Tips on psyching yourself up for a shift or work day!

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope your weekend is as fabulous as you (which is, like, super fab) and you accomplish any and all of your goals. I only work one day this weekend so I’m pretty excited to have time to complete my homework for the upcoming week and clean house. My niece is staying with us this weekend and I have tons of fun things for the two of us to do. I try to spend as much time with her as possible, since I work during the weekends and that’s the only time she visits us.

Speaking of work, I mentioned last week that I would post up a list of the ways I get myself in a positive and more relaxed state of mind before heading out to my job, so here it is: eight tips I’ve learned to use when I’m working and can guarantee some stress.

Have filling, nutritious meals. I love me some snacks and junk food, but I do my best to avoid them when I know it’s going to be a long day. So I make sure to have decent-sized meals (pretty much whatever I know I’ll be home for) that are packed with the fuel my body needs. For example, having some nuts, whole grain toast or tortilla, almond milk, a side of fruit, etc. You can get really creative with how you’re going to treat your body kindly; there is a plethora of healthy meal ideas on the internet. On days where I stick with this goal, I not only feel more energized (and therefore better equipped to work my shift) but also happier and less grumpy.

Power Poses. I already wrote a post about Power Poses so I’ll keep this short. Do them for at least 2 minutes a day, every day. Especially when you have work. It really does help to keep you as stress-free as possible. Bonus: it makes you feel confident!

Sweat out the nervousness. When we’re busy, we tend to forgo the 30 minutes of exercise that we should be doing every day. I get it, I’m still working on finding a routine that works with me and my schedule. But I’ve noticed I perform best when I’ve had a long session of Yoga or even just a 15 minute cardio routine beforehand. It helps you release some of your tension and will also make you more awake and ready to do your best.

Stay hydrated. Yes, just because you work doesn’t mean you get to skip out on hydrating yourself! 😉 Drinking eight glasses of good ol’ H2O will keep you healthy ~and~ put you in a better mood. Studies have shown that sometimes we’re bitter grumps simply because we’re dehydrated. It’s hard to stay cheerful when you’re thirsty. Read more about it here: http://healthymonday.syr.edu/blog/student-voice/drinking-water-will-improve-your-life.html

Make room for Me Time. Whatever Me Time means to you, just do it. You need to make the time for yourself to relax and be at peace- otherwise you’ll go crazy and become too stressed to function properly. For me, that means popping a lemon pound cake-scented wax melt into my melt warmer, playing music that speaks to my soul, drinking a big cup of warm tea, and dicking around on the internet. Everybody requires some R & R. You deserve this time, okay?

Keep track of non-work-related chores you need to do. There’s something strangely comforting about writing up a daily To Do list. Of course, it’s also incredibly satisfying to cross those duties off! Keeping a small To Do list with important non-work things you have to complete will make sure you don’t fall behind- which will just mean more stress for you- and give you that lovely feeling of knowing you kicked the day’s ass.

Stay inspired. Joel Osteen said, “When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.” This quote is 110% truth. It is not other people’s jobs to keep you motivated, it is yours. Do whatever you need to do; find that inspiration, look for more, and work at it every damn day. Your happiness and inspiration is purely yours to worry about. Keep an inspiration Pinterest board, tape up motivational words on your walls, etc. Always be seeking and soaking in that inspiration.

Lastly, remember why you started. Why are you in this position- are you getting your foot in the door of the career world of your dreams? Testing the waters? Are you doing this for some much-needed income? Do you usually enjoy your work but hate the stress it comes with? Reminding yourself of your reasons for doing this job will add fuel to your inner-fire and keep you going strong. You can do this.

I hope these little tricks help you as much as they’ve been helping me. Let me know in the comments down below what your personal tips are for psyching yourself up for a workday.

Much love and positive vibes,

Violet XO

Using Color To Help Yourself

Hello, beautiful! I feel like it’s been forever since I posted and I’ve got a bit of a brilliant life update for y’all. I’m officially employed! Yep, I started just a week ago and am starting to get into the routine of things. It’s quite a lot of work, to be honest, but the environment is very cheerful and positive so overall I enjoy it. I feel so blessed to have a job. I’m a shy/nervous person naturally and this job happens to involve a lot of social interactions. Next weekend I’ll make sure to post up something about how I psych myself up for my shifts, how I manage to stay relaxed despite a stressful schedule, and any other tricks I’ve learned so far.

