These are the 5 Things I do every night before bed: Why you should develop a night routine

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You set your alarm for 6:00 a.m. because you wanted to go to the gym before work, or maybe you wanted to actually enjoy your cup of coffee and browse Pinterest while waking up instead of starting your day rushed. But nevertheless your ‘just one snooze’ turned into 5 and you spent an hour of your morning sleeping between alarms just to frantically rush out of bed to make it on time. Sound familiar? I’m sure.

Whether we realize it or not, the majority of us probably had some type of bedtime routine as children. Dinner, bath time, story time, lights out. But somewhere in college between pulling all nighters, t-shirt Tuesdays, and midnight pizza runs – our sleep schedule most likely fell off track.

Harvard Medical School conducted a study on sleep routines and found that they did 2 important things:

  1. A schedule of a relaxing bedtime routine can prevent minor sleep problems and behavior problems. (Think – impatience, laziness, ‘barking’ at someone for no reason?)
  2. A consistent bedtime routine keeps your internal clock in check – helping you fall asleep and wake more easily.

I thrive off of my bedtime routine – it creates schedule, consistency, and peace in my evenings (and mornings!) Here are some things that I do every night

1. Tea Time

I try and kill 2 birds with 1 stone here and mix warm apple cider vinegar with bedtime/calming tea + lemon juice. I do this at about 8:30 / 9:00 pm when I am trying to tell my body to wind down.

2. Olly Vitamins

I take Olly Restful Sleep vitamins every night before bed. I am rarely a product repeater, but I buy more every time I am about to run out. They are amazing for helping me fall asleep and stay asleep without having that ‘sleep hangover’ feeling in the morning. These are a must try! I only take 1 instead of 2 because that is all I need and it helps the bottle last longer. For me, it only takes about 30 minutes to kick in.

3. Nighttime Skincare Routine

Right after I take my sleep vitamin I do my night time skincare  routine, which basically consists of me taking off my makeup, cleansing, moisturizing, etc. It makes me feel fresh and relaxed before I get in bed.

4. Essential Oil Diffuser

I love using my aromatherapy diffuser throughout the day, especially at night. I have a special sleep blend from Eden’s Garden that I use at night to get me in a more relaxed state before bed.

5. Consistency

I get in bed at 9:30 p.m. most every night, (i know – grandma status) it helps me fall asleep at the same time every night, which in turn help me wake up at the same time every morning. I wake up at 6:15 every morning. Sometimes I get up and go to the gym, and sometimes I enjoy the extra time to drink coffee and have some ‘me’ time – but getting in bed and waking up at the same time helps me keep a routine and schedule, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up!

Of course, find your rhythm – it may be a book, a drink, a bath, but whatever it is – getting into that routine will help your nights more peaceful and your mornings come easier.

 

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The Beauty in the Simple Things: National Simplicity Day

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It seems lately that every day is “National (something) day.” And I am not complaining – if it gives me any excuse to drink a margarita or post a picture of my dog – I’m in. But Today is National Simplicity Day, and though that may not have as much social media traction as the other days (oh – the irony) it really got me thinking about the world we live in.

Confucius said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”

And when I tried to think about the simplicity of the world around us, I laughed at this truth. When you really think about it, we complicate the hell out of things, in order to make our lives ‘simple’, but I think sometimes this new ‘technologically simple’ world leads to even more frustration and less simplicity.

Let’s go over some examples:

