Wellness Wednesday: Stress-Free Mornings

If you’re a fully-functioning human being, you probably know that getting up in the morning can be a massive, stressful struggle (especially if it’s a Monday). I think, however, if you come up with a plan routine, you can figure out what works best for you to reduce your stress, evoke peace, and boost your confidence so you can tackle whatever life throws your way. Stuck in traffic? Peace. Pop quiz? Peace. Demanding parents? Peace.

The National Institute on Mental Health indicates that routine, traumatic, or sudden stress can cause serious health problems, including anxiety, depression, and other mental and physical illness. Check out how I start my mornings to ensure a stress-free day, and comment below with what you do!

Kermit Says: Treat Yo’Self

Yesterday I had my first fancy facial at a spa in over ten years…and it was fantastic! Soft robe, tranquil music, waterfalls. I mean, it was everything I needed in order to relax and—hopefully—remedy my sudden breakout problem. I’ve had relatively smooth, acne-free skin my entire life, until a few months ago when I woke up to a massive rash on my face. Thinking it must’ve been an allergic reaction to something I’d eaten, I didn’t pay it too much attention…until it never really went away. I’ve tried high-end products which seemed to work a lot better than my most recent purchase of an over the counter $8 facial cleanser that left my face covered in massive, painful, red bumps. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I scheduled an appointment for a facial. I needed a professional to take a look at this problem, provide some sort of diagnosis, a solution, and a fresh start. And as I laid on that cushioned table yesterday, I realized my sudden breakouts were more than just breakouts. They were visible manifestations of what happens when you don’t take care of yourself. What happens when you don’t invest in yourself.

Continue reading

Fearless Part II: Stressful or Stress-Free? (College Apps Edition)

Balancing three classes, athletics, arts, co-curriculars, extra-curriculars, sleep, food, and personal time was (fairly) manageable before (whew!), but you’ve recently added college applications to the mix, and now you’re running on steam. How in the world are you still standing?

Look, I’ve seen the result of such an exhausting and overwhelming schedule manifest itself in stressed out, overworked 17 and 18 year olds, and it ain’t pretty! So, in this edition of the Fearless series, here are some tips on how to remain stress-free during stressful times!

Continue reading