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how to be happy: long term strategies for wellness
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Do you procrastinate? Sometimes it can be a nervous system defense mechanism related to fear. This is okay because when we acknowledge what’s happening, we can shift ourselves.
If you feel stressed around all you have to do or are someone who tends to put things off, I’ve got a mentor tip for you. It’s to create what I call an “ick list,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Find out how to make one, what to do with it, and how it can relieve stress like magic in the pep talk below.
summer salad hack
I’m from the east coast, so fresh vegetables for salads always becomes more available in the spring and summer and I therefore wanted to share how to make a salad you will actually want to eat.
how to make a salad you will actually want to eat
As someone on the East Coast, summer means lots of fruits or veggies that aren’t as fresh during the winter. I hesitated to even include salad hacks in the self-care share, but I feel like they’ve ben so game changing to me I wanted to share!
make your own dressing. *this is the key to everything** It makes salads 100 times better and takes truly no time. I do something like 1/3 cup olive oil, squeeze half a lemon, 1 tablespoon of mustard, a tablespoon of honey, salt and pepper. This changes the WHOLE salad and (in my opinion) better for you.
use a big bowl. Mixing a salad in a tiny bowl is the worst. Give yourself the treat of a nice big bowl.
pick one thing sweet (like apple or cranberries) and one thing savory (nuts).
chop everything the same size. This is a preference I have. My dad even makes a Maggie salad, which means everything is chopped the same size. I care about texture! I am also a fan of chopping extra nuts, onions, cheese, etc and using it during the week.
include something crunchy. I roast nuts because they’re infinitely better this way. It takes like two minutes to do. Just lay pecans or walnuts on a baking sheet and heat until you can smell them. They burn kind of fast so be careful.
enjoy your finished product… a salad you actually want to eat!
pep talk playlist
I always feels like the theme of outgrowing comes up more after we go through something transitional and transformative like freshman year so wanted to share this pep talk if you’re feeling it!
In the summer I always get an urge for an afternoon ice coffee hit me. As a coffee lover, this isn’t unfamiliar, but I also know that too much caffeine can up anxiety. Does this happen to you? It’s one of the first things I take out when I feel anxiety creep in.
I’m always trying to maintain foundational wellness so I can handle shifts in my life and a big part of that is what I put in my body. This is where my new summer drink comes in. One of my favorite things is to get something pre-made and take it next level in the easiest way possible. I share these “recipes” in my online memberships too.
This is where the half tea & half lemon spindrift comes into play. Now black tea has a little bit of caffeine in it, but it’s a very small amount—a whole 12oz can contains less caffeine than 2oz of coffee.
What I do though is add lemon, mint, and the one I’m drinking right now has ginger. Now, these additions not only taste good, but they’re good for you too. According to herbalist Robin Rose Bennett these are the properties in the additions:
Mint: rich in antioxidants and great for digestion
Lemon: is immune protective, cooling, and antiseptic
Ginger: (not pictured) but: anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic
What I do is muddle the mint right in the glass to release the oils from the leaves. Add ice, stir, then squeeze in the lemon. Stir again and there you go. Highly recommend!
Also, the ice roller in the first picture above is by Lauryn Evarts Bosstick who is our book of the month as well. I love this roller because I always have such bad allergies and this helps soothes my puffy eyes!
This book is full of great skin care tips from all different experts and influencers. It’s also really pretty which I loved too. I’m a fan of Lauryn in general. The “how to plan your day” printable is based on her day planner too.
"you were encoded with irreplaceable genius and born from unrepeatable chemistry. don't waste it." - Marie Forleo
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Can you believe you’re done with your freshman year? This journal exercise is dedicated to thinking about how far you’ve come. Do you feel differently than you did last spring? How much have you grown? Take some time to reflect below.