  • I’m sure creating Alexa was no easy task, but the creators thought “ah – how simple it will be for someone to turn their lights on when they get home. How simple will it be for someone to play their favorite song” But what isn’t simple is the heart attack you get when Alexa speaks to you in the middle of the night, or when you’re in the middle of cleaning – and all you want to do is TBT to ‘to the windoooooow to the wall’ and Alexa just orders you Windex on Amazon.
  • Smart Phones – we live by them. They are supposed to make our days more simple. But how many times has your smart phone alarm ‘not gone off.’ Maybe the charger wasn’t plugged in all day and the phone died in the middle of the night. You know what never died in the middle of the night? The $10 alarm clock that I plugged into my wall in elementary school. Let’s not even add how ‘unsimple’ social media makes our life – I want to look like that, I want to eat that pizza, I want to scroll here coveting strangers’ lives instead of enjoying my own.
  • Online Education – The catch 22 of technology. What’s more simple than being able to take a class online? Well when your wifi goes out in the middle of a 100 question test and you have a lockdown browser on your window and can’t close out without forfeiting the last half of the questions, it becomes a little less simple. I never needed wifi to complete a scantron test. Remember when this first became a thing. And when you missed a day of school and asked your teacher what you missed she would simply say, “check the blog.” That just complicates everything! What blog? What’s the URL? Am i allowed to take my phone out and look at this blog during class or will you give me a pink slip? Could our phones even look at internet back then – so you get my point.

I say all of this to simply remind you that sometimes it really is the small things that bring joy and peace to your day – Not a piece of technology that is supposed to make your life simpler, but a true simple happening. Spending your day living off of technology makes life so fast paced – automated sometimes, and trains our body to thrive off of instant gratification – which many times takes away from the ‘take time to smell the roses’ mentality and in many cases the ability. When was the last time Siri told you to pull over by that field to catch the sunset on your way to your destination. Does your crammed calendar ever remind you by itself to grab coffee with that friend you haven’t spoken to in a year? It is important to not let our digital, automated world take away from some of life’s simplest treasures: people, places, memories.

 

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22 Things I’ve Learned by 22

  1. There is nothing more exciting than a furniture delivery

  2. There’s nothing wrong with a night in

  3. There’s also nothing wrong with a night out

  4. Budgeting is actually legit and you should probably (definitely) learn how to apply it to your life

  5. Its of great importance to find friends/people who build you up, hold you accountable, and value you, and like margaritas

  6. Mexican food is healthy

  7. Living without passion is not living, find something that makes you feel excited, valued, and worth getting up for every morning

  8. Almond butter does NOT qualify as a substitute for peanut butter

  9. Not everyone is going to like you

  10. … and that is OK

  11. As cute as your artsy Starbucks instagram stories are, its an expensive daily habit – making coffee at home saves you a good amount of money

  12. If you don’t ask you won’t receive

  13. You’re not going to be the best at everything, that’s also OK

  14. You’re going to realize that certain people don’t value you like you value them, recognize it, let them go, move on

  15. Messing up is inevitable, it’s how you handle it that counts

  16. Mean girls and bullies didn’t stay in middle school – they grew up. Buck up, know your worth, and don’t let them get you down

  17. Drake was right – you really do have to start at the bottom to get ‘here’

  18. If something is going to take you 5 minutes or less, just do it (ex. should I …. take out the trash? make my bed? take this coffee thats been sitting here for 36 months out of my car? – Yes.)

  19. S Club 7 + Demi Lovato pandora stations makes cleaning not so bad, sometimes nikki minaj if you’re feeling cray

  20. Have someone teach you how to do taxes and understand that you actually don’t get money back every year when you start #adulting so you probably shouldn’t rely on that for your spring beach trip just saying

  21. Never overestimate the level of comfort you have with colleagues at work or any type of professional relationship

  22. You’re only 22 – and have so much left to learn in life! Never stop taking and seeking advice

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5 Simple Hacks to De-stress Everyday life

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1. Wake up earlier.

For the past 3 months, I’ve forced myself to get up an hour earlier than I need to in the morning. There is nothing worse than pressing your snooze button countless times, and finally frantically getting up realizing an hour has passed and you’re running late. Waking up early allows me to have quiet time, sometimes spiritually, sometimes just to unwind, answer emails, and enjoy my coffee. It ensures I always start my day off on a calm and organized note.

2. Schedule

The busier I get, the more I crave scheduling. I put literally every part of my day into my work calendar on my phone: meetings, errands, kickboxing class, 30 minutes to work on an assignment, even cleaning the bathroom. The reason? Following a schedule and crossing ‘to-do’s’ off of a list makes me feel accomplished. Even if its something silly, like going to the grocery store, it still makes me feel I was intentional with my time.

