Adopt These Simple Habits This Week for a Healthier and Happier You

1. Drink More Water

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Tired by 2PM? One of the easiest ways to feel more alert during the day is to drink more H20. Water helps your body in a wide variety of ways, and even mild dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue and more negative effects. Drinking sparkling water is an easy way to make sure you're hydrating enough, so put down the coffee and grab a La Croix to beat that afternoon slump.

Water is also super important when it comes to the health of your skin. Water helps your body flush out toxins which will keep acne flareups away, prevents oil production, and is required for collagen production. 

2. Fuel Your Body

It's important to not only eat breakfast, but keep your metabolism high by eating small, frequent meals throughout the day. If you're strapped for time in the morning, keep greek yogurt, avocados and whole wheat bread, or hardboiled eggs on hand for quick, satisfying meals. Avoid processed, sugary snacks which aren't doing your body any favors and instead try to choose fruits and vegetables. Don't have any time to grab lunch? Grab a protein filled RXBar or a serving of almonds to tide yourself over. 

3. Get Your Steps In

When work and life get in the way, it can be hard to make time for the gym. If you know you won't have time to get a workout in before or after work, take whatever time you can spare and go on a walk to get some steps in. It's recommended adults get 10,000 steps in a day. If you can, walk to work to head start.

4. Make Time To Meditate

Meditation and mindfulness is an important aspect of self care. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, increase concentration, and improve overall self awareness in as little as 5 - 10 minutes per day. Try to meditate first thing in the morning to clear your mind and start your day off on the right foot.

5. Do Something Just For You

Think of a goal you want to accomplish and take little steps toward accomplishing it. Want to finish a new book? Set aside 20 distraction free minutes a day just for reading. Trying to learn a new language? Download Duolingo and complete a new level each day. Want to write more? Bring a small journal with you and start writing when you have a spare minute. Don't waste inspiration. A lofty goal may seem daunting, but little steps over time will get you further towards your goal than you would have thought!

Taryn Anderson