Tips for Daily Care

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, there are very tiny gaps. And in these gaps lies the land of unhealthy foods, naps, and desperate attempts of getting dressed in a timely manner to get to class. We’re students. Or moms. Or hardworkers in general, and in the middle of it all, we waste the free time, and end up even more behind. 

So I am here to say that I too have fallen victim many-a-times to the grind. I have forgotten to eat, sleep, wash my hair, wash my clothes, and so much more due to working my a$$ off. But I decided enough was enough. 

So, here are some tips to use if you’re a busy buzz buzz bee like me. We got to help each other out, you know. I hope this works out for everyone. 

  • AS. SOON. AS. YOU. GET. HOME.

As soon as you get home, do the thing. The thing you were thinking about on the ride home. Whether it’s “I need to take a shower tonight,” or “I got to print this thing out,” or “I need to read Chapter blah”. As soon as you lock the door behind you and take your shoes off, do that thing. 

This will help you maintain a productive state. I know the feeling of your toes hitting your familiar floors and the urge to just crawl back into bed. I know that feeling well. That feeling is a close friend of mine. But sometimes, you just can’t always text back toxic friends. So block it out, and stay focused. 

If you get everything done as soon as you can, without distracting yourself with relaxation, when the time comes, you’ll be able to actually sleep. You’ll rest easy knowing that whatever you had to do, is already done. You may actually start dreaming again, with the peace of mind you’ll receive. 

  • A little victory is a victory 

Sometimes when people think of self care, they think skincare routine, polished fingernails, a clean room, and blah blah blah. The truth is, you simply can’t do everything everyday. If you don’t feel passionate about skin care, take it easy on the routine. Sometimes self care is as simple as brushing your hair that day. Don’t let the thought of relaxing stress you out. 

  • Eat something 

My main issue when I’m busy is that I don’t eat. I just don’t get hungry. Like I might once throughout the day, but otherwise I’m too worried about due dates and stuff to eat. This is very bad for me. It makes me tired, grumpy, and sick. If you’re like me, I recommend canned foods. 

Things like soups, green beans, and chili helped me out because all I needed was to grab a can out of the pantry and head to school. I didn’t have to wake up extra early and pack an Instagram worthy lunch, or spend a load of money on food. This isn’t always the healthiest option though, so pay attention to what canned foods you’re buying. 

I also recommend cereals. If you’re capable of eating cereal dry, that is the way to go. Or you could also try trail mix. This is an easy thing to prepare, that you can snack on continuously throughout the day to keep you full. 

  • Don’t forget about your passions 

I always tell people that one of the main reasons I started this blog was because I was so caught up in making money and school that I no longer did the things I love. Having a blog with an audience really keeps me motivated to continue being creative, doing the things I really enjoy to share with y’all, and remember what I’m working so hard for anyways. This blog has changed the route of my life in more ways than one. 

I’ve met good friends, figured out who my true friends are, tried new things, and it keeps me connecting to the hobbies and interests I have. Also, hearing back from you gives me encouragement to keep going, and whenever I have a bad day, I always remind myself of the goals of this blog. 

So yes, while making money and hustling is addicting, and it seems like you really are being productive, it can easily steer you away from your true goals. So make sure to carve out some time for reading, or writing, or makeup, or whatever it is that you like to do. This will help you mentally.

  • Sad days are sick days. 

A lot of people don’t understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. So if one morning you wake up and you’re literally in pain with a headache due to all your tasks, go back to sleep. Miss that day of school, or call in sick to work because yes, you are sick. Take some time to calm down, and when you’re ready, get up and finish whatever tasks are bothering you. Usually when I have a ton of homework, or my room is an absolute disaster, or I couldn’t sleep the night before, I just need to take the day off. Stress takes a major toll on you. Take that into account. 

  • Ask for help

Honestly, asking for help is not always easy for me. I like to feel like I have everything under control. I can say, “I did this and this and this with no help”. And that’s great. But you know what happens next? Now I’m exhausted, feel unappreciated, uncared for, and overwhelmed, when really, all I have to do is ask my mom, or dad, or my boyfriend, and they’ll be more than happy to help me. It is okay to admit that you actually don’t have control over every single aspect in life. 

  • You can look like shit 

Now that I run this fashion lifestyle blog, I feel pressure to dress up every single day. And sometimes, what I consider an interesting outfit, others consider trash. And lol, that’s okay. I have a great sense of fashion, but not a great sleep schedule. I don’t have to prove every single day exactly who I am. I can go to my Monday class wearing pajamas, and guess what. I’m still fashionable, just not today. I know a lot of times on self care tips or whatever they’ll tell you to dress up. They say something like “when you look good, you feel good”. And I say that’s it the other way around. When you feel good, you look good. So if you feel good in sweatpants and a T-shirt, or heels and a dress, then honey you are fire everyday of the week. 

