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Habits of the Less Stressed

Odds are, you are no stranger to stress. School, work, friends, family, there are so many things vying for our time and attention and sometimes we feel like we are…

Odds are, you are no stranger to stress. School, work, friends, family, there are so many things vying for our time and attention and sometimes we feel like we are being pulled a million ways at once and that there is no possible way to get everything done that we need to. Then, there are those people who don’t seem to feel any stress at all, even though they’ve got lives just as busy as ours. How do they do it?! How do they manage their stress and make it seem so easy? Here are 5 habits of the less-stressed people of the population.

  1. Laugh lots: Laughing every day is a great way to manage stress. Laughter releases endorphins, stimulates your lungs and heart, and improves your circulation which all help calm your stress response.
  2. Be grateful: Being thankful helps you decrease your worries and increases your focus on the positive things in life which helps fight negativity.
  3. Exercise: Working out doesn’t just strengthen your body, it also strengthens your mind. It helps you stay calm because exercising is an outlet for frustrations. It also increases the hormones in your brain that make you feel happy and good.62824517
  4. Get enough sleep: Sleep and stress go together like peanut butter and jelly. Healthy people who know how to deal with stress know that sleep is a priority. Lack of sleep can make you angry, sad, mentally exhausted, and stressed.
  5. Watch the caffeine intake: You may think of caffeine as the magical substance that helps you power through the day, but it actually may be causing you stress. Caffeine can actually increase the symptoms of stress, so limit how much you take in on a daily basis.

Stress doesn’t have to rule our lives! Hopefully these tips from people who know how to stay on top of stress help you do the same.

XOXO, Chels

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Late Night Study Sesh Stress Relievers

Do you ever have one of those nights where you’re up past midnight and on the edge of a breakdown? Most of you in high school know what I’m talking…

Do you ever have one of those nights where you’re up past midnight and on the edge of a breakdown? Most of you in high school know what I’m talking about!  Late night homework sessions are the worst and can build up endless amounts of stress. I put together some tips to help you relax in your crunch times! 

  • Lavender scents are some of my favorites. They’re so relaxing and are scientifically proven to relieve stress. I prefer burning a lavender candle next to where I’m working. Try it out!
  • I’m all about living a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes stress calls for a nice helping of your favorite ice cream! Use it for some motivation or a reward for getting all of your assignments done. Chelsea Crockett - Hot Tea
  • If you’re up late studying, let your mind rest by going to sleep and waking up earlier than you normally do. This way you can still get your studying in and give your brain a break for a little while. 
  • While you’re working, make yourself a hot drink to sip on. I suggest a hot cup of tea, either black or green. This will give you a little caffeine to get you through the long hours. It’s also super soothing, too!

What advice would you give someone for late night study sessions? Leave a comment below!

XO, Chelsea

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5 Products and Activities for Unwinding & Relieving Stress

When I see the words “stress relief” on a product, I’m automatically drawn in. Under piles of homework, hours of practice, and several shifts of work… yikes! We could use…

When I see the words “stress relief” on a product, I’m automatically drawn in. Under piles of homework, hours of practice, and several shifts of work… yikes! We could use some unwinding. I’ve discovered a few things that work to relive stress and anxiety that are all they actually say they are. Here are my 5 faves!

  1. Bath products are an amazing way to unwind. Just pop in a bath bomb and hop into the tub. You can sit back, smell the scents, and relax in the hot water. Lavender scents and spearmint are excellent anti stressors, so make those your top choices!Chelsea Crockett - Stress Relief Lotion
  2. Citrus fruits are another way to help calm your nerves. Apparently, eating and/or smelling them prevents a spike in anxiety reducing cortisol. They are called Vitamin C stress busters!
  3. Outdoor exercise is an excellent way to relieve your stress. Research suggests that being in nature helps you to get-up-and-go and reduces exhaustion. So take a bike ride or go for a jog…. it’ll help get your energy levels up!
  4. At Bath & Body Works, you can find Stress Relief Aromatherapy lotion. With its variety of scents from spearmint to tangerine, I love applying it after I get out of the shower or before I go to sleep not only to vanish away the stress but to smell good too!
  5. Meditation is proven to reduce stress and negative emotions. Try taking a yoga class or do it by yourself by dimming the lights and setting a soothing atmosphere. Get comfortable and watch the stress melt away.

