My Top Six Healthy Habits

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Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today I’m excited to be talking about a topic I feel very passionate about. That topic is health, and that includes mental, spiritual, and physical health. I want to share with you the things I have incorporated into my daily routine over the past couple of years that have helped me significantly. So without further ado, here are my top six healthy habits!

M E D I T A T I ON

I have a long history with meditation. My mom is Buddhist and I grew up practicing meditation with her. Therefore I was able to gain an understanding of what it was from a young age. For about a year now I have been practicing meditation by myself on a regular basis. Simply sitting with yourself in silence can be difficult at first but with regular practice it has made me more self-aware and has allowed me to feel more connected with the world. I meditate for 10 – 15 minutes every morning and find that as a result I am more present in my everyday life.

W A K E   U P   E A R L I E R

For me, waking up early is crucial to having a productive day. I consider myself lucky that I am naturally a morning person, sleeping in actually stresses me out. I like waking up early because it gives me time to start my day right. I can go through my morning routine without feeling rushed, therefore setting a positive tone for the rest of the day. I suggest that even if you don’t like waking up early, try waking up just 20 minutes earlier. You could use this time to meditate, read a book, enjoy some tea, or whatever you please. I promise this will make a huge difference to your day.

L E M O N   W A T E R 

I’m sure this is a tip you have heard before. Starting your morning with a warm cup of lemon water kick-starts your digestive system and rehydrates your body. It’s the perfect way to begin the day and I look forward to this simple ritual every morning.

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S T R E T C H

Something else I do when I first get up in the morning is stretch. It only requires five minutes of your time and is incredibly beneficial. It wakes me up and makes such a difference to my energy level. I also usually incorporate some yoga into my stretching routine such as sun salutation.

G R A T I T U D E 

Yet again I have another tip for you to incorporate into your morning routine. Each morning I write a gratitude list. I had heard of many people doing this and I’m so pleased that I decided to as well. Happiness stems from being grateful for what we have, who we are, and who we are surrounded by. By acknowledging what I’m grateful for each day and writing it down, I no longer take the wonderful things in my life for granted.

B E   C U R I O U S 

Never stop learning. Be curious, read books, learn a language, explore, listen to other people’s thoughts and ideas. Learning is so important and I believe it’s incredibly beneficial to constantly be expanding our minds. Make it a goal to learn one new thing each day, even something small, and it will truly enrich your everyday life.

I hope these tips were helpful and let me know in the comments what healthy habits you practice. I would love to hear them! xx

 

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A Reflection on 2016

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Happy 2017! I hope your New Year’s was fantastic! This post is being published a little later than I had originally planned but is something I still want to share. Despite the common opinion that 2016 was horrible and the tragedies that occurred, it was personally my favourite year yet. For me, 2016 was a year of personal development. After many years of struggling with my mental health and happiness, I took matters into my own hands and completely changed my mindset. I can now I say I am the happiest I have ever been. This year I worked hard and am proud with what I accomplished. I have been blogging, working at a clothing boutique, and doing an online course with Parsons and Teen Vogue while simultaneously graduating from high school and starting business school. I have met so many incredible people along the way and am very thankful for all the loved ones in my life.

I have high hopes that 2017 will be even more amazing than 2016. This year my main focus is on self care, being present, and trying new things. I celebrated this New Year’s Eve with my favourite people and started 2017 with a Polar Bear Swim! Let me know in the comments what your favourite part of 2016 was!

Beet and Blueberry Smoothie

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Happy Saturday everyone! Today I want to share with you my favourite smoothie of the moment. I came up with this recipe by experimenting with different ingredients and happened to create a drink that is not only gorgeous but also incredibly nourishing. This recipe is jam-packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, and everything you need to stay healthy during the winter months. I can’t get enough of this earthy, fresh, and spicy drink so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Ingredients:

  • One handful of blueberries
  • One cup of spinach
  • One beet
  • 1/2 tsp of hemp hearts
  • 1/4 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • One cup of water

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This is such a simple and delicious recipe that I can’t wait for you to try! I would love to know what your favourite kind of smoothie is so let me know in the comments below!