Happier and Healthier Habits
Let’s talk happier and healthier habits. These are my daily habits for being happier and healthier. I wanted to just kind of sit down and talk to you guys about this topic. How to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. I get questions all the time about how do I stay motivated, how do I push myself to go to the gym everyday, how do I still eat healthy, how do I just stay positive? So I kind of want to give you my tips and tricks of things I try to implement every single day.
I started really retraining my mind the beginning of this year and it’s been a very great year for me. And so I want to kind of teach you things that I do on a daily basis that help me challenge myself and stay motivated. I have my list right here.
Happier and Healthier Habits Number 1
Make your bed every single day. It’s been kind of statistically proven or just kind of said that successful people make their beds every single day. That’s what I do. I don’t even think twice about it. If I’m running late, then yeah, I won’t make it. But immediately when I come back, I make my bed. I don’t really try to get back in it.
Because if your bed is unmade, it’s so easy just to slip right back into it and stay unmotivated, lazy and just kind of lie around. So make sure you make your bed every single morning. And it’ll just kind of get your head in a clear space, makes your room more of a room for a working space versus like a comfy lazy space. See what I mean? So try that out.
Limit your phone usage. This is something that’s very challenging for all of us, I think. We’re all extremely addicted to our phones. So I definitely think that this is something you should try to implement when you wake up in the morning. I know that you’re probably reaching for your phone. But instead of just sitting there scrolling and scrolling, maybe don’t check all your notifications. Maybe limit yourself to say okay I’m gonna check my phone for five minutes.
And then I get out of bed and start my day. Then before bed, same thing. Try not to be in your phone too much before bed because the longer you’re on your phone before bed, the less tired you’re gonna be. And the more it’s gonna just keep you up. It’s not gonna get your mind in that sleep zone. So limit that before bed. Instead of using your phone try reading or doing something else different instead of just staring at your screen.
I always listen to a podcast or some sort of TED talk or some informative or motivational kind of video every single day. I’ve been listening to this guy’s simon Sinek or simon scnic every single day and he is incredible. He has been motivating me like crazy. He inspires me so much. So whether it’s listening on the porch to a Christian podcast, a TED talk, listening to a motivational speaker on YouTube, or putting on worship, just getting my mind into something that’s benefiting me.
It kind of empties my mind from thinking negative things about myself and thinking about what I did yesterday and worrying about that. It kind of just gets me in the moment, teaches me something new, and challenges my thinking. And it leaves me with something to think on the rest of the day. So I really really recommend you try this out every single morning while you’re getting ready or making breakfast.
Happier and Healthier Habits Number 4
Eating healthy. Eating healthy is extremely important. I know you’re probably thinking where do I start, but basically just everyday you got to start swapping out unhealthy things for healthier things. So for example, I used to eat very sugary cereals in the morning. And Now instead I swap out a sugary cereal in the morning for maybe eggs and some fruit. It’s still a sugar, but it’s different amounts of sugar. Simple things like that when we snack, don’t reach for a bag of chips. Instead, reach for almonds.
I also take a women’s multivitamin every single morning and I take a probiotic every single morning. So right when I wake up, I just do that. I eat healthy and it really just starts my day off right. You can cave in every now and then – maybe like once on the weekend. But try not to make that a part of your daily routine. Because overall, your mind, your brain, your health, your heart and your skin are gonna look really good when you start eating healthier now.
Cleaning up your space and cleaning up your room and lighting a candle and really just setting the vibe for you to be in a more clear mindset, So when my room is a mess, I feel like I’m a mess. My room directly correlates with how I’m gonna feel that day. You know what I mean. So if my room is messy, my brain feels cluttered and messy. So whenever I’m like okay I’ve gotta film today, I’ve gotta edit, I gotta get stuff done, I always try and pick up my stuff, put away my laundry, make my bed. When my room is clean I can just think better.
So definitely try this out just trying to keep your room tidy it up and just find some little ways to kind of make it clean and organized and things like that and then lighting a candle like I have two candles lit right now. Just the scent in the aroma of having a candle just kind of puts this good energy and vibes into your room. So I love doing that. So definitely try that out as well.
Working out daily or at least four or five times a week. So every single day of the week I work out, right when I wake up. I immediately try and find some way to work out whether that’s core power yoga like a sculpting class, whether that’s with my trainer, running outside, watching a YouTube video and working out. There are many ways to work out. It doesn’t always have to be super expensive, and it doesn’t have to be a class. There’s so many free opportunities to work out. So look those up on YouTube. Take advantage of the free workout classes online.
it starts my day off right. I feel like when I workout I just take the day on. I feel great, I feel motivated, I just feel awake. You may think like it makes you more tired, you would have less energy afterwards. But I don’t. I feel ready to go and I feel so amped. So I get that adrenaline rush and I’m just like I need more of it. I know that it’s hard to get into a routine of working out. But when you just keep slowly every single day doing something, eventually it’s going to become a habit.
So for me, it’s definitely a habit now. In the beginning, I hated working out. But I just kept pushing myself, finding friends to push me, and going with friends. That was the best way for me to kind of get into that routine of working out every single day. You’re never gonna regret working out. You’re always gonna regret maybe not working out, but you’re never gonna regret working out. So keep that in mind.
