Wake up, brush your teeth, take a shower, watch the news, go to work/school. REPEAT for almost  250 days in a year.

If you are the average Canadian, you would probably find yourself in this category.

Personally I find myself in both situations, as a student who works part-time as well, my day starts up at 6 am and ends at 10:30 pm every single day. Except weekends and public holidays on which I sometimes find myself working simply because who doesn’t want the overtime and double pay right ?

You never have time for yourself, no spa days, you don’t even get to eat home cooked meals anymore (thank God for Mc D’s), you barely hang out with friends, you also don’t talk to your parents as often either simply because we are all just chasing and not even stopping to think for a moment. Like don’t get me wrong money is okay sometimes, the comfort and luxury of buying something you want is sooooo satisfying  (like the saying goes i would rather cry in a bentley than cry in a transit bus right) but really at what cost?

I have always been one to enjoy myself, take time out of my day to cleanse my pores, cook myself various vegetarian dishes…until I just stopped. One unfortunate day I broke out and it all felt weird to me ( I never get acne, WHAT IS THIS ON MY FACE?). I found myself at the closest pharmaprix talking to the cosmetologist about products.

The solution was a temporary fix. But clearly I wasn’t taking care of myself and it was starting to show, my skin wasn’t as supple anymore, my face is a mess, and I could build a fort out of pizza boxes in my apartment.

I decided it was time to make things different,  I know it’s not easy so I’ve outlined some of the steps I took to improve my health and give me peace of mind.

  • I started exercising, yes we have all heard it before over and over again but trust me it is great and worth it. If you can’t exercise try some yoga, Pilates, boxing or even Capoeira. exercisingThese things take off great pressure because they provide you with a form of release, and it also improves blood flow and circulation. P.S this also increases your serotonin levels.
  • Plan your week in advance, it could seem unnecessary at times but it really helps to provide coordination, as we all know proper planning prevents poor performance.
  • Change your diet, try to always  prepare your meals in advance if you feel it would be a hassle in the morning  or if possible find a nice healthy restaurant you could grab lunch from time to time. Your diet plays a huge role in your day to day life.
  • Spend time with family and friends, believe it or not, being connected to people socially (asides from being on your smartphone) improves your behaviour on a day to day basis. It improves how you relate  with people and increases your Oxytocin levels.
  • Once in awhile treat yourself to something, not too expensive but worth it. I recently discovered I live close to a Thermea spa. It is the best thing on earth and its less than 50$. I make sure I go once in 3 months. Treat yourself to a massage, a spa, a shopping spree, or even buying something for your room or apartment. Anything that provides you with time for yourself.
  • Learn to get as much sleep as you can. I know a lot of people tend to be night owls but one thing I find that keeps me fuelled throughout the day is power napping. It took a while to adjust to but it’s worth it, you feel refreshed and relaxed. Trust me everyone loves a relaxed you.
  • Lastly, realize you are not perfect, you are not a robot take a break once in a while. You deserve it!!