April 2017

5 Ways to Feel Less Stressed

Personally I am always on the lookout for ways to feel less stressed. Medical school is a stress-inducing environment and one should look for healthy ways to cope, otherwise you crash and burn. Food is always a tasty safety net to fall into but not the healthiest one since we tend to reach out for sugary treats that give a nice rush. But this nasty habit comes with extra pounds, a muffin top and self-esteem going down the drain. So along the past 4 years I’ve experimented with various ways to de-stress, and so far this is what has worked:

Write notes | Making lists is a must if you want to get stuff done efficiently. But what is really important is to prioritize in these lists because there are things that, believe it or not, CAN wait. Not everything must be done in one day, and this is something I’m still working on because us type A’s tend to be very obsessive about certain things. Also, before taking all your worries into bed try making a list of things you are thinking about and stuff you have to do so you avoid a bout of insomnia.

Get an oil diffuser | For years and years the benefits of aromatherapy have been discussed. I don’t know if you are a skeptic or a believer but let me tell you, it works wonders. Lavender is one of the most popular oils. I’ve used it to go to tranquil sleep and also to quiet down my speedy brain. Peppermint is refreshing; it alleviates congestion and helps improve mood. Chamomile is great to calm you down after a hectic day and it is a well-known mood lifter.

Turn up the volume | Most people think that to relax everything has to be calm and silent but that is not true. Music has the ability to change your mood, calm you down, its just a matter of choosing the right kind of music. You can find many playlists on Spotify that provide nature sounds, like rain or the waves at the beach which provide relaxing background music to your day.

Bake | This is a personal favorite of mine, and I don’t know if it is relaxing for anyone else, but I love to bake. Baking gives me ME-time and lets me create a delicious treat for me and my friends. You can find 5 ingredients recipes that are easy to make online and on Pinterest. You can also go to the Life-Batter section of the blog or follow our Life-Batter board on Pinterest for some inspiration : )

Coloring | Lately there has been a boom in adult coloring books. There are many variations, those with complicated designs and many with mandalas for relaxation. I’ve used Enchanted Forest and it is awesome. Head to Amazon to get a copy.

What are some ways you unwind?
Share in the comments below!

-N

Perks of Being a Dog Mom

If you have been following the blog for a while you know that I recently became a dogmom and dogaunt. It has been a humbling and eye-opening experience. There are many wonderful things in life but very few can compare to the unconditional bond you establish with your pup. The loving connection since the first time you meet, the play dates, nights fallen asleep on the sofa together and the many silent but deadly farts that happen with your puppy are the beginning of a beautiful life together. Recently I became a doggie aunt and was able to live, care for and love a puppy basset hound named Leopoldo, whom you may have met on earlier posts of the blog. He is a sweet angel that showed me the wonders of being with a dog. Suddenly you feel happier in the morning, you have someone greeting you with licks every time you get home from a hard day at work. This experience really got me thinking that I wanted to establish that amazing bond with my own puppy. I set myself on the journey to find a puppy that would be perfect for my personality and that would be a great companion to Leopoldo…and I found him.

His name is Charlie and he is a charming F1B Goldendoodle. He is the epitome of love. He is everything I could ever hope for. This loving pup brightens up my day immensely. He was and is all I ever needed to finally feel good! He is my therapy and joy. I hope he feels the same way about me 🙂

I know getting a puppy isn’t possible for everyone for many reasons; long hours at work, restrictions in an apartment building, you name it. But seriously, at some point in life give yourself the opportunity to love in the most simple of ways. Open your heart to the possibility of a tail wagging companion to make this journey called life a little bit easier, even if it involves picking up some poop along the way.

-N

New Beginnings

Hey Life-Lust Tribe! At long-last, a very well-deserved update! It has been a busy last few weeks and you are in for a treat! A couple of posts ago I told you how pretty soon I would be finding out where I would be continuing my medical training. I am excited to say that I am moving to Miami! It is an awesome city, that sort of reminds me of home, mostly because it has a similar beachy-vibe and the weather is so similar. Still, I am very excited to be exposed to this melting pot of culture and delicious food.
New city, new people, awesome food, and year-long perfect weather!
I’ve begun to think that this is the best thing to happen for my career and personal-growth. When making the decision to choose a training program many factors play key roles. Quality of the training, possibility for subspecialty training in what you want, location, weather, cost of living, relatives nearby, among others; and Miami is able to offer all that I was looking for. From this experience I was able to learn that everything happens for a reason (I know it is a cliché haha) and life has a sneaky way of showing it. We are all in for some twists and turns in this journey called life, but we can’t let ourselves be stuck, we need to embrace the change!

Finding out where I’m headed for at least the next 4 years was an awesome way to ring in my 25th year of life! In a couple of months Life-Lust will be calling Miami home!!!

So cheers to this new adventure! I hope you will continue to join me as I navigate this mess we all call life. I know exciting things will be happening soon. PLUS, I am sure the sun shines brighter on this other side 😉 Miami, here I come!
-N