Top 8 Stress Relief Tips

Let’s face it, today’s world is built to stress people out. From the full work schedules, to family, to social outings. Keeping up with everything can sometimes leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

I know when I started my new job as a Physician Assistant I was so overwhelmed and stressed everyday that my neck muscles were killing me from being so tense. I was constantly getting headaches and just feeling burnt out. I knew I needed to change something quick or else I was going to end up burnt out in my first year working. So I started messing around with some stress relief remedies and final came up with these top 8 stress relief tips that have been working like a dream for me.

These are just some basic tips and tricks that I have been using for the last couple weeks and I’ve noticed a huge difference in my stress levels (and my husband has too!). I’ve started getting less headaches and my neck hasn’t been killing me everyday, plus I’ve had more energy and have been feeling less anxious and overwhelmed at work.

Disclaimer: These tips are just some things I’ve tried and wanted to share. Always check with you medical provider before taking anything new or starting new workout routines.

OK so let’s get on to the list!

Top 8 Stress Relief Tips:

  1. Use essential oils- I diffuse a “stress relief” blend in my office daily. It’s smells incredible and helps me unwind and feel more relaxed at work. I’ve also noticed my patients seem more calm and relaxed durning our appointments which is an added bonus. The best blends are ones that contain pachouli oil.
  2. Start mediation- I downloaded an app called “breethe” and started the mediation guided sessions in the morning to help me relax before my day starts. It’s a great way to start your day on a positive note. Plus the app comes with positive affirmations and meditation guides for better sleep and even weight loss.
  3. Exercise- I used to wake up at 4:45am every morning before work and workout, but then by the time I would be half way through my day I was drained and mentally done. So I have now adjusted my schedule so that after work everyday I do a quick 30min full body circuit workout and then I’m done. It’s easy and quick and it doesn’t interfere with my sleep. Which brings me to tip #4.
  4. SLEEP- This one is huge for me. When I was waking up at 4:45am everyday I was only getting 6 hours of sleep a night. I was burnt out by the time noon came around and I was increasing my caffeine intake to stay awake which was adding to my anxiety and stress. So I knew I need to get more sleep, which is why I now sleep in till 6am and give myself a full 8 hours of sleep. I have been waking up so much more refreshed and energized for the day. Plus i’ve noticed a huge change in my anxiety level at work since I’ve been able to decrease my caffeine intake.
  5. Get involved in a hobby you love! This one has really helped me. I love that I go to work, help patients, and then can come home and indulge myself in an activity I love. For me that activity is blogging. I love creating content and engaging my followers on instagram. I find it really helps me decompress after a long day and just forget about anything bad that might of happened that day. I think it has something to do with how therapeutic journaling can be and let’s face it, that is pretty much what blogging is.
  6. Positive affirmations- I noticed I really have a negative thought process. I was constantly telling myself negative things and making myself more anxious and overwhelmed. I started to notice I was getting really irritable and I definitely did not like that, so I knew that had to change. Your thoughts will drive your behavior and reaction. So If you say to yourself “I’m stressed, I’m overwhelmed, and I can’t do this”, then you are just setting yourself up for failure. Our minds can convince us of anything, so if you change your thoughts to positive ones, your whole outlook will change. I starting repeating positive affirmations to myself daily when I started feeling more stressed and I realized after awhile of doing this, the things I was stressing about stopped bothering me. I’ve been more calm and collected at work and seem to be able to get through my days easier. One of my favorite ones to repeat is “don’t turn a bad 5 minutes into a bad day”. I used to do that a lot and brew on one little bad thing that happened all day, now I just let them go and move on.
  7. Find a positive influence. My husband has always had an optimist personality. Nothing is ever negative. He always seems to only see the good. So, having someone like that always around really helps me develop a more care-free, positive outlook. It’s normal to pick up behaviors and mannerisms of people we surround ourselves with. So the more you can surround yourself with positive people, the more positive you will be and the more stress-free you will feel.
  8. Cut back the caffeine- I now only drink my morning coffee or tea and then a green tea in the afternoon for a pick me up. Before I was drinking coffee, pre-workout, and tea and I was all over the place. I was so caffeinated I was constantly anxious and my mind was going a mile a minute and I couldn’t concentrate. Now with just a coffee in the morning and a green tea in the afternoon I feel energized without being overstimulated which has helped keep my stress levels way down.

