Stop Saying ‘Yes’ All The Time

Stop Saying ‘Yes’ All The Time

Is anyone else a ‘yes’ person? I tend to use this word way too often and forget that I have the choice to say ‘no’. I’ve found myself saying ‘yes’ to things I don’t even want to do!

I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post that said “Stop saying yes to shit you hate.” This one really resonated with me because I am exactly that person (and I know many other people are too). I am always saying ‘yes’ because I never want to disappoint someone if I say ‘no’.

Most recently, I’ve realized that my cup runneth over and I don’t have enough time (or energy) to keep saying ‘yes’ to everything. That whole speech they give you before you take off on a plane about putting on your oxygen mask first before helping someone else, totally makes sense. We have to take care of ourselves before taking care of others. Show up for you first!

Saying ‘no’ doesn’t make you selfish or weak. It also doesn’t mean that you need to give anyone a super long explanation when you say ‘no’ (something I’m still working on). Obviously, this advice should be taken with a grain of salt (please don’t tell your boss ‘no’ when it comes to finishing a project). Say ‘no’ to the things in your life that are taking too much of your energy and aren’t bringing you joy- Marie Kondo your time.

If you would rather stay in for the night because you’ve had a stressful week, then do that instead of going out. If you want to silence your phone because you are craving peace and quiet, go for it. It’s not always easy to say ‘no’, especially if you’re not used to doing it (take it from me). It takes courage, so be kind to yourself. Put yourself first once in awhile and give yourself what you need.

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

What Does “Healthy” Mean Anyways?

What Does “Healthy” Mean Anyways?

To be quite honest, the rise of social media has made me a bit confused on what the health industry is really about anymore. I like to think that my lifestyle and teaching yoga fall under the “wellness” category rather than “fitness” or “health” because I personally teach and practice yoga for the mind, body and soul connection. As much as I like to educate students on different yoga postures, there are poses that don’t work well with everyone’s bodies (especially if someone’s had previous injuries). That’s why there are modifications. The same thing goes with food.

I’ve spent the past few weeks looking at different websites for “healthy” recipes and majority of them led me back to Instagram and personal blogs (which I so appreciate because I love a good recipe recommendation). However, it gets to be a little tricky when there are influencers out there telling you something is “healthy” and then other accounts are telling you to leave that food out of your diet.

It can be confusing, frustrating and just plain misleading. Something that is “healthy” for one person to consume might not be “healthy” for another. If you too are feeling overwhelmed by all of the different information out there, I invite you to take a step back and think about what healthy means to you and your body. It looks different for us all.

Take every recipe, food/product recommendation, blog, workout video, Instagram account, Pinterest post, etc. with a grain of salt and try to modify with things that you know are right for your body. Food bloggers and cookbooks are great resources for meal inspiration but it’s important to keep in mind that the recipes they’re posting are what’s good for their bodies since they’re the ones consuming it.

Before you purchase supplements from someone promoting them to you on Instagram, look at the ingredients list and make sure your body can tolerate them. Do some research. Do a self evaluation before trying a workout video someone posted. Think of ways you can modify if your body needs.

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

Allergy-Friendly and Delicious!

Allergy-Friendly and Delicious!

Safe + Fair is changing up the food game and I’m here for it. They create allergy-friendly foods at affordable prices (thank goodness) AND they donate 3% of sales to Stanford’s Allergy & Asthma research center.

Why I love them: Their snacks are delicious and affordable, they give back (always a huge win in my book) and have a variety of products (I need options people). Safe + Fair’s snacks are non-GMO and use real ingredients (yes, you can actually understand the ingredients on the label).

What exactly does Allergy-Friendly snacks mean? All of their products are nut-free. Each of their products are clearly labeled with a “free from” ingredients list so you know exactly what you’re consuming. Another thing to note: everything is made in a facility free from the allergens (I know nut free is a big one for people).

Do they actually taste good? YES! The snacks are delicious and I’ve been following the allergy-friendly recipes for the brownies. If you would like, you can use the regular recipe with eggs, milk, etc.

Sounds great, can I get a discount? YES! Safe + Fair is giving my readers 20% off with promo code GEENI20 AND right now they’re offering free shipping! Check out their goodies here.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Safe (+ Fair) Eating!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

But First, Self-Love

But First, Self-Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching this week, there’s a lot of talk about love. Whether you are celebrating love with your significant other, family member, friend or even your furry pet, any kind of love is beautiful, but the relationship we need to focus on is with ourselves. The media talks a lot about self-care rituals (which looks different for us all) but what we need to prioritize is self-love and actually speaking positively to ourselves internally. 
I recently took a spin class where they put our stats up on the board and showed us our rank a few times throughout the class. This is when I realized the importance of self-love and having positive internal conversations with yourself. When I switched to a positive mindset, it made pushing through the class a lot easier, versus having negative thoughts and telling myself, “You aren’t good or strong enough.” and guess whatduring that last sprint in class I kicked my name a few spots higher up on the rank list
If there’s ever a time where you doubt yourself or are maybe feeling down/overwhelmed by all of this Valentine’s Day talk this week, I have come up with a few journal exercises to help you remember you are loved and that you truly are a total badass. 

Grab your journal and start writing:

Today I have accomplished _____
I feel proud of myself when _____
I feel the happiest when I’m doing _____
3 things that bring me peace are _____
My favorite feature about myself is _____
Necklace: Bali Malas
Shoes:Adidas
Remember, you are a total badass. 
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 
Mental Health Awareness is Badass

Mental Health Awareness is Badass

I personally feel that us Millennials are going to change the world, one avocado toast at a time. All kidding aside, I think our generation is making it a point to open up and discuss difficult conversations. One of these being mental illness and the struggle many of us face on a daily basis. Talking about mental health used to be taboo, but is becoming discussed more often, as we all know someone that is impacted by this or feel it ourselves.
There is heightened awareness on the importance of self-care, but that looks a little different to each of us. Self-care for some is taking a bubble bath, while for others it may be going for a run. For me, self-care involves yoga, breath work, or sometimes a good nap. I started practicing yoga in college as an activity to do with my roommates (because it was a free class), but fell in love with it the more I practiced. I enjoyed that someone reminded me to breath for an hour. Inhale, exhale. It was exactly what I needed, especially since I am anxious majority of my life and don’t always take deep breaths throughout the day. When I feel on the verge of a panic attack, I try to using the breathing (Pranayama) techniques that I’ve learned in yoga (I highly recommend looking up and trying the following: Nadi Shodhana, Ujjayi, Belly Breathing, Kapalabhati, and 4-7-8 Breathing).
Being the avid clothing shopper that I am, I love supporting brands that make an impact and have an important mission. I recently came across the company, Own Your Stigma on Instagram. As soon as I followed them, I received a sweet message with a quote and reminding me that it’s okay if you aren’t doing okay. I just loved this because it’s the reminder we ALL need to hear. It’s okay to not be okay all of the time, but know that it will get better. I also think social media makes us feel that we need to always be doing something fun, exciting and instagrammable.
About Own Your Stigma:
Own Your Stigma was created to start opening up conversations about mental illness and to remove any shame or guilt that society has attached to it. They are even more badass because they donate 15% of all purchases to charities that support and provide help to people struggling with mental illnesses. “Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” 
Own Your Stigma is generously offering a coupon code for my followers use promo code GINA10%OFF to receive 10% off your next purchase!
Let’s keep the conversation about mental health going and be the support system someone needs!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 
Please remember The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides free and confidential support 24/7. 1-800-273-8255
The Crisis Text Line allows you to text from anywhere in the United States and Canada to talk with a trained Crisis Counselor. If you’re in the US, text HOME to 741741. In Canada, text HOME to 686868. 
Salt 2.0

Salt 2.0

I’m at it again with another post about…salt. Yes, another activity I was recently introduced to involves salt. Actually, Pink Himalayan Salt to be exact. Halotherapy, or salt therapy, is an alternative treatment that uses salt. Just the other year, I purchased salt lamps and became hooked! I read about the amazing benefits of these salt lamps- air purification, mood booster, sleep promoter, eases allergy symptoms, etc. One of my friends told me about “salt caves”, where you can lay in a room filled with Pink Himalayan Salt and reap all of its amazing benefits! So.. I got myself on Groupon and snatched up a deal for a local salt cave nearby (Naperville Salt Cave). 
This specific salt cave location is very calming and feels more like a spa. I called ahead of time to schedule my 48 minute session with my friend and one of the staff members instructed us to wear loose fitting clothes to fully soak in the benefits of the salt. They also told us to wear white socks inside of the cave (the ground is all salt too). 
Our appointment was actually with a group of other people. We put our things away in lockers- which is great because NO PHONES allowed! We each reclined on our own zero gravity chair with a blanket as they they dimmed the lights and we were guided through a meditation and pretty much put to sleep! There was zen music playing the entire time to help us fully relax. Out of respect for the other attendees, I didn’t take many pictures- but I was able to grab my phone from the locker afterwards and capture the below. When our session was coming to an end, we were guided out of our meditation and slowly re-awakened to reality.

I woke up feeling calm, relaxed and ready to conquer the day! I loved my experience so much that I am making it a priority to check out more salt caves regularly. If you are in need of a little R & R, I highly recommend giving halotherapy a try. 

Halotherapy on everyone!

XOXO,
Gina 

Float Away With Float Therapy

Float Away With Float Therapy

You may have heard of Sensory Deprivation, also known as Float Therapy. I previously shared photos on my Instagram Stories of the float tank and received a lot of questions about the experience and why it’s beneficial. I first heard about Float Therapy from Groupon and researched it more to see what it’s all about. I knew that it was supposed to help you chill out and relieve sore muscles, but once I tried it for myself, I couldn’t wait to come back for more (so I purchased a float package)!
Here are some answers to the questions you guys had:
What are the benefits?
Just to name a few- reduces stress, improves sleep, reduces blood pressure, reduces swelling, decreases fatigue and helps to alleviate sore muscles and chronic pain.
How do you actually float?
The tank has 1,000 pounds of epsom salt to keep you floatiabove water. Your entire body is floating, even your head! The craziest concept for me to grasp was the fact that I didn’t need to hold my head up. Don’t worry, they give you ear plugs so you don’t get water in your ears!
Did you feel trapped in the tank?
Not at all! The tank is spacious and has enough room for you to lift your arms up if you wanted. If you are claustrophobic, you can leave the tank open while you float.
Is the water warm?
The water is set to skin temperature of 93.5° Fahrenheit.
Do you fall asleep?
The float sessions at the place I go to are 60 minutes long. It usually takes me a few minutes to settle into the space and really quiet my mind, but then I do fall asleep! The first time I tried float therapy I wasn’t able to sleep the entire time because I was still grasping the whole concept. I highly recommend going more than once so you can settle in and actually sleep and be more meditative during your session. 
If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post and I will answer. I highly recommend finding a float therapy place near you and giving it a try!

Float On!
XOXO,
Gina Nicolette