I could always use more ways to relax and unwind. Let me know below what your go-to product or activity for stress relief is below!

XOXO, Chelsea

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Balancing Emotions

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?!…

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?! Learning how to balance emotions is tricky, but it can be done. Once you’ve learned how to control the way you feel, life will be a much happier place!Chelsea Crockett- worry

  1. When I am feeling stressed, upset, or unappreciated I always turn to my Bible. It reassures me that I am loved, taken care of, and that God will take care of anything that is worrying me.
  2. Make a list of everything you are thankful for. Every time you are sad or angry, read the list. You will realize how much you should be grateful for.
  3. Surround yourself with people that lift you up! If you notice a friend that is always negative or putting you down, it’s time to drop them. If they aren’t doing anything to benefit your life, it’s time to move on.
  4. Go for a run! Running releases endorphins, which, in the simple sense, makes your brain happy.
  5. Take time for yourself. I understand that school, work, sports, family, and friends can be a lot to handle at once, but it’s important to take time to breathe. Set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour a day to watch your favorite show, do a DIY project, or just hangout!

Life is good, so let’s spend it happily!

            Chelsea  

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Benefits of the Beach

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach?!  It’s the perfect place to unwind, get a tan, and have some fun!  Many don’t know this, but going to the beach…

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach?!  It’s the perfect place to unwind, get a tan, and have some fun!  Many don’t know this, but going to the beach has a handful of health and beauty benefits.  Check out how a trip to the beach can make your body happy and make you feel even more beautiful!

Taking a few days vacation from your busy schedule is extremely important. Sometimes, we try to accomplish too much and let ourselves get overly stressed.  This can lead to lack of sleep, weight gain, and mood changes.  Our brain and bodies need time to relax!  Sunlight is even proven to decrease depression!  As to our physical appearance, the beach is our best friend.  The sun is a natural source of vitamin D, which leads to healthy skin.  The salt in the ocean can also help clear up acne. (HINT: go all natural at the beach. NO makeup!)  You can even accomplish the perfect beach-wave hair!  If you haven’t gotten a pedicure in awhile or have seriously dry feet, heading to the beach can cure the problem!  Sand naturally exfoliates dead sin off your feet, leaving them smooth and soft!

I think it’s time we all pack up and head to the beach.  Who’s with me?!

Love,

Chelsea

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Stress Relievers to Get You through Finals

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Everyone’s ready to escape from the long, tiring school days, but not before our much dreaded finals. Finals equal stress… so I…

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Everyone’s ready to escape from the long, tiring school days, but not before our much dreaded finals. Finals equal stress… so I thought I’d share a few of my secrets for coping with the end of the year stress!

First things first… come up with a plan that allows you to Chelsea Crockett - Finals Plannerprioritize what tests will be first and what exams will be the hardest.  Then take some time to think about how you will prepare.  Studying notes, writing out notecards, rereading chapters, reading over past tests, etc. can all be good ideas.  Plan for study time.  Write out times for studying on your calendar and then stick to the plan.  You’ll feel organized and ready to work.

Another tip is to set your room up for success.  We all feel better when our study area is cleaned up. It’s one less thing to worry about and gives us a feeling of accomplishment already.  It helps us to think more clearly knowing our space is decluttered.

Before you study, plan a work out like running or yoga.  Get those endorphins pumping!  Make yourself a smoothie or tea and hit the books!  You’ll already feel proud of yourself by your workout so your brain will be in a good place to conquer your studies.  If you have a ton of anxiety about your finals, it’s always good to look up some breathing techniques to help oxygen flow and calm your nerves.