These 8 tips have been huge in helping lower my stress levels. I’m still working on other things I can do to help decrease my stress but so far these have been amazing. My next step is to start working on my diet and what I eat to help lower my stress. I’m a terribly unhealthy eater. I crave sweets and carbs all the time and barely eat any protein and I know that has to change, because the few times when I eat super healthy I feel amazing. So, that is my new goal I am working towards. But I hope some of these tips might help you feel less stressed and less overwhelmed. I know they have been an amazing addition to my routine and so my hope that they may be helpful to you as well.

Talk to you soon!

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7 Tips for Growing Long, Healthy Nails

Tips and advice time! Nail and hair care are two of my favorite topics! I’ve always been in love with finding new, healthy ways to help my hair and nails grow long and strong. So I’ve decided now it’s time I share my top 7 tips for long, healthy nails with all of you!

I’ve been using these tips and tricks for the last year and they have helped tremendously at getting my nails grow. I used to have a huge problem with my nails breaking as soon as they would get even a little long. It was so frustrating because I had to always keep my nails short. So I finally decided I needed to come up with a better routine that would help my nails grow and keep them strong and healthy.

Just to give you guys a little background about my nail care routine, I actually do not get my nails done at a salon. I do them myself. I found out that the constant filing and harsh nail polish they would use on my nails in the salon was adding to my brittle nails and making them break easier. So as soon as I started doing my own nails, my nails totally changed for the better! So let’s get to it.

7 Tips to Grow Long, Healthy Nails:

  1. Massage coconut oil over clean nails and cuticles. I swear by coconut oil. If you’ve read any of my hair posts you know I’m obsessed with it! I usually paint my nails once a week and before I do I take off all my nail polish and clean my nails then rub a little bit of coconut oil over my nails and the cuticles. I find it helps keep hangnails away and it keeps my nails super shiny and strong.

2. Use strengthening nail polish remover. I use any store brand nail polish remover that says strengthening in it. I don’t know what makes it different, but I do know when I switched to using this kind of nail polish remover my nails got a lot better!

3. Use Burt Bee’s Lemon cuticle wax. I rub this on my cuticles and nail beds once a week to help keep my cuticles in check.

4. Stop cutting the cuticle. I actually do not cut or push back my cuticles with instruments. I found that when salons used to do that I would always get painful hangnails. So now I just rub this stuff on my cuticles and use the pad of my finger to gentle push the cuticle upward. It has made a world of difference in stopping hangnails.

5. File your nails in the same direction. I use a basic revlon nail filer and I make sure I always file my nails in the same direction. I try not to move the file back and forth because that can create snags in your nails making it easier for them to break.

6. Take biotin or Multi-vitamins. I usually take prenatal vitamins every morning to help with my hair and nails grow. I swear prenatal vitamins are the reason my hair and nails grow like a weed. I know biotin has helped a lot of people too, so that is always an option. However, when I took biotin my skin broke out like crazy so I immediately stopped using it and just stick to my prenatals. (*make sure you check with your doctor if it is ok for you to take supplements and vitamins).

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7. Stop using gel polish. This was a hard one for me. I used to get my nails done every 2 weeks and it was great cause they never chipped. However, I noticed every time I would go to change my color my nails looked more and more brittle to the point of being paper thin and it would actually start to hurt to put my nails under the UV light. So that’s when I knew, ok, this is probably not healthy for your nails and it’s time to stop lol. I now paint my nails with OPI Infinite Shine base coat, color, and top coat and the polish lasts for 1 week and looks beautiful.

So there you have it. These are my top 7 tips to grow your nails long and strong. I am in no way a professional or expert on this topic. I just know these are tips and tricks that have been working for me, so I figured I would share them with all of you.

If you guys have any tips you would like to share just comment below. I would love to hear them!

Talk to you guys soon!

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How to Make Amazing Pinterest Graphics to Increase your Site Traffic

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Have you ever wondered how people make those gorgeous Pinterest graphics? Well, I used to, and finally I figured out the best way to create beautiful Pinterest graphics to help promote my content and my site. The best part is that I found a site to create all these amazing graphics online that is totally FREE!

Yup, that’s right you don’t need to pay a site or spend your hard earn money to promote your site on Pinterest. Just follow these steps and discover how easy and fun creating your own personal graphics can be.

These are easy and straight forward steps that are great for anyone.

So let’s get down to the details!

What is the name of the site: CANVA

Go to Canva.com and that will bring you to the home page, which looks like this:

Click on the design/ graphic you want. You can choose from pinterest graphic, youtube, banners, and so much more!

Once you click on the graphic you want, you will see this:

Then you can choose to select free pre-made designs or upload your own pictures and graphics. I normally upload my own pictures and then adjust them as needed for my desired look. Everything you need for design is on the far left side, including text, backgrounds, design graphics, and more.

