Exercise

Self-Care Ideas

As many of you know, I am a huge advocate for taking time for yourself!! Self-care is such an important priority that so many people neglect now-a-days. We live in a go-go-go society where we are always participating in some activity or another, and rarely remember to just slow down and enjoy the quiet moments. I used to always be like that, I wouldn’t ever take time to rest until it was literally time to go to bed. When I was living like this though, I was always tired, I wouldn’t ever check-in with myself and ask myself how I was feeling… I wasn’t ever aware of my own needs. But now-a-days: I literally set apart time in my daily schedule to do take part in some kind of self-loving act!! By doing this I have become a much happier person and have become more in-tune with myself and with my needs! Today I decided to throw together a post with some ideas of different ways I like to show myself some love and hopefully allow you to get some ideas as to how you can take time for yourself as well!

 

  • Walks + Podcasts

The first of a few different forms of self-care that I regularly take part in are walks! Ever since the snow melted, I have started finding some time everyday to get outside for a stroll. I normally take my dog with me as well (he is in the photo at the top!). Most of the time I like to put in headphones and listen to a podcast! Some of my favorites include Food Pysch, The Balanced Blonde, Actually Adultish, Bulletproof Radio, and The Chasing Joy Podcast! I love getting out of the house and connecting with nature. There are some days when I don’t even bring my phone. I love to just take that quiet time to be mindful and spend sometime with myself, reflecting on all the different things going on in my world! This really allows me to connect with what is going on around me and what is going on in my mind as well. It also allows me time to relax while getting some fresh air and some sunlight!

 

  • Journaling

This one is a big one for me! I have allows been a girl who is on the more ‘sensitive’ side, and by that I mean I have lots of emotions! There was a time when I would bottle them up and not express them anywhere…which was a huge mistake. Now-a-days, I like to take out my journal every single morning. I write down anything big that happens, any thoughts I have, anything I am feeling, any ideas that pop into my mind, basically my whole life is recorded in that book! Writing down my feelings has become such an amazing way for me to get them out there whether I am feeling happy, sad, mad, stressed, etc. It allows me to express myself and feel as though that news isn’t just sitting on my shoulders waiting to be heard.

 

  • Reading

I have always loved to read, so this is a great one for me as well. Allowing myself that time to relax, sit down, and just tune into a different world is a game-changer.  I love to read mostly nonfiction books, as I am a big nerd when it comes to learning. Giving myself time everyday to just be able to absorb new information that I did not know beforehand is something that makes me so very happy and calm. If you aren’t a big reader, this one may not be for you.. But if there is something else you like to do such as just listening to some music or watching the daily news, but don’t normally allow yourself the time to just sit and do that, I suggest that today is the day you try it!

 

  • Face Masks

Along with this one could be any type of spa treatment that you enjoy whether that is painting your nails, doing a hair mask, maybe taking a warm bath, or perhaps it means going to an actually spa! I think literally taking care of your body, or pampering yourself every once-in-a-while, is so important! Everybody in this world is there own special person, and everyone deserves to feel that way as well! Our bodies are constantly working so hard to fuel our daily lives that I believe we should work at appreciating that by giving them the TLC that they deserve! Doing face masks on Friday nights while watching New Girl and eating a yogurt bowl has totally been my jam lately! It gives me time to relax and to thank my body for all it has done for me throughout the week, and it is such a great way to spend the night verses going out to a party and drinking! (Although if that is your jam, by all means!)

 

  • Treating Myself to Something

This one is a bit more on the ‘creative side’, meaning it is going to look different for everyone! By treating myself, I mean spend a little extra money that you normally wouldn’t so that you can enjoy something that you normally wouldn’t! For some of you this is going to mean finally buying that pair of shoes that you have been eyeing up forever! For others this will mean going to your favorite bakery and ordering an expensive latte and delicious brunch that you don’t usually like paying for. For myself, this always varies. Sometimes it is when I decide to purchase a more spendy book that I have been dying to read, or it might mean giving myself permission to tap into the money I have been saving to get a massage that I am long overdue for! Whatever it is that you really love, but don’t normally allow yourself, I am giving you permission today to go and spend that little bit of money. In the end, you only get to live once, so why not enjoy this life and allow yourself a gift every now and then!