Happier and Healthier Habits Number 7
Putting a motivational quote on my mirror. I’ve written on the mirror positive mindset, healthy eating, stay motivated. Then in my bathroom mirror, as well. I have things like eat well today, think positive, stay happy, things like that. So when I look at it, I’m like okay, that’s a good reminder. When I’m thinking about reaching for a candy bar, instead I’ll reach for a granola bar. Many things can help you shift your mindset every single day. And just kind of help give you reminders of staying positive and right on track.
Organizing your day every single day. So after I wake up, I go to the gym. I always come back, kind of clean up my room, and then that’s when I get out my to-do list, my planner and check my emails. I immediately plan out what I need to do that day. Every single morning I make a to-do list and I try to accomplish everything on the to-do list. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. But you don’t beat yourself up over that. I try and accomplish it and I try and organize it. I list what is most important and least important.
I try and stick to that every single day and accomplish that every day. And once I get things done, I just love that feeling of getting it done, crossing it off the list. And then I always organize my planner and think okay what I got to do this week what do I have today, what do I have tomorrow. Instead of doing this today, can I do this tomorrow? Can I do this on tomorrow’s to-do list? So I always, every single day, write that out; trying to organize my day accordingly. And then just knock it out.
Every single night try to write in your journal, read, or do one or the other. Do something that’s not on your phone, that’s not just sitting there looking at the TV, but really something that’s gonna benefit and grow you. When I have so much going on in my mind and I just feel like I don’t know who to talk to or it’s just overbearing, journaling is one of the best ways for me. It’s a great way to just memory dump and word vomit onto the page and just write everything out, clear my head, get all my thoughts out on a piece of paper. And I always feel ten times better once I get it out.
So that’s really a good way for me to just kind of stay in a healthier mindset. Reading a book – I currently just bought four books. I’m currently reading the book, “Uninvited”. It’s just a way of growing and learning to be more positive in your life, and recognizing areas that you may have sin or negativity, or that you are lacking. So reading is a great great way. Self-help books are one of the best ways for me personally to grow.
Happier and Healthier Habits Number 10
Try to learn something new every single day. So like I said, whether that’s listening to a podcast or whatever, there’s also many apps that you can download to grow every single day. Whether it’s learning a new language or downloading other apps where you learn a new vocab word every day.
Or you learn a new fact every day. There’s many apps that will teach you something new every single day. So spend five minutes a day before bed just doing that. And then you can learn something new every day.
Think positive. When you are constantly sitting there thinking negative, it’s going to affect how you think about everything else for the rest of the day. It’s going to affect your mood, your energy for the rest of the day. So last night I was thinking extremely negative, and I was like you know what I may have to replace that negative thought with three positive things. So I sat there and I tried to be grateful for three positive things I had today.
This morning I also woke up feeling really negative or I was like damn like today is gonna suck. All while I was thinking super negative and again I thought positive. I was like you know what God, thank you for my healthy body, thank you for my home, and thank you for the fact that I have food to eat. Then instantly I feel better. So try that out. Just think positive. You don’t change your mindset. The more you start thinking positive, pushing out the negative, you’re gonna just live a healthier, better, happier life.
Go to bed at the same time every single night. Be consistent on your bedtime. Of waking up early and going to bed early. So it is difficult because I am such a night owl but I have re-trained myself to be more of a morning person. Which is just shocking cuz I was never a morning person. I always went to sleep around 3 or 4 a.m. Now I go to bed around the same time and I wake up at the same time every single day. So I just took a lot of time retraining my body to do that. But now that I’ve done it I feel so much more productive when I wake up.
I like being a morning person, truly, truly. It makes me feel more productive. I like waking up and seeing the sun rise, drinking my morning coffee. There’s so much more time in the day and there’s so much more light and I just feel so productive. So try retraining your body to be a morning person. I know it’s hard and it’s asking a lot. But just try. There’s a little setting on your iPhone, too, that you can use. That way, it’ll tell you when you need to go to bed. I use it every single night, so it’ll say okay, all ready for bed? And that’s a good reminder for me. Okay, time to unwind and get ready for bed.
Happier and Healthier Habits Number 13
Be patient and don’t be so hard on yourself. A lot of this does take time. It is a lot of retraining your mind it requires a lot of patience. So don’t be hard on yourself. If you slip up, if you’re not fully there, don’t let yesterday’s mistakes keep you from doing the right thing today. So if you mess up yesterday, today is a new day. So start fresh, start new and retrain your mind every single day. And just keep going because it is a continual process. It is something that you have to just keep doing and keep working at it. It does take time but once you get there, you feel really great. And it’s also just great too, once you’re there, you can help other people get there, as well.
According to a bunch of articles and statistics, it takes about 66 days to form a new habit. Originally they said it was 21 days. But then they started doing further tests and it ended up being 66 days. So I know that’s a lot of time but 66 days and you could retrain your mind, form new habits in your life that are better, make you happier and are healthier for you. So just stay consistent, be patient, work hard. You got this!
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