Jen’s courage, strength, and vulnerability to talk openly about mental health inspires our whole team. In her R/DE and STRENGTH classes, she reminds us that we are ALL a beautiful work in progress and it’s NEVER too late to change your life and chase your dreams — you just have to put yourself FIRST.
After 10 years in education, Jen decided to trade in the apples and gold stars for sweaty workouts and high fives. A self proclaimed “group fitness junkie,” this former teacher loves all types of workouts, to her, there is nothing like being in a dark room and letting it all go. As much as Jen thrives off of a good workout, she LOVES to get cozy and admits that she has seen every movie and TV show since 2007. Without fail, Jen’s heart, drive and encouraging words will get you through to the end and she’ll be sure to send you home feeling empowered and motivated.
JEN’S TOP 5 TIPS TO DE-STRESS + TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:
Jen tells us her TOP TIPS to taking care of yourself first — something we ALL need to prioritize and be reminded of.
START YOUR MORNING BY FUELING YOUR BODY
Figure out what makes YOU feel your best to take on the day and give yourself something to look forward to when you first wake up (e.g. a nice warm cup of coffee). When you begin the day listening to your body, you will feel stronger and better prepared to take on the rest of the day.
DAILY MOVEMENT IS KEY
Every day doesn’t have to be a crazy workout. There are ways to get moving and de-stress even when it is a rest day. I like getting outside and going for a walk when my body needs to recover. Getting outside, breathing in some fresh air, and feeling the sun on your skin can be so beneficial for our mental health. It’s so important to listen to our bodies and give ourselves the rest we need so we can come back even stronger!
TALKING TO A FRIEND – REACHING OUT WHEN YOU NEED SUPPORT
Human connection and conversation is vital to our wellbeing. These days, it’s so easy to just send a text to see how someone is doing (which is great!) — BUT picking up the phone, FaceTiming, or connecting in person with family, friends, and even specialists (e.g. a therapist) is important. Expressing how you are feeling and also hearing what others are going through makes us feel connected on a deeper level.
This is such a broad term and can encompass SO many different things, as self-care is truly different for everyone. The first step is to figure out what self-care means to you — What makes you feel better when you are feeling stressed and need to unwind? What are some things that you do to take care of YOU? For me, I enjoy taking a relaxing bath, putting on records, playing board games, or watching my favorite TV show. Remember that there are NO RULES when it comes to self care, it’s about what makes you feel good.
I have a very specific nighttime routine that I do EVERY night before I go to bed. I look forward to it every night and rarely miss a step! Creating a mindful routine that allows you to relax and unwind after a long day can help you get a better night’s rest so you truly feel rested when you wake up. This routine can be SIMPLE, whether it’s not looking at a screen for an hour before bed, taking CBD to relax, reading your favorite book, or meditating, it can be comforting to know you have a routine to look forward to at the end of your day.