How to Relax/De-Stress


heya friends!

I have days when I’m just not feeling too great. It can be triggered by over-working, little things accumulating into a big mess, personal problems, etc…We all have those days. So here are a few things that I personally like to do when I am feeling anxious and need some time to unwind. Some of these are things I like to do before bedtime, in the middle of the day, or on the weekend!

| Change into Comfy Clothes |

I know it sounds super obvious but a lot of people stay in their work/daytime clothes and I think changing into comfortable lounge wear is one of the first things you can do to really start relaxing. It’s like shedding off the day and going into zen mode haha. My go to comfort wear: a loose t-shirt or long-sleeve and sweats/pajama shorts.

| Take off Any and All Makeup |

Another self-explanatory one but super important and necessary! I can NEVER relax with makeup on my face.

| Prepare Snacks/Drinks |

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If you’re in the mood for a little snack or drink, then go for it. I usually don’t snack when I’m trying to relax, I tend to drink some decaf tea. I like decaf green tea or just brown rice tea. Anything lukewarm and light prepares my body for relaxation time.

| Pamper Yourself |

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Every single time I try to unwind, I put some sort of face mask/treatment on. I usually use my massage cream from The Face Shop. It’s like a luxurious treatment at home. Everyone has their way of pampering themselves like running a nice bath, doing your nails, etc… I personally like to massage my face. Ha.

| Get Comfy |

For me, getting comfortable means snuggling up in bed or the couch and putting on Netflix, HBO GO, or Youtube. Currently, I’ve been on a Game of Thrones kick. It’s a great way to immerse yourself into a different world; such an amazing show. Please watch it.

| Light Yoga |

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This was recommended to me by a friend and I was like….what the heck, I’m not doing yoga to relax…I’m not even flexible, it’s only going to stress me out. HENCE, the “light” yoga. I highly suggest looking up “Yoga with Adriene” on Youtube. She has a plethora of  videos but the ones I recommend are the Yoga for Anxiety and Stress or the Bedtime Yoga Sequence. I like to do these with the lights off and a few candles lit. 🙂

| Change of Surrounding |

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Getting into that relaxed state of mine can be difficult if you are surrounded  in a cluttered office or a messy room. I highly suggest physically (and mentally) removing yourself from the stressful environment instead of forcing yourself to de-stress at that spot. If you have a home office, move yourself to the living room or the backyard/patio. If you work at a office, step outside or go to a nearby coffee shop. It’s amazing what a change in scenery can do for you and it has helped me drastically!

| Breathe |

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I know, super cliche and a no-brainer. But it’s true! Concentrating on your breath and slowing everything down even just for a few minutes is so simple but so effective. Sometimes when you’re moving too fast and worrying about everything in life, you forget to take a breather.

Whelp! These are the main things I usually do when I need to chill out a bit and I know everyone has their different regimes and tips. I thought it would be nifty to share mine; I’m sure we share one of these! ❤

 

xx | paige

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DONUT CRAVINGS | Weekends with Me


heya friends!

I didn’t do much this past weekend. Saturday consisted of being a potato but in a good way. Sometimes you need days where you do absolutely nothing. I did have one mission to accomplish before Monday and it was to eat a donut. I don’t eat baked good/sweets very often but when I have a craving, I NEED to satisfy it. I’ve been craving a donut since last month and every time I wanted one, the donut shops around me were closed for the day. It was like this endless cycle of desire and anger…..

On Sunday, we decided to crawl out of the cave and go out to brunch at our favorite brunch spot in Costa Mesa: Plum’s Cafe. This place is hopping on weekends because all the Newport, Tustin, Irvine folks want to get some mimosas and eggs benedict and this is the place to be. The wait is never more than 30 minutes for just two people so we never run into problems. We ate a scrumptious (and beautiful) meal and decided to walk round the park next to the restaurant.

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Surprisingly, I still had room in my tummy so we decided to finally satisfy my crazy donut craving and went to Dunkin’ Donuts. We were going to visit Sidecar Donuts but the line was too long and I was too impatient. I’ve been waiting a month for this…

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There is NOTHING like a warm donut and a hot cuppa’ joe. YUM.

That is all I did this weekend. Haha. Bye!

xx | paige

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Health Journey: Weight Loss, Diet, Happiness


heya friends!

