How to Get to Sleep So You Can Wake Up Earlier

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I start school this week and there is one thing that I hate the most when it comes to this time of the year. I fucking hate waking up early. I am a night owl. Mornings are just not for me. I wish I knew why I hate mornings so much. If I could wake up before 12 it would be a miracle. That’s not to say I don’t wake up when I have to for classes or work but trust me, I am not in the best of moods.

The biggest problem I have is that I will literally skip school because I don’t want to wake up. One of my New Years Goals was to start waking up earlier. I want to be able to get up more than 10 minutes before I have to go somewhere. I really want to be one of those people that go to bed early and have half their to-do list done before it’s even the afternoon. To reach these goals I have decided to compile a bunch of tips I have found while doing my own research on how to get up earlier.

  1. Turn Off Electronics

I love watching TV before bed or checking Insta one last time. I’ve quickly realized that I don’t listen to myself though. I will try and squeeze in another episode in or lose track of time while playing Sims or on social media. I always stay up later than I want because I can’t disconnect. That is why I am trying to close the electronics an hour before I want to go to bed. I have replaced that hour with reading/writing time. There are plenty of studies that say that it’s better for you. It helps your brain calm down or something like that. I love to read but as the older I get, I find I have less time to dedicate to it. Now that I am disconnecting I have been able to read more.

2. Change Your Environment

This was an interesting topic that I read up on. I read that turning down the thermostat in your room helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better. I naturally like when my room is cooler when I sleep. After realizing this connection I started to actually change the temperature to 18 degrees Celsius before bed. I also read that spraying lavender scents help calm you down and put you to sleep. Though I don’t do this because it doesn’t super interest me, I know it could work for other people. Don’t get me wrong, I love essential oils. I’ve tried it before and for whatever reason, it just didn’t work for me.

3. Meditation

I love meditation, it makes me feel great. I especially love it for falling asleep. When my anxiety it really helps me calm down and go to bed. I started putting it into practice even when I’m happy. If you’re someone who loves meditation I would try it before bed. Now, if you fall into the “I hate meditation” or “What are you talking about?” category fair enough. I actually have an app that I love for beginners and people who aren’t totally convinced. Breathe is a guided meditation app. You simply put in how you’re feeling and it gives you their suggestions of guided meditations to help you improve how you’re feeling. I’ve been using this app for years. I’ve seen the app Calm being advertised everywhere on social media. It’s fine but you need to pay for most of the features. Breathe has an option to pay but a bulk of their meditations are free. I like free, no I love it. As a broke student, I don’t have 15$ a month to spend on an app that I’m not using multiple times a day. So I highly suggest Breathe.

4. Just Go to Bed Earlier

I know this seems crazy but it actually works. Set an alarm for when you want to go to bed or when you want to get up. Just be strict on yourself until it becomes a habit. This can be done in little steps. If you always go to bed at 2 am. Then make it a goal to close our eyes at 12 even if you don’t fall asleep right away. Look back on other tips for falling asleep aid. I have been trying really hard to slowly go to bed early. It doesn’t even have to be dramatic. Your goal can start off by being 10, 20, 30 minutes earlier than you usually go to bed. Whatever works best for you to get up earlier.

These were my 4 suggestions to help you get up earlier. It’s all about going to bed earlier too. I hope you liked these tips and I would love to know if you’ve ever tried these tips. If you’re a morning person I would love to know what your secret is.

I also filmed a YouTube video if you want to know more tips on this topic.

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My Seasonal Depression Tips // Blogtober Day #7

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I’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but I thought I would dedicate a whole post about this. The colder weather is coming and so is my seasonal depression. I have suffered with depression on and off for a few years now. I know when winter comes along it really starts to manifest in my life. I have a post talking about season depression if you’d like to read it. This post is about preventing things like season depression, anxiety and all around having good mental health this fall.

I know a lot about mental health and now to take care of it. Like everyone though, I am a normal person and I slip up sometimes. Sometimes I feel myself not feeling too great and then I realize that there are things that I can do to prevent feeling yucky. Here are some of my tips on how to stay feeling happy through the fall and winter seasons.