Use summer as a motivation to ace your exams!

Good luck! – Chels

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It IS Okay To Say “No”

Too many of us get caught up in saying “yes”.  “Yes” to doing extra tasks, “yes” to peer pressure, and “yes” to doing things we don’t want to do.  It’s…

Too many of us get caught up in saying “yes”.  “Yes” to doing extra tasks, “yes” to peer pressure, and “yes” to doing things we don’t want to do.  It’s hard to let people down or feel like the odd one out, especially when everyone around you is participating.  Remember, it IS okay to say “no” and it can lead to an easier world!Chelsea Crockett- yes and no

When you’re the head of a club or just someone who likes to plan things, it’s easy to take on every task presented to you.  Being a “people pleaser” is both a blessing and a curse.  It’s such a wonderful attribute to want people to like and appreciate you, but it can also lead to unnecessary stress.  It’s never a good idea to take on too many tasks.  Either it leads to a mediocre job or an epic mental breakdown (every girl knows what these are like).

Stay true to yourself and do what’s best for you!  It IS okay to say “no” and believe it or not, people will understand!  It’s time to do yourself a favor!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Bad Habits to Avoid

We all have our bad habits: gum chomping, nail biting, constantly fidgeting around, you name it!  There are hundreds and hundreds of bad habits that we perform each and every…

We all have our bad habits: gum chomping, nail biting, constantly fidgeting around, you name it!  There are hundreds and hundreds of bad habits that we perform each and every day; but did you know that some of these habits can actually be bad for your health?!  Keep on reading to see if you have a bad habit and how to stop it!

Food is one of my favorite things in the whole world.  I mean who doesn’t love a good snack?!  Unfortunately, many of us tend to snack when we are bored or when we aren’t even hungry!  Eventually, these snacks add up and can cause unexpected weight gain.  Also, if you are constantly snacking on junk food it can lead to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.  Instead, try snacking on fruits or vegetables.  Make yourself perfectly portioned meals and limit yourself to one or two snacks a day!

Shopping is a girl’s best friend and worst-enemy.  Spending hours in the mall can run your wallet dry!  Most of the time, we end of buying clothing items that we don’t need or will only wear once.  Next time you go to the mall, bring a limited amount of cash; that way you won’t spend your life’s savings.  Also, before purchasing an item, try envisioning multiple places you could wear it.  If you can only think of a couple, then put it back on the shelf. Chelsea Crockett- shopping habit

A bad habit that I am guilty of is over-thinking and stressing about everything!  When life throws a million things at you it’s hard not to worry.  These stresses can start to take over your life and daily thoughts.  It’s horrible!  Instead, try to focus on the positive and make a list of everything you’re thankful for.  In no time, you’ll realize that most of the stuff you are worried about is small.

Everyone has a bad habit or two.  Once you learn how to get rid of them, life gets a little easier!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Verses to Calm your Heart

This time of year is super stressful. Finals are approaching, Christmas and everything that comes with it is bearing down on you, college applications are coming due, friends and boyfriends…

This time of year is super stressful. Finals are approaching, Christmas and everything that comes with it is bearing down on you, college applications are coming due, friends and boyfriends stress you out, life can get super overwhelming! When I feel like I am under so much stress that I can barely function or I feel like I cannot take the anxiety of it all, I like to take a second and read my Bible. The Bible is full of verses that calm your heart, give you courage to keep going, and encourage you by telling you that you are not alone and that God has a plan. Here are a few of my go-to verses when I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders.

  • Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.– Isaiah 41:10pics-002-500x750
  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”– Matthew 11:28-30
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.– Philippians 4:6-7
  • Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
  • I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
  • Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.-Psalm 55:22

You are too blessed to be stressed! I hope these verses helped to calm your heart and give you courage.

Keep the faith!