Once you pick a picture, you will see this:

Then you can select the text option and insert any title or wording you would like, in addition to adjusting the font style and size. Another great design option you have is to adjust the transparency of the picture, if you prefer having the font laid over the picture for a more striking look.

Once your graphic is complete you will click in the top right corner to download:

You can choose to download the graphic as PNG or JPEG. Then save the graphic to your computer. Once you have the graphic saved you can upload it to Pinterest and add a link to a website or location that you want the viewer to be redirected to.

This is the final look:

Pretty easy, right!

This, of course, is just the basics of how to use the site and create designs. However, there is so much more you can ย do on this site. I make all different kinds of graphics from collages for my site, to youtube thumbnails, to Pinterest graphics.

Here is a page with some of my past designs so that you can see the variety and design options.

If you have any questions about how to use canva or how to create any designs, just comment below and I’ll get back to you!

To check out other “How to’s” for blogging or marketing, click here!

Talk to you soon!

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Random Thoughts Thursday!

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So, I haven’t done a random thoughts post in a little bit and I figured it was time. Mainly because I have so many random thoughts on my mind lol.

To start, why in the world is it so difficult for me to eat healthy? I for some reason always default back to unhealthy food when I’m low on time at work or stressed out. Come on Chelsea, get it together.

Does anyone else hate going to a nail salon to have their nails done? I feel like I’m wasting so much time sitting there for some reason. Not relaxing at all! I find that doing my own nails every week is so much easier and less time consuming.

I’m pretty sure my cat knows it’s giving me attitude. Like straight up rude stares and walking away from me when I’m trying to love him. As Michelle Tanner said, HOW RUDE!

Why can’t working out just be done for me by someone else and I see the results on my body? lol I mean come on, we should have this technology by now.

I have a closet full of clothes and for some reason pull the exact same outfits EVERY week. Why am I like this? lol.

I wish I didn’t have to sleep so that I could get my daily massive to do list done every day.

Also, why does sleeping become so much harder as we get older. I wish I could sleep like I did when I was a kid. Those were the good times.

Does anyone else, replay their whole work day in their head while they’re sleep? ๐Ÿ˜‘ So annoying.

Anyways, that’s it for today. Just some randomness on my mind, that’s now stuck in your mind lol.

Your welcome! ๐Ÿ˜

Talk to you soon!

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How to Make the Perfect Instagram Story Cover Photos

So, as I’m sure you all know, Instagram now has the option to add instagram stories to your highlight reel. These highlighted stories stay on your profile page so people can look through old stories you’ve highlighted. The best thing about this, is you can categorize your stories now into whatever you want, style, decor, beauty, etc. It’s perfect for people who love posting stories and for viewers who want to look through specific stories. I love the idea of posting in categories cause now whenever I’m like, “oh what should I wear today…?”, I’ll just flip through my style stories for some inspiration! It’s like clothes shopping through your own closet.

Side-bar: does anyone remember Cher’s closet from Clueless where she looked through everything in her computer to see what the outfit looked like on her before wearing it? Well that is my style insta stories for me!! I swear its a great little tool.

Anyways, back on track. So you can look through everyone else’s categories too to get some inspiration as well.

Now it’s not necessary to create your own cover photo for your highlighted stories (instagram will just mark your first pic as your automatic cover photo), but for me and my OCD-like tendencies I prefer everything look the same. So creating a cover photo is a MUST!

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Random Thoughts

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So I’ve been thinking of some sure random stuff and just wanted to share with you guys….

So for beginners, Does anyone else not use their dishwasher? I don’t know why, but I hate using dishwashers. I would rather hand wash all my dishes. And yes, I do hand wash everything!

How often is too often to go shopping? Cause I’m pretty sure I do that too much with shopping online. lol Amazon is a true problem. It’s just so convenient I can’t resist.

Does getting the silent treatment drive anyone else crazy? I can’t stand it when people give you the silent treatment. Like hello, I’m not a mind reader! Just tell me what’s wrong! ๐Ÿ˜

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New Year, New Goals: Welcome to 2018

Hi loves! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I know it’s been awhile since last time we talked. I have been so busy with moving and starting my new job, that blogging had to take a back seat for a bit. But now ย the dust has started to settle, I’m back and ready to blog baby!

I figured it would be best to kick the new year off right with a new post. About what, you ask? I don’t even know lol. Hopefully it just come to me as I keep writing.

Well it is a new year, and that normally means new goals, right? So I guess I’ll talk about all the new goals I have for Blissfully Bubbly.

Where to start…?

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