De-Stress

My second year of University is coming with many more challenges than first year, as I’ll now be balancing classes, homework, working part-time, and working-out. On top of that I won’t have the luxury of my parents cooking and cleaning for me and will have to fit time in for that as well!

We all live these hectic lives and can all agree that it gets pretty stressful. As someone whose body and mind react very poorly to stress, I know how important it is to take control of that. Health is the number one priority in your life and you are always in control!

Here’s some simple ways to de-stress and relax:

1. Meditation and Yoga: Both will calm and slow your body and mind down. Turn off your appliances and breathe!

2. Take a Walk: For me, walks always ease my mind and make me feel rejuvenated. Rather than riding my bike or taking the bus to and from class or the library, I walk! It may take an extra 5-10 minutes out of my day, but it’s so worth it for my health.

3. Be Mindful: There is no point in worrying and getting stressed out about things that you cannot control. Look at the situation in the perspective of what you can do about it and make decisions that work for you.

4. Drink tea: Whether it’s alone or with friends, the act of sipping a delicious (and healthy!) tea slows the body down and brings you to that moment and that moment only!

5. Get Sleep: This one is tough for students, but will make your life so much easier. 8 hours a night, no excuses.

6. Eat well: Polishing off an entire bag of chips while studying is an extremely easy task, but won’t benefit you at all. Take that extra time to make yourself something healthy and you’ll have the fuel to work hard and finish your homework in half the time.

7. Laugh and Love: It sounds super cheesey, but it’s so important! When I feel a mini-mental breakdown coming on, I immediately text or call my parents. It helps that my mom’s a life coach and can talk me through my stressful situation, but we all have close friends and family that bring us back to feeling the happiness we all deserve.

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What’s your favourite way to de-stress?

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Yoga Challenge

With the blog name “run towards zen”, you’d expect me to be a super calm and zen-like person. But, I’m still working on that, starting with yoga. I love yoga and know it is so important for my health and for my running. But, after I finish my run or bike, strength training and work a full day at Starbucks, it’s hard to find the motivation to hit the mat.
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That means it’s time for a 21-day yoga challenge! They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Not sure if that’s completely accurate, but regardless I’m just going to go with it. I’m hoping posting it for the world to see will keep be accountable and motivated, so some words of encouragement are welcomed!!

This does not mean I’ll be doing hour-long sessions of intense power yoga every day. Some days may just have to end up being 10 minutes of some easy poses and a good meditation.

How yoga benefits running:

Running is an extremely repetitive form of exercise, and therefore creates tightness in your muscles making you susceptible to injuries. To avoid injury, it is important for runner’s to be flexible and strong! As we know, yoga poses aid our flexibility and are a form of stretching. It will loosen and lengthen your muscles to make us not only flexible but also stable!

When I first started practicing yoga, I honestly expected it to be pretty easy. I was wrong. It is not just sitting on a mat stretching. Yoga is a full body workout and works muscles you probably won’t know existed until you attempt to hoist your body of the ground using only your arms.

Lastly, the best part of yoga (in the opinion) is its ability to restore and calm your body and mind. It is definitely the best way to relax after hard workouts.

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Do you struggle to motivate yourself to get on the mat? Join my yoga challenge! As my favourite yogi/instagrammer Rachel Brathen says #yogaeverydamnday!