Now, let’s dive deep into this week’s topic: colors and their power. By power, I’m specifically referring to the symbolism of various colors; i.e. the associations and meanings we have assigned to each of them. I’ve mentioned before how symbolism can help you achieve goals, but here I’m going to go much more into detail and focus on just color symbolism. Here is a relatively average guide to colors and their meanings (you may recognize them easily since we tend to have certain meanings attached to specific colors):

Red- love, passion, life, fierceness, power

Orange- warmth, the Sun, positivity, energy, creativity, optimisim

Yellow- brightness, warmth, success, the Sun, wealth

Green- prosperity, health, nature, harmony, balance, relaxation

Blue- tranquility, peace, relaxation, calm, rest

Violet/Purple- intuition, magic, power, the Moon, enchantment, spirit, imagination, dreams

Pink- romance, love, peace within (mind and body), sweetness, kindness, beauty, emotional healing, compassion

White- purity, magic, positivity, goodness, the Moon, freshness, hope, spirit, clarity

Black- warding off negativity, mystery, grief, power

Brown- warmth, nature, being genuine and honest, comfort

Grey- helpfulness, knowledge, wisdom, security, sadness, conservative, neutral, balance

Of course, as individuals we may also have our own personal interpretations and meanings of colors. For example, I consider green a much more positive and happy color than yellow. So take this as it is- a simplified guide- and feel free to go with what you feel is right.

The goal is to use the symbolism of colors to your advantage. Pick a color that symbolizes something you need, desire, or want to achieve. Dress in that color. Paint your nails different shades of the color. Use that color of sticky post-it notes and write with a pen that has that color ink. Surround yourself with a certain color and you also surround yourself with that color’s meanings and symbols. Use different colors to remind you of or help you obtain something. Test it out for a week or so and hopefully you’ll see a difference in your life.

Much love and good vibes,

Violet XO

A Confidence Booster: Power Poses

Happy weekend, friends! If you’ve traveled down the rabbit hole that is the self-help world, you’ve probably come across this phrase before: Power Pose. No, it’s not what superheroes do when they’re interrupting a dastardly villain’s evil scheme. Well, not exactly. Power Poses are positions of the body that evoke a sense of (You guessed it!) and power and confidence. Just as the mind can influence the body, the body can transform the mind as well- studies have shown that simply posing like the following…

Photos courtesy of Amy Cuddy's TEDxTalk.

Photos courtesy of Amy Cuddy’s TEDxTalk.

… can lower levels of the stress hormone Cortisol and make you feel more secure and confident in yourself. The pose depicted on the right is actually nicknamed the “Superman”, so maybe it really is a pose a do-gooder would strike before vanquishing criminals. Amy Cuddy did an incredible TEDxTalk about the subject and in it she shares the results of a study concerning the impact of strong-looking poses on the mind that she oversaw. I’ve given it a try myself, and it really does seem to work! Cuddy recommends remaining in a Power Pose for two minutes every day, or before any big or stressful event. It may just help you handle the situations better. 🙂

If you’re looking for a quick and easy boost in self-confidence, I highly recommend checking out her video:

Hoping all of your wishes and dreams come true. XO Violet

A few cool things for you.

Hello, darlings. I’ve caught a bad cold so I don’t feel up to doing much or writing much of anything. But fear not, I’ve gathered a few interesting interwebs pieces and quotes to keep y’all entertained until I can write actual posts. Hope you enjoy these!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolynkylstra/easy-peasy

http://galadarling.com/article/count-your-blessings-3-ways-to-create-a-regular-gratitude-practice-and-how-to-elevate-it-to-the-next-level/

http://galadarling.com/article/ty-ty-lena-yonce-and-jenna-no-bullshit-business-advice-from-babes-youd-like-to-be-bffs-with/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17287/4-ways-to-become-the-leader-of-your-own-life.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17282/5-ways-to-be-a-body-positive-role-model.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17190/are-you-taking-good-enough-care-of-yourself-6-essential-questions-to-ask.html

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”~ Tina Fey

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.”~ Aberjhani

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.”~ Victoria Moran

“We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.”~ Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Much love and happy vibes,

Violet XXOO