because i want to be a better person, damnit

I’m so sick of hearing about all the little changes in your daily routine that supposedly make a huge difference in how you feel. “Drink 2 liters of water a day and your skin will glow!” “Don’t touch your electronics for an hour after you wake up and keep your stress level down!” “Get eight hours of sleep and you won’t need that Venti latte anymore!”

In my opinion that all a lot of “one-size-fits-all” advice. Some people only need six hours of sleep and I need me some Robin Roberts to wake me up in the morning so STFU.

The last few months have been pretty crazy and a lot of things are up in the air for me. Not having a plan hasn’t seemed too challenging on the surface, but I can tell it’s taking a toll on my overall health. The stress of being out of control can be overwhelming, so this past weekend I decided to make a conscious decision to make my own little changes. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

Vineyard Hills Olive & Thyme Candle

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I love this candle. It has such an unexpectedly relaxing scent. I hate olives so I’m not sure I would have even tried smelling this at Target if I had seen the name first, but it was love at first sniff.  It’s repurposed from a discarded glass bottle so the green tint that comes off the flame is very relaxing. I’ve been lighting this candle the minute I get in the door and letting it work its magic on the room until just before bed. It may just be a candle but it definitely brings a sense of serenity to my life after work.

Tiger Tail

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This is one of the best changes I’ve made. The Tiger Tail is like a mini, portable foam roller, and I’ve made a commitment to use it at least 3 days a week. It’s much more effective (I’ve found) if someone else uses it on you so if you have any friends who owe you a favor cash it in for this mini-massage. It is working wonders for my calves and IT band.

Just Dance

I’ve been making a little more time for goofy activities like Just Dance. Spencer and I danced around the living room last night for about 15 minutes and even that upped my energy exponentially. Just Dance gives the whole room this positive energy and I love it! It doesn’t matter how goofy we look, it’s just nice to come home after work and let off some steam in a fun, carefree way. Don’t be jealous of my moves.

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So yeah, I’m sure these little things won’t help everyone who stumbles upon them but they have already had a nice little impact on my daily routine. I’m not doing yoga every morning for an hour or chugging apple cider vinegar but regardless, I’m working on me. Not only are these practices healthy in and of themselves, but the very idea of setting personal health goals and accomplishing them is a real confidence-booster! It’s nice to make time for more than Netflix and Betches Love This Bachelor recaps.

Question:

What little changes have you made to your life for the better? What do you want to change? 

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8 comments

  1. I definitely think there is NO one size fits all, sharing tips and tricks are great..but we don’t know what works for us until we try things out! Candles ALWAYS help me haha.

  2. I love this post! I am so sick of pinterest telling me that warm water with lemon first thing in the morning will give me all the energy I need for the day. Ha, no, but that venti latte you mentioned will 🙂 This is dumb, but I’m already noticing a calming effect. I leave my phone at home when I walk the dog. Instead of scrolling through chaos, I spend 30 minutes with him outside enjoying the fresh air. I feel SO much better afterwards.

    1. It’s so hard to break away from the phone but I definitely know what you’re saying….anytime I actually have to be in the present moment I do feel amazing. But the moment is short lived and I’m on Instagram 10 minutes later lol

  3. I definitely agree that there isn’t always a one size fits all way of living and I think it’s awesome that you are exploring the little changes that work for you! I find that what works best for me is trying to keep everything in perspective and being grateful. I also work to read positive books and news! 🙂

    1. That last part is tough…part of my job is media monitoring so I have to read the news every morning. So I’m constantly in the know about all the bad things happening in the world….it’s depressing! But then I watch an Upworthy video and it kind of balances out 🙂

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