10 Easy Habits That Will Make You Healthier and Happier

I will click on any article or YouTube video that tells me how to be happier. I’ll take any tips I can get on how to feel better every day, but I tend to forget the little life hacks I’ve adopted that do exactly that. Adding in new habits can seem somewhat daunting at times. We know, it takes 21 days to build or break a habit, we get it. What we forget most of the time is that habits don’t need to be a giant life change all the time. There are so many little ways you can improve your life without any disruption to the daily routine. Here are 10 habits you can add to your routines that will leave you feeling energized and refreshed.

 

1. Drink more water

This is my New Year’s resolution every single year, and I’m finally starting to actually accomplish it! (Go me!) The easiest way I’ve found to up my water intake is finding the best water bottle for me. I need something lightweight (so I can carry it around everywhere), easy to use, and it obviously has to look cute sitting on my desk. That’s where the Hydros carafe and water bottle comes in. This is truly the most iconic duo!

Both of them contain the Hydros Fast-Flo technology which filters water five times as fast as normal water filtering bottles. I don’t have to fill my water in one container, wait for it to filter and then put it in my water bottle. The water bottle does it all for me. The carafe is amazing when I’m entertaining or have guests over. It holds 40oz of water which is totally enough for all of my guests, and it looks absolutely gorgeous sitting on my table or in my fridge kept cold. These check off all my boxes and make staying hydrated the last thing I’m stressed about every day.

The best part about the Hydros bottles is that they’re totally natural. The water filters are made of coconut shell carbon inside a BPA free casing. They’re all independently tested and reduce over 90% of chlorine and 99% of sediment. If there’s anything we shouldn’t have to worry about, it’s our water being clean, especially after it’s filtered.

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2. Create a morning AND evening routine

Everyone talks about the importance of a morning routine, and we get it. Starting your day with an intention and already having accomplished some tasks feels AMAZING. What we can forget about though is the importance of having an evening routine as well. Getting yourself ready for the next day ahead is a great way to plan while still staying present. Doing your skincare, reading 30 pages of a book, putting your phone away an hour before bedtime, doing the dishes — whatever it is that makes you feel prepared for the day ahead.

 

 

3. Supercharge your smoothies

A smoothie doesn’t just have to be spinach, kale, and bananas anymore. There are so many options on the market to make your smoothie work for you and provide more than just your daily dose of fruits and veg. Collagen peptides are great for not just your hair, skin, and nails, but provide support for your bones too. Maca powder can improve your energy, has vitamin C, copper, and iron, and can balance your hormone levels. Coconut oil adds a nice amount of healthy fats to make your smoothie extra filling and boost your metabolism.

If you’re okay with substituting fruity, tropical taste for health, spirulina powder is an amazing superfood filled with omega fatty acids and protein. (Just pair it with a lot of fruit to balance out the taste!)

 

4. Do weekly and monthly life reviews

Every Sunday night I do a weekly life review. I sit down with a notebook and ask myself what worked this week, what didn’t, and what I want to improve upon. I also do these more in-depth every month. We review beauty products and business plans all the time, but when was the last time you sat down to review your own life? This allows you to continue doing what you love, i.e. writing a lot and working out three times a week, stopping what isn’t working, such as drinking too much soda or not spending enough time with friends, and figuring out which habits you’d like to try out. It’s amazing what you can realize when you sit and identify what you want out of your life.

 

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5. Make a list of your go-to meals and a go-to grocery list

Put down the take-out menu! Creating a list of easy meals you know exactly how to make and that you love is the key to making sure you stay healthy when temptation, stress, and being busy try to take over. My list has fettuccine zoodles with shrimp, turkey tacos, and sriracha stir fry. Wow, I’m hungry.

Just to make life even easier, create an accompanying go-to grocery list for when you don’t have time to sift through new recipes. Make sure this list has everything you need to make all of your go-to meals, as well as all of your kitchen staples.

DOWNLOAD: Our Printable Meal Planner & Grocery List

 

 

6. Define your personal style

This can mean your clothing style, your design style, or just how you like to live your life! As for clothing, knowing what you like, what works on your body, and your favorite ways to pair the pieces you own simplifies your entire daily routine and makes getting ready for any occasion way more fun. My style could be described as “effortlessly trendy,” but yours might be classic or eclectic or preppy. While not everything you like has to fall within those parameters, it makes shopping, pairing, and styling so much easier. Knowing what you like gives you more time to do the things you love and focus on other important parts of your life.

