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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A Letter to my Grandparents in Heaven

*** Note: People tend to get confused when I call my grandmother “Mom”. My mother has not passed away. My siblings and I have always called my grandmother “Mom” because we were the first grandchildren on my mother’s side and no one called her “grandma” in front of us.

This year has brought a lot of change to my life. All the change has been wonderful, and I am incredibly grateful to the life I was given, and for the decisions I have made. However, with all this change, comes thought. Lately I have been doing a lot of reflecting, and have been thinking about my grandparents a lot. They have always been there for me, but are both deceased now. I wanted to take the time to write down all my thoughts in a letter form. The following is that letter. ***

Dear Mom and Papa,

It has been a little over a year now that Papa left me and went to Heaven. Although I am happy that you two are finally back together, I wanted to take this time to reflect on my thoughts.

 

You were always there for me. To some, this may be an obvious statement to make about a grandparent or family member. However, I grew up with a grandmother who really couldn’t care less about me, and aunts and uncles who followed suite when “necessary”. So for me, you two were extra special to me. I realized that family doesn’t always show unconditional love. So I appreciated everything that came from you, because with you, there was only unconditional love.

Thank you for all the sleepovers, lunch dates, shopping trips, and holidays. Thank you for attending every sporting event, dance recital, birthday party, and other major moments in my life. Thank you for all the life lessons you provided, whether they be on purpose, or unintentional. Thank you for being people of love, strength, and wisdom. Thank you for all the story, conversations, hugs and kisses.

And thank you for showing me how to grow from pain. Because the hardest thing that I have ever been through was losing the two of you.

If you know me, then you may know that I cry at silly things. Commercials about dogs or babies, songs that represent growth, and movies that depict drama or romance. However, I do not cry at the big moments in life. Graduations, car crashes, broken relationships…or even death.

Since I was a little girl, my family would comment on that. They very rarely saw me cry at these important moments of growth. I would wait until I was in private, and cry alone. In my mind, I believed that I was letting everyone else cope with their sadness. No one had to worry about me, they could cry their tears and know that I was strong enough to withhold it all.

Until you both passed away. I cried in private and in public. The crying seemed to not stop. You two were some of the most important people in my life. I think of you during every big life-changing, I hope that you are proudly looking down on me. In my heart I know- if you made it to every important event while you were living, you must be looking down at every important event while you’re in Heaven. It’s just how you are. Because I honestly believe unconditional love doesn’t stop at death. I think that it lives forever. So thank you for giving it to me, because I loved you unconditionally too. And I always will.

Thank you for building an incredible family. I am so, so lucky to be apart of it.

Love and miss you,

Jennifer

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Setting Your Body & Mind Back On Track

Happy Thursday, everyone! We are just one day away from a long weekend, and I could not be more excited to use that time to set my body back on track! Between moving, traveling, and getting settled into a new place, it has been difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My boyfriend, Alejandro, and I have not been consistent with eating healthy or exercising regularly. Typically, we both love to eat correctly and workout. It’s amazing when you have a routine, but it can be so hard to get back into it, if you stop.

I wanted to share with you a tool that I am using to help myself get back into the swing of things: my health journal. I started this health journal a couple days ago for a few reasons:

1. To motivate myself into living a healthier lifestyle.

2. To keep track of my progress.

3. To analyze what I am doing correctly, and what I need to work on.

Below is the layout for my health journal:

Day/Date

Today I am grateful for… (I write three things that I am grateful today. I think this is a great idea because it helps me slow down and appreciate the small things in life.)

My goal to live life fit today is…(I write one small goal that I can focus on for the day. I try to make it achievable, like “Drink more water”.)

One thing that I appreciate about my strong bod today is…(I find this to be the hardest part of my journaling. I can be really hard on my body and do not always view it in the best light. But that is why I think this is an important part of my journal. We show never shy away from what is difficult.)

Rate Your Day- Move (I write down any exercises I have done that day. I also write down my daily activity level from my Polar watch.) Nourish (I write down everything that I have eaten, and then rate my energy level from 0-10.) Reflect (I reflect on how I felt that day. Then I give myself a smiley, straight face, or frown face for my general mood for the day.)

Day (To show how many days you have been working on this.)

Quote of the Day (I find a quote from any source that motivates me. It can be about fitness or life in general.)

How does this inspire me? (I write how the above quote inspires me.)

Cups of… Water, Tea, Coffee, and (sometimes) Alcohol (I tally up how many cups of each of these beverages I’ve had.)

Random Thoughts (I write down any random thoughts that I may have that aren’t included in any of the above sections.)

I am trying very hard to get back into a healthy lifestyle. My health journal really helps me achieve my goals and stay connected to my body and mind. If you need motivation I hope that this inspires you to start your own health journal. You can use some, all, or none of these categories. It’s all about what works for you.

~Please feel free to reach out with any comments or questions!~

Until next time, thank you so much for reading!

xxo,

Jennifer

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