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8 Life Hacks That Guarantee a Healthier & Happier You

JoAnn DeLeau
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It’s easy to get so caught up in family and work that we often forget to take care of ourselves, or we put ourselves last on our list of to-do’s and priorities. Taking care of yourself can seem daunting after working all week long and dealing with stressful situations – the last thing you want is to work some more on yourself!
 
Luckily, there are countless ways to improve your quality of life, and most of them are relatively easy to implement.
 

Here are 8 tips for living a healthier and happier life:

     

  1. Drink a glass of room temp lemon water in the morning
  2. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning will help you wake up and feel energized naturally. The lemon gently detoxes your body, and will also brighten your skin, support your liver and digestive system, and boost brain function! In fact, while you’re at it . . .

     
     

  3. Drink water all the time
  4. Carry the biggest water bottle you can. Whether it’s a gallon jug or a reusable water bottle (we recommend the 32oz Hydroflask water bottle), grab that thing, fill it up, and keep on guzzling. Proper hydration keeps us awake, helps with weight management by keeping hunger demons at bay, and helps keep you regular, just to name a few important benefits!
     
    Psst! Want to learn more about why it’s so important to stay hydrated? Then read 6 Undeniable Reasons to Drink More Water.

     
     

  5. Start asking positive ‘what if’ questions
  6. Instead of wondering what if they don’t like me? or what if I don’t get the job?, try flipping those questions around and making them positive.
     
    What if they love me?
    What if I get this job and get offered more pay than I expected to?
     
    Changing your perspective can make a huge difference in how you face what life throws at you, and staying positive can have an enormous impact on every aspect of your life. On that same note . . .

     
     

  7. Keep a daily gratitude journal
  8. Take a moment at the end of every day, or in the middle, or heck – just jotting things down at a red light – to keep track of all the little (and big) things that you’re grateful for. Maybe it’s the compliment your coworker gave you. Maybe it’s the three green lights you got in a row. Maybe it’s the sunshine, or the way your husband told you you looked stunning in those jeans. Write everything down in your gratitude journal (we love this one) and you’ll start finding more and more things to be thankful for.

     
     

  9. Streeeetch.
  10. Whether you’re practicing yoga or you’re just stretching midday at your desk, stretching helps with blood circulation, which in turn makes you feel better all around. Stretching also helps relax your muscles and your mind, helping you stress less and smile more!

     
     

  11. Meditate daily
  12. Whether you have a regular practice or have never tried meditation, taking even just a minute to yourself to bring your awareness inward can help clear your mind. If you find the idea of meditating to be a little daunting, try starting with 5 deep, slow breaths when you first wake up, and imagine that with each exhale you’re letting go of something that is keeping you from being your most happy, positive self. You’ll be surprised at what a difference one minute of conscious breathing can make in your day!
     
    Recommended read: 3 Simple Steps to Make Meditation Your New Healthy Habit

     

     
     

  13. Get outside
  14. It’s easy to stay curled up on a couch watching Netflix all day, but getting outside and soaking up the sunshine has more than a few important benefits. Not only does the sun provide us with nearly 80% of our needed Vitamin D (which helps with everything from our immune system to bone growth); being outside also helps reduce stress and boost your mood overall.

     
     

  15. Turn off your iPhone
  16. Nowadays it seems you can’t go anywhere without most of the people around you doing something on their smartphone. But constantly craning our necks to check our social media has negative impacts on both our spine and on our moods, so take some time every day to turn it off and really allow yourself to enjoy the present moment (and the feeling of holding your head upright!).

 
 
Sometimes it can seem like an impossible task to stop what we’re doing and take time for us, but it’s incredibly essential to our wellbeing, and our ability to be our best in our personal and professional lives. The benefits you will reap from these eight easy habits are exponentially greater than the time they take to implement. So do yourself a favor and take 60 seconds right now to do something nice for yourself. Believe me, you deserve it.
 

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JoAnn DeLeau

JoAnn is a new yogi and a beginning freelance writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoys long mountain hikes in the summer and curling up on the couch with a Jane Austen novel and moscato.

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