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5 Healthy Habits to Start This Spring

In 2016 I vowed to make a lifestyle change when it came to my mental and physical health. Choosing to be a healthier person overall and trying to take care of my mind & body God so graciously has given me. Today, I'm sharing 5 healthy habits to start this spring. Try starting with small things each day and overtime it becomes second nature and a part of your everyday routine.


.. THE HEALTHY HABITS ..


1. Go outside //

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I will be trying to get outside as much as possible. We humans don't do that nearly often enough -- we're busy beings, I know. Soaking up some Vitamin D when we get the chance is good for us physically and mentally. So this spring take a walk, go to a park, visit a flea market, eat brunch on the patio. Get that vitamin D people! ha ha 

2. Eat breakfast //

...every day. This one started as a challenge for me because I used to never eat breakfast, (brunch is a different story). Once I started working out in the late mornings I was pretty much forced to eat breakfast before, or I'd get really lightheaded and sometimes even sick. Now that I've gotten used to eating breakfast, I actually look forward to it and feel like I make healthier choices throughout the day.

3. Weekly clean ups //

I'm a Virgo, I'm a perfectionist, and I can't stand a mess for very long. I like things neat, clean, and organized. Buttt, I do slip up and get lazy or too busy to stay as organized as I'd like sometimes. Now, I'm making a point to pick up as I go. Doing small weekly, or biweekly, clean ups help make it easy and take less time & effort. Living organized has been sort of a lifestyle change for me, and a direction toward minimalist living (I'll be talking more about this in a later post). Basically, clutter around the house equals clutter in your mind and life, so keep it clean ladies.

4. Get social //

Join a social group to stay connected to people in the flesh. In the cyber world we live in today, I think it's important to keep real social interaction in our lives. I've been wanting to read more, to learn more, to be able to achieve more. Joining a book club gets me reading, but also interacting with others, and let's face it, I need that in my life. I'm quite the homebody. I'm a true introvert. But I love people, It's all about finding the right social settings for you. Regardless, we all need social experiences to keep our minds open and hearts full.

5. Weekly "unplug" session //

Going off #4's healthy habit, unplugging from the internet and spending quality time with the people we care about and love most is so, so important. I haven't tried this one yet, it should be interesting because I really do love social media, but "unplugging" once a week will be good for my heart, mind, & soul. It allows us to devote time to something else more productive in our own life, and that is definitely a good thing.


 

What are some of your own healthy habits you do?

Staying On Track With Your Goals

Hello 2nd month of 2016, way to sneak up on us all! Now that it's February I'm sure some of us are starting to let their resolutions and goals fall by the waist side. It happens, life happens. But don't fret, we can always get back on track. Today I'm sharing with you my ideas for sticking with your goals and resolutions all through 2016, or maybe even for life.

Staying On Track With Your Goals || Blush + Soul
Staying on Track with Your Goals || Blush + Soul

In my weak moments, on the verge of calling it quits, I refer to these things to help keep me going.

Remember why you started--
So often I think we let this slip our mind when we don't see fast enough results. We are the generation of instant gratification after all. But I think remembering why you started is absolutely key to sticking with a goal. Usually we start reaching towards a goal because enough things have (or haven't) happened that cause us to finally get up the motivation to start! Remember those personal reasons, your personal motivations.

Educate yourself--
No matter what goal you're working towards, it's important to learn as much about it as possible. Read an article, pick up a book, talk to professionals. When you're educated on a topic, you set yourself up for success.

Celebrate small achievements--
Don't be so hard on yourself throughout this journey. You probably will slip up (more than once) but don't beat yourself up over it. Allow yourself to celebrate each little achievement along the way. It'll keep you motivated and working hard!

Surround yourself with like minded people--
It's always easier when you have a support system of people that are working towards a similar goal as you. They can lift you up when you're struggling and help you to keep at it.

Use social media--
If you don't have actual like-minded people to surround yourself with, use social media as your support system. I use Instagram and blogs a lot for daily inspiration and motivation. You can read and see peoples journey, struggles, and how they deal with it all.

What goals are you working towards this year? Are you making a lifestyle change? How do you stay on track?