Hey guys!

Before I tell you the ONE thing that stresses me out the most, I’m gonna tell you that I’m running a giveaway for the 2018-2019 Focus Journal right now on my latest YouTube video!

The Focus Journal is the academic version (August 2018 – July 2019) of the yearly Blogilates Fit Planner. Basically, it’s a life planner and a fitness planner all in one!

As you can see, your daily to-do list is right next to your water tracker, sleep tracker, food logger, and workout scheduler! Personally this is the planner that I use everyday. Even though I’ve been out of school for a while, my brain still works on the academic calendar for some reason! Haha.

Anyway, back to the blog…

You wanna know the NUMBER ONE thing that stresses me out??? I don’t know if I’ve actually told you guys this before. No, it’s not wedding planning! (That’s been quite fun believe it or not!) It’s people with HUGE egos who have no consideration for anyone else but themselves. People who think they’re always right. People who don’t listen. People who won’t open their minds. Trying to argue with these people is a hopeless battle for me because logic doesn’t win with them, and THAT STRESSES ME OUT!

Okay now you’re probably feeling a little stressed thinking about the people who stress you out! Sorry. The good news is there are soooo many ways to get yourself out of your little stress funks. I know when I’m stressed, it’s no bueno. I tend to snack more on junk food, I want to skip workouts, and do things that are anti-normal Cassey because I’m feeling imbalanced. So I came up with 7 ways to help you stay fit and destress when things are crazy with school, work and life in general!

#1. BREATHE

When you are upset, anxious, uneasy and can feel your heart start to beat like it’s in a race, stop what you are doing, close your eyes, and take as many deep breaths as you need to feel calm. Remember to SLOWLY inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth and you will begin to feel the tension exit your body.

#2. WRITE IT DOWN

Too much to do? Feeling overwhelmed? Write it down and check things off as you go, even the tiny little things. You will feel SO much better once you begin checking things off! I like to write down my workouts like it’s an appointment, meaning – I can’t miss it!

#3. SET SPECIFIC GOALS

Vague goals, like “I will try to work out this week” can be intimidating and won’t really motivate you. Like, what does that even mean? Does that mean 1 workout or does that mean 7? How will you know if you accomplished it? Specific goals, like “I will take a POP Pilates class two times this week” are specific and cross-offable if you do it!

#4. DRINK MORE WATER

When I’m stressed out, I tend to snack. A lot. I get “hungry” when I am bored or stressed. So one way to keep my fake hunger in check is to make sure I am not thirsty. Sometimes thirst can disguise itself like hunger, but really, your body just needs a little hydration. So keep a water bottle with you at all times!

#5.DON’T EAT DISTRACTED

Don’t eat in front of your phone, TV, or computer! Distracted eating prevents you from actually enjoying your food, so you won’t realize how much you are eating! Take the time to really savor your meals.

#6. DECLUTTER YOUR WORKSPACE

Clean your desk! Clean your room! Holding onto junk around you may contribute to holding onto extra weight on your body. A clean environment outside contributes to a clean state of mind and clean body inside.

#7. START OFF WITH A MORNING STRETCH

Start your day off on a positive, productive note by doing a morning stretch routine! You don’t need anything strenuous or intimidating. Just a little movement to ease your body and mind into a good place. Try my “Wake Up with Me Workout“.

You can get all these tips in my latest YouTube video (below) AND enter to win a brand new Focus Journal! All you need to do is comment on the video the number one thing that makes you stressed. I’m giving away 3! And the contest is international! Good luck!!

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  • Tina says:

    this is great!

  • Amy says:

    What stresses me out is not knowing exactly what its going to take for me to be able to RETURN to a healthy mindset. I used to work out 5 days a week, for years and years. For multiple reasons I ‘burned out’, maaaaajorly. And between the burn out and developing low thyroid disease shortly after that- I’ve been unable to regain the oomph to get back to being physically active (mostly for lack of energy!). This stresses me out, depresses me, and then begins all over again every.single.day. Viscous cycle =’/

    • erica.popster says:

      Hi Amy – I struggle with this too, but I’ve found that ‘forcing’ myself to work out eventually generates the desire to work out. Then as I get fitter I can do more and be less tired doing it, so of course it all builds on itself and so on and so on. And some good vitamins too – D6 & magnesium – helps with the fatigue.

