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Bad Day Essentials & 5 Reminders You NEED to Hear

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on May 24, 2017

We’ve all been there…

We have been having a stressful week (or month) where work has been piling up, you haven’t been able to take care of yourself, and you are ultimately not happy. One day, things seem to be going more wrong than right: you spilled your $6 Starbucks drink, you were late to a meeting, you forgot to submit a proposal to a client, etc. Things just don’t seem to be working out in your favor today.

When these days happen, it’s easy to let negativity take over and control the remainder of your day. But there are ways to turn a bad day around and get back in a better place. I’m sharing some of my bad day essentials and activities I like to do after a long, stressful day and how you can bring a little bliss back in your day to turn it around.

1| Journal, Adult Coloring Book, etc.

Tapping into that creative side might be the best things you can do to help relax and unwind from a bad day or stressful week. Whenever I need to take my mind off of something, I’ll blog if I’m feeling creative but I’ll also write in one of my journals or write for fun, or color. You can put away the bad for an hour and solely focus on creating.

2| Workout

There’s nothing better than getting an amazing workout in after a stressful day. I find that I reach all my PRs and feel the best after crushing a cardio workout, run a little longer, or do a few more reps of an ab workout. Not only does it help your physical and mental health, but it’s a positive way to release all that negative energy from the day.

3| All. The. Food.

Girl, if you had a bad day, don’t feel guilty about treating yourself to your favorite meal, dessert or snack. Buy your favorite sushi or visit that cupcake shop for your go-to treat. Treating yourself to something you love will instantly boost your mood and make you feel just a little better about the day you’ve been having.

4| “Feel Good” Things

After a bad day, it’s important to focus on the good things that you love. So now that you have your favorite food, now it’s time to watch your favorite movie, or spend a few hours reading that book you’ve been putting off for months. Spend time doing something you love and that you know will bring a little bliss to your life.

5| Pamper Essentials

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than treating yourself to anything pampering related. Make a last-minute appointment for a pedicure or manicure at your go-to salon. Or, if you’re on a budget, create a relaxing space in your bathroom for face masks, body scrubs and a long bath.

If you’re having a rough day or week or month, keep reading these five reminders I want you to hear to help you get through whatever bad you’re experiencing. Make sure to share some of your own positive reminders in the comments below that you tell yourself when you’re having a bad day.

1| Look for the positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.

2| Storms don’t last forever.

3| It’s a bad day, not a bad life.

4| When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.

5| The sun is a daily reminder that we can rise from the darkness. That we can shine our own light. 

What are some of your bad day essentials? What activities do you do whenever you’ve had a bad day? What quotes do you remind yourself to stay positive? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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5 Little Ways to Add Happiness in Your Life

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on September 18, 2015

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Happiness is something we all want in life. Whether we realize it or not, life can throw some heavy curve balls at us—making happiness more difficult to feel on a day-to-day basis. Some days, we are grumpy and can’t seem to find our pocket full of sunshine. All good things in life take time, energy and effort. If you work at it, you can still find the good within a bad day. Here are five little ways to add happiness in your life.

Be the miracle in someone’s day:

It can be easy to be selfish and only think about ourselves, especially when we’re having a rough day. But instead of ignoring your coworkers at the office, why not treat them to a morning coffee? It’s a small gesture that truly makes an impact on someone’s day. A quote that I live by is “If you can’t get a miracle, be a miracle for someone else.” If your day isn’t going so well, help someone else by brightening their day. I promise, you’ll be happy making someone else happy because happiness is contagious.

Cultivate gratitude in your daily life:

I keep a gratitude journal. I write down what I’m thankful for and give thanks to all of the blessings in my life. Sometimes, we don’t think about all the things we have that MANY other people don’t have: clean, accessible water, a home, a job, an education. These are really big things that we might take for granted every day. It’s time to wake up and count every blessing in your life. You’ll instantly feel happier once you realize all of the good in life.

