October Goals

October marks the start to one of my favorite seasons! Yay, Fall! I don’t know about you, but here in Chicago it has been getting a lot cooler – thank goodness. I was starting to get really tired of having to get ready super early for the day so that I didn’t have to worry about sweating off my makeup!

I am so excited for this month! I have a lot of things that I want to accomplish and am feeling motivated to start!

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My Top 3 Favorite Free Guided Meditation Apps

If you don’t meditate or do some sort of relaxation exercise every day, start now! I do a guided meditation either every morning or evening to help start my day off focused or to help me go to sleep. I am telling you, it really works! I am a graduate student who works multiple jobs, and I reached a point where I needed to find a quick and easy way to keep myself motivated and focused instead of having burnout 24/7. After absolutely nothing was working to keep my anxiety down and my attention focused… (wait for it…)

I found a solution!

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DIY Self-Love Jar

So, what is self-love? Self-love means that you are understanding of what you need and giving that to yourself. If you’re tired, then take a nap. If you’re not feeling confident, then give yourself some uplifting words. It’s all about listening to your body and mind and what you need in that moment to feel recharged and reenergized. Here’s a list of ways that you can do this!

In this list, I mention crafting your own self-love jar. This jar is a great tool for when you are needing a pick-me-up, from yourself! This is just a neat way of reminding yourself about how awesome you are 🙂

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101 Useful Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care is extremely important for your well-being. I like to think of myself as some sort of self-care enthusiast since I am obsessed with helping people find a self-care practice that works for them. What is relaxing for one person just might not be the same for another, and that’s the reality of it! I have compiled a list of 101 ways that you can practice self-care in hopes of helping you find a self-care practice that works for YOU! Not only is this list full of practical and easy ways to practice self-care, most of them are F-R-E-E, free! Enjoy!

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September Goals

So, I am FINALLY getting to write this post on what I am planning to do this upcoming month! First of all, can you believe that it’s already September?! It’s craziness.

Personal check-in: I am about to go into my 3rd week of my 2nd year in my grad program (also craziness!). This whole process has really been tough and exhausting to say the least.

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My Morning Self-Care Routine

Starting the day off right is sooo incredibly important, so why not start it off by taking care of yourself? You are doing yourself a huge favor by focusing on your needs before focusing on everything else you have to do (and probably for other people – your kids, significant other, your boss, or whoever it may be!). Burnout is real people! By developing a morning self-care routine, you are ultimately setting yourself up for success.

I have written this post to give you a glimpse at how I start my days off right by taking care of myself, so that I can be the best version of myself throughout the day and to avoid any possible version of burnout. I hope this post inspires you to think of ways that you can give yourself a self-care routine as well!

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4 Simple Steps to Achieve Your Goals

Something that I, and many other people, have struggled with in the past is achieving the goals that I have set for myself. Setting goals is one thing, but getting there is a whole other ball game. In this post, I lay out my step-by-step routine that I do each time I have a goal in mind that I want to achieve. So far, it has proven to work very well!

If I can do it, then so can you! Truuust me.

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How to Journal: 4 Productive Journaling Techniques

Sometimes journaling can be a sort of intimidating thing. Whether you enjoy journaling on your computer or (the old school way) in a paper-bound journal, the space where you can type or write your deepest thoughts is infinite. Maybe I’m not making sense to some of you because you don’t have this problem, but for those of you who find yourself getting stuck when the pen reaches the paper, I have gathered 4 specific ways that will help you gain momentum in your journaling! Orrr just to help you get started, which is totally okay too! 😉

But first….

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Breathing 101: Learning the Basic Skills of Deep Breathing

Breathing for the sake of relaxing is actually pretty difficult – at least doing it the right way is, anyhow. I like to think of myself as some sort of self-care enthusiast who has recently added breathing exercises into her daily self-care routine. As I am learning about breathing and the right way to breathe, I noticed that there were some basic skills that I had not been doing correctly. So, with that being said, here are some basic skills of deep breathing that will help you become more relaxed and to regain focus on the task at hand.

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5 Effective Ways to Relieve Stress

If you all are anything like me, then stress is something that you battle with constantly. It is like an annoying itch on your back that you cannot seem to get rid of…ever. I am literally always stressed. I have noticed that when I stress about every little thing, I’m not able to enjoy whatever is right in front of me. So, to avoid having stress take over your life and consume your mind, I came up with 5 effective, but also simple, ways for you to relieve stress and take back complete control of your life. You’re welcome! 😉

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