One thing you absolutely have to know about me is that I’m obsessed with the holidays! Getting together with family, the decorations, the beautiful weather, and let’s not forget the movies that leave you feeling oh so fuzzy. However, there is something about the holidays that a lot of people don’t like to talk about. Burn out.
My admiration of the holidays usually results in me feeling a little more stressed out than usual. I mean, during the holidays we are; socializing more, spending more, eating more, doing more, and sleeping less. For a people pleasing introvert like myself- that can be a lot.
What usually happens is I am in busy bee mode for three months straight without taking any time to take care of myself. I usually end up with a cold, and a messy apartment as soon as New Year’s rolls around.
I wanted to compile a list of self-care practices that we can all do this holiday season. Whether you are like me, or if you just want new ways to take extra care of yourself, try to take advantage of at least one of these self-care tips.
I have also created a self-care guide that can help you with quick ideas for self-care, learning what types of self-care work best for you, and the situations that may result in you needing some self-care.
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I have been living for my morning routine lately. It’s the perfect blend of productive action, and relaxed self-care. I like to change up my routine every now and then, but I always come back to these basics, because they work best. I love this routine, because it gives me enough energy and motivation to drive me through my day. Also, it’s filled with healthy hacks to make sure I’m starting my mind and body off on the right foot. So, if you’re looking to spruce up your routine, or are wanting to start over completely- give this one a try.
*** I filmed my morning routine for my Youtube channel, check it out by clicking the URL below***
- I wake up at 5:30-6:30 am everyday
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For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with anxiety and stress. In elementary school, I struggled taking tests, being away from my parents for longer than a few days, and being in new places. I remember when anxiety would pop up as a kid- I would immediately start crying. I had no way of communicating to others what I was feeling, but I knew I hated it. Eventually my anxiety subsided, and I would continue on thinking I just had a stomach ache or something. I was fortunate enough to experience anxiety in waves. There were times/years even where I experienced little to none, but when it did hit- it would hit hard and for long periods of time. My second big round of anxiety was in high school. My anxiety was so bad that I struggled to get to school in the morning. I would wake up and immediately throw up, break out in panic sweats, get tunnel vision, and shake profusely. I missed a lot of school, which did not help when I had days where I would drag myself to school. Because I was missing so much school- I was behind, and it was a big anxiety trigger for me to be sitting in class and have zero idea of what anyone was doing. It didn’t matter how many friends I had- I felt completely alone. Eventually, my parents put me in therapy, and finally I had someone I could talk with who knew exactly what I was going through, and would provide guidance on how to get through it. The best part- I suddenly had a name for this thing that had taken up so much of my life. I felt such relief to be able to say, “I have anxiety.” or “This is an anxiety attack.” My time with my therapist is definitely one of the biggest reasons I have become a therapist, and love working with the adolescent population so much.
Overtime, I learned to prevent and manage my anxiety, but as I got older- I also had to learn how to know and understand my anxiety triggers. For a while, I ignored them, and would run myself into the ground-ignoring my building stress until I would break. This resulted in a panic attack. Panic attacks are the absolute worst. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack and called 911. When the responder told me I was having a panic attack, I was mortified. Panic attacks/ anxiety attacks leave you feeling drained, embarrassed, isolated, and scared. It’s tough, and I deeply feel for anyone who experiences them.
For a few years now I haven’t had panic attacks, and have only had anxiety for a few days here and there. When I do get anxiety, I am able to work through it and for the most part continue to do my day as planned. It’s all thanks to these tips and tricks. I have worked for years to find what helps me work through times of stress and anxiety, and have found ways that help me avoid having spells of anxiety. I decided to share these with you all! I’ve also included things that I have learned to use with my clients : ]
If you want more detail on these tips watch my video Here
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I feel like it has been way too long since I have las posted! I have been traveling a lot, and spending time on a few other projects, but I am here with some nifty information. I don’t know about you- but my skin seems to freak out in the summer. I’m not sure if it’s all of the traveling or the weather, but my skin takes a complete 180. Normally, I have combination skin that tends to lean toward the dry side. I get my fair share of breakouts, but they are manageable.
However, in the summer it’s a constant struggle to keep my skin from completely falling apart. I struggle with oil, texture, tough breakouts, and tone. It’s so frustrating because I get my rouine down, and then have to start from scratch. Well, I am happy to report that I planned in advance this year, and have not had these issues at all this summer! Yay! So, I want to share my tips and tricks with you guys.
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It’s almost halfway through 2018! Crazy. As the halfway mark approaches I have been feeling the itch to change up some things (a spring cleaning of sorts.) I can feel a shift coming in both myself and my life. I am inspired by new things, and feel myself growing in a new direction. It’s exciting, and I want to create a space for all of the changes to occur. For that reason, I have created a list of ways to perform a mini makeover of my life. I included a step for every aspect of my life so that I get a bit of everything, but you can just tackle one of these items to change just one part of your life.
8 Ways to Perform a Mini Life Makeover
1.Create mental changes
When performing a life makeover I feel it’s necessary to work on your mental state first. You can tackle any surface level thing on this list, but if you don’t work on and adjust what is going on mentally, than big changes will most likely not occur. We grow and learn things everyday, and I think it’s important that we never stop taking these new things and adapting with them. If we remain stuck or rooted in our current ways of thinking, we miss out on opportunities to find new ways to find joy or new ways of seeing the world. An easy way to do this is to read books on things that are outside of our current ways of thinking or living, talking with those who are different from us, and doing independent activities like writing in a daily journal.
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There are so many reasons we all eat the things that we do. I often get asked why I am plant-based, and truly it was just about me making a conscious decision for myself and for the future. I believe that living a plant-based lifestyle is amazing for the environment, better for the animals, and better for my health.
I will never be one to suggest one lifestyle over another, but I do think it is important that we remain open minded to other peoples opinions and experiences. Everyone is on their own journey, and it is no one else’s job but theirs to evaluate what is best for them.
However, if you are interested in learning about a plant-based lifestyle then check these resources out, and don’t be afraid to try a few recipes!
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