 

There are so many other ways that I like to take care of myself by doing such as going to bed early some nights, powering off my phone for a day, baking, and many other things! Every single one of you might have a list that looks completely different, and that is perfectly okay! The point of self-care is to take care of YOU. Find whatever it is that makes (insert your name here) feel amazing, relaxed, important, and loved, and do that thing! I hope that I was able to maybe give you some new ideas to add to the ways in which you care for yourself, or maybe I was able to convince you to finally just set-aside some extra time for some self-loving practices! Where ever it is you are at in life, just know that you are important and you deserve all the love and support that you give to others every single day!

 

 

Current Favorites: Snack Edition

I don’t know about you, but I am a snack-type of girl! I love to prepare myself healthy and nutritious meals that leave me satisfied, but with my go-go-go lifestyle, I get hungry very easy. That makes snacks a must!! I need all the energy that I can get to perform at my best potential! So I decided to put together a small post giving you some ideas on my favorite healthy snack options for whenever your hunger strikes!

IMG_6583

Snack Idea 1: Hummus!

I recently made the discovery of hummus after hearing about it for soooo long, and I have not been disappointed. Hummus is so good! There are so many flavors out there as, making it something that almost anyone can enjoy. I love to dip carrots or celery into my hummus. Another idea is to dip any other veggie, crackers, bread, or hard boiled eggs into it! It is also great to add to any dish as an extra flavor source. I really like this organic Hope Hummus, however I traveled an hour and a half to get it (small-town girl problems). When I don’t have access to this brand, I usually enjoy Tribe Hummus.

img_6559.jpg

Snack Idea 2: Kombucha!

Now I am aware that this is a drink and not an actual snack for munching on, but sometimes you don’t want to munch…sometimes you just need a good beverage, which is where this comes in! There are so many brands of kombucha out there and so many flavors as well. Kombucha is a fermented tea and it is jam-packed with probiotics! That means it isn’t only tasteful, but it is amazing for the health of your gut as well. And due to the strong connection between your mind and your gut, a happy gut equals a happy mind! This beverage tastes great and it is just as great for you! I love GT’s organic komucha, but there are many other brands out their that have products just as great.

IMG_6567

Snack Idea 3: Peanut Butter!

For anyone who knows me, you know I am OBSESSED with all things peanut-butter. I will never not suggest this as a snack option. It is so tasteful, full of healthy fats and some protein, comes in many flavors, and can be eaten in so many ways. My favorite ways to eat peanut-butter are with apples, on toast, or in yogurt bowls. There are millions of other options though! There are so many brands I could rave about, but I’ve currently been hooked on these two: Justin’s and Peanut-Butter & Co. My all time favorite is definitely Wild Friends however. These brands not only taste amazing, but they have such great ingredient labels. They do not add all kind of sugar or unhealthy oils, they are very natural!

IMG_6577

Snack Idea 4: Yogurt!

I loooove yogurt, I love it almost as much as peanut-butter. I tend to have at least one yogurt bowl a day! You can eat it plain, add fruit, add granola, add nuts, add peanut-butter or nut-butters, add veggies like sweet potatoes, or there are hundreds of other ideas. You can also use yogurt in baking or use unsweetened, plain yogurt in cooking to substitute for things like mayo. I really like Siggi’s yogurt. There is hardly any sugar, lots of protein, it is very thick , the ingredients are great, and it just tastes yummy. I also enjoy other brands as well, however I always make sure to check the label for the ingredients and the amount of added sugars!

There are so many more snack ideas out there, but these are just the ones that I am currently obsessed with! I tend to be a creature of habit though so you’ll probably be able to catch me eating any of these at any given times for the next long while! Whether you like these kind of snacks, or you taste buds go in a different different, the most important thing in my opinion is to know what the ingredient label says! When choosing your snacks, make sure you are going for the brands with labels that have whole ingredients, and words you can pronounce! You want to make sure to be fueling your body in a healthy way! I hope you were able to get a new idea for your next afternoon snack! Have a great rest of your week, and good luck if you have started taking finals as I have!(:

What does it mean to ‘live healthy’?

One of the things that I have always valued so highly in my life is keeping myself healthy. My body does so much for me every single day. My brain allows me to do well in school, my legs allow me to go for runs…..in fact, the whole purpose of my cells are to keep me alive and thriving!  My body is working around the clock to give me energy, so I love to put in the work I can to take care of it as well.