 

7. Find ways to make healthy food work for you

I HATE cooked onions, but I put raw red onion in every salad, stir fry, or taco I make. I know, it’s weird, but I’ve found how I like to eat my vegetables that make them taste good for me. Maybe you prefer to roast your veggies with herbs, or the only way you can get some spinach and kale into your diet is chucking them in a smoothie. It might take some trial and error, but you’ll discover just how you can get some fruits and veggies into your diet without sacrificing taste.

 

 

8. Evaluate your commitments

We’ve all been there before. You’re waiting to go to a dance recital, a birthday party, a family event, etc., and it’s the last thing you really want to be doing right now. Well, truthfully, it’s 2018, and we shouldn’t have to do anything that doesn’t bring us joy. Whether it’s a book club you just aren’t vibing with or a wedding you’ve been dreading for months, evaluate whether these commitments are adding anything positive to your life, if they align with your values, and why you really want to go. If the answer to the latter question is anything along the lines of, “I feel like I have to,” “I already RSVPed,” or “I’ll let someone down if I don’t go,” it’s probably safe to say this isn’t something you really want to be doing. It’s like decluttering your closet; you’ll feel lighter and there’s room for more events that actually excite you.

 

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9. Identify areas of negativity

These are the stories you tell yourself that are usually untrue and limit you in some way. It can be as small as “I suck at public speaking” or “I’m not good with confrontation” to “I’m incompetent” or “I’ll never get a job I like.” It takes some self awareness, but acknowledge these beliefs. Odds are, you’ve been telling yourself these narratives for a while, so it’s easier said than done to totally eradicate them.

An easy way to start pulling these out though is to start poking some holes in them. Maybe you didn’t get the last job you applied for because you were late to the interview or because you were so stressed out that you forgot to send a thank you note, not because you suck at job interviews altogether.

 

 

10. Stop adding salt

Coming from a self-proclaimed sodium addict, this one has been hard for me. However, it’s such a simple trick that cuts out so much of my daily sodium intake. It’s as simple as using other flavorings, like hot sauce or pepper on my eggs in the morning, or not adding salt to my boiling pasta water. Find other herbs, like turmeric, red pepper flakes, rosemary, and cumin, that add flavor without adding the salt.

 

What life hacks do you use to keep your health and happiness on track?!

 

This post was in partnership with hydros, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.

  • Ok, I need to put my foot down on point 8 because I’m a bit shocked; this is right on the edge of being pure selfishness. Sometimes it’s good to consider other people as well, not just yourself. If my friend told me she didn’t want to come to my 30th birthday bash because she just didn’t feel like it I’d feel pretty insulted, and I’d have the complete right to do so.
    Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way you want it to and people need to accept this and learn to deal with disappointments. Having to go to a party that you’ve RSVPd to isn’t a waste of time-responsibility, it’s about maintaining relationships and so much more. Let’s please not get too self-indulgent (is that a word??), this world is selfish enough already 😉

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    • The point here, Teresa, is that people tend to overbook themselves with social engagements they don’t really have the time or energy for because they feel like “they have to” – rather than focusing their time and energy on the people who are important to them. I think there’s a BIG DIFFERENCE between RSVP’ing to three summer weddings for classmates you haven’t spoke to in five years and your best friend’s birthday party. Apples and oranges, my friend.

      It’s also worth noting, that over-extending oneself socially can really burn a person out and the consequence is that they won’t be as “present” in the moment while at those events and hangouts. I’d rather a friend cancel on me because they’re really stressed out or exhausted than show up and be brain-dead the whole time. This selflessness goes both ways.

      • I totally agree that over-stretching oneself socially isn’t healthy. And it seems I misunderstood the point a bit due to cultural differences, sorry about that. Where I come from inviting half-acquaintances to birthdays or weddings simply isn’t done. Inviting that classmate from 3 years ago with whom I haven’t been in any contact since then seems quite weird to me so I didn’t even think about it from that perspective 😀

        • Great point, I hadn’t even considered cultural differences. And I’m in the same boat – I wouldn’t invite an acquaintance I barely know to a major function either, but I feel that a lot of people trying to play the “popularity game” long after high school might still be stuck in that kind of mindset. 🙂

  • Normally I’d have a gripe with at least one of the points made in an article like this, but honestly I’m really feeling it because it’s all about what works for the individual. Granted, I’m not really on the smoothie train at all, but variety is the spice of life, so for those of you who are – having some new options to up the smoothie game is probably good stuff.

    I was especially happy to see a note about a go-to grocery list – I have a basic grocery list I use pretty much every time I go because I know what I like to eat and cook – and if I have all those things on hand, I can always add in other unusual ingredients to make something a bit different. 🙂

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