XOXO, Chels

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Bath Bombs for the Stressed Teen

After a long day at school or work, the best therapy is a nice hot bath. Finals, friends, and foes can cause an unimaginable amount of stress to teens. These…

After a long day at school or work, the best therapy is a nice hot bath. Finals, friends, and foes

can cause an unimaginable amount of stress to teens. These fizzy bath bombs will help you de-
stress and unwind after a looooong day!

Dry Ingredients:chelsea crockett

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid

1/2 cup corn starch

Mix all of your dry ingredients together until they are completely combined. Then add all of the

wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Wet Ingredients:

2 ½ Tbsp sunflower oil

¾ tbsp. water

½ teaspoon lavender essential oil

¼ tsp Vitamin E oil

¼ tsp borax

Once you have comnined all of the ingredients you should spray them a little bit with witch

hazel. Then, press the mixture into molds. You could buy molds or you could just press it into

a small measuring cup to get a circular shaped bath bomb! Let the mixture dry overnight in the

molds and viola, bath bombs!

Go have yourself a bubble bath, ladies!

XOXO, Chels

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Stress, Is It Really Worth It?

Unfortunately, stress is happening everywhere, all the time.  Whether it’s in your family, your friend group, school work, or in a relationship, stress can be hard to avoid.  Although it’s…

Unfortunately, stress is happening everywhere, all the time.  Whether it’s in your family, your friend group, school work, or in a relationship, stress can be hard to avoid.  Although it’s easy to come by, is it really worth our time?  Let’s investigate.

Think about that boy you were talking to at school.  You felt like things were going great, but he never seemed as interested as you did.  You constantly thought about what you were doing wrong, when in reality he wasn’t ready for a relationship.  Nothing you did was wrong, and yet, you spent sleepless nights stressing over it.  Is that guy really worth your happiness and time?Chelsea Crockett- Matthew 6 34

We spend hours a week worrying and stressing over things that may not even come true or weren’t even a problem in the first place.  Although it’s hard not to stress, keep it to a minimum and learn to move on quickly.  Life has too many amazing opportunities and caring people in it to worry about the people that aren’t worried about you.  Don’t give stress your time of day.  Instead, go for a run, have a long talk with friends, or do something to take your mind off the given situation.

Life is beautiful!  Kick stress to the curb, it isn’t worth your time!

Love,

Chelsea

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Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Stress can consume our lives. It can make us forget about the joy that lies throughout our day.  Even the biggest blessings can get overlooked, because stress consumes our thoughts,…

Stress can consume our lives. It can make us forget about the joy that lies throughout our day.  Even the biggest blessings can get overlooked, because stress consumes our thoughts, actions, and outlook on life.  The Bible says not to be stressed or anxious about anything, but to pray and give thanksgiving to God.  We are all too blessed to be stressed!Chelsea Crockett- bible verses for stress

Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t even realize something great happening in your life, because you were too busy stressing? Suppose it’s the night before your big test, but you were too busy fighting with your boyfriend or girlfriend to study.  When you walk into class the next day, you’re too worked up to even realize that the test was postponed.  You overlook the blessing of the test being cancelled and continue dwelling on the fight.  Small blessings can have a huge impact, even though they might seem minimal.  Every time something like this happens it’s God’s way of saying, “I’ve got your back.”

Challenge yourself to thank God more for the blessings he has put in your life rather than stress out about anything. There’s nothing on this earth that can override God’s blessings.  He is SO good!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Does Stress Give You Bad Skin?

             School, drama, and life in general can be stressful at times.  Unfortunately, this stress isn’t just giving you a headache; it may be giving you bad skin!  Different types…

             School, drama, and life in general can be stressful at times.  Unfortunately, this stress isn’t just giving you a headache; it may be giving you bad skin!  Different types of stress affect your skin differently.  By examining your skin, you may be able to determine what type of stress you’re suffering from and how you can help it!

