One of the best but also the hardest conclusions to come to in life is realizing that you have complete control and everything is up to you. If you want to change, you have to put in the work, determination, and energy. No one else can do it for you. With the warmer weather, I’ve started looking at my lifestyle and decided that there is no better time than the present to make the changes I want. So if you’ve been wanting to do the same or are just curious, here are the lifestyle changes I’ve been making to improve my life!
There’s just something so magical about waking up before the rest of the world is up and going. Now, I’ve by no means gotten to that point yet, but I’m slowly getting back into getting up earlier and it just makes me feel better. Naturally, I’m a night owl, but by slowly changing my clock I’ve gotten better at getting up before 8. My goal is to start getting up at 6:30, which will take some time. Getting up earlier means I have more time to relax before my day starts and I have more time to get things done.
Growing up I used to be terrible at staying hydrated, to the point where it is the only thing I’ve gone to the hospital for. Now I’ve become much better at drinking a lot of water throughout the day, and I can really feel the difference! I have more energy, my skin feels more hydrated, and it just helps my overall mood.
Anyone who has ever known me can tell you that I hate exercising. I have always been one not to do it, but I’ve realized that I don’t actually hate exercising. I just hate doing it in a typical gym setