Starting any type of health or wellness journey is difficult.
There are truly endless amounts of bloggers out there detailing every bit of advice on every random diet and fitness tips that worked for them that may or may not work for you.
But truly, it’s exhausting trying to keep up with it all when you’re an average working woman with little free time on her hands, little expendable energy, and little resources available.
Sometimes, it’s best to ignore what’s trendy and just get back down to basics—so here are 15 simple ways to make a big difference in your life:
- Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Stop staying up late and go to bed early. If you are truly ambitious, you’ll go to bed earlier so that you can wake up even earlier and establish a morning routine.
- Meal Prep. Or, plan your meals ahead at the very least. If you are focusing on eating healthy, don’t stress out about creating gourmet meals. Instead, go with what you enjoy but make some healthy swaps, such as switching brown rice for white, wheat bagels for regular, or dairy free options for full fat ones.
- Drink More Water. This is KEY. There are no compromises when it comes to keeping hydrated. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces (150lbs= 75 oz of water daily, minimum) water, unsweetened seltzer, unsweet tea, etc daily.
- Get moving. Go for a walk on your lunch break. Workout at the gym. Do some yoga on your living room floor. Do whatever type of exercise you enjoy, just as long as you get your heart rate up and your body moving.
- Develop some sort of routine. It’s the best way to jumpstart your productivity, set yourself up for success, and to just deal with a lot less stress in general.
- Eat to live, don’t live to eat. We all love a good late-night stress eating buffet of mac and cheese and those Twizzlers you had in your backpack for a month, but while relatable, its definitely not sustainable. Nourish your body and it’ll pay off in the long run. Veggies are actually good if cooked correctly—I promise.
- Pamper yourself. You don’t need to spend $100 at a salon to #treatyoself. Take a long bubble bath, paint your nails, put on a face mask, make a homemade latte, just relax!
- Start saving and investing. Whatever you can, whenever you can. Start small if that’s what’s realistic for you at this point in time. Skip out on your daily coffee and shove that $5 in a coffee can (or a digital equivalent of a coffee can—but the visual was needed). It adds up FAST.
- Take social media breaks. Social media is toxic. It can be a great tool to catch up with friends when used for that purpose, but most of the time, social media just makes me feel like I’m not doing enough with my life. And it’s that glorious time of year when everyone I know is getting married or having a baby, meanwhile, I’m sitting on my couch in my flannel sweats with my avocado slippers live streaming a video of my cat attacking a lint ball since I haven’t vacuumed in over a week. Social media only shows the side of people they want to show—for that reason. Don’t let it dictate who you are or how you live your life.
- Take care of your skin. If you take any kind of advice from anyone, it’s to TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN. WASH YOUR FACE. STOP WEARING TOXIC MAKEUP PRODUCTS THAT BURN OFF LAYERS OF YOUR SKIN. I BEG OF YOU.
- Take probiotics and vitamins. Your gut health is one of the most important aspects of your overall health!
- Write it down. Affirmations, to-do lists, reminders, save-the-dates—life is a lot less stressful when its not full of surprises because you can’t keep track of everything that is going on in your hectic life off the top of your head. Write it down.
- Live in the moment. Turn off your phone when you’re out with friends or family. It’s rude for one, and you’re just wasting their time and your time. Go outside in nature and leave your phone at home (just make sure you’re not alone, carrying some sort of protection, and staying smart!)
- Lower your expectations. You’re doing great, sweetie. You don’t need to be a millionaire at 40, you don’t need to own a house before you’re 25, you don’t need to have abs to be successful. Again, social media has manipulated our notion of what is and isn’t successful. Set your own standards for yourself. Be who you want to be. Don’t stress about what you can’t control. SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK.
- Empower each other. Hate is a horrible thing, especially when it comes to other women being cruel to each other. Stand up for the little guy, share love, spread positivity, and don’t treat others poorly as a sad means of trying to make yourself feel better.