            Worrying and anxiety are the two biggest types of stress.  Worrying causes inflammation, dark under eye circles, dryness, and increased sensitivity.  The more sensitive your skin is, the more prone you are to breakouts and the dreaded zits.  Anxiety can cause a decrease in health.  When someone is anxious, they tend to put less of an emphasis on caring for their skin and body.  Exercising becomes less and less, grabbing fast food is the easier option, and going to sleep without taking your makeup off becomes more and more frequent.  All of these factors can cause weight gain, poor skin, and a lack of nutrition.  The easiest and most effective ways to stop stress is to relax!!  Set time aside for yourself, hangout with your friends, watch a funny movie, or go for a run.  Also, make sure to get plenty of sleep!  By doing Chelsea Crockett- friendsone of these activities once a day, your stress levels will reduce dramatically.

Stress can take such a toll of your body.  Other than the occasional tears, many do not realize the underlying effects stress takes on your body.  Take care of yourself and don’t let stress control your life!

Love,

Chelsea

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How to stress less

Stress is no good. It isn’t good for your body, it isn’t good for your emotions, and it sure isn’t pleasant for the people around you either! When you are…

Stress is no good. It isn’t good for your body, it isn’t good for your emotions, and it sure isn’t pleasant for the people around you either! When you are stressed, your quality of life is not high and you just aren’t a happy camper! Here is how to stress less so that you can be a happier, healthier you!

  1. Dance it out. Feeling stressed? Blare your music and just dance.
  2. Talk about it. Grab a girl friend, take her to Starbucks, grab a latte, and just talk to her. Spill your guts to her. It will make you feel so much better!53d9b1416a0558.85782649
  3. Take a walk. Exercising gets your endorphins pumping, which make you happier! Being happy helps lower stress. Also, I have found that exercising gives me great time to think.
  4. Go to bed earlier! If you are sleepy, you are unhappy, which can just lead to more stress!
  5. Hug it out. Seriously. Grab your mom, and give her a good ole bear hug.
  6. Do something good for others. When I am serving others, it makes me so happy! I love knowing I am helping someone else and making a difference in their life.

Do any of these things help you stress less? I have so much going on in my life right now, so it really helps to be able to handle my stress in a positive way. How do YOU stress less?

XOXO, Chels

 

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7 Verses for the Stressed Insider

Are you ever under so much stress that you feel like you just cannot take it? So you ever get anxious and get wrapped up in all of your worries?…

Are you ever under so much stress that you feel like you just cannot take it? So you ever get anxious and get wrapped up in all of your worries? The one thing I do when I am under a ton of stress and feel the weight of the world on my shoulders is pray and read my Bible. Here are 7 verses to read when you are stressed.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Romans 8:18 “The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” chelsea crockett praying

3. Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, pour your hearts out to Him, for God is our refuge.”

4. Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

5. Romans 8:28 “And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

6. Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

7. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”

Praying makes me feel so much better when I am stressed, and I know it can do the same for you!

XOXO, Chels

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Stretch, It’s Good For The Body!

Whether it’s before or after a workout, randomly throughout the day, or before you go to sleep, a good full body stretch is a great way to relax the body…

Whether it’s before or after a workout, randomly throughout the day, or before you go to sleep, a good full body stretch is a great way to relax the body and the mind.  It doesn’t matter if you are athletic or not…stretch because it’s good for you!Chelsea Crockett- stretching

If you’re an athlete, stretching regularly will increase flexibility!  This can make it easier to run by increasing your range of motion and can keep you from getting injured when playing a sport or weight lifting.  When you stretch, blood and nutrients get to the muscles quicker, which will reduce muscle soreness.  It also improves posture, which can help burn calories and improve your overall appearance!

Not only does stretching help you out physically, but mentally as well!  By taking 15 minutes a day to stretch, you will be more relaxed and less stressed.  Stretching releases tension from the body and allows it to go into a state of relaxation.

Next time you’ve got time to kill, do the body some good and stretch!

Love,

Chelsea

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