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5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + Body

Posted in Health
on August 15, 2016

BB82216_5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + BodyYou’re having a rough day/week/month or year (cue Friends theme song) and you’re looking for an easy way to treat yourself and reset your mind and body to make you feel better. This can be easier said than done because you want to default to watching Netflix and lounging around on the couch. While this is okay is some situations (see tip 1) there are many things you can do to help your mind and body when you’re stressed or overwhelmed.

Leave a comment below telling me how YOU treat/reset your mind and body when you’re stressed.

1| Self-Care Power Hour

I’ve been trying to incorporate self-care into my weekly routine. When I need a break and need to treat myself, I set a timer for an hour and spend time doing things I love that help me to unwind. Most of the time this includes putting on a face mask, reading, writing in my journal, or stretching. Treat yourself to whatever will help you relax, and treat your mind and body.

2| Get Outside

I think my readers are sick of me talking about the benefits of going outside. Hear me out. I’m not even recommending you have to workout when you’re outside! It can be as simple as sitting in the park, or in your backyard. As long as you’re getting a little fresh air, you’re doing wonders for treating your mind and body—especially if you’ve been stressed out.

3| Declutter

I’ve been decluttering my closet hardcore for the past few months. Every few weeks, I’ll go through my clothes/shoes/accessories and pull items that no longer fit my style, or clothes I won’t wear again. I’m hoping to collect three bags to sell before taking a trip up to my local shop. This has done wonders for my mental health. A clean, organized space helps keep your mind in check.

4| More Water, Fruits & Veggies

It has been life-changing to simplify my diet. I only drink one cup of coffee each morning, and the rest of the day is water only. I also keep a simple diet consisting of mostly fruits, vegetables and rice. I’ve been happier and I feel incredibly healthier than before. I’m hoping to continue with a simple, healthy diet because it’s treating my body to be the healthiest it can be.

5| Breathe

When it doubt, breathe. Whenever you truly want to give your mind and body a treat and reset, take several deep breaths. If you can, try to meditate for at least five or 10 minutes a day. I’m not disciplined with this yet, but I’m working on meditating at least once a day to reset my mind, body and soul and give it a treat when I’m feeling stressed out.

How do you treat your mind and body when it needs a rest during a stressful week? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Healthy or Harmful? Where to draw the line on #Fitspo

Posted in Health
on June 22, 2016

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You’re having a day where you feel more fat than normal, and while aimlessly scrolling on Instagram, you search #fitspo. You’re in a sea of 120-pound bodies that are lean, beautiful and every other adjective you’re not, you begin to feel more sad and disgusted with yourself.

You think to yourself, “I’ll eat what they eat.” “I’ll work out more.” “I’ll be better than I am today.”

Sooner or later, the obsession with searching #fitspo on all social media platforms becomes an all time high. It’s all you think about. You’re constantly weary of whether or not you’re eating healthy enough or if you should work out a little longer. This harmful desire to be like these women spirals out of control, and you’re left questioning your self worth altogether.

Or there’s the alternative.

You’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to give up the cookies, the chips, the beers. You want to eat better and work out so that you feel good. It’s not about body image for you. You simply want to live a healthier lifestyle so that you can feel better.

You search #fitspo on Instagram and Pinterest for motivation: learning about quick, 10-minute workouts, or easy, vegan recipes to make for less than $5. #Fitspo becomes your daily motivation to keep track of your fitness and health goals. It’s a positive reminder that you are strong and capable of living a balanced, healthy life.


Social media has such a large impact on our self esteem and our lives in general. Whether we want to be inspired with beauty, fashion, and lifestyle information or motivated to make a healthy change to our diet our fitness routine, we tend to use social media as our end-all-be answer for what we need.

Although it’s great we have the ability search workouts on Instagram and healthy recipes on Pinterest, there is a line where fitspo can become harmful to one’s life. In a world controlled by social media, women are questioning their worth and comparing themselves now more than ever. Fitspo is adding to the low self-esteem women already have in addition to adding to the obsession of achieving unattainable body standards.

But where do we draw this line on when this is healthy or harmful? I would love to know your thoughts on this in the comments, so make sure to share your thoughts below!