I hope these tips help y’all out. These are more geered to your mental self care rather than physical self care. Share this post for your friends and family who may need some tips on relaxing. Have a great rest of your week. Peace,

Emma Katy 

Fitspo: Exercising/ Motivation

All of us are busy bees. Buzz buzz. We all have so much on our plates. Jobs, college, kids, rent, responsibilities galore!! Many of my coworkers have multiple jobs, and with school beginning soon, there is so much stress. 

I experience this personally. What 19-early 20 year olds don’t? We are constantly running around trying to get ahead in life. But we aren’t ACTUALLY running. 

Freshman 15 (pounds that is) packs on, we load up on the sugary coffee, the fast food in between classes or shifts, and do what we can to stay awake. How then, do we stay healthy? How do we keep track of it all? 

A healthier lifestyle, while maintaining a pretty good cash flow, a decent sleep schedule, a fashionable look, and an above average social life, has been a goal of mine. I’ve finally found a pretty good pace for me to move at without feeling like a walking zombie. 

Last Friday, the post before this one (got a little distracted with the 4th of July holiday) I wrote about Intermittent fasting. Basically, it’s a dieting technique that’s great for beginners. Along with dieting and documenting my food, I have also been trying to exercise on a regular basis. 

It is so hard to get started. You think to yourself “I’m already SO busy, and I’m pretty healthy as it is.” You’re lying. I would tell myself I’m fine, and then something would happen to prove I’m basically not. Here’s what you gotta do:

1) Sneak it into your schedule. 

Even if it’s as minimal as possible. Even if it’s not even the muscles you want to work on. Feel the burn somewhere. I personally like to do squats whenever I’m not in the right area to do crunches or cardio. I will literally do a few squats in the restroom, shower, while I brush my hair or whatever. It’s an easy exercise to do. Just a simple way to get started. 

2) Carve out your free time. 

Another good thing to do is figure out when you have free time. Do you have more leisure time before work, or do you have more after work? How long is this free time? For me, I usually have 5 minutes free time before going into work. I always seem to estimate 5 minutes too long. This is when I do a few crunches, just to get a little exercising into my day. 

3) Ultilize yourself. 

I am not a morning person. I like to sleep in. So if I’m already not a morning person just to be lazy, I am definitely not going to become a morning person just to work out. This means I work out at night. Even if I just get off work, even if I already took a shower that morning, even if it’s the weekend, even if I’m tired af. Utilizing myself when I am most comfortable. That’s the easiest way. 

4) Pep Talk

This is a necessity. This applies to daily life, but it’s also a good tip for exercising. People could tell you everyday you can do it, but if you tell yourself the opposite, you’ll do the opposite. 

I try to challenge myself as I exercise. If before I start I tell myself I’m gonna do 15 squats I’ll then make my goal of 15, then try to do 20 or 25. I do this with all the different exercises I do. I’ve gotten up to 30 with each set I do before feeling sore. This makes me feel like I accomplished my goals, and did extra. Major confidence boost. 

You can do whatever you set your mind to. For whatever reason you’re trying to be healthier, it is totally worth it. You will see results, and you will thank yourself for it. 

5) You are Beautiful or Handsome anyways. 

Many people go on this journey thinking they aren’t good looking enough as it is. If exercising will give you the confidence you want, go for it. That’s what inspired me in the first place. But throughout this process I keep checking my reflection. Seeing changes definitely makes me happy, but I mainly just want my body to be healthier and take better care of it. 

Thank you so much for reading. I know there’s a lot of pressure out there to have a summer body, and constant pressure to look perfect anyways. But if you do in this for yourself, the rewards will be priceless. You’ll notice a difference, not only physically but mentally as well. 

Until next time, peace, 

Emma Katy

Intermittent Fasting: My Journey and Thoughts 

Being healthier, happier, and still keeping it simple. 

I’m a very busy person. I work, I run this blog, and I try to balance my social life with my love life. Within the next few weeks, my fall semester classes will be starting. The point is, most of us have a lot to do already. And most of us wish we could be healthier on a normal basis. 

It can be so hard finding a good way to fit being healthy into your already buzzing schedule. So today I wanted to talk to you about a technique I’ve taken up, and so far am in love with. 

It’s called intermittent fasting. Fasting has such a negative stigma to it, but it really isn’t like that. This isn’t a “lose weight fast” technique. It’s an easy way to insert some discipline into your life, as far as eating and dieting goes. 

