The Simple Habit of Meditation

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I have said it once and I am saying it again – this summer has been a whirlwind. It has been full of graduations, concerts, parties, weddings, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, baby showers, vacations…  this list goes on. It has been so much fun but to say I have not had a moment to breath would be an under statement. Besides all the exciting things in my personal life, this summer at work has been unseasonably busy as well. Which is amazing! But it is easy to get burnt out, which means stress and anxiety are pretty common outcomes.

I have talked about meditation and essential oils as aids in stressful times in the past. with that being said, I am definitely not an expert. I am just sharing what works best for me. Recently I have discovered an amazing app called Simple Habit. This app has a ton of free guided meditations to assist with a variety of different situations. Whether you need immediate anxiety relief, assistance sleeping, finding happiness, or just a simple morning meditation to start your day off right this app has it all. There are also even more meditations available to you if you sign up for their membership, but it is not required. I have been loving the Simple Habit Starter guided meditation by Cory Muscara which is a 7 day introductory course in mindful meditation. It really focuses on your breathing and is perfect for beginners or people trying to get back into meditation. These quick five minute meditations are the perfect way to get your mind back on track even in your busiest or most stressful moments.

I am in no way a wellness blogger, but I hope you are liking these tips and trips to a healthier and happier being. These are things that work for me and are not a cure all for each and every person. If you like these types of posts let me know! This is something that I have been slowly growing a passion for and would love to continue this journey of learning more and sharing with you all.

xx Casey

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Tips For Better Living

Since January I have been talking about getting back on track and reversing the damage the last couple months has done on my summer body. Well here we are in May and to say I am not ready would be an understatement. I mean don’t get me wrong.. I am SO READY for warm summer days spent at the beach and chilly summer nights sipping Rose by the water, but when it comes to pulling out the shorts and the bathing suites? Can we just pause for a second? There comes a time when the motivation finally sets in and you are ready to buckle down – and that time was yesterday in a Target dressing room trying on bathing suites.

I mean, my motivation really did start last weekend. Last week was spent eating kale, mushrooms, and any other veg I could get my hands on while biking and lifting at the gym. It was a great start and this weekend I didn’t cheat toooo bad (flashback to the Burger King run on Saturday night). But that little Target fitting room brought me back down to Earth with an intensity to keep going like no other. And I am going to share all my tips and tricks with you along the way. There will also be a two week complete detox coming up soon that I will be sharing with you here on the blog.

While browsing through Pinterest this morning while lying in bed I came across this post and I just had to share it with you, my blogging friends.

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Today also happens to be “Wellness Day” at work and it could not be more appropriate.

xx Casey

Benefits of Eucalyptus

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I’ve talked about some of my favorite essential oils on the blog in the past, but today I am going to talk about the benefits of one of my FAVORITES, eucalyptus. There are so many benefits of eucalyptus plants, and they can be used in a ton of different ways. A little tip if you are from Rhode Island – head over to Raffa Yoga in Cranston and look up their Urban Sweat Rooms. Their eucalyptus steam room is life changing. The steam helps relax muscles, remove tension and pain, and rejuvenates the body. It also assists with anti-aging, flushing out dirt and toxins, all while hydrating your skin. Can it get any better?

Let’s talk about more benefits. Most important to me is that eucalyptus oils can be used as a sleep aid, and the aromas help bring you into a deep relaxation of the body and mind. This is incredibly helpful for anyone who has anxiety, stress, or trouble sleeping. Eucalyptus is also known for its medicinal properties including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant uses.

Eucalyptus oil is also a key part in my meditation practices. On top of the relaxation effects, it also opens the nasal pathways which opens airways for deeper breathing.

Lastly, can we talk about how gorgeous it is? Eucalyptus plants are becoming increasingly popular in wedding bouquets and décor. This plant really can do it all.

What is your favorite plant/essential oil? I will definitely be talking about more in the future so stay tuned. In the meantime, I am going to light my oil diffuser in my office and have a productive Monday.

xx Casey

Creating Balance at Work

balanceToday I am sharing with you a couple quick tips on how to create balance while at work. It is easy to keep a balanced routine when at home, but when I get to work it is easy to get stressed out. So today I am sharing a couple tips to keep your mind, body, and soul activated while at the office.

Mind- 

01 Do mentally challenging tasks before easier ones. The first thing I do in the morning when I get to my desk is clean through my emails, get rid of what is junk and flag what is important, and then write down my to-do list for the day. I always start my day with the most challenging tasks first, whether it be dealing with a guest issue or detailing an upcoming group. Then in the afternoon I have time to do the easier tasks on my list without those bigger ones looming over me.

