Seven Healthy Life Hacks

7 Healthy Life hacks

Hello, friends. I am linking up today with Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch for The Fit Dish link up. We are talking “healthy life hacks” today. Ooooh Weee that gets me excited. I can’t wait to read what everyone else writes about!

Are you into healthy life hacks? I consider a healthy life hack one that has influenced my life in a positive way. I am talking get the juices flowing, smile going, body glowing type of life hack. One that now I can’t imagine life without.

I have several of these. Some I have learned from others and some I have learned from trial and error. Either way, they work for me. Maybe one, two, or a few resonate with you.

I give to you… Bri’s Healthy Life Hacks:

{ONE} Make the bed every morning. This is so simple, yet has such a positive impact on my day. When I make my bed, I am telling my brain… “You are organized, now go get ’em TIGER!” It just keeps me sane. Makes me feel unmessy in a messy world.

{TWO} Warm water with lemon. I know you hear over and over about the importance of water. But, I am telling you, water first thing in the morning is one of the BEST things you can do for your body. And add a little lemon. It makes your digestive system happy, my dear, which in turn will put a smile right on that beautiful face of yours. You don’t have to go warm (or hot, in my case most of the time) but that is the way I prefer it.

{THREE} Take a shower when feeling blah! I learned this the hard way. I work in very casual dress (yes, workout clothes) most days. When I first started working from home I found it very easy to skip the morning or lunch time shower sesh. I would punt the shower to the evening or even the next morning (I know, I know.. hygiene alert!). But, no more. I find that I feel better when I shower and get myself ready most days. I like to feel beautiful and part of feeling beautiful for me is washing my hair and putting a little makeup on. Such a mood lifter, I am tellin’ ya!

{FOUR} Get outside daily. This is huge, especially when the sun is shining! We get vitamin D from the sun (10 minutes sans sunscreen) plus many other benefits. I mean, even plants require the sun. It’s good stuff, y’all. Sun gives us power so even on days where we can’t do a 30 minute walk or bike ride, sitting outside with a mug of coffee or tea for 10 minutes meditating on the birds and the trees will suffice. Part of getting outside daily is also the connection with nature. Even the city girls can appreciate nature.

{FIVE} Morning to-do list. Before I start work, I write a quick to do list for the day. I write a personal one and a work one. This keeps me on track for the most part. I have heard before to “eat the frog” meaning complete the hardest one on your list first. But, I have to admit, I often do the opposite. I am easily distracted at times too so I have to keep to-do lists. They keep me sane, although I am working on limiting how many I put on each list. It’s amazing how productive you think you will be versus how productive you actually are and vice versa. My days are very different… often! I can be productive penny one day and then distraction dana the next.

{SIX} Movement breaks.Β Think of these as smoking breaks for the non-smoker. Why wouldn’t anyone take a movement break? Hello, happier necks, backs, and waistlines! I do not have a hard time remembering to take these, but for the peeps that do even setting an alarm 3 or 4 times per day can help. Move for like 10 minutes. You deserve it! Trust me. And that excel spreadsheet you are working on? It can wait. Our bodies aren’t designed to sit for 8 hours straight, no chaser. πŸ˜‰

{SEVEN} Love. So simple, yet the most important! Being grateful for those you love (including pets) is essential to health and happiness. I love spending time with my furry friends and also my husband. I also love calling a friend if it has been awhile since we have spoken or checking in with my mom or dad if it has been a few days. They text and I love it!

Alright, I can keep going but I think seven is a GREAT number to stop on. Lucky seven! What is one healthy life hack you would add to the list?

  • I doubt I’ll ever make my bed in the morning (that being said, I barely move when I sleep, so it never really changes anyway), but I love the rest of em’! πŸ˜€ I’ve been meaning to start my days off with lemon water!

    • Man, that would be nice. I move like a crazy person and have like 3 different blankets. My husband likes it super cold and I don’t like to be cold so I just try to get warm. Hah!

  • jillconyers

    I have to confess. I don’t make my bed every morning. I’m lucky if it happens a few times/week. My morning ritual including writing a to-do list is essential to my day. #fitfamlove xoxo

  • MB Jackson

    great tips and my hubby is a stickler about making the bed! I like to end my evening with a hot tea, something about it alerts me that it is time to unwind and get ready to sleep!

    • Ohhhh I love hot tea as well. It is the best! Lately I have been into Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple at night.

  • I definitely don’t make the bed every morning… but I should πŸ™‚ Showering in the morning is so awesome – it wakes me up, almost as much as a cup of coffee! Waking up early in the morning for alone time reading the Bible, praying and maybe even fitting in a workout is super helpful for me.
    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

  • Mary

    I’m going to adopt #2 warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. I’m pretty excited about it, I have an over-growen lemon tree and they are tasty.

  • I love the new look of your blog!!! It looks fabulous. Your header is my favorite πŸ™‚ I love that you included “make the bed.” It’s simple but it totally changes how I feel about my morning and about my bedroom when I get home from work.