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#TVT Thursday

Good morning dreamers…Thursday is here! Yes…one more day left and you have two days to do whatever your little heart desires. As usual, Thursdays are mostly about theory and how we can better ourselves in baby steps (hey, if I could snap my fingers and make me a better person I would but unfortunately I can’t). Today’s topic…#stress.

Yesterday, I attended a #stressrelief workshop and let me tell you, it did absolutely nothing but make me more stressed out. I was thinking it was going to be about essential oils, yoga, relaxing techniques, blah blah blah. Instead, it was about what can happen to you if you’re stressed (tons of awful things which I won’t even dare to mention here because we’re positive thinkers). Hello….if I’m attending a stress relief workshop, I’m most likely stressed. Hence, don’t stress me out more (am I right?). Bottom line, you do what makes you happy and less stressed.

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So, in the spirit of positive stress relief (and I mean actual stress relief not creating more stress), I want to share a few tools that I use to calm down the cortisol. Step 1, Breathe. Yes, you probably hear it all the time, but it’s actually for a reason. Breathing will stop whatever you’re currently thinking about and change the brain waves. One breath is a start, but I honestly think doing a 3-5 is where it’s at. This gets oxygen and blood flow increasing, and will let you clear your mind. I like to sit up straight, close my eyes, smell some essential oils (one of my favorite tricks), and breathe deeply. Just try it. I’m not saying it’s going to cure all your stress, but you should feel a little more relaxed after doing so.

Inspirational Typographic Quote - Just Breathe

Inspirational Typographic Quote – Just Breathe

Another favorite that I just mentioned are essential oils. They really can work wonders. At work, I currently have 2 different stress relief potions, Frankincense (you must get this), Lemongrass and of course, Lavender. All of these oils are uplifting, which will help to increase your mood and clear your mind. Spearmint and Eucalyptus are also great ones to have for stress (I have a candle at home from Bath and Body works that I burn nightly) and help you wind down. Of course, I don’t want to fall asleep at work so I have to try to find a balance. I have a mini diffuser at my desk (I asked my neighbors if they cared or not and they didn’t…actually some thanked me for getting it), and I usually put some oil in once a day and burn it for an hour or so. Thank me later.

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Lastly, sounds extremely silly, but sleep. It’s your best friend. Not only will you actually feel awake when your alarm goes off, but you’ll be less stressed. Sleep is the one thing your body needs to recuperate throughout the day. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Your body is replenishing it’s natural elements that it needs to function properly. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re stressed because you didn’t sleep, you’re grumpy, you don’t feel well, you’re more likely to get sick or injured, and the cycle starts all over again. So…bottom line…get at least 7 hours of sleep (I shoot for 8-9). Sleep is the start of it all! If you have trouble going to sleep, try some Meletonin or Advil PM. The next day, you’re on Cloud 9.

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Besides these, there are so many other tools that you can use for stress relief, but these three are my go-to’s. What other tricks do you have? I’m always wanting to hear more ways to de-stress 🙂

 

-TVT

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#TGIF…We Made It

Happy Friday dreamers!!! Look…you made it! Only a few more hours and it’s weekend time! While thinking about what to write about today, I closed my eyes and picked the first spot that came into my head. I thought about being on a beach, laying in a hammock, sun shining through the palm trees (just enough that you’re warm but not too much that you’re hot) and taking a nice nap. Wow…can someone please make a teleporter yet?

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So there are lots of tropical places out there, but today, let’s talk about Turks and Caicos. Yes, you’ve probably heard of it, and yes, it’s most likely out of everyone’s price range (if you’re doing it correctly), but why the hell not dream? Come on, after all, we’re all dreamers aren’t we?

What I wouldn’t do to be basking in the sun, cozying up in the super soft white sand, listening to the breeze and the ocean, and most likely a yummy drink and ice cold water right next to me. Oh…and as always, a great book. Something about being exhausted after a long week makes me want nothing more than to just lay down in the sun. Am I right? So back to Turks…

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Where to stay? Of course, if money isn’t an object, I suggest the Regent Grand Resort. It’s pretty much just perfect, to say the least. Located right on the beach (my type of place), gorgeous rooms, a beautiful pool and lush landscapes, and an overall tranquil environment. I’m sold. Hello mimosa brunch on my patio! Don’t have to ask me twice.

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Turks is definitely one of the more laid back places to go for some serious relaxation. Yes, there are activities to do, just like every place you go, but the overall vibe and focus is relaxation. Be with yourself, take the time you need to regroup, and do tranquil activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and laying on the beach. Hey, if you get enough sun you’ll work up a sweat…that counts as exercise right??

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A couple bonuses of this island? English is the main language, the overall island is clean…I mean very clean. Everyone takes care of the beaches, land, you get it. Also, with the natural beauty this place has to offer, everyone seems pretty upbeat. I mean, wouldn’t you if that was your home?

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Where did you stay when you went? What activities did you do there? Happy Friday–what are your weekend plans?? Relaxation I hope 🙂

 

-TVT

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#TVT Thursday

Good morning dreamers! Almost to Friday if you know what I mean (keeping that positive momentum up–trust me it helps). I feel like everyday is one step closer to the weekend, which is of course what we all want, but if you take it day by day and look at Friday as the end result, it does go by a little quicker than thinking “it’s only Thursday” (make sense?).

Per usual, Thursday’s are scheduled more for behind the scenes type of information than specific travel (yes, I’ll throw a couple awesome pics in because, after all, it’s still #tbt). One of my favorite tricks for positive thinking (slightly highlighted above), is taking each day as it is (thanks #mom you’re the best). So, take Tuesday for example. You go to work (or not), do your regular routine, get through the day, do something for you (I choose the gym), and boom, day’s done. One step closer to Friday and the weekend. Before you know it, it’s now Wednesday. Do the same routine, and boom, you’re done. Another notch closer to #freedom. I know it sounds a little silly and almost too easy to be true, but honestly, it is great.

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Think about it. I used to wake up on #Monday morning and think “OMG, I have 5 days until I can relax”. That honestly makes you dread every single day until it’s Friday afternoon. Right? So, now, Monday is just a Monday (and one step closer to my freedom), rather than putting a specific time limit on it. Another trick that I heard from a #colleague is that you can take the week like your meals throughout the day (a little far fetched I know, but it’s just another way of looking at it). Monday = breakfast, Tuesday = morning snack, Wednesday = Lunch (my fave), Thursday = afternoon snack, and Friday = Dinner (and errrr maybe some champagne because it is Friday). You get it. Taking things day by day will not only make you happier, but also increase your productivity. You can check things off daily, know that you’re finishing all your items, and have some time for yourself.

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So I mentioned doing something for yourself everyday. Do you guys do that? I’ve found that it really helps. It’s the one time of a day (30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, whatever your preference) that you get to be with yourself, be mindful, relax and just take everything in. For me, that’s exercising. I try to go to the gym 5 times a week (Friday and Sunday are my days off…because I earned them and I LOVE brunch). That hour that I get to spend sweating (which I really really hate I don’t know why), allows me to focus just on myself and no outside influences. Maybe for you it’s reading (another fave of mine), hiking, cooking, shopping, playing games, whatever it is that allows you to just focus on you and make yourself happy.

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Do you use any of these tricks during the week? What makes you have better days? Always looking for advice on that :).

 

-TVT

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