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A Mindful Mentality: Grace

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on October 9, 2015

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How can we be more graceful? And what does grace have to do with being more mindful?

For me, grace is one of the most important components of practicing mindfulness in our everyday lives. Personally, it’s the one component I have had the most trouble with. It’s also the one component I’ve found the most rewarding since I have been practicing mindfulness.

So how do we bring a sense of grace into our lives? I have three everyday scenarios when we can practice grace. This will lead to a more mindful life.

Accepting the imperfect:

Life can be incredibly complicated; and things don’t always go the way we expect. But it’s okay. We need take our minds off of the idea of a perfect life because there is no such thing as perfection. We have ideas of what we think is perfect, but that’s in our minds. Once you accept imperfections, you will be more mindful of your life altogether.

Practicing forgiveness:

I truly don’t like to admit this, but I struggle with forgiving people. Over the years, I’ve worked on forgiveness by coming to the realization that every human makes mistakes. We can’t expect perfection (same idea as my previous point). This has lead me to be more mindful about my actions and how I respond to other people’s actions.

Spreading unnecessary kindness:

Again, no one is perfect, so we all have bad days. Instead of putting out negative energy when we have a bad day, why not spread a little kindness to someone else? Or, if you notice someone is having a bad day, go out of your way to cheer them up. It’s all about becoming more mindful of your surroundings and the people around you.

How do you practice grace in your everyday life? Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts below!

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A Mindful Mentality: New Blog Series

Posted in Health
on September 25, 2015

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For those who don’t know, August was quite a difficult month for me. I decided to make September better, which is why I’ve been reading and learning more about mindfulness and the benefits of practicing mindfulness.

Mindfulness, for me, has a lot to be with being present and becoming more aware of your surroundings in everyday life. There are a lot of components to mindfulness; however, in essence, it’s a healthy way of living and a healthy way to respond to life.

Truthfully, we could all work on mindfulness. Being present is something we don’t typically do because we always have so much going on that we don’t take time to enjoy what we’re doing. I decided to create a series about mindfulness to help grow in the practice of mindfulness and help others learn about mindfulness, too. I hope you’ll join me on Fridays throughout this new series on Blissfully Brunette.
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Make health and fitness a priority in your life!

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on September 4, 2015

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I’m going to be honest; staying committed to healthy living can be difficult. If you’re like me, you might not have a ton of time to workout each day, or you get cravings for dessert and other treats. It can be hard to live this healthy, happy, positive lifestyle we all know we (should) be living.

That’s why I decided to make health and fitness a priority in my life; and you should, too. Before, I used to eat strictly fruits, vegetables, protein and minimal grains and treats; and I would workout everyday without a break. After a week, I’d cave and eat pasta, chocolate and more pasta because I wouldn’t treat myself. Then, I’d get off track and feel bad about myself. The cycle was endless. Now, I’m making the commitment to allow myself indulgences. So, instead of skipping out on a cookie, I’ll treat myself. If I need a break from working out, I’ll give myself time off to recuperate and relax.

It’s all about balance. I don’t think we are truly balanced unless we allow ourselves treats, time off and relaxation. This is something I struggled with because I see myself as an “all or nothing” person. I want to wither give 120 percent or nothing. I realized this was the wrong mentality to have. Instead, we should be okay with not always having the time or energy to give 120 percent. Sometimes we need to give 80 percent or 50.

This week, I decided to get back on track in a balanced way. Instead of workout out seven days a week for an hour or more, I’m cutting back to three times a week for an hour. Instead of eating perfectly healthy every single day, I’m going to allow myself treats and cheat meals.

With this balance in health and fitness, it will naturally become a priority. You won’t have to think about it because you won’t fear overeating or not exercising enough—because you realize it’s okay not to live a perfectly healthy lifestyle 24/7.

So have a glass of wine, have a pizza (notice I didn’t say a piece of pizza, I said pizza) and relax. Make health and fitness a priority, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself above everything else. The rest will fall into place.

How do you keep your health and fitness schedule balanced? What’s your favorite treat or cheat meal? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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