My Top 5 Tips to Relieve Stress

My 5 Tips to Relieve Stress: In this day and age (I sound so old like I've been on the planet more than 20 years... I haven't) it feels like everyone is on the run. I was listening to Allyssa and Jeff Bethke's podcast (http://jeffbethke.com/podcast) this morning on my way to work and they were talking about being present. This seems to be such a foreign concept, because everybody has so much on their plate and can hardly find a moment of silence. Our world is spinning so fast and it's a beautiful mess, but there are moments that it's just too much. I've struggled with being present and coming back to the moment lately because the stress of a busy life has taken over. I felt like I needed to take the tiniest step back to cool down. So I have compiled 5 things that help me destress that are all simple, logical, and bring you right back down to earth. I hope these help!

  • Be outside. I live in Canada, in the coldest city on Earth, seriously, it's proven. So in the wintertime it starts to feel like you're cooped up with nowhere to go. But do whatever you can to be outside for at least 15 minutes a day. For me, it's bundling up and taking my doggies for a really quick stroll. Humans really need to remember that outside and being in nature is so freeing, and that being inside 24/7 is not natural. Getting outside once a day is going to relieve you and freshen you up for the rest of the day. DSCN0180
  • Stretch. Friends, I used to think I was not the yoga type. Whenever I tried yoga-ing I would rush through it and I never really appreciated how freeing it is to take some silent time to yourself and to your body. I have never slept better, and felt more energized (even on 6 hours of sleep) than when I take anywhere from 3 or 20 minutes to stretch or do a quick yoga workout. For your viewing and educational purposes, view my awkward yoga self with my awkward yoga dog. DSCN0273

I know the quality is quite unblogworthy but Jack was so intent on joining my practice on this particular day, and I couldn't not share!

  • Pray. I am recently trying to find God in my life as I wasn't brought up in a Christian home. It can be nerve racking to begin to pray if you've never learned how but having a few silent minutes with yourself, or with God, will put you back in the right mindset  to get on with your day. Even if you're not a religious person, taking 2 minutes to have a moment with yourself in this crazy world of constant running, will bring you right back down to Earth.
  • Physical activity. You guys I know when you're tired and stressed the last thing you want to do is get to the gym or get your blood pumping, hell you probably just want to take a cat nap (or a hibernation) but SERIOUSLY get your blood pumping for 5 minutes and I promise you it will perk you right up!! I used to try to get to the gym at least 5 days a week, which worked really well for me but I have found that yoga is just much more my thing. Find what feels good, and do that! Yoga is nowhere near as intense as my workouts used to be, but my muscles are just as strong, and I actually crave it instead of forcing myself. Just taking a few minutes to do something really good for your body and soul will energize you much more than a nap, promise. I'll link a couple videos below for you to try, (uh Cassey Ho from Blogilaties****, THANK YOU).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SN-TQDqWXU (Blogilates 17 Minute Full Body Workout)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY (Yoga With Adriene's Day 1 of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge "Ease Into It")

  • Be selfish. Most of us are stuck inside doing the things on our to do list every day, but our to do list rarely includes something that is solely selfish. Let me tell you, one small selfish act a day is how you keep yourself healthy, so you can continue to do everything on your never ending list. Read a few pages of your new or favourite book, listen to a quick podcast, bake yourself cookies (and eat them too, no ragrets), put things in your online shopping cart even if you don't buy (or do buy!), pay $5.00 for that overpriced cup of coffee, just take a few minuets to sooth your soul.

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I hope you can take some of these tips with you today, lovelies!

Take good care,

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DIY Terrarium: a memorial for Grandma.

On Sundays, Kyle and I like to spend some time outside, take a break from the daily grind, and let the doggies frolic. We made a trip to Kyle's Grandmother's old home in the country on this particular Sunday. Grandma passed away in January of this year fairly suddenly, and we have been mourning the loss of her, especially as the wedding draws near.  Thankfully, we still have her property available to us, and we can go there and reminisce about when she was still on Earth with us. As a memorial to have at the family table at our wedding, we wanted to transplant some succulents from her garden (she was always telling me to take buckets and buckets of them, since they always took over her garden). I got a terrarium from one of my bridal showers, and so we picked a bundle of succulents, and a special rock that Kyle found for her, and planted them in the terrarium! So here is how I made this DIY terrarium memorial for Grandma.

This is what I used to plant my succulent, but you could use whatever container or pot that you have. I have planted many in dollar store pots, they actually have really cute ones there!

Behind the scenes of my wood back drop ;)

This potting soil is from dollarama for just a few dollars! I didn't end up needing much, the soil from the plastic pot almost filled the whole terrarium.

You can find succulents almost anywhere now a days, we got ours from Grandma's garden but Ikea, Home Depot, Walmart, any garden center will have an assortment of different succulents!

Squeeze the sides of the plastic container to loosen the plant, then pull from the top gently on a slant to pull the plant out of the container.

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Empty the soil from the container and pat it into the terrarium/pot.

Add a little bit of soil if needed.

Keep a guard cat on hand just in case.

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We added just one sentimental rock, but feel free to add a few, but make sure leave room for the succulent to spread! As you can see, ours has a few babies sprouting already!

Station your new plant where the cat can guard it best.

Enjoy!

Take good care, friends!

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