5 Simple Tools to Start the Year Off Stress-Free

5 Simple Tools to Start the Year Off Stress-Free

Don't knock it till you try it.

There are a hundred different little tools and gadgets that people use to help keep them relaxed, organized, and free of stress. Everyone is different, and there can be a wide combination of things that will help each individual person stay organized. That being said, here are five simple items that I think will help start 2017 on the right foot.

1. Meal Planner

Having a meal planner is a really good way to limit your stress. There's not a day that goes by when I don't hear the phrase "what do you want to eat?" or "we don't have any food." Meal planners keep you from eating out as much, help you with a grocery list, and limit the difficulties that come along with cooking (especially for multiple people).

2. Fitness Tracker

A fitness tracker doesn't have to be a Fitbit or Smartphone app. This could be as simple as keeping a journal tracking your workouts. The important thing is to set a goal to reach everyday, and honestly track your progress. You do have to be really disciplined to keep a journal by hand everyday, which is why I have a Fitbit that tracks workouts for me. Find whatever works for you. The important thing is sticking to it.

3. Cookbook(s)

I have always wished I had the knack for cooking, but the truth is I don't. I need lots of recipes to help me cook actual meals. Whether or not one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat healthier, you can still benefit from buying a cookbook. This will also help with your meal planning if you're like me and don't have a very large repertoire of recipes memorized.

4. Essential Oils Diffuser

I recognize that this isn't for everyone. I've always wanted to use essential oils, so I finally went out and bought myself a diffuser, which is one of the easiest ways to use essential oils. There is a wide variety of essential oils and uses for them, including decreasing stress and increasing relaxation. Why not try it? At the very least, it makes the room smell nice.

5. Reminder/To-Do List App

There are a lot of different smartphones apps out there to help send you reminders. iPhones even come with one already on their phones. While I'm not the biggest fan of the Apple Reminders app, I have searched the App Store many times and found several that work well for me. This past semester I downloaded one geared toward school and homework. It would send me a reminder at a designated time before the due date of my homework as a reminder to do it. Once you get in the habit of using it, it's really nice to not have to worry if you're forgetting something.

All of these tools are available in many different formats and prices. Find the type of tool that works best for you, and get into a habit of using it. Trust me, having small things like these make your life a whole lot easier.

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Dreading This Day All About Love

Valentines day blues


I have never enjoyed Valentine's Day.

Even if when I was in a relationship it was just an awkward day of "hey I love you, give me gifts and lets make out." But this year, I am just not feeling this thing at all. Since the relationship ended last June I have just been dreading the time when February came, because you know that on the 14th you are going to see all these love post and all us singles are like "welp this is just not my day.", and honestly you feel defeated. I personally asked other singles friends (like the three I have) if they wanted to come and watch Netflix with me and dread the day, but sadly they either had school or work. So here is my plan of getting though this day of love:


Yes Netflix how else am I supposed to get through this day? Usually I have Greys Anatomy playing all the time but that has love in it, and I am not in the mood for that. My plan is to watch all the crime shows I can because watching TV crime series or documentary about serial killers just seems perfect for the 14th.



Yes sleeping. I don't have anywhere I need to be why not catch up on some zzz's


Yes I am going to eat my feelings with chocolate because why not? if I could I would get a giant slice of cake and live off that on the 14th but sadly I am stuck with the normal Heresy's chocolate and Reeses which will do their job.


me :)

This is my wonderful cat Kimber and she will be my partner in crime on the 14th. She will sleep, snuggle, cuddle, all day with me because I need that moral support of my fluffy cat.



If I am able to fit reading a book into my schedule of everything listed above then reading will go into that open spot. I always loved reading but with school it is hard to find the time to read for enjoyment. so this day will be the perfect day.

This is my plan for the 14th of February and hopefully this will help me get though this dreadful day. And if you are also single try this out :)

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