  1. Cut out unhealthy things

I don’t mean unhealthy foods per say but every now and again take a second to look around and reflect on the things that are making you unhappy. Whether it be a friend, your job, school whatever it is, pin it down. If you can’t pin it down maybe, it’s time to get external help and talk to a professional. If you can pin it down cut it out. I know that can be scary or difficult but it’s worth it. If it’s a friend, you will find other friends. If it’s your job, apply to other jobs. Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and get rid of the things that are dragging you down.

  1. Self-care

Take time for self-care. Self-care doesn’t have to be bubble baths and painting your nails if that’s not your thing. Take time to shower, brush your teeth, make sure you are clean, this helps a lot with self-esteem. Self-care is also doing your favourite hobby, eating your favourite food, watching your favourite movie. It is whatever makes you feel happy inside. Do things that bring you job even if it seems selfish. Self-care is also learning to say no to things that you don’t want to do and yes to the things you do. Self-care is all about taking care of yourself and doing things for you.

  1. See professional help

This is a very scary one for most people. Seeking help is like admitting there is something wrong or that you are not strong enough to do it by yourself. I am here to tell you that that isn’t true. Seeking help does not mean there is something wrong with you. Just talking to a therapist can help so much. There are a lot of people that have a therapist or see professionals for other things just to have someone to talk to. You don’t tell people that see a doctor a failure because they couldn’t fix themselves. So, don’t say that about yourself.

  1. See the good in things

Every day I try to take a moment and write down what I am grateful for. I also write down the things that I am unhappy about. I just let myself write and see what it brings me. Sometimes it can be hurtful to see the things I have to say, yet it’s therapeutic. I feel good. I also love to take time to force myself to find something in my day that made me happy. It is impossible that nothing in your day made you happy. There is always something to be grateful for or happy about. Some people call this gratitude writing I just call it journaling. It really is nice, and I suggest everyone to try it.

These are some of my favourite tips for the upcoming months. Putting yourself first and thinking about yourself is not selfish. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.

The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is a really incredible book and suggest everyone who is struggling to read it. It talks about letting go of the things that make you unhappy and putting yourself first. Stop caring about what others think and just be you. You can get it here!

Are there any other tips you guys have for dealing with your mental health during the colder months? Do you guys struggle with your mental health? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you tomorrow.

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My No Spend November Tips // Blogtober Day #6

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I’m a crazy person. I have decided that a long time ago, but I thought I would just share it with you guys. I decided to do a no spend November. I understand if the minute you read that you decided to just get out of here. You could also be saying “Clara…I think you’re confused…it’s October.” That is correct my lovely friends, it is indeed October. I just need a lot of planning and mental preparation for November.

I have decided in the month of November I will not be spending any money on things that are not budgeted. To clarify I will be paying my bills, buying groceries and probably spending out of the Christmas budget. Other than that, I will not be buying anything else. No take out, no clothes, no things for fun. I will not be wasting any money on things I don’t need but convince myself that I need because I want it. You feel me? So, I thought since I am preparing for a no spend November that maybe I should share some tips for you guys in case you are planning and doing the same.

What is your motivation?

I think this is more of setting yourself up for success more than a tip. I think it’s important for you to have a real reason for a no spend month. If you don’t know why you’re doing it, it’s easier to make a mistake and mess up. My boyfriend and I want to go on a trip, so we need to save up some money to do that. After looking at my bank account I realized that I need to stop spending and be making money. My motivation is being on the beach somewhere sometime in January. I can’t tell you your motivation. I can tell you thought it has to be something that will motivate you enough for you to put that new item down and say you want something else more.

Look at your expenses

Before going into a no spend month I suggest looking at your bank account and see where your money is going. When I decided to do this, I was seeing my savings account dropping like flies and didn’t know why. When I looked at everything I was spending my money on I realized that I was basically just wasting money. I was going to the expensive grocery store a lot just to buy quick meals because I didn’t feel like cooking.  I also bought a lot of fast food. Worst of all I was buying things just to treat myself. If I want to be able to save more money this month I can’t just be treating myself. Looking at your expenses will put everything in a bigger picture. It will also help you pinpoint your weak spots. Where does your money go? So, the next time you want to buy take out or get expensive snacks or whatever your money trigger is, think again.