Positive vibes only:

You are a product of your environment and your thoughts. Or in the wise words of Buddha: what you think, you become. If you’re constantly putting out negative energy, you’re going to receive a negative outcome. Instead, begin the day by telling yourself it’s going to be a good day. Out loud. Yes, tell yourself all the positive statements you need to hear before you begin the day.

Practice productivity:

Did you know that a sense of accomplishment make you happy? The combination of checking something off your to-do list and the relief of completing a task is beneficial for us because we become more relaxed. So set aside time each day to accomplish five important tasks, and make sure their done before you go to bed. You’ll sleep easily at night knowing you were productive during the day.

Move it, move it:

I begin each morning with a walk with my dog. Why? It makes me feel good to begin the day doing something active. Even if you HATE mornings, begin your day with a workout in some way. It’s easy to hit snooze, but get your body moving. It’ll amp up your endorphins and make you happy throughout the day. Still don’t believe me? Take a word of advice from Elle Woods:

Adding happiness in your life doesn’t have to be a big lifestyle change. All it takes is a little time and effort to add these practices in your life.

How do you add happiness in your life? What makes you happy? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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How to get out of a funk

Posted in Health
on August 28, 2015

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I have been in a funk for a few weeks, but I didn’t realize it until today when I decided to be honest with myself. Sometimes, we don’t necessarily believe we are in a funk because we go with the motions to avoid it. That’s exactly what I was doing…avoiding it.

Here’s where my funk began.

Normally, I love August because I can count down the days until I move back to school. This year, I didn’t get to do that because I graduated. Now, I’m finishing grad school at home while working, which is a completely new concept and atmosphere for me.

I realized I won’t be with my friends all year, and I won’t get to be a student in a community I loved. This is how I knew I was in a funk—I didn’t want to go to work, I didn’t want to blog, I didn’t want to workout or do anything else I normally loved. I was unnecessarily angry, negative and unhappy.

So, whether you’re in a funk because of a life-changing situation or not, I want to help guide you to getting out of that funk you’re in right now. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Be in the funk:

Let yourself be sad over a breakup or because you lost your job. Cry to your mom about it over the phone, binge out on pizza, cake and Chinese food, watch a sad movie and keep crying. Be upset and angry, but only for a little bit. Then, it’s time to pick yourself up and get back on track.

Treat yourself:

We carry our issues in our tissues is a true saying. When we are stressed, it affects our bodies. You might feel tension in your neck, or can’t sleep at night due to pain. Soak in a bath of epsom salts twice a month or get a massage. Visit a chiropractor and get your body back to normal again.

Do something crazy:

Cut your hair, move out of your apartment, or go on a road trip over the weekend. Do something out of your comfort zone. Why? It helps boost your confidence and can help when dealing with personal issues. You’ll feel exhilarated and experience a new sense of resilience.

Revamp your daily routine:

Sometimes, we need change to get ourselves out of a funk. If you sleep in until 9 a.m., try waking up at 7:30 and begin the day with a walk. Instead of being productive after dinner, be productive in the morning. A change in your routine will refocus your energy.

Seek help when necessary:

Surround yourself with people you love and you’ll naturally lift your spirits. Allow your loved ones to help you. Sometimes, we feel lonely in a funk and we need people to remind us that we are loved and appreciated. Seek reassurance from friends, your spouse or family for love and support.

Get out and try something new:

Research shows volunteering can help you out of a funk and boost your mood altogether. Giving back to your community can help with your happiness. If you don’t have a local cause you can give time to, try picking up a new hobby like blogging or join a book club.

#NoShame:

We are only human. It’s okay to feel “off” once in awhile. What matter most is that you realize when you are in a funk and that you plan to help yourself get out of that funk. Never fell guilty for feeling a certain way. Now, it’s time to get out of your funk!

Have you recently been in a funk? What tips help you get back to normal? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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