So what does it mean to “live healthy”?

In my opinion, I feel like my best and my healthiest self when I combine a number of different things:

  1. Exercise- I try and get my body moving for about an hour a day! Some days that means I will go to the gym and lift some weights, other days I will go for a run outside, and some days I may even just take my dog for a walk! Anything to get my body moving and allow myself to work up a bit of sweat.
  2. Nutrition- My body and my mind feel the best when I am properly fueling them. Now don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate as much as the next person, but I try and do it in a healthy and balanced way. Most days I try and get meals that are full of whole foods. I love fruits, vegetables, whole grains, yogurts, eggs, and chicken and fish as my main protein sources. I also love fat-filled foods such as avocados and peanut-butter. However it is so important to treat yourself as well because you deserve it; you are still human and it important to satisfy your cravings… and most of us have quite a sweet tooth! As part of my journey to try and start eating more natural foods, I go for all natural chocolate! I totally suggest the brand Eating Evolved! Their motto is that chocolate is food, not a treat! And it is so true!! Another part of this is to make sure to stay hydrated! Your body and brain cannot function properly if they do not have that H2O in their doing its’ thing!
  3. Self Care- One thing people often neglect is to take time for themselves on their health journey. Setting aside time once a day, whether ten minutes or an hour, is so beneficial to your mental health. Some of my all time favorite forms of self-care is journaling!! Giving myself the ability to write down whatever I am feeling really allows me to connect with myself more and truly understand what it is that is happening in my crazy mind! Another great form for me is taking time to read in my Bible and to connect with God, his love will always leave you feeling important! Self-care is anything that makes you feel good! Whether it is to take a bath, read a good book, treating yourself to the spa or a new pair of shoes! Never neglect this part of your mental health.
  4. The Zzzzzzzzzz’s- Sleep!! Sleep is so important for your overall health! It affects both your physical and mental well being. Without the right amount of sleep you will not have energy for your brain to function and you will be a grouch!
  5. Socialization- This is also a big one in my opinion. Yes, I would consider myself an introvert of sorts, however I still find times to spend with others! This can mean your friends, or your family, or heck-even the random person behind you at the grocery store!! I know that just by talking to other people that I feel a hundred times better and energized. Being around others just lifts me up and really inspires me to be my best self!

 

Do you want to know one of the best things about living healthy? There is no right or wrong way to do it!! You just finished, (I am assuming), reading my list of what I consider to be healthy living, but that does not mean that that is what your list has to look like. Health is not a ‘one size fits all’ but rather it is a ‘you’re going to have to get this specifically tailored to your size’ type of deal. What works for me may not work for you, and what works for you may not work for your neighbor. That is the cool thing though; health is whatever you make of it! If you feel great when you practice yoga every morning and have a smoothie bowl afterwards, then that is amazing! But if you love to go to the gym and pump iron and then refuel with a 6 ounce steak and raw eggs, do that! (Well okay.. Maybe not raw eggs…) But you get the picture! Health is not about comparison. It is not ‘I saw this girl doing this on social media, so I am going to do it too!’ Health is whatever you feel best doing! Instead of comparing yourself to others, find what works for you personally! Your body is a unique machine, almost like your car key. You wouldn’t walk up to your mom’s car and try putting your key into the door, because it is not going to open the car! (If it does however, you may want to have someone check that out…) Instead you only ever use your key on your car, because it is the only car that the key will unlock. That is the way your health works. You may see somebody running 8 miles a day, but if your legs can only carry you 3 miles do not feel bad. Do not tell yourself that you aren’t ‘good enough’ but rather that running isn’t your thing, and that is totally okay! There is something out there that you are great at that someone else only dreams of! So what is my advice to you when it comes to living healthy? It is to play around, maybe you’ll have to experiment a bit, but in the end just take part in the activities, and feed your body with the things that bring you health and happiness.

 

With that all being said I plan to hopefully start sharing recipes, meals, workouts, and tips for my ideas on how to live healthy soon! All that along with all the lifestyle topics such as school, travel, day-to-day life, my recommendations, and so much more with you all! If you enjoy reading my blog you can subscribe at the bottom of the page! Thank you all, and I hope you’re having an amazing week as of thus far(: