Me Time

These days I am in some kind o weird holiday 😀 I don’t have any classes but I’m having a part-time job of teaching, I also try to improve my blog and I’m trying to get in touch with my professors to work with them and gain experience; and somewhere in this mess, I’m supposed to enjoy my last days of holiday until the classes begin. How? well, I call it the “me time”. This is a very important part of my day. It helps me relax today and have a nice sleep at night, it also boosts your energy for the next day. You cannot believe how different you will be the next morning. You will feel optimistic, happy, energetic and full of hope.

If you have stressful days and you have to get a lot done everyday, just follow this ritual every night.

When I come to my dorm room from a long day, I kick my shoes off, maybe take a long and relaxing bath with some candles and relaxing music

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even a simple shower will do. Once I feel clean and fresh, I put on my most comfortable clothes, I try to wear something warm and comfortable; do not wear tights or T-shirts; go for something more comfortable like over sized shorts and sweaters and a pair of cozy socks. I prefer to put my hair down because when my hair is up, I feel like my head is under pressure. My favorite part is making some herbal tea…

water-flowers-drink-potit helps me calm down and relax. I love coffee, but it’s usually no help for relaxing. There are so many different tea flavors; I’m sure you can find a flavor that you like. My personal favorite is lemon flavored green tea. Oh my god! it’s just all-in-one for me. It is soft, fresh, tastes and smells good and so relaxing.

Here’s a tip,

just let go of anything that happened that day. Don’t think about anything except this moment and that how grateful you are for it. just do whatever that makes you relax. listen to music, watch your favorite show again and again. whatever makes you happy. If you have a relaxing place outside, grab a book and go out. just like I did…

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The Most Useful Android Apps EVER!

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I use an android phone and one of the things that I do in my free time is to try out random apps! I’ve selected the ones that I am currently using and loving them! sooo here they are:

1- Memorado

Memorado is an app with a lot of brain exercises that help you improve your memory, etc. It has great graphics, a lot of different levels, and the best feature can be the fact that it shows you your results and improvements in graphs and specific statistics. Also you can personalize the games according to your desired achievements.

2-Duolingo

I used to use Duolingo’s website to learn Spanish and it really was helpful. I was happy to find out that the app is as good as the website. I have tried many language-learning websites and I have to say Duolingo is the best. Without devoting a lot of time you can easily learn a new language. The best features are the fact that it provides listening tasks, and also the fact that after a while it makes you go back and redo the old tasks so that you don’t forget anything.

3-CamScanner

With this app you can take a photo of a document and turn it into a PDF file. It has the ability to differ text from images, it has a high scan quality, and it provides editing options. I have to tell you, this kind of app comes really handy in school time. You know.. you miss a class, you need the notes.

4-Coursera

Coursera is a website providing free online courses in any field. I believe their app is much more easier to use than their website. The courses are available in more than 25 subject areas and 12 languages. It is the best way to fill your free time. I personally use it when I’m waiting a friend, on a bus or just bored; instead of getting bored, I learn something.

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I take a lot of courses in one semester and most of the time I lose track of what I’m supposed to write or study for the next day. I easily forget due dates and everything can get really messy! BUT, this app has its way to keep students organized. You can add your class schedules and homeworks. It is the best student planner for those of you who prefer using technology for planning your days.

6-Monefy

Monefy is a financial app that helps you keep track of your expenses. You can add your budget, make categories for your expenses, and add as you spend. It comes really handy when money is tight and you have to save some money.

7-7 Weeks

7 Weeks is the simplest way to keep track of your goals. It helps you develop a habit and reach your goals. It has a little calendar for each one of your habits that you can mark everyday according to your achievements or failures.

8-TimeTune

This is a digital planner in which you can easily plan your day, set different routines and keep track of your tasks in your busy days. It is a really easy to use and organized app for everyone.

9-Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a todo list which can be customized in any desired way. It has categories and categories under categories 😀  plus it is really easy to use and handy. It is just it!

10-Up

Up is a smart fitness coach that helps you keep track of your diet, your workouts, sleep, etc. It actually helps you stay healthy. It is nice to have an app take care of you when you are busy 🙂

Are there any other apps that you like? Write them in the comments and let me know about them. maybe I’ll like them, too 🙂

How to Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them

organizer-791939_1280Have you ever wanted something so bad and you tried to achieve it but after a couple of days you lost your motivation or maybe after months of trying and not getting what you wanted, you just gave up.

whether it’s losing weight, getting promoted, good grades at school, or anything else, there is a way that you can actually achieve your goals. You need a plan. and for a plan to work, you need to set your goal. I mean, really set it as you want it. Go grab a piece of paper and write your goal down as you read the post. Your goal should have these characteristics:


1-Specific and Measurable

Your goal should be specific. I’m gonna go with the example of losing weight in this case. Don’t just say that you want to lose weight. Write your goal down and describe it in details. use as many details as you can.

