Time to “zzz”

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We have all had that moment where we lose track of our days, lost and confused if it’s Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday- it’s inevitable. Well I currently am experiencing this moment probably due to loss of sleep, my husband’s irregular schedule between day and night shifts, and my constant desire to not leave the house other than to workout and get some groceries due to the bitter cold.

It’s a vicious cycle that all plays into each other, but I decided that in order to break this habit, I need to fix my sleeping schedule. Lately, after the day is done, I have been if you’d like to say “binge watching” Desperate Housewives. Every time I sit down and start watching this show, I promise myself to watch one episode and then go to sleep, but low and behold the episodes keep rolling. It’s hard to have this control when there is so much drama to watch. It is just so addicting, that I keep watching up until my eyes tell me they have had enough.

So tonight, I plan on beating this vicious cycle, and attempting to sleep at a normal time rather than 3 am. I cannot emphasize how important sleep is. Lately I have felt that the longer I stay awake, the worse my body gets affected. My sleep is disrupted constantly and I am unable to enter my deep sleeping mode, which ultimately affects the rest of my day. Sleeping really does make you beautiful, both inside and out. You’re not only in a good mood but your body gets the rest it needs to do what it needs to do scientifically (not going to go into all that and bore you).

My lack of sleep has also affected my eating habits which is also not a good thing as coffee doesn’t play its caffeinated role and I tend to feel nauseous for the first half of my day. So if there is anything I can say, if you can control it, give your body the rest it needs. I cannot emphasize enough how important is to get that beauty sleep, even if it means not getting to watch your favorite show at night. TV will always be there but your hours of sleep are always ticking away.

So in honor of daylight savings tonight, honor yourself by getting in bed an hour earlier than the usual, and try to get that eight hours of sleep your body deserves! Trust me, it is all worth it at the end of the day as you will feel more productive and more energized throughout your tasks when morning comes.

Good luck in getting your zzz’s tonight! I know that I will need it for sure.



Changing Bad Habits into Good Ones

IMG_7782Quitting a habit is always a tricky thing to do. Once and for all though I’m going to try to quit smoking. This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time. I started smoking at the age of 18, and I’m currently 22.  When I first started, I thought I was so cool that I was smoking, and now, four years later, I have never regretted more making that stupid decision. I have tried continually semester after semester, to quit but unfortunately nothing has helped. This is something my parents will never understand; the fact that I really want to quit completely, but it’s a lot more complicated than they think. Quitting is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do. I’m sure though if I continue on the path that I’m on, I can eventually quit completely.

I have always been a stress-ball, and also managed to develop anxiety throughout these years, which caused me to hold on to smoking longer. When I had severe anxiety all I would want to do was drink coffee and smoke cigarettes. My anxiety got really bad and I allowed it to take over my life which ultimately managed to ruin my health. Smoking is probably one of the most disgusting habits to develop, and to get rid of as well. Thankfully though, this year I have managed to gain control over my life, and mature emotionally and physically.

The effects of smoking caused a lot of harm towards my body. My skin was affected entirely throughout these years, and as I increased the amount of cigarettes that I smoked per day, my skin worsened- I started getting acne on the side of my face, and in random areas all over my body. When I started cutting down on smoking, my face started improving. Quitting isn’t easy to do, AT ALL, but it’s something that has to be done so that the long term effects don’t end up killing me. Sure, I know I get irritated faster now, but all this anger that I get from not smoking, is now getting replaced with exercising, cutting down on coffee habits and switching to tea, chewing gum, and etc. There are several things you can do so that you can quit smoking, but you have to be fully convinced that you want to quit. I have been cutting back on cigarettes daily, and I’m currently smoking 4 cigarettes a day compared to the usual 8.

On top of that, to be even more proactive about this change, two weeks ago, I decided to go to the dermatologist – I never realized how important it was to have regular check ups with your dermatologist. My doctor prescribed me a Bioderma face wash to be used in the morning and at night.IMG_7783 I cannot explain to you guys how much better my face has become since I started using it. I also got prescribed with daily night creams as well to help moisturize as well as treat the acne. The point to all my babbling though is START taking care of your skin, regardless if you have acne or not. It’s never too late or too early to start taking care of your skin or to even quit smoking. Go book yourself an appointment and check with your doctor what treatment is best for you. Trust me when I say, it’s life changing and you feel much better afterwards. I’m one of the laziest people you will ever meet, and for me to take care of myself, this is something huge. You won’t regret it!