Have a budget

This may sound a bit crazy but know a budget. The last time I went grocery shopping I calculated practically down to the last cent how much it was going to cost me. By doing that it helped me not just add things to the cart because they looked good. I made a meal plan added everything to the list that I needed to get and saw how much it would cost me. I said that was the max amount I was paying for groceries for the next two week and I stuck to it. I will be doing this from now on. I found that it helped me a lot when I stuck to a list. I also price match and coupon which helps out a lot. This can go for everything else that you need to spend money on that month. If you can’t get out of paying 80$ for your bus ticket or 50$ for your phone, put that in the budget. Be aware of what needs to be spent and tell yourself you can’t go over that amount.

Tell other people/ do it with someone

I think this is one of my most helpful tips. It is proven that you are more likely to accomplish something if you have other people motivating you. I am doing no spend November with my boyfriend, so we get to support each other when it’s difficult. If you have a close friend or even a significant other or family that you can get on board to not spend it will be way easier. It can also become a bit of a competition to see who will crack first. Get someone to join you and you will most likely succeed.

These are some of my no spend November tips.  I would love to hear if any of you guys are planning on not spending this November. If so are there any tips that I missed? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you guys tomorrow.

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My First Week Of School // Back To School 2018

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The first week of school is finally over! I hope everyone made it out alive. For those of you who haven’t started yet, I wish you luck. For those who have, are you as tired as me?

I am fortunate to say that I love the program I am in. I love what I am studying. I know that the Arts, Literature and Language: multidisciplinary program (a college Art Degree) is the best fit for me. For some of you guys who don’t know my past struggles with school, I have a YouTube video all about why I dropped out of college. In brief, I went from a horrible horrible situation in my life to one where I feel like I can actually have a future. Though I was pursuing an art degree at another school it was not where I wanted to be.

My first week has been crazy. It has been trying to figure out a new sleeping schedule, it’s been figuring out how to eat, yup how to eat and where all my classes are and if I like the teachers. For the most part, I’ve been falling asleep super early and naturally waking up at 6 am yet I force myself to sleep till 7. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but it’s like I hate the idea of being up at 6. Like why wake up at a reasonable hour and get ready for school when you can rush?

I’ve also been eating less because I don’t have time to eat. Some of my days are back to back classes from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. I can’t just eat a full meal during class so it’s become eating little bits every now and again when I can. Also, cafeteria food is just not worth it! It was so expensive. I’m bringing my own food or waiting it out next time. (Which I usually do but the other day I was in a pinch).

So far I’ve been really liking my classes, even the classes I wasn’t too sure about. I’m excited to see where my classes will take me. All my teachers seem awesome and the actual content is interesting and engaging.

I have a locker buddy who is super nice but I’ve only seen her once. I leave most of my stuff in my locker much like I said in my backpack post. It’s been working out really well. I’m really happy with my decision to take fewer things to school. It has made my life so much easier. The only thing I will be adding to my bag is Tylenol because I’ve been getting a lot of headaches at school since it’s so loud and I think I’m tired.

I own an Apple watch. Over the summer I didn’t really wear it but I think I’m going to start wearing it more often. I noticed there were times where I wanted to know what the time was but some teachers are super strict about phone use. So I’m going to start wearing my watch so I can see the time. It’s such a super simple thing but I’m so used to using a phone to check the time. It doesn’t help that very few of the classrooms in my school have clocks. WHY? I don’t know! But I would love to know why.

So this is basically a sum up of my week. I’m super happy and can’t wait for the rest of this semester. I would love to know how everyone else’s first week is going? If this is not your first week of school I would still love to hear from you guys too!

Also if you guys didn’t see my last post I have created a Student Planner! You can purchase my planner on ETSY for is on sale right now for only 1.50$ for a limited time!!!! I swear that it is the best planner for your money and it will help you like crazy! Check it out here!

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Why I Don’t Use a Backpack! // Back To School 2018

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It’s back to school season! Who else is super excited to go back to school, cause I know I am? I thought I would make a back to school series for the next few weeks leading up to school starting. I will be going back to college this year for my second semester and I am really in love with what I’m studying. I really wanted to share my tips and tricks and maybe even some inspo for you guys for back to school.

So I know the title may be surprising to everyone. No backpack? Then what do you use? Now, let’s start at the beginning before we get ahead of ourselves. I have always used a backpack since my first day of pre-school all the way up to last year. I have had them all, the ones with my favourite animated characters, the suitcase backpack, the fashionable backpack, you name it I had it. Last year I ended up using a very ugly but sturdy backpack. I was just lugging around so much stuff that I needed something that could hold all my stuff.