3. Know what makes you happy

It really is the little things that make your day. I have flowers and plants all over my house because I know those makes me happy when I look at them. I listen to the Lumineer’s pandora when I work, write, and do school assignments because it is my favorite station. I keep homemade dark chocolate PB cups in the freezer, because they are my favorite ‘healthy’ indulgence for a long night of work. Don’t deprive yourself of the little things that make you smile.

4. Set Goals

Setting small, attainable goals is another way to ensure success without having the stress. Not every night has to be spent working, and not every morning has to be an early workout. I set goals to go to Kickboxing class at least twice a week, and wake up earlier twice a week to work out before work. I set a goal to eat dinner in 4 nights during the work week, so that I can eat out one night during the week – to splurge or to catch up with friends. Goals can both reward you and keep you on track during the week, while allowing you to be flexible.

5. Set yourself up for success

Meal prep isn’t the only way to set yourself up for success during the week. Starting off the week with clean laundry, clean room, and a clean car will as well. After all, you are a product of your environment. Plan and prep your meals, get organized, and schedule your days in your calendar so you wake up ready to go on Monday morning.

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5 Healthy Hacks for your Work Day

So you’ve finally reached it. The world they all talk about. You feel like you even dream about it. People have been giving you rules on “when you enter” it for the past 4 years. Yes, The big girl world. It could look differently for you than it does for me, your neighbor than it does you – but nonetheless; you are there. This entrance usually comes with a few things:

  • A salary
  • An early alarm
  • A new schedule

With a new schedule, sometimes it takes a while to adjust. A large part of work life for me was learning how to eat the majority of my day at the office. I work in a highly populated area and by highly populated I mean there is every food option you could dream of steps to my office. And with my new salary, why not go out to eat for every lunch, buy Starbucks every morning, and sneak a quick froyo when I hit my 3:00 slump, right? Wrong! Here are some tips that helped my keep my work days healthy (and my wallet full):

  • Don’t be afraid to bring your food for the week to the office, all of it: Every Sunday night I go grocery shopping. The next morning, I bring all of the things that I eat between the hours of 8:30am – 5:00 pm into the office. It sounds daunting but it really sets me up for success. There is never an excuse of forgetting something or not having time; it is all right there.
  • Lemon Water: I am a big advocate of lemon water, especially adding Apple Cider Vinegar into it at night. I sit at a desk for 80% of my day, so a lot of my onset ‘hunger’ at hours like 11:00 and 3:00 come from pure boredom. While I am in the zone on my computer, I can finish an entire back of pretzel thins out of boredom and not realizing how many I’ve had. V dangerous.
  • Walks: The ladies that I work with walked at least once or twice throughout the day. We don’t have a fancy walking trail; just a covered walkway in between the buildings. It not only gives you time to develop relationships with your co-workers, it also helps you get outside and take a break without just sitting on your phone scrolling. An added bonus is that when you’ve been working on something for a while, taking a break to do something as mindless as walking may give you a fresh perspective when you return!
  • Pick a day to go out (or maybe 2): I have some co-workers who go to lunch every single day. And I totally get it; leaving the office helps you break up the day and feel refreshed, but it is bad for your wallet and can absolutely take a toll on your health. It may take some time, but try and incorporate a day where you and a certain group of your co-workers go to lunch every week. My co-workers and I did Thai Thursday for a while, we would bring lunch every other day and really enjoy the treat I got for lunch on Thursday. Do the same with Starbucks. Friday is my day and my wallet LOVES me for it.
  • Your Environment: Health isn’t only about what you are doing with your body, it is also about our mental and emotional state. Which, let’s be real – can be a rollercoaster at work sometimes. I’ve plugged an aromatherapy diffuser into my desk and I add the stress blend. I also like to add a little greenery around my desk; it just makes me happy.

Hope these thoughts make your Big Girl Jobs a little healthier!

Cheers

Skyy + Co.