

WORK

  • Accept that if deadlines aren’t met it is NOT the end of the world. If you’re stressing out about not meeting a project deadline or something similar then take a step back and re-evaluate. Stressing yourself out will likely cause you to take double the amount of time to finish the task.
  • Stay OFF of your phone. If you work in an office like me and sit at your desk for 7/8 of the day then you know how tempting it can be to check your phone every so often. I’ve learned to keep my phone either in my desk or bag so that I don’t waste time doing useless things on it when I should be working!
  • Do not bring work home with you. What’s done is done and if you’ve managed your time correctly then your deadlines should be completely feasible! Don’t bring work home on the weekends because it will prevent you from getting the proper relaxation that your mind needs and will carry stress over into the next week.

GENERAL GOOD HABITS

  • Put your phone down. So obvious right? Trust me, it saves a TON of time.
  • Exercise regularly and eat right! This might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think time saver but it certainly is. Exercising and feeding your body the right types of energy will boost your productivity.
  • Use a planner or agenda. Documenting your to-do lists ahead of time will save you stress, protect you from forgetting things, and keep you on track.

How do you free up your weekends babes?

xoxo,

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