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This year I decided I was tired of it. I was tired of carrying around all this shit that I didn’t need. I was tired of my bag being so heavy for no reason. So I decided this year that I was done with it. I was not living that hell again. I bought myself a large purse and said everything is going to fit in here whether I like it or not.

You can actually grab my exact bag here. I love Aldo! Their bags are always amazing! Honestly, if you’re looking for a good quality bag they are the place to go.

Now it was time to get rid of all those extra things. I started off first with my notebook. I had the amazing idea of using a 5 subject notebook last year for all my classes. I think it was just super easy to know that I had all my notes for all my classes at all times. The only problem is that the notebook was heavy. So I was super excited when I saw that they sold 5 subject notebooks but smaller.

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Then it was to take out the 2 or 3 pencil cases I had. I only very used like three things, a pencil, an eraser and a pen. I didn’t need all the colourful pens and the sharpies and all the extra little things I had in my pencil cases. I downsized to one pencil case that really has the bare minimum. The only thing I added to the three things listed above was white out and highlighters and one sharpie. Now it’s light and I only have to worry about one pencil case.

Next, I decided to get rid of the three agendas. Yes, I had three agendas. One for school and one for personal/ school stuff. I decided to condense everything into one agenda. It’s actually a teacher’s planner. I bought it for like 1$ at Target when I went to visit my friend Lauren. I realized a teacher planner was perfect to see when my homework and exams were. I also noticed I never really used my personal agenda. I just didn’t think to use it. Everything is already on my phone so I didn’t need it. That again frees up a lot of space.

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School books. They are a pain in my ass. Now that I’m in college I have a lot more textbooks. Last year I left all my textbooks at home and brought them to school when I needed them. I had a locker, everyone! Yet I chose to have all my books at home. This year I am determined to do a 360 and bring home the books I need rather than have to lug them to school every day.

I was bringing a water bottle and a travel cup to school every day. I would have my tea in one and my water in the other. Liquids get heavy! Plus I would just have an empty travel cup to carry when I was done my tea. I don’t believe I need to drink a tea to be awake in the morning. I prefer just drinking water. I feel like a nice cup of cold water in the morning wakes me up better than any caffeine does. So I am dropping the caffeine in the morning from now on.

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Two books usually ended up in my bag. In case I got bored with the one book I was ready I would bring another one. So yeah, I will be sticking to one book at a time. I don’t think I need to make it clear that books get heavy. I will be working on not bring a ridiculous amount of books too school.

I have never once used a personal hygiene bag every in my life. I have never used a toothbrush or deodorant or floss or band-aids or any of those little things. They were just taking us space in my bag. The only things I do use is Tylenol/Advil and a tampon. So I will leave a small container of pain relievers in my bag and tampons when I need them. I will probably have a separate bag for the days I have gym class with deodorant and perfume because I have a class after. That I will leave at home and just throw it in my bag on the days that I will need it. Other than that it’s really a waste of space to have all those things on a daily bases. If it works for you that’s awesome but for me, it’s just clutter.

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So these are all the reasons why I will not be using a backpack every again. I want to have a more minimalist school year. I wrote this post not to make anyone think that my way is the only way but more to not make the same mistakes as me. You can put all the things I’m bringing to school into a backpack. I just simply chose a bag because to me it’s more fashionable.

I want to know, do you guys bring backpacks to school? Are any of you stuck in the same runt as me bringing too much stuff to school? Leave me to comment I would love to know.

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My Tried and True Travel Tips – Day #23

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Since I am a seasoned professional who knows how to travel I thought I would share with you guys my tips. Okay, that’s a lie but I do have a hard time travelling. So, I have a bunch of tips to help uneasy travellers. The thing with travelling is that you have to find your comfortable so without further ado here are some of my tips.

Water

One of the most important things ever and I mean ever is to stay hydrated. I’m sure there is a scientific reason behind this but I have no clue what it is. Travelling is very dehydrating. Whether you’re taking a plane or a train or even a car, your skin and body will suffer. I am always thirsty during a trip so I bring a refillable water bottle. I know a lot of people worry about having to stop to pee but I’ve never had problems with that. Maybe I’m superhuman and know how to control my bladder really well, I don’t know. I just don’t think worrying about having to pee is a huge concern. If you’re on a plane, train or bus most times than not there is a bathroom. (Even if it’s covered in poop) If you’re in a car every couple of miles there is a rest stop. If you’re really in the middle of nowhere, it’s time to pop a squat on the side of the road. Don’t worry, we’ve all done it.

