Morning and Evening Journal

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about mental health. It is a topic I hold near and dear to my heart as it is something I tackle every day along with many, many other people.
Thankfully it has become easier to talk about mental health online, and many people have bravely opened up with their own battles to
help others feel less alone.

I won’t go into detail about my own mental health journey in this post, but I do want to share something with you that has helped me significantly through harder times.
Journaling. Now I am not the first to discover the benefits of using a daily journal. I took inspiration from many other people to start doing it myself. I found that by starting my day with a few minutes to sort out my thoughts I could break through some of my anxious brain fog.

Most of all, I found that reflecting again at the end of the day I could observe my thoughts from a distance and without judgment.
Sometimes, oddly enough, I didn’t feel quite ready to answer certain questions in my morning journal, but when I revisited them at the end of the day I felt like I had more clear answers. I also noticed that my level of anxiety in the morning was always far different than how I felt at the end of the day, and it gave me some optimism for the future!

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite questions and exrsizes for journaling all wrapped up in a cute aesthetic post!

I hope everyone is having a happy and healthy October!

Happiness Journal Prompts…

Hello everyone 👋🏻

I’ve been in and out of doing my happiness journal and I loved reading through all the prompts that they offer in books and online.

As I was reading them though, I was inspired with my own that I absolutely loved and I thought everyone would love too!

I love questions that not only make you think, but make you think it different ways than you normally would!

Think of the questions that kids ask, they are so honest and unafraid to ask, it always throws you off guard in the most wonderful way!

It’s definitely been one of my favourite ways to start the day, especially with a cup of tea or coffee. ☕️

Here is my list of questions to make you smile, snicker and scratch your head:

🌸 What is your favourite plant or flower? Why is it your favourite? The colour? the smell?

🍔 When was the last time you ate your favourite food? Where were you? Who were you with?

✍️ Write down 5 not physical traits you like about yourself.

😆 Do you remember the last time you made someone laugh? Or the last time you had a good laugh? What was happening at that time?

🚗 What is a favourite road trip or vacation you’ve been on? This could be as a child or recent.

❤️ What is something selfless you did today that was out of the kindness of your own heart? It could be as little as saving a spider.

🤗 Who was the last person you hugged? How did you feel? Was is a goodbye hug or a hello hug?

🤔 What is one challenge you faced and overcame today? It can be big or little!

💕 When was the last time you helped someone? What were you doing?

🍭 What is your favourite candy and why? Or if you’re more savoury, what’s your favourite savoury snack?

✨ Who is someone you truly look up to in your life and why?

✏️ Write down 5 pivotal moments in your life so far, and write a short explanation of how they’re important.

💦 When was the last time you happy cried at a movie? Which movie was it? What was happening in the movie?

🐻 What is your favourite animal and why? I know this is a simple question but I think it tells a lot about a person 😊

⏰ If you had a stopwatch that could freeze time, what would you do with it?

💃 If you could learn any skill instantly what would it be?

🌈 This is a first thought exercise, there are no wrong answers… What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you see the colour yellow?

🌱 What is your first thought when you think of the smell of fresh cut grass?

⛈ What is your first thought when you think of a thunder storm? This could be a memory, or even something like a scene from a movie.

🎄 What was your favourite holiday growing up? Do you still love the holidays as much now?

🐕 What was your favourite childhood pet growing up? Can you recall a favourite adventure with your past pal?

🙋🏼 If you have a sibling, what is your favourite memory of them growing up?

📖 Do you remember your first book you read as a child? Or your favourite memory of a book that was read to you?

👋🏻 What little habit would you like to work on for yourself? Write down 5 action steps you can work on every day this week.

🗺 If you had the chance to re-write history once, what change would you make? This can literally be anything you want.

I hope these questions inspire you to start writing in a journal , or even jot down your thoughts on a napkin. 😊

My Top 5 Fitness Must-Haves

Hello you lovely people,

Today I wanted to talk about my favourite fitness must haves. I feel like more than ever nowadays, there is an overwhelming sea of products for fitness and healthy living. At times it can be hard to sift through that plethora of information to find an honest and experienced answer.

So here are my 5 favourite workout goodies, and why I absolutely love them!

1. And Probably my most favorite of all is the Fitbit Versa Lite. This is a necessity for me as I LOVE keeping track of things lol. The Fitbit Versa tracks my calories burned, steps, and most importantly (for me) my heart rate. I love the colors it comes in, although I definitely would have loved it even more if it came in pink. Overall it’s a wonderful device. One of my favorite features that is the most underrated is the ‘Relax’ app. It will track your heart rate while it takes you through breathing exercises, using colors to indicate if your breathing/heart rate is in a great, good, or needs work zone. I use this quite often at any time of the day if I’m feeling anxious or stressed. It is an easy and discreet way to slip in a guided meditation.