  • Sky M says:

    For everyone asking about the amount of water they need to drink because of the different units of measurements (lbs or kg, oz or L)…Google is pretty easy at converting it for you. Just type in “__ ounces to Liters.” The same can be done with lbs to Kg. Then do the math….

    So… 60kg=132lbs
    132/2= 66
    You need to drink 66oz of water a day. Now if you want, convert oz to L (using google haha)
    66oz=1.95L

    Hope this helped if anyone was confused.

    Also I’m getting married this October too! Less than 30 days left for me!!! I’m panicking. It seems like explaining unit conversion calmed me down a bit….odd…

  • Girvan says:

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  • AvaJ says:

    I’m curious what other people are doing with the fruit after finishing their water?
    I’m finding a can refill my water and get second bottle of detox/flavoured water, which is great, but then I am throwing the “used” fruit out afterwards. Has anyone tried eating the leftover fruit or using it another way (like in smoothies)? I’d like tips on being more efficient with my money and waste :D

  • AvaJ says:

    What do you do with the fruit after you’ve infused your water?

  • Paige says:

    IM IN!!

  • Johana says:

    I’M IN !

  • Robin says:

    I’m in! Let’s do this :D

  • I love these mental-wellness talks. Can we do more, Cassey?

  • Jenna says:

    I’m in!

  • Vanessa says:

    Im so in!!!

  • Julia says:

    I’m in!

  • Cher says:

    Lemon water is my favorite. It’s so refreshing! I’m excited to try the different combos.

  • Marie says:

    I’m in!!

  • Rithi says:

    I’m in (well I’m going to try my best)

  • Tanya says:

    I’m in!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m in. Can’t wait!

  • Shannon says:

    I’m in

  • Shannon says:

    I’m in

  • Lily says:

    I’m in!

  • Lauren Seiberling says:

    I share your stress in this regard. Some (not you) come across as a “holier than thou” type and I would have to live “tofu and water and working out unless I’m sleeping” to be “fit” like they are. So to totally Fangirl on you, this is why I stick with you, because you are a real person. Lol!

  • Teshia says:

    I’m in

  • Maria Stopka says:

    #1 that makes me stress is the toxic people that surrounds on me so i put myself away from them and keep myself busy doing my zumba or exercise :)

  • Lumpy says:

    Where are the winners announced? :D

  • Jamie says:

    I’m in!! 😁

  • Kat says:

    I’m in!

  • Ana says:

    Hi Cassey, I love the challenge but I’d really prefer to have the sheet on digitally, so I don’t have to print it. Like available on the app or so.
    PS: I really love that bottle but I’m from Portugal and the shipping is expensive :s

  • Sunshine says:

    I’m in!!

  • Ana says:

    How would it work for the AUS metrics?

  • Kim says:

    I’m in!

  • I’m in! My bday is 9/27 so this is perfect 😺

  • Chloe says:

    I’m in!!!
    Never had flavoured water before but I’m up to the challenge.

  • Darya says:

    Yayyy!!! I am doing this challenge because it’s easier but I didn’t do any other challenges so I’m BUSTED lolz!!!:)

  • Ami Lad says:

    I’m in!! Excited for this challenge.

  • Eileen says:

    I’m in!

  • Me Davol says:

    I’m in!

  • Laura says:

    Im in!

  • Cindy says:

    I’m in!!!

  • Annapurna Kollipara says:

    I cassy.. I love your vedios… I badly suffering from pcod.. And i am putting on weight gain.. I make so many promises about diet but .. Not even aa week it stoods up.. I think its right focus journal… For me

  • zainab says:

    you are such a love who is helping me to get rid of fats … thanks girls keep posting stay blessed
    one more thing i want to say that can you provide workout for back fats ?

  • Manav Vij says:

    Amazing piece of information.
    Thanks

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