You are the one person who can change your life. Only you have the power. No one else.
Start by incorporating these 14 daily habits into your life to find out what an amazing difference, changing it up a bit, can do.
1. Skincare + SPF
Ladies, important information incoming.
Always take off your makeup and clean your face after a long day. And always ALWAYS protect your skin from the harming and aging sun in the morning.
If you are not currently using SPF, start right now. And not only during the summer months or when the sun is out. Use it all year, 365 days in a row to be exact.
If you’re feeling confused and not sure which products are right for your skin type, or if you are looking to replace the ones you are currently using, go check out BeautyPedia.com
They are true experts on everything skincare, and they go all scientific about it too. BeautyPedia pretty much has a review on every single product out there. My favorite brand of all time is the brand that they actually make themselves, Paula’s Choice.
2. Eat Clean
Or as clean as you can. You do not have to go overboard on this one. But please try and stay away from sugar as much as you can and save it for your junk-day that week. Because honey, you are sweet enough.
Sugar is in everything. It’s in that yogurt you have every morning (unless it is Greek or plain), in cereal, and white pasta, bread, rice is turned into sugar when it hits the lips.
Eating junk will make your lazy and draggy. We don’t want that. We want happy and energized 🙂
Start your day clean.
Practice meditation, even if it’s just for 3 minutes. A little goes a long way. Remember, baby steps.
Meditation will help sort your thoughts (both negative, positive and random ones), give you clarity and calm your nerves.
You don’t need to be a pro and have lived in India to do this. Start small and go on from there. There are plenty of helpful videos on YouTube and articles online.
My favorite app to use is Headspace.
You’ll notice a difference and it will feel great.
4. Listen to an inspirational podcast
Ah, who here doesn’t love a good podcast? It can be as good as reading a book, or even better.
Absorb new information and stock up on knowledge. I’m definitely a podcast girl. But reading will also do the trick.
Read or listen a little every day for 30 minutes.
What was that? You don’t have time? Make time, prioritize and watch one less episode of Friends on Netflix 🙂 (I should follow this rule more often, I admit – I’m not perfect)
Listen to your favorite podcast on your commute to your 9-5, when you are out and about or even when you work out. You’ll learn so much, even if you don’t think you are, you are absorbing that inspo info subconsciously.
5. Make Your Bed, woman!
Guys, just do it. Tidy your room before you leave the house.
Pick up the clothes that you threw on the floor, or on that chair we all have that we throw everything at.
It’s a simple task that is easily completed and you shall feel satisfaction by just doing this ONE simple thing, first thing in the morning. I promise you.
Making your bed improves your mood, you will feel more productive and ready to take on the next thing life (or the morning) throws at you.
Bonus: It just looks much prettier and you’ll want to jump in there once you get back from a long day at the office.
I find that this trick actually improves my sleep.
It’s ALL about the little things.
6. Go Away Phone
Hit the DO NOT DISTURB button on your phone, and keep it on, until you’re at work or when you absolutely have to check your phone.
Remember, morning time is supposed to be your me-time.
If you are up and running by 6 am, who really needs to get a hold of you at that hour? I mean come on. Yes, sure, the Instagram feed from the crazy night out, but it will still be there when you check your phone later (unless of course, they’ve deleted that one embarrassing story which I am sure you’ll hear about anyway).
Nothing is important until 8 am, 9 am, 10 am or whenever you officially start your day.
7. Plan like a maniac
You all know me. I’m a planner and suffer from chronic planning.
Set daily, weekly, monthly goals. Make sure you are moving forward and that your daily goals are aligned with the goals and dreams you have.
By taking baby steps and reaching those baby goals that you have every day, you WILL get closer to that big 1 or 5-year goal you’re drooling after.
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8. Clean and declutter
Tidy up around the house, start by making your bed f.ex. And continue on from there and clean an area of your home.
Why don’t you throw out old clothes and things you don’t use/need anymore while you’re at it? Declutter! Do not be a hoarder.
Sell the things you don’t use anymore on eBay or donate them to your local collection shop. Think like a minimalist.
Walking is your body’s best friend. It will do you good and you’ll get some fresh air while you’re at it.
Tip: Use part of your lunch break to go for a spin around the block. Long hours at a desk and in front of a screen is not your friend, in the long run.
Note: You don’t need to spend 2 hours at the gym. Walking at a brisk speed for 30 minutes every day will do the trick.
This is a point that I keep coming back to and there is a reason for it.
I used to not care about drinking water in the morning (because I was obviously just focused on getting that coffee running instead).
But after I started drinking at least two (normal-sized) glasses of water before I do anything I’ve been surprised as to how much energy I have and how much more elevated I feel.
As always, if you add a slice of lemon to your water, you’ll be getting those amazing detox benefits too. Go grab that drink!
Tip: There is a Chrome extension that will remind you to drink water throughout the day. I use it! There are quite a few, but the one I use is simply called “Drink!”
12. Go outside
Get some fresh air every day. By just being outside for 20 minutes every day, you can really improve your all around health and being.
Fresh air and enjoying a little nature-time can help with depression, increase creativity, productivity (YES!) and even help out your immune system.
It helps out the little white blood cells which, in turn, kills bad bacteria and germs. Win-win!
13. Stretch and strike a pose
Two in one. Make sure you stretch a little throughout the day. Set reminders on your phone if you have to. I am sure there are Chrome extensions for that as well.
The minute I get out of bed I stretch to get those juices (blood) flowing. You’ve been asleep for 8 hours (I hope), and probably been laying in the same position for all of that time – so you need to stretch it out.
The posing I was referring to is work on your posture when you stretch, do posture-friendly stretches. See – two in one go.
Even if you are an introvert (like myself), force yourself to be around people a little each day. Especially if you work from home. It can get a little lonely I am sure.
However, make sure that you only surround yourself with people that you enjoy spending time with and that give you GOOD energy.
Grab coffee with your bestie, favorite colleague or just one good friend.
Quality over quantity when it comes to friendships.
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15. Practice Gratitude
Last but not least, learn to practice gratitude and to be thankful for what you have. A couple of quotes to get you started.
“Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.”
– Helen Keller
“A grateful heart is a magnet of miracles”
“The secret to having it all is knowing you already do”
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