2. I decided to fully invest in some good quality resistance bands and it improved my workout game so much! I decided to get the Peach Bands Resistance bands. I did some research looking for a Canadian fitness company and I was immediately obsessed with their bright pink and purple fitness gear. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but the bands themselves are resilient and have a great feel. They don’t roll or pinch (unless you really twist them). The weight of these bands ranges from Light (10 lbs) to Xtra Heavy (35lbs) giving a broad range of weight. If you need to have heavier resistance you can easily double up on the bands and get that weight you need without any discomfort. These bands are a slender shape making it easy to use 2 at a time. They also pair great with dumbbells or by themselves for the perfect quarantine workout. (Should I do a post on my quarantine workout?!?!)

3. Sweet Sweat Workout Enhancer. This stuff has taken my cardio from average to a full-on sweat sesh. It is a bit of an adjustment applying a product like this to your skin as it’s not supposed to soak in. The whole idea is you apply it to the surface of your skin and it makes you sweat like 5x more than normal (not an actual scientific number but you get what I’m saying 😉) You apply to slow-reacting areas or spots you want to focus on in your workout and presto, you are sweating your booty off. I find it helps me be less sore in the morning and helps my muscles be less fatigued at the time of my workout.

4. Keto Bomb Coffee Creamer. Just thinking about this makes me so excited for my morning cuppa coffee. Like I’m actually salivating a little bit 😆 Save your money you would spend on expensive ‘specialty’ coffee, and try some Keto Bomb. My favorite flavors are French Vanilla and Caramel Macchiato. The best part is enjoying the amazing flavors and knowing they are a fraction of the sugar you would normally have with a regular Starbucks coffee. Not to mention you’re giving your body the fuel it needs with Vitamins like Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. I love using my Bodum frother to top it off and making it deliciously frothy and aesthetically pleasing. ☕️ ✌️

*A a side note here….specialty coffee if fun and delicious and nothing is wrong with enjoying them! I love a PSL and nothing will hold a candle to that. The amount of sugar in a food doesn’t make it ‘good’ or ‘bad’. 😘

5. Is the most basic but makes the most sense and that is a Yoga Mat. I got my yoga mat so long ago I can’t even remember the brand 😂 But I use it every workout. Not only is it an important cushion for your body but it’s nice to have a designated area laid out for working out. I find it creates guidelines for me when I’m doing exercises. It helps me center myself and check my form.

I hope everyone is having a happy Saturday and I’d love to hear about your favorite fitness goodies you can’t live without!

✌️❤️

Apps for Mental Health

I think we all can agree that everyday life can be a touch overwhelming at some times. We push ourselves a little bit further than needed sometimes, slowly adding portion upon portion to our metaphoric plate. It can take a whole lot of energy just to be a functioning human in society some days, and other days it feels like the world just can’t shut up long enough to hear our own thoughts.

One day, a not so crazy little thought popped into my head: do they have an app for that?  It made me laugh because it felt like such a “tech obsessed generation” thing to ponder. I shrugged it off because it seemed like such an obscure thing to look for in the App Store. Then, almost as if the universe was giving me a little sign, my mum told me about a really great meditation app on her phone. I looked it up and loved it. Since then I have accumulated a small collection of my favourite ‘mental health’ apps. All of the ones I have are free, excluding some of the add on ‘packages’. 

1) Headspace – Headspace is a fabulous meditation app. With meditation you certainly get what you put into it mentally. What I like most about it, is that it’s just so easy, and you can take the little tips they give you, and use them in every day life. They have a program called ‘Take Ten’, which takes you through a 10 day meditation schedule, and each session is only 10 minutes long. I never thought I’d be able to say that I love meditating! I have recommended to almost all of my friends and anyone I know who deals with a lot of stress in their life. Plus it is narrated by a man with a soothing British accent 😛

2) Relaxing – Just looking at the name of it I had high hopes 😂 I find myself wanting quiet time more and more, after work or in the morning. However, dead silence is well, too quiet, and music can be a bit overwhelming. That is where this app has really come in handy for me. It has multiple sound options on it including a waterfall, rainy night, birds chirping and even a grandfather clock ticking. For those who like white noise while you sleep this is really cool because you can set it to play a sound for a certain amount of time, then it will automatically shut off, letting you lull to sleep with no worry of having to shut the sound off, or draining your battery. I also cannot rave enough about how easy it is to use!

3) Unblock Me (Free) – So, this app is on the more productive end of the meditative scale. It’s one of my favourite puzzles to play when I’m on break at work, or just got home with a cup of tea. It ranges from very simple to difficult, and you can play with a timer or on relax mode, which I prefer because it has no timer and no pressure. It’s a very simple game of moving the blocks around to get the red one out. I used to play this game as a kid but I think it was called “Traffic Jam” where you would move the cars around to escape the jam. It’s a great way to just let your mind relax and practice some puzzle skills! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it’s a bit different than my usual beauty and fashion, but one of the other things I am most passionate about is mental health! 

Let me know of any other awesome apps or even books or anything that you know of! 

Cheers! 

~M