02 Take a short break midday to meditate. If you get stressed easily or have some anxiety, doing a short meditation in the afternoon can do wonders. I love the Calm App which has quick 5, 10, 20 minute meditations to help clear your mind and get you through the rest of the day.

Body – 

01 Drink a TON of water. Stay hydrated. It is so easy to keep drinking cup after cup of coffee that you forget to drink water.

02 Get up and move. While at work use the stairs not the elevators, park farther away in the parking lot, and spend the last couple minutes of your lunch break going for a quick walk. Taking a couple minutes to get your body moving after sitting at your computer all day gives you that boost you need to finish out the day strong. And it is getting nicer out, so get out there and enjoy it!

Spirit – 

01 Diffuse essential oils at your desk. The first thing I do when I walk into my office is put on my lamps and my wax melter (or whatever it is actually called). Sometimes I am melting lavender and lemon and sometimes I go for something a little sweeter like vanilla. However, I am thinking of investing in a small essential oil diffuser for my desk. Any recommendations?

02 Take the time to learn something new everyday. My number one rule in a job is to never get stagnant. There is always something new to be learned. Take a couple minutes at the end of the day and sit with a colleague and ask them questions. Most of the time they will be happy to talk to you about whatever it is you would like to learn. I like to sit in different meetings and be apart of different committees to keep myself motivated and involved.

A healthy balance of all three of these things will keep you more focused on the tasks at hand.

xx Casey

5 Favorite Quotes to Promote Positivity

Good Morning Friends! I had another post planned for you today, but if I am going to be completely honest with you.. I am just not feeling it. It is a gloomy day, I wish I was in bed with my kitten, and I really want a donut. First world problems amiright. So instead I thought I would bring you guys a little bit of positivity by sharing with you my top 5 favorite quotes for getting out of a funk.

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xx Casey

Creating Daily Intentions

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It is Monday, the beginning of a brand new week. Instead of starting your day writing yourself a To-Do List of things you would like to accomplish, today I want to talk about the importance of creating Daily Intentions. Daily Intentions allow you to choose which direction you would like your day to go. Why is this important?

Writing down your Daily Intentions helps you determine what is important to you, how you want to be, and what you want to experience. As a result, you begin to live these intentions ultimately creating the life you want. For me, this is a happier more content life. So when I write my Daily Intentions, they are focused more towards those themes. A Daily Intention does not guarantee that your day will go exactly as you planned it. Life happens. But these Intentions work as a road map to what you want to achieve.

Here a couple examples of the Intentions I like to set at the beginning of the week:

May I live in a state of peacefulness.

May I keep a focused mind today.

May I live my day in a state of continuous joy.

May I have lots of creative energy.

These are just four examples of the types of Intentions that speak to the way that I want to live my life and go about my day. These are not a list of rules, they are a list of guidelines. The whole idea is to promote a happier lifestyle.

A new week is ahead of us now, and I have a feeling it is going to be a good one! What are your intentions for the week? I hope they bring you a sense of peace and happiness.

xx Casey

Creating A Stress-Free Environment At Home

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You come home from work and there’s piles of dishes in the sink, clothes all over the floor, the counter is a mess… how do you relax? I believe your attitude is a product of your environment and when your environment is full of chaos your mind will be chaos. So to fix this mess here are five ways to de-stress your environment and help you feel more relaxed at home.

01 Incorporate Plants. Plants release more oxygen into the air which helps you breathe easier. They are also instant mood boosters! (As long as you can keep them alive longer than I can keep plants alive)

02 Get Rid of Clutter. Each night try to make it a point to organize for 30 minutes. Tidying up for just a couple minutes each nights helps alleviate things from piling up. This puts you in a great spot for the next day. Waking up in a clean and organized environment will instantly make you feel more relaxed!

03 Create an Area of Peace. Whether it be your bedroom or a corner of your living room, create an area of your home free of electronics where you can go and be at peace. I have a second bedroom in my apartment which I am slowly turning into a multi-purpose room where I can go and shut off from the world and relax. (I will be sharing a post about this in the upcoming months!)

04 Lay off Social Media. So I began to speak about this in number three, but I cannot tell you how clear your mind can be if you just lay off social media first thing in the morning. Now I know this is a hard one but if you just give that first hour of the morning to yourself, and not to looking at other people’s lives, you will begin your day in a much happier mindset. Instead put on some music, put on your favorite podcast, or play that audio book you have been listening to.

05 Make Your Bed. I know this one is kind of annoying and something that I do not always do myself, but making your bed first thing in the morning signifies to your brain that sleep time is over and it is time to wake up. Also, this just rounds back up to number 2 and creates a cleaner environment.

I hope these tips help start your week off right! Let me know if you have any other tips to creating a stress free environment at home. Also, I will be sharing even more tips in my Morning Routine coming up soon!

xx Casey

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