With all the busy planning, organizing, arranging, practicing (and more!) that goes into putting together the most spectacular Quince celebration this side of the Mississippi, it’s easy to overlook one critical detail: You! Now that the New Year is about to ring in, what better time to make your own self-improvement resolutions that’ll leave you in tip-top shape in time for your big day?! If you want to look just as beautiful and radiant as every other carefully selected element in your Quince bash, just implement the simple steps below into your daily routine, starting now:
Exercise: There can never be enough said about the benefits of exercise. A regular workout routine can stimulate various brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happy and relaxed. You’ll also look better when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Regular exercise can even help prevent depression, a common problem among teens.
To start an exercise routine that will last, gather the support of your friends and/or family: Round up a group of your favorite gal pals that’s willing to commit to a regular schedule (say two or three times out of the week) and select an activity that you all enjoy, such as running, walking, aerobics, or a sport like softball or tennis. Rinse and repeat, and you’ll all be looking and feeling great in no time.
Eat healthy: If you are like most girls your age, you probably don’t give much thought to healthy eating habits. However, if you want to look and feel your best, it’s critical that you eat right every day. In addition to keeping weight gain at bay, healthy eating can keep your energy and concentration levels high throughout the day.
The key components to a healthy eating regimen are:
- Eat breakfast every day. If you don’t have time for a traditional, home cooked breakfast, there are a number of healthy alternatives: a cereal bar high in fiber and protein, a milkshake, a whole wheat bagel with orange juice
- Watch your portions: People generally have a natural tendency to eat everything they are served, and large portions equal a greater chance to overeat, which leads to being overweight, feeling bad.
- Snack smart: If your biggest weakness is indulging in junk food, arm yourself with the perfect defense: healthy snacks! Before heading off to school, place nuts, fresh fruit/vegetables, frozen berries, baby carrots, broccoli, string cheese, etc. or your favorite healthy snack to carry with you and tide you over between meals.
- Get support: Eating healthy is hard enough when you’re trying to do it alone. It’s almost impossible if your entire family is used to a diet high in fats and sugars, and that’s the food you’re surrounded with. So talk to your parents, or the designated cook in your family, and encourage them to opt for healthier cooking ideas such as going organic, apply the less-is-more rule for “bad” ingredients like salt, sugar, lard, etc. when cooking.
Get your zzzz’s: Sleeping patterns are very important for teens your age because your body is undergoing many changes, making it difficult for your internal clock to set up a routine of its own. The rule of thumb is that you should be getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night at your age. Besides irritability, lack of sleep can have serious consequences: Daytime sleepiness makes it difficult to concentrate and learn, or even stay awake in class. Too little sleep may contribute to mood swings and behavioral problems.
To make sure you’re getting enough sleep, try sticking to a regular sleeping schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same hour every day (including weekends), avoid heavy meals two hours or less before bedtime, and stay away from caffeine (including chocolate and cola drinks). If you’re having serious problems sleeping, see your doctor.
De-Stress: Following steps 1-3 above is a great way to help you de-stress. In addition to eating well, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep, you can also learn relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, yoga or meditation. When practiced daily, these simple exercises will allow you to cope with stress and will lead to a generally calmer, happier you.