30 Ways To Practice Self Care & Reduce Stress

1. Get more sleep (whether it’s naps or going to bed earlier).

2. Eat food that makes you feel good (eat the rainbow).

3. Exercise (the way YOU like to exercise).

4. Have a deep conversation with a loved one.

5. Begin and end your day with 5 minutes of meditation/silence.

6. Journal about your thoughts and feelings.

7. Indulge in guilty pleasures from time to time (you deserve it).

8. Get a massage, a hair cut, or your nails done.

9. Practice healthy skin care routines (check out Delia Organics).

10. Go for a walk in nature.

11. Plan an evening of rest.

12. Try a new class (cooking, exercise, etc.).

13. End your day by thinking of 3 things that you are thankful for.

14. Buy your favorite scented candle.

15. Read a book that makes you think.

16. Spend time with your pet, or volunteer to walk a sheltered pet.

17. Watch the sunrise/sunset while drinking a nice beverage.

18. Give yourself a morning to sleep in (and don’t feel bad about it).

19. Cut caffeine and sugar.

20. Drink more water.

21. Write a list of what you love about yourself and your life.

22. Declutter/clean.

23. Grab your favorite snack and watch a movie.

24. Buy yourself your favorite flowers.

25. Eat slowly.

26. Give yourself an hour without your phone, computer, and other technologies.

27. Evaluate your goals and set steps to accomplish them.

28. Watch a documentary.

29. Meal prep for the week.

30. Volunteer in your community./Do a random act of kindness.

xxo,

Jennfier

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Part Two: How To Determine What Your Dream Job Is

In one of my previous posts, Part One: My New Job, I discussed my new job at a private preschool! Today I wanted to discuss some of the steps I recommend taking, when considering what work field you see yourself in. Many people that I know are twenty-somethings. It’s been years since we were eighteen, and being asked what we want to do with our lives. But a lot of the people that I know are still figuring out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. It’s a journey that has no certain deadline. Your calling can come to you at any point in time, and the best thing you can do to know who you are as an individual.

When it comes to my career, I am still growing and figuring out what I want to do. I have always loved teaching and writing, but I am unsure as to where those two passions will take me. But I’m excited about the journey! Here are a few focal points that I like to consider when thinking about what I want to do for a living. Some of these things are constant, while others are always changing and developing. When thinking about these points, I like to meditate and journal alone. After I have time to process my thoughts and internalize them, I like sharing them with a loved one, such as my boyfriend.

1.  Focus on your passions. What makes you want to get up every day? What interests you the most? What is on your mind the majority of the day?

2.  Reflect on your past. In your past jobs, what worked for you? What didn’t?

3.  Play on your strengths. What are you good at? What are your talents? Do you have any special skills that set you apart?

4.  Determine what kind of environment you want to be in. What kind of atmosphere do you want to walk into every day? What kind of people do you want to surround yourself with?

5.  Talk with people as many people as possible. Surround yourself with motivated, like-minded people who share similar goals as you. Ask them about their career.

6.  Make sure there is room to grow. You want to constantly be evolving. Make sure that your career path is a long one.

I hope that this advice helped you, and got you moving in the right direction!

Until next time!

xxo, Jennifer

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Part One: My New Job

Happy Thursday, everyone! In my last few posts I have briefly mentioned my new job, and that I wanted to share some details with you. I thought that today would be the perfect day to do so, since it’s been exactly a month since my first day!

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As many of you know, Alejandro, Piper and I moved from Boston to California in January. Alejandro had set plans for California however, I did not. There was no job waiting for me, but I thought that it would be rather quick and simple to find one. Boy, was I wrong. It clearly turned out to be a first-time-mover mistake. A month passed and there was still no job. I wasn’t too bothered though. I had worked two jobs since I was sixteen, and was secretly enjoying the down time. But then another month passed by. Alejandro was using my car to get to his internship so I wasn’t really leaving the house during the day. The Valley is much different from Boston; you can’t really get anywhere by foot. After spending my days alone with failed job searches, I was beginning to feel frustrated. I felt isolated and like a failure. When the third month of being jobless rolled around, I was becoming increasingly anxious. There would be days that Alejandro would come home, and I would be crying from frustration. Days like that, I would force myself to take a break from the job searching.

But, all that changed when my mother came to visit. They say that things work out when you least expect it, and that is exactly what happened when it came to my job. My mother surprised me by visiting me for my birthday! While we were out shopping, she began talking to the cashier about how I couldn’t find a job. This is something that I would never do, but my mother is super friendly and will talk to anyone that will throw a smile her way. So here she was, in California for a long weekend, talking to a total stranger about my struggles of trying to find a job. I rolled my eyes at this, but the woman became just as excited as my mother was, and mentioned that she had a friend who owned a preschool. Next thing I know, the woman is taking down my phone number so she can give it to her friend.

Days passed and I soon received a phone call from the woman who owns the preschool, looking to set up an interview. I walked into that school and did not want to leave. The owner was incredibly nice and had amazing energy. The women working there were all so sweet and welcoming. And I just loved the way the school was run. I can now happily say that I am a co-teacher of transitional-kindergarteners at a wonderful private preschool!

What I love most about this job is the women that I work with. They have all been so friendly, and have welcomed me into the school, and their lives, with open arms. I truly believe that God put me in this position so I can become better settled in California. During the past month I have been invited to a birthday party, double dates, and Easter celebrations. This has meant the world to me. Thanks to all these wonderful people, I am finally feeling more settled and at home, here in California!

If I had to give you one piece of advice when it comes to anything in life it would be to try your hardest, and then trust that the universe has you’re back.

Make sure to read next Thursday’s post: Part Two: How To Determine What Your Dream Job Is.

xxo, Jennifer

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