“I want to lose weight.”

“I want to lose 5 kilograms and have a body fat percentage of 23.”


2-Attainable and Realistic

You should motivate yourself to accept this challenge and go for it. Challenging yourself is good; but be realistic about it. If you have a lot of free time so you can go to the gym everyday, and you have the option of eating what you want when you want it, you can say that you want to lose 5 kilograms in one month. But most of the times we do not have as much free time as we want or we have to eat whatever our family is having or eat in the cafeterias. DO NOT compare yourself with other people. If they are more successful than you in their goals, it does not certainly mean that they are more motivated or they are trying more. Maybe their life conditions are making it easier for them; maybe they have help. Just be realistic about your goal; otherwise you may lose your motivation. Use your experiences from the past and always remember that everyday will not be perfect.


3-Time!

Set a time for your goal. It should be realistic. But you have to set a time.

So now, instead of “I want to lose weight.”, you can say:

“I want to lose 5 kilograms and reach the body fat percentage of 23 in 2 and a half month.” You have set this goal according to the fact that you can go to the gym 2-3 times a day and you have to eat half of your meals at the cafeteria; and only the other half can be diet food. You have also considered that you have exams coming up so you will probably eat more chocolate than you should because.. you know… stress eating! and also sugar is brain fuel! 😀

The next thing you have to do is to set checkpoints. In one month you should have lost 2 kilograms. So set a checkpoint and see if you are moving according to your schedule.

The new semester will start in 2 months. I will set new goals. Academic goals, health goals, etc.; and I will share them with you guys ^_^ so follow me

What to eat/drink to stay healthy?

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Last year I lost nearly 10kgs. It was the first time that I was determined to become healthy; I was really feeling great about myself. even though you cannot feel the weight loss, when you put on your clothes and think “hmmm I need new clothes.” for the first time, it is the most beautiful feeling. you start to feel waaay more confident about yourself and believe me, it affects your whole life in every aspect.

Today I thought I share my diet secrets with you 🙂

1- A BIG breakfast

It is a known fact that having big breakfasts is essential but we all take it for granted. If you are like me and you have to leave home early in the morning, just prepare your breakfast the night before. Boil some eggs, wash your vegetables, make your sandwich and put them all in the fridge for the morning. I know cold breakfast is not the best but… being healthy has a price 😉

my breakfast was always one boiled egg without any bread + a black coffee. now I know that boiled egg tastes kinda… not nice without salt! but try and add the minimum amount of salt to your egg.

2- Snacks

I am a sweet tooth and everyday I crave ice cream badly! It was really hard to stay away from sweets.

as snacks I ate carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and some fruit. but everyday I selected just one treat for myself. most of the time it was ice cream! but be careful, if you are giving yourself a treat, select the lightest one because most of the time, when you have your first bite of your treat, you feel like you don’t need the rest of it but you eat it anyway! so… yeah! looots and lots of fruits and light treats.

3- Water, water, water!

I know… I know! this is very popular! but believe me it is essential. just fill in a bottle and never ever keep it away from yourself. that way you always feel that you’re thirsty, even though you are not!

4- light meals

my meals were protein-based meals with some vegetables. I used to eat boiled chicken+boiled mushrooms with absolutely no fat in them. I used to slice some tomatoes beside my meal because you know… they’re delicious AND healthy! you don’t get that very often!

at nights, I used to eat lots and lots of raw vegetables with yogurt. sometimes I made my own fruity yogurt by slicing fruits (apples, peaches..) into a bowl and add yogurt and some cinnamon to it. it is delicious!

4- Drinks!

I drink lots of green tea every day. It boosts the metabolism and it’s super healthy. and of course they are available in any flavors soooo I’m pretty sure you can find a tea you will fall in love with!

I mentioned the importance of water above. now, what I did was that I sliced some lemons or cucumbers into my water for detox. also in the morning, before breakfast, slice some lemons along with a cinnamon stick inside a warm cup of water. this thing is amazing!

try and have your coffee black. also drinking juice and milk is something that I will absolutely recommend.

well… I hope you all liked this post. If you want me to do more health posts, just tell me in the comments and I will 🙂

love you all