I’m the type of girl who’s always looking to make my life as easy and carefree as possible. A stress free life is the ideal situation for me and that’s what I’m constantly striving for. It’s obvious that every now and then we’ll all overcome things that drag us down or make us feel no where near 100%. This is why I’ve started intertwining some of these habits into my daily life, thus leading to a happier and healthier Liz (which I’m totally down for.)
If you make the change to positivity and happiness in your life you will feel a lot better day-to-day. It may take you a while to adjust to some of these but in the long wrong you’re going to benefit exponentially. I’ve worked hard to not be the negative person. I use to be but I know where I am in life now, I can be proud of who I am. I want to apologise to everyone I hurt in the past, some of you won’t read this because why would you? But that’s okay. I’ve made my peace with everything in my life and you’ll do the same in time. So, in this post I’m going to be sharing with you my top 10 habits for a happier and healthier you, I hope you enjoy.
#1. Drink water.
This is probably the most obvious step in this process. If you want to feel healthier overall, ditch the sugary drinks and drink more water. I drink around 2/3 litres of water a day and have been religiously for about 5 months now. Water helps with digestion, clearing skin, fighting infection and with many other things in the human body. I’ve found that I have more energy and because I’m hydrated my skin looks so much clearer AND I’ve lost weight – two of the many reasons why I feel so much happier in myself. Water can be a miracle cure and it’s such an easy step to include in your day. If you don’t like water? Try getting a water infuser – try it with my favourite selection of ingredients: cucumber, lime and strawberry! They’re my favourites to add when water starts to get boring and it tastes delicious.
#2. Don’t put off the little things.
Now, I hate cleaning somedays and somedays I love it. But I know, if I do it as soon as I go downstairs, I’ll get it done. Getting things done may seem like a task during the process, but as soon as you’ve finished and the room is tidy or the essay is written you’ll feel so much better than before. Set aside a certain time in a day or a specific day to get tasks done. Prioritize those tasks at that time and you’ll feel like a superstar when you accomplish them.
Now, I’m not talking blog posts online or your Twitter feed (which I know all of us in the blogging community are guilty of doing almost every night.) Try reading a book or a magazine, something you enjoy. It only has to be 30 minutes a day, but taking time for yourself, away from technology can really boost relaxation and can start increasing positive energy. I’d avoid e-readers/kindles and try to focus on paper material – as bloggers we stare at screens most of the day, so when you unwind you want to avoid them, because you won’t be able to completely unwind when you’re reminded of your work load every 2 seconds.
#4. Get back on the horse.
We all have resolutions we never kept, promises to ourselves we’ve broken and projects we really wanted to finish but just could never get back around to. Well, now’s the time. If these things are still important to you as they were back then, dust them off and bring them back out. There’s no time like the present.
#5. Surround yourself with positivity.
Until recently I was living in my little negative bubble. The world had been cruel to me so I was going to be cruel back – that’s not how things work. I dusted myself out, blocked out the negativity (literally) and moved on. I removed everything from my life that made me feel sad, angry or otherwise just negative and I replaced it with positivity. So, whenever I think of something negative from my past it’s now replaced with a positive thought. Removing negative people is another way to help – negativity cannot thrive were positivity reigns, so this *may* be an unpopular opinion, but if someone in your life is a negative Nancy, let them know. I think there’s nothing wrong with telling someone they’re killing your vibe, it might suck a little, but wouldn’t you rather know the truth if it were you? I would. My best friends are my biggest fans and I am for theirs and that’s exactly how it should be.
#6. Wake up as early as you can.
Now, there are some days when early is 11pm and that’s okay, everyone deserves a lazy day every now and then. But majority of the time now (especially as I start back to university in September) I’m waking up at around 8/9am everyday. You can accomplish so much more by just getting out of bed that little bit earlier, if you love watching binge-worthy TV in the morning, getting up earlier means you can do that AND not feel guilty about it. Whenever I get up later than 10pm I always feel like I’ve wasted my day so by living this way, I can get even more work done – I love feeling productive.
Smile at everyone. Smile at everything. Sometimes smiling at a stranger can make someones day or can even spark a conversation you would never have gotten if you’d gone about your day-to-day life as normal. Smiling can be infectious and smiling (even when you’re sad) can even make you feel better again. Seeing someone smiling and laughing is sometimes the best thing. It warms me knowing someone is happy and their happiness is infectious. You want to be happy around happy people, so be that person.
Doing something for free for someone/something else can give you a feeling like no other. Help at a food bank, nursing home, youth centre, anything that sparks your interest. I volunteer at a radio station called Energize Radio (go check them out!) and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. They provide those who are under represented and socially excluded a chance to do whatever they want to do whether be the radio, blogging, videography, they can give it a go! I’m not very hands on at the moment, but I hope as I grow I’ll be able to offer them more and we’ll see where that takes us!
#9. Talk about ideas not people.
This is one I’m living by now. I use to be a terrible gossip. I’d love telling people the nitty gritty of problems and situations but now I don’t want to. I want to talk about things of substance that interest me and light a fire in my stomach. Talking about ideas will strengthen them and lead to the possibility of an even greater idea. So stop talking about what that girl did on Tuesday or who so-and-so is dating because the only place that will get you is to a place of resentment and ain’t nobody got time for that.
#10. Set goals.
You should always have a goal in mind. At all times you should know what you’re working towards. I know that my current goal is the graduate from university with a super awesome grade and get onto my MA degree. I know my side-goals include getting consistent work experience throughout the years, making sure my name is always known in the industry by one person or another. Rid myself of all remaining negative thoughts and replace it with positivity. And that’s me. I have a lot more goals, but for now I know these are the ones which are most important to my current path over the next 2/3 years.
I’m always trying to improve myself and this is how I do it. These are just simply 10 ways I focus on being a better me. These may not have relevance to you, but they worked for me. I know I’m a better person than I was 6 months ago and I know I’ll be an even better person in 6 months time. Life is all about growth and don’t let the negative things from your past destroy your future.