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6 simple ways to be healthier + happier

Hey lovelies!!

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 πŸ’•

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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 πŸ˜‰).

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! πŸ’•

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. ✨

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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!! πŸ’•

Much love XOXO,

Veronica

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12 thoughts on “6 simple ways to be healthier + happier

  1. Great tips! I might have to bring in a morning stretch.. more than just the basic stretch that everyone does in the morning πŸ˜‰ I’m a vegetarian but I became one at 8 years old so I don’t remember how I did it πŸ˜‹ you can always start slow though, you don’t have to cut it all out in one go, make the rules yourself and see how it goes 😊

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    1. Hehe I’d definitely be open to trying it out, its quite invigorating to do almost as soon as you wake up. ☺That’s true, I need to remember going slow into vegetarianism will probably be the best way to go. Thanks for your comment : ) XOXO

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    1. Oh yes, I can sympathize with you there…especially as someone off work or school (or both) in the summer, its hard to have a set routine that keeps you energized and healthy. One of the many reasons I love the colder months is having a routine and schedule to depend on. Thanks so much for reading and commenting pretty girl πŸ’•πŸ’•XOXO

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  2. Thank, thank you for sharing Veronica! You have no idea how happy this post made me. Mid-summer and I am really struggling to stick to a daily routine. You definitely gave me some excellent ideas and have motivated to stay strong.

    I take my dog on an hour long walk every day (we usually walk to a nearby park and then him and I run around like crazy and practice doggie obedience training before heading back home). I try to fit in a bike ride 2-3 times a week (during the warmer months of course). However, I have been feeling a pressing need to do some sort of morning exercise routine.

    Like you, I am NOT a morning person so I do most of my exercise late afternoon and evening. But those few times I do exercise in the morning I feel sooo refreshed and ready to start the day.

    I think I’m gonna have to snatch your stretch routine idea– I think it’s the perfect medium! πŸ™‚

    And I’m definitely GUILTY of scrolling through social media at night. Though, thankfully, I have been doing better in that area by either reading before bed or listening to an audio book. It’s always nice to have accountability though!

    Thanks for all your wisdom shared!

    –Faye
    https://createinmeblogger.wordpress.com/

    P.S. I was never vegetarian, but I do have TONS of food allergies and have learned to live on basically all veggies and protein (usually meat, so not really vegetarian…).

    Just a word of caution, both vegan and vegetarian diets use a LOT of soy products. Soy, however, is not always the best option (especially for women). Of course, you’ll do your own research and come to your own conclusion. πŸ™‚

    It also can be easier to ease onto the diet (at least for me it usually is). Maybe just choose one meal a day to be completely vegetarian and see how it goes. If you like it and your body’s responding well, I would say go for it! ❀

    Honestly, I get tired of eating meat sometimes and will usually have at least one completely meat free, vegetarian meal a day. πŸ˜‰

    P.P.S. I know most vegetarians eat dairy still, but if EVER you need vegan/dairy free options, Daiya is the BEST food brand! πŸ˜€

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    1. Faye, thank you so very much for your kind words!! I’m so so happy my post encouraged you-and gosh it can be so tough to maintain a healthy routine during the summer! I think we all go in vacation mode and forget we need to care for ourselves, too.
      Your exercise routine sounds very balanced, but if you’re interested be sure to try out a stretch routine, its soooo refreshing even for us non-morning doves. πŸ˜„
      Ugh yes-its so tempting to just reach for the phone as a way to wind down, but it doesn’t seem to do much good if it becomes a nightly habit. Reading before bed is such a stress-reliever and something I like to do as well when I can ☺
      And I appreciate all you wrote about food choices-thank you, thank you! Starting by making one or more meals a day nonmeat is a wonderful idea, I hadn’t thought of starting out that way. I guess I’m just intidimated by how tough it might be to start becoming 100% vegatarian, but transitioning as you suggested will make it much easier. 😊
      Thanks for reading and all your kind + helpful thoughts Faye! Its so nice to hear about what works well for you and your health πŸ’• XOXO

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  3. Loved these tips ❀️ I always try to drink much water because as you say there are so many benefits. I also love to walk, go swimming or biking. I’m also not a morning person πŸ˜‚ Journalling also works really well. Being grateful for the things you have will definitely make you happier. I need to stop scrolling on social media before sleeping but it’s difficult haha πŸ˜‚

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