At the beginning of the year, we set some high expectations for ourselves. We were going to get up every morning for a jog before work, stop being stressed, always eat fruit instead of cake, and be the very best we could be!
Now that we’ve reached the final quarter of the year, we’re beginning to realize that things haven’t quite played out the way we planned. Hey, we’re human – we have high hopes and lofty goals for ourselves! Even if we don’t reach those goals we can still make changes towards living happier and healthier lives.
So why not give some of these a try, starting today?
Whether you take the stairs instead of the elevator, or decide to start using exercise as a way of getting around, finding new and fun ways to get moving will make a huge impact on your life. You may find bike commuting as a great way to de-stress before and after work, or join an adult kickball league! Either way, shaking up the monotony will create a positive impact on your overall outlook.
Make your bed every morning.
If you don’t already do this, try adding it to your morning routine. You’ll start the day feeling more productive, and your room will look cleaner and more organized. It’s an easy way to get your day started right!
We live in a culture that is in constant need of entertainment. We always have a TV show to watch, or music to listen to, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a quiet space for our thoughts. Shutting off our phones and other distractions even just for a short duration can be wonderful for re-focusing on our current state of being. You can even try meditation!
Start a gratitude journal.
It may sound a little cheesy, but writing down what you feel grateful for in your life will have a big effect on your overall well-being. Even just writing a couple of sentences each night will help you put the attention on all the good in your life, and not worry so much about the bad.
Build your community.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget how much good we can do by helping others in need. Giving back to your community and building relationships with your neighbors will not only make you feel more grounded in your life, but create a happier atmosphere for everyone around you!
Drink more water!
You’ll boost your metabolism, clear up your skin, keep your immune system healthy, aid in digestion, balance your hormones, and increase brain function. If that’s not a way to get happier, we don’t know what is! Using True Citrus is a great way to encourage yourself to reach for that water, and stay hydrated all day long.
Play with a pet.
Hanging out with a furry friend is a sure-fire way to uplift your mood and lower stress. Don’t have a pet of your own? Offer to dog sit for a friend for the day, or head to a shelter to cuddle with some kittens.
Find your own balance.
Good health isn’t an overarching set of rules that works exactly the same for everyone. Finding the diet and exercise routine that works for you is a big step towards living more healthfully. The key to being happier and healthier is creating the balance that works best for you!
Ready to start improving your life? Here are even more tips that will help you be less stressed and more optimistic.
How do you work towards having a healthier life every day? Share your ideas in the comments!