Taking care of myself physically + mentally always positively affects my mindset and everyday life, as many of you can probably concur. Finding the motivation to actually carry out what will make us healthier and happier can be harder though, so here are six very simple ways to start having a healthier, more simplistic lifestyle. Here’s to motivation towards becoming healthier and happier 💕
Start your day with a stretch routine
A morning stretch routine helps me wake up, start moving, and feel invigorated, all at the very beginning of my day (and the fact that I’m not a morning person but enjoy doing this says loads lol 😉).
If you’d rather not create a personalized stretch routine, there are plenty of ones to search up on Youtube for ideas, or if you would like a detailed overview of what I do in my five-minute stretch routine, comment letting me know. I’d be happy to share that in the future! 😊
Drink 5-8 (8 oz) glasses of water each day
As you are probably aware, drinking water frequently through out the day does so much for your body: assist in maintaining a healthy body weight, keep you invigorated, rid your body of toxins, and boost your energy (especially in the summer months)! There’s almost no limit to the health benefits that go with with drinking enough water-so put this at the top of your list! 💕
Avoid eating overly processed snack foods on the regular
Its extremely easy to reach for the junk food when I’m hungry, particularly between meals, but choosing fruit over a high calorie dessert snack allows so much more wholesome energy for the body to use. Not to say you can’t enjoy certain “junk” foods now and then, but for the most part it will benefit you to make junk foods not your go-to. A good way to start replacing “junk” food snacks is with simple vegetable and fruit snack recipes.
Take a walk (or exercise) outside every day
If you cringe at the idea of visiting a gym (like me!), there are plenty of ways to exercise your body without going too far: biking, taking a brisk walk, biking, jogging, and/or finding a walking buddy.
Exercising outdoors is the perfect opportunity to take time to appreciate nature, enjoy fresh air and exercise your muscles in the gorgeous outdoors. Whenever I can its a pleasure to roam outdoors and take a walk with my sweet dog.
Start journaling about x number of things that made you happy each day
Recognizing the positive about each day will, over time, shift your focus to what is good in each and every day-positively affecting your mindset and everyday thoughts (you can read about my post about journaling here). Gratitude journaling or any sort of journaling is going to benefit you mentally in a big number of ways!
Read or otherwise amuse yourself before sleep each night + avoid off social media
Its never a great idea to scroll through social media as you drop off to sleep-while social media can be fun, its not the best way to relaxfully prepare for a night’s sleep.
Instead of going on Insta or another site, I like to journal, read, make decaffeinated tea, watch way too much of any current period drama I’m obsessed with, and do everything in my night routine to wind down. While everyone’s idea of winding down before sleep may be different, finding some simple ways to relax while resisting the urge to scroll through feeds late at night will be beneficial for you. We all need breaks from the sometimes powerful influence of social media sites. Refusing to access it at nighttime will leave you with a less distracted mind that’s all the more better for a night’s rest. ✨
BTW, if there is anyone reading this who happens to be a vegetarian-how did you begin doing so?? I’ve been considering becoming a vegetarian, but it is a bit daunting to start out in eliminating meat from my diet. Any suggestions or comments on your experience with being a vegetarian would be very much appreciated!! 💕
Much love XOXO,