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Creating consistency

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We’re almost at the time of the year where we are going to be thrown into a completely different schedule as the semester begins. While a huge change can really mess with our bodies and minds, there are a few things we can do now to prepare ourselves for that schedule change.

An essential part to staying healthy and happy is getting your body on a consistent schedule. I really am the last person that should talk about consistent schedules. I am a student and a bartender, which means a lot of early mornings and many late nights. But because of this, having a routine is one of the things I want the most in my life right now. I would love to be able to wake up and go to sleep at the same time everyday. I know just how much my erratic sleeping and eating schedule can mess with me. However, there are still a few things we can all do to help our body establish some consistency.

There is one simple technique I hear about constantly: start off your morning with a full glass of water. Now, I definitely need to improve on this myself, but I am a firm believer that this really does make a huge difference in kick starting the mornings. Water is the best thing for our bodies, and since we need so much in a day, starting off the day with one glass is an easy way to get a head start. After a refreshing glass of water, it’s important to nourish our bodies with a healthy breakfast. Think protein and produce. Eggs, veggies and fruit make up the perfect, delicious breakfast. And after breakfast, I advise to always leave the house with a full water bottle. Ever since I started doing this, I have significantly increased my water intake, and it has helped me to avoid not-so-good-for-me drinks like soda and other sugar filled drinks. Adding these simple tasks into your morning will get you off to a great start for a morning routine.

Keeping a consistent nighttime routine is also essential to keeping our bodies in check. When you think about a night routine, try to think relaxing and winding down. For me this means a shower, lighting a candle, maybe reading a book, and of course, more water! Those are only a few of the things you could add to your nightly routine to help you wind down and get ready for a good night’s rest, so create a routine that works for you.

No matter what, establishing some consistency for your body will help you feel more rested and at ease. Start introducing yourself to a routine now so that by the time fall semester rolls around, we are already all set to take on our new schedules and challenges.

Alicia Diedrich

Slather on the SPF

With the heat of summer finally hitting us this week, it is important that we keep a few things in mind to stay healthy and happy during this hot and humid season! I find that the two most important ways to keep yourself healthy in the summer are sunscreen and water.

Since your skin is your body’s first line of defense, it is essential to take great care of it. I know that summer tan would look great, believe me (I am about as pale as a ghost). But I have learned to embrace my paleness and I am so glad I learned my lesson about tanning. I may regret the few years I spent going to tanning beds and laying out in the sun, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take better care of my skin now. I know you’ve probably heard it over and over again, but make sure you are putting on sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY. I actually know someone who got sunburned through their long pants just a few days ago, so even if you think you’re covered, you may not be! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your skin. So put on that sunscreen and protective clothing.

One of my best tips is to use a daily facial and daily body moisturizer with SPF in it. This way you’re not adding yet another inconvenient step to your routine, you’re moisturizing and protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays at the same time. However, if you’re spending many long hours outdoors, you should be applying SPF multiple times throughout the day, especially if you are swimming, or working out and sweating a lot. But you should also apply a few times a day even if this isn’t the case. You can find more sunscreen tips here.

Keep your skin burn-free and tan-free now and your body will thank you later. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water this summer. Here are some great tips on how to make staying hydrated easy.

Alicia Diedrich

Hydration Station: tips on how to drink enough water

water-image1We hear it all the time. “Maybe you should be drinking more water.” “You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water everyday.” “Stay hydrated.” We are advised to make water a bigger part of our lives but how many of us are actually drinking enough water?

Water has unbelievable health benefits. Not only is it used for just about every internal bodily function in the human body, but it can also keep our skin clearer and our muscles stronger. So why is it so difficult to drink enough of this life-giving liquid?

I have had this problem in the past, too. I’ve tried it all – setting alarms  on my phone to remind me to drink more water, carrying around the biggest water bottle that I would possibly find, rewarding myself with a Reese’s every time I emptied a glass of water. None of those methods stuck. Trial and error, though, my friend. So here are a few hydration tricks that have worked for me.

First off, I bring my water bottle with me everywhere I go. Yes, it can be obnoxious at times to hold on to and can add some weight to my bag at times, but I have its physical presence constantly reminding me to take a sip of water here and there. The more I drink, too, the less weight I have to carry around.

Another thing that I have found makes me drink more water is having a water bottle with a straw in the cap. When I am sitting in front of my computer, typing away to you people, I can drink through my straw usually without even noticing. This has created an awesome habit of subconsciously drinking water and has also gotten rid of my bad boredom-eating habit!

Speaking of eating, you can also get more water by eating lots of fruits and veggies. Just like us humans, fruits and veggies are also mainly comprised of water. This means that a handful of grapes, a few stalks of celery and an apple could also help you stay hydrated.

Lastly, I sometimes get sick of water. In order to switch things up, I add some drops of Mio water flavor or Dasani drops. These tasty little drops work like food coloring – all it takes is one or two drops to completely change plain water into lemonade or fruit punch. These help me avoid sugar-packed sodas or juices.

Have more ideas on how to drink enough water everyday? Feel free to share by commenting on this post or hitting us up on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions!


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