Basically, with intermittent fasting you pick an hour split. I personally chose a 10/14 hour split. So for ten hours a day, I can eat, and for 14 hours a day, I do not eat. Some people decide to do a 8/16 hour, and I’ve even heard a 4/20 hour split. I decided 10/14 was best for me because I’m just starting this, and didn’t want to dive into it head first. 

My start time (when I can begin eating) is 9:30 a.m. I picked this time because right now it’s rare that I get hungry any earlier than this. My end time is set at 7:30. This is kind of on the later side, but as the fasting continues, this time seems to be getting earlier and earlier to me. It’s like “what?! It’s already 7:30??!” I decided this was best for me because I tend to eat later, and if my parents cook, it could be around this time and so on. Basically, when you’re picking your times, you want to think about the times you, and your favorite people eat. It will hard to hold onto your schedule if you and all your friends eat at 7:30 in the morning, but you decided you now want to wait. You’ll miss the social interactions, which will make you cheat on your fasting schedule. 

The cool thing about intermittent fasting is that there are no food restrictions. You can eat whatever you want. That’s what makes this a very nice beginning stage diet. I still eat sugary foods sometimes, and I don’t need to feel “guilty” as long as it’s within my time range. 

BENEFITS I’VE NOTICED:

Starting this journey, I did not think there were going to be much of any results. I kind of just wanted to see how it would go. But I’m actually surprised about all the differences I’ve noticed, not only physically, but mentally as well. 

1) I am more aware of what I eat. 

Along with fasting, I also starting writing down what I eat everyday. I started fasting 2 weeks ago, and have made good on documenting every meal and snack I consume. Over the course of the 2 weeks, I’ve noticed that Im eating less, but feeling more full. My body is starting to get used to my eating schedule and adjusting itself. This is good because it means that I can eat less, but my body is still burning enough calories and energy to keep me going throughout the day. You all know what that means!! I’m losing my body weight, without even doing much. 

2) I care more about what I consume. 

Being conscious of my eating schedule means that I need to eat foods that will keep me full. This has basically made me go cold turkey on all fast food places, a lot of plain old junk food, and late night eating which usually involves chocolate. When I go to eat something, I’ve automatically started to think “well, I AM trying to be healthier, so should I really eat that?” 

Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve noticed I have been eating more smoothies, which means more fruit. And also, once for dinner my boyfriend and I shared a salad. And that was it. Usually, that wouldn’t even be enough for a snack for me, but I was satisfied. Plant based foods are the best source of carbohydrates, a very good source of energy, and your body forgets this when you constantly load up on sugars. 

3) I’m getting more hydrated. 

During my fasting period, I sometimes get cravings. This was normal, especially when I first started. Since I don’t want to eat anything, I drink water instead. I find this to be great because my body is getting hydrated, I end up flushing all my toxins by the end of the day, and it’s healthier than drink sodas late at night. That was a horrible habit I had for such a long time. 

4) Fixing my sleep schedule.

With it being summer, it is so hard maintaining a good sleep schedule. I always end up staying awake all night, never getting anything done in the morning. Fasting has helped with that because I stop eating earlier. That means I stop consuming carbohydrate and sugars. There’s less fuel for my body to burn late at night. I’m getting tired earlier, which means I can sleep better. 

5) Weightloss I can notice. 

2 weeks ago when I started, I had been bummed about my body. I just felt like I was so sluggish all the time. My belly was plumpy. My thighs and so on, I just wasn’t satisfied. With this fasting, and the exercising I’ve been doing (that will be a post next week!!) I’ve noticed changes already. I’ve slimmed down my belly, my thighs, and toned up my arms. Seeing results so soon keeps me motivated. Last time I was weighed, the number was 132 lbs. This didn’t upset me. And I don’t want to necessarily change it. I just want my belly to be toned. 

Fasting in this way is easy. You get to decided your times. You get to still eat freely. It’s just a matter of being aware of what you’re consuming. That’s the main thing that makes this fasting thing work. It’s more of aware mental thing. It’s easier the saying “okay no more sugary foods”. Instead you’re saying “I only have 3 hours left to eat so instead of a chocolate bar I’ll eat something that’ll keep me full”. 

If you’re looking to inspire yourself to eat better, try this out. Start slow, like I did, so you don’t wear yourself out. And remember this is a journey, not a contest. If you start to get extremely hungry late at night, eat. If you fail every now and then, it’s okay. It’s something you are doing for yourself, right? 

Thank you for reading. Your thoughts, kind words, and likes mean the world to me. Keep letting me know what you think!! 

Peace,

Emma Katy