5 Tips for Feeling Energetic

Have a long list of things to-do but absolutely zero motivation? ¬†Oops did I just reveal something about my day? ūüôā ¬†When I need to get stuff done, but don’t really want to, these are my 5 tips for getting that energy pumping. ¬†(And as silly as they sound, I really do them and they work for me).

  1. I put my hair up. ¬†It’s 30ish inches long, and I feel comfy and relaxed with it down. ¬†When it’s up, I mean business. ¬†My roommates and I used to joke that they could “sense” how busy our class schedule was just by popping into my room and seeing that my hair was up. ¬†Time to get homework done.
  2. I put on a fresh beat. ¬†Even though classical music is my favorite, if I need to get something done I put on an upbeat playlist of songs that make me want to dance. ¬†For some reason, wanting to dance = getting things done. ¬†(Word of caution: if what you need to get done is something that requires you to think–i.e. HOMEWORK–then I recommend classical music or maybe silence. Sorry.)
  3. I pour a mug¬†of coffee. ¬†In all honestly, I’m immune to caffeine. ¬†But it’s the hot and sweet sip from coffee that gets me going. ¬†I highly recommend this, or some other yummy beverage that will make the job easier. (Not alcohol guys.)
  4. I write down what it is that I want to get done, because honestly it’s just an innate human response to get satisfaction out of crossing things off the list.
  5. I plan a reward. ¬†Whether it’s another cup of coffee (only kinda kidding) or a relaxing half-hour of browsing pinterest in my freshly vacuumed house, I make sure there is a silver light at the end of the tunnel. ¬†Or is it a silver lining? ūüôā ¬†You get it.

What do you do to motivate yourself?

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Nursing Comfort

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There’s a lot of writing on nursing (or breastfeeding, as its more commonly called). ¬†There was a particular topic that consistently circulated while I was researching before having my baby: nursing hurts. ¬†Luckily, I found this to to not be true in my case!! I’ve even read from an excellent book put out by the LA Leche League, that nursing should never hurt. ¬†They say that almost any mommy and baby team can make nursing work, and so if it starts to hurt, that only means that something is off and needs to be fixed!

In my experience with nursing, it really doesn’t hurt! ¬†However since this was my first baby, for the first two weeks or so I found myself sore during the latching process. ¬†The number one way to ease the soreness is to ensure proper latching and help baby if need be. ¬†But I discovered another way to help myself out!…

Enter the “My Brest Friend Nipple Cream!” It’s made of natural and organic ingredients (bonus!) and is completely safe for mom and baby. ¬†There is no need to wipe it off before baby nurses, and its clear in color, so no staining anything! ¬†It had a very slight butter smell, but it is very pleasant and relaxing. ¬†What I loved most about it was obviously it’s effects– it is soothing if you’re hurting, but it also is effective at preventing those hurts in the first place.

One word of advice, this cream does “solidify” in a way because it has coconut oil in it. ¬†So it comes out of the tube a little “grainy” which doesn’t hurt when you apply, but it makes it less perfect that a buttery-vaseline type texture. ¬†(Obviously vaseline isn’t a nursing cream). ¬†My advice is to roll the little bit your squirt out in your fingers first to try to warm it. ¬†Once you apply it, the cream will also melt onto your skin, so warming it beforehand is not strictly necessary. ¬†But if the grainy-ness is not your thing, you may want to rub it between your fingers before applying.

I suppose you could just use plain coconut oil–it really does work as a nursing cream! ¬†But if you want something that is easier to carry around then a jar of coconut oil ūüôā then I highly recommend this cream. ¬†Plus, it has a few additions to it that coconut oil doesn’t have…like Shea butter, sunflower oil, mango seed butter, Candelilla wax, and soybean oil. ¬†Those little additions have their own nourishing benefits, and make the cream extra buttery and soothing.

What’s your go-to nursing comfort?

 

 

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