A Book (Entertainment) 

I read. So this tip can be open to interpretation. I like to call this tip “distract yourself as best you can”. For anxious travellers like myself, it’s easier if I am distracted by something so I don’t feel trapped. That is my number one panic attack trigger when I travel, entrapment. This tip can also manifest in the form of a movie, music, or even a little game on your phone. This can be whatever you know that will distract yourself. You know yourselves better than I know you. Grab something and make sure it’s close that will be a quick boredom reliever.

Have All Your Documents

This may sound stupid but honestly, you’d be surprised. I have seen it first hand, getting to the border or getting onto a train and realizing…an important thing is missing. Why would you leave without your tickets, passport, or wallet? It happens. Things stay on counters and in bags that were changed out last minute. If you’re an anxious traveller I suggest making sure everything is together the night before. I also like being the one in charge of everyone’s things. If I’m travelling in a group for whatever reason I feel less stressed if I’m in charge of other people. I guess in some twisted way if I have to take care of someone else my anxiety has to go away because I have to be strong and in control for others. If that is for sure not for you, do the opposite, make sure someone else is in charge of you.

A Good Pair Of Sneakers

The only thing I travel in is sneakers. No flip-flops, no heals (Jenna Marbles anyone? Is that too old of a reference?) no anything. If you don’t have a comfortable pair of ugly sneakers or cute workout ones pick some up. They’re like 20$ at Walmart or Target. You will never thank anyone more. Wear something comfortable especially if you know you’ll have a lot of transfers and moving around you’ll have to do. I had a couple of transfers on my last trip and it helped so much to be in sensible shoes.

So here you have it, 4 of my tried and true tips for travel. There are plenty more I could share but I had to end somewhere. If you want to know more trips for anxious travellers tell me! Do you guys have any tips and tricks yourselves?

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Top 5 Summer Health Tips – Day #17

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I don’t think I talk about this much but living a healthy lifestyle is very important to me. I think it’s something that a lot of people don’t make time for when they really should. Winter is the time where people make more of an effort just because it’s easier to get sick. It’s important to keep healthy habits even during the summer

Sunscreen

I think I talk about this a bit or at least mentioned my favourite sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun. The older you get the more at risk you are for skin cancer. As much as all my friends around me tell me that you can’t live your life in fear you can take two seconds to put on some sunscreen. I always recommend sunscreen that is organic and has ingredients you understand. It also helps with the discolouration of skin, sun rays make scars more prominent.

Water

Drink water, hydrate! I know everyone hears this all the time but it really is important. If you don’t want to suffer a heat stroke or dehydration just drink some water. I always carry around a water bottle with me. That way it keeps me accountable with how much water I’m drinking. I just have one that came in a pack from Costco. There’s 24 oz in it. I try to drink two to three whole bottles a day. If I’m out in the sun for a lot of the day I try and drink more.

Physical Activity

Working out is always a good idea but I know a lot of people hate working out. So I suggest doing some light activity. I like to do Yoga every morning. (Or when I get my ass out of bed early enough) It’s not too hot yet and it’s quiet. It’s just a great experience. If you can drag out a yoga mat to your backyard and just spend a few minutes soaking up the fresh air then you will be feeling better than ever.

Vitamins

Vitamins are an iffy things. I’m no doctor but honest it’s important to be taking the supplements you need. I take the 1 A Day Woman vitamins because it has everything I need. I suggest talking to a doctor or pharmacist to see what could be best for you. I see a difference when I take my vitamins. I feel like my immune system is stronger and I don’t get as sick as often. It’s something I highly recommend looking into.

Your Diet

What you eat is really important to feel healthy. During the summer I feel like I gravitate towards fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s the perfect season to buy certain things. I find fruits and veggies are cheaper during this season. At the end of the day like the quote goes, you can’t outrun a bad diet. The best way to feel healthy during the summer is to skip the fast food and eat fresh food.

Well, I hope all these tips help you guys. I would love to hear you guy’s tips if you have some! Here’s to a happy and healthy summer.

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