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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.

Benefits of Sleep

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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Where to Wednesday?

Good morning dreamers–hump day back at it! Woo-hoo! It’s all downhill from here…literally. In the spirit of keeping up with #positive #humpday vibes, I picked a place to talk about today that is #6 on the #LonelyPlanet Best in Travel List for 2016…Australia! This past year, my cousin returned home from #downunder with her 3 kids and husband, after living there for 15 years. Hello family reunion right? In a good way though…they’re the family that you WANT to come home, not the family that you want to leave (we all have those right?).

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So…Australia. It made this top list because their currency is faltering, meaning the American Dollar can go further than it did in years past. Obviously for other reasons as well, the pure bliss, amazing sites, and pretty good weather. But having their currency be high did stop some travelers in the past. Main places on the list to go to (pretty obvious) are Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay, and Kangaroo Island (yes, this is a thing). With so many places and things to do, it’s definitely recommended to go there for at least 2 weeks.

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Where to start? Kangaroo Island. Located on the tip of South Australia, this island is truly a magical place. You can stay at the local Southern Ocean Lodge (a gem), and have dramatic views of the water and natural landscape. This island is also popular for it’s decadent food and wine (more vino please), so make this a total holiday spot for you! Not to mention the tons of wildlife you will encounter on this island, it’s a perfect balance of relaxation, nature, and adventure.

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Next stop, Melbourne. In the neighboring territory of Kangaroo Island, Melbourne is located in Victoria, a logical next stop along your 2 week journey. As the capital of Victoria, is a very popular place to visit. A difference from KI (Kangaroo Island), it’s more of a city vibe. I’m talking cultural food, drinks, experiences, the works! Stay here for a couple days of city exploring and you’re good to go to the next stop!

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In New South Wales (just North of Victoria), there are two stops here. Sydney and Byron Bay. Sydney, which most people know of, is famous for it’s stunning opera house and bridge. Both are must see’s in my book, but don’t forget to stop by the local beaches and pools for some refreshment! Byron Bay, North of Sydney, is a famous area known for it’s perfect beaches. Crystal Clear waters and white sand, you’re in for a treat. If you time it correctly, you might even be able to check out a surfing competition.

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Last stop in up in Queensland, the infamous Great Barrier Reef. The largest living thing on Earth (you can see it even from space), has over 2,900 individual reefs, 30+ species of whales and dolphins, 1,500 fish species,6 turtle species, 125+ species of sharks and stingrays, and lastly, roughly 17 different types of sea snakes. WOW! That is a ton of different animals all in one area–why would you not go here? Take a day trip to scuba or snorkel, whichever you prefer and indulge yourself in one of the greatest sites in the world!

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So, have you been to Australia? What else would you recommend doing? Let me know!

 

-TVT

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Where to Wednesday

Good morning dreamers! Half way through the week–happy hump day! All down hill from here…am I right? Where to #Wednesday…where in the world do I want to go? Well everywhere, duh, but today I’m going to focus on somewhere in particular that many people don’t know about. Caye Caulker. Located in #Belize, this #island is not highly widespread to #travelers, but doing a little research, this place is a local gem! I’m talking beautiful #beaches, colorful #culture, and nothing but crystal clear #waters.

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So step one…getting there. Once in Belize, you can either take a 30 minute water taxi from San Pedro (roughly $25) or a 15 minute flight. In my opinion, the water taxi is the way to go because who doesn’t love looking down the sparkling ocean and enjoying the breeze? Side note, Caye Caulker is located only 1 mile from the Belize barrier #reef–major plus for you #divers and #snorkelers out there!

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Where to stay? My vote is the Iguana Reef Inn. Not only is it a great location, but it’s extremely well kept. Located right on the water’s edge, the# resort offers an old style #Caribbean feel with some cultural #charm. There is free breakfast every morning (who doesn’t love that?), a private #beach, tons of# hammocks and a salt-water #pool. Total winner in my book.

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This island is full of #nightlife, dining experiences and #activities that are #perfect if you’re looking for your next adventure. Not only can you totally relax here (hello spa day), but you can have the best of both worlds and dive into your #explorer side. The hotel offers tons of packages including scuba diving, snorkeling, #fishing, #sailing, as well as excursions a little inland in Belize that offer some insight into the #history of this magical place. I don’t know about you, but a vacation that offers relaxation and adventure is pretty much my dream!

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What do you think? Have you been here? I want to know!

 

-TVT

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