Today, I will be focusing on something a little different: my health journey. I didn’t want to make this a “How to Lose Weight” or “The Best Diet to Get Slimmer” post. This is essentially and simply how I became healthier, which happened to yield weight loss. I’ve always believed that a healthy body can come in all different shapes and sizes. This is for anyone who needs help taking that first step to health. Maybe this might even motivate anyone? I just thought it would be an interesting post to put on my little bloggie since my health journey is a part of me.

Freshman/Sophomore Year of College

Being away from my parents and having the freedom to be out as late as I wanted with my friends was one of the biggest changes that had happened to be when I started college. I was always a sheltered kid so I really took advantage of it. Funny enough, I didn’t use these late-nighters to drink and party. My friends and I would get the late night munchies and devour popcorn chicken, fries, burgers, sugary boba teas almost every. single. night. We would just walk around, chill at 24/7 fast food restaurants, and just hang out! Little did I know that I was actually gaining some weight. But it wasn’t my physical appearance that I noticed first, it was the way I was feeling. I was so sluggish and fatigued every day while walking to class. I would lose my breath so easily from walking up a little hill. I had acne sprinkled all over my face, chest, and back. I started getting  bad indigestion at least 3 to 4 times a week so I had to carry Tums around me with everywhere haha. I just didn’t feel good.

The Summer b/w Sophomore and Junior Year 

That summer I didn’t need to take summer school so I decided to focus on my health. How do I get rid of this constant fatigue? Why can’t these stubborn pimples disappear? Statistically speaking, I had gained 20 pounds and was at around 140 at a 5’3” height. So I wasn’t obese or huge, I was just chubby. Once again, it was not my appearance I really worried about, I was more annoyed about how I physically felt. So, I decided to change my lifestyle.

Exercise

I got a gym membership with my sister and we went to the gym every day for 3 months. We would skip weekends sometimes. At the gym, I would run on the treadmill for as long as I could at a speed I was comfortable with. I would stretch and use whatever weight machines I knew how to use. I didn’t do anything fancy but I was consistent. I would work out at least 5 times a week. Then again, I had an ample amount of time during that summer.

Diet

I cut down fast food and junk food to once a week. I was allowed one cheat day. On the other days, I only ate home-made food. I didn’t eliminate any particular food group from my diet, I just ate wholesome, fresh meals that either me or my mom prepared. I didn’t even keep track of calories, fat-intake, how many carbs I was having, etc…I just ate when I was hungry until I was satisfied. I used to eat until I was stuffed and my tummy was bulging. I learned to control that and stopped eating until I was content.

Sleep

I slept at around 10 pm each night and woke up anywhere between 7-8am which gave me a good 9 hours of sleep! This really helped me and was a major component of how I cleared my acne. I was also energetic in the morning and actually wanted to work out and get out of bed. Sleep is truly something we take for granted; our body heals and restores itself during this time so it’s so important to develop a healthy sleeping pattern.

Attitude

I stopped being lazy. I stopped complaining about not wanting to exercise and not wanting to eat the meal that was in front of me. In the beginning, all I did was whine. I wanted In N Out and McDonald’s soooo bad. Eating junk food really is an addiction. But then I realized that complaining was such a waste of time and energy! I could use that energy to do something positive.

The Results

I didn’t know exactly how much that summer changed me until I went back to college. All my friends told me I looked great and that I had changed! I honestly didn’t really notice what I looked like after because I was so busy trying to physically get better. I hadn’t weighed myself at all either so I finally decided to step on the scale. Turns out, I had shed the weight that I had gained and was back at a normal, healthy weight for my height! Importantly, I was feeling better. My acne literally disappeared. My indigestion issues went down to one or twice a month. I was able to run consistently for longer than one hour. I didn’t have that sluggish feeling throughout the day. The results were so positive and so worth it. I have a few pictures below just to compare.

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What now?

I am still continuing my health journey but I have never been happier with how I feel. I will never go back to eating copious amount of junk because it made me feel like shit haha. As of now, I still don’t know how much I weigh. It really is just a number. I focus more on strength training and circuit workouts. I mix that in with cardio as well. I still go to the gym around 4 times a week and it makes me feel great!

All in all, everybody is different. What worked for me, might not work for you. The story I shared with you is the first step that I took to becoming healthy. We should always strive to be our best and I am always going to be on my health journey. I hope this helps any peeps out there who need a little push or motivation to start working on their health. If I can do it, you sure can! ❤

 

xx | paige