It has been one year since I began implementing habits that completely transformed my life. And I couldn’t be happier with the progress I’ve made.
If you’re looking to inject more positivity into your life and see drastic improvements in both your physical and mental health – check out these “edits” I’ve made. Are there any in the list that you could start executing?
I won’t lie to you – some of these changes have been a struggle. Every day has been a challenge for me both physically and mentally. But how can one feel transformed without growing pains?
I’m hoping this excerpt from my lazy-AF-party-gal-turned-self-development-junkie story will inspire some of you.
I made a good night’s sleep a priority.
Growing up I was definitely a night owl – staying up all hours of the night reading, writing or playing video games (because you can’t make a Sim successful in only two hours).
I never made getting a good night’s rest a priority and it showed in my lack of focus and productivity during the day.
It wouldn’t matter if I had slept a full eight hours or twelve hours – I was constantly exhausted, lethargic, moody and foggy brained. Naps were a necessity to get through the day – not a luxury.
Does this sound like you?
I’ve realized now it’s not about the number of hours you sleep – it’s about keeping a set schedule. This way your body knows when to feel awake and when to feel tired. Circadian rhythms, yo.
Going to bed around the same time every night as well as getting up at the same time every morning has transformed my life immensely.
I drink (a lot) more water.
I began drinking a full glass of lemon water in the morning to jumpstart my digestion (game-changer by the way). I then set a goal of drinking three litres of water a day.
Whether I reached that goal or not, working toward that number definitely helped me increase my overwall water intake.
Staying hydrated is key in making sure that your energy levels are consistent in addition to increasing your ability to focus.
We are made up of 90% water. If you aren’t making hydration a priority, you’re doing it wrong (it meaning life).
I went vegan.
I could fill another blog post with the plethora of benefits I’ve experienced since going vegan (which I plan to do).
It has completely transformed every area of my life. The brain fog I experienced daily has lifted and my productivity levels have increased. I no longer identify myself as someone who suffers from anxiety and I have much more control over my emotions. When I eat, I feel full and satisfied – never gross and nauseous. I’ve been able to reach my fitness goals and set new ones…
I could go on and on and on….
I have learned so much from going vegan. It has opened my eyes to so many things and I attribute to a lot of who I am now to this shift.
Not to mention the number of innocent lives I save with every food choice I make.
To sum up this point – go vegan. You won’t regret it.
I made exercise a habit (without a gym membership).
This one was a bit difficult. Before I decided to change my lifestyle, I was an extremely lazy person who enjoyed a solid night out.
After completing almost two decades of dance, I had become a couch potato – completely forgetting the true importance and benefits of daily exercise.
Once I decided to make exercise a part of my daily routine, I found a few pilates/yoga-based workouts that I could do at home (not a fan of the gym). I then combined these workouts and put together a badass playlist.
I committed myself to working out 5-6 days a week with one day of rest. It was tough, but after about one month I started to experience the benefits both physically and mentally.
Soon my workouts became so habitual that on days I didn’t work out, I felt off.
They say it takes twenty-one days to form a habit – why not make today Day One?
I made my home a ‘No Junk Food Zone’.
I don’t know about you, but I am the type of person who will consume any type of junk food the day it is purchased.
Seriously, I applaud all of you who can fold the top of the chip down and place it back in the cupboard to enjoy at a later date.
When I buy bags of chips, they usually don’t even see the cupboard.
Knowing this about myself, I don’t allow any form of junk food in the house – unless for a special occassion (i.e., movie night with my pals).
If you’re anything like me, give this a try. You’ll soon realize that if you’re craving (vegan) ice cream at 11PM on a Tuesday – you’re going to need to put pants on and leave the house.
This little tweak has transformed my eating habits. I now think twice about my food choices and have a better understanding of how these choices affect each area of my life.
I (drastically) cut back on gluten and added sugars
After consuming loads of gluten or added sugars – I was always left feeling bloated, lethargic and just straight up uncomfortable. Not to mention the headache and a cute little breakout I would experience the next day.
Switching to pasta made from quinoa or brown rice as well as discovering crackers made from sweet potatoes and eggplants can make a huge difference.
I also never consume beverages like Coke, 7UP or commercial juices. This little change alone can make you much more conscious and aware of your sugar intake – ultimately making you feel dope on the inside and look dope on the outside.
I made time for reading.
As a child and into my teen years I was a bookworm. I would pull all-nighters just to finish a good book.
But alas, school became busier and reading became a responsibility – not a luxury. I was always able to find plenty of excuses – I couldn’t find the time or I didn’t have the energy…
Once I graduated I made a promise to myself that I would read more. So far it has been a success!
I’ve read some extremely motivational books that inspired me to re-shape my life (Girl Boss, You Are a Badass, Crush It!) as well as I have dug out some of my favourites to enjoy again.
Making the time to read is a form of self-love. You’re expanding your mind, forming new thoughts and opinions as well as challenging yourself. Your brain is like a muscle – work it.
I made a conscious effort to be more grateful.
After receiving The Five Minute Journal as a gift during a challenging period in my life – I started making an effort to be more grateful for all of the things I have in life.
Our brains work to keep us safe, not happy. This makes it very easy to focus on the negative and get wrapped up in feeling like a victim.
If we are constantly taking inventory of the number of amazing things we have to be thankful for (a home, a family, loving friends, a source of income, clean water) we allow ourselves to operate in a state of abundance, rather than a state of lack.
By being grateful we are raising our frequencies to match where we want to be in life, not where we don’t want to be.
Approaching life this way has completely transformed my perspective on everything. I feel awake and ready to tackle whatever comes my way.
And that, my friends, is how I have completely transformed my life thus far.
Hopefully in the coming months I’ll have another list with more good news to share with you.
It’s never too late to change your life. Always keep in mind that progress is progress, no matter how small. Celebrate the little victories and remember that you are the creator of your own reality.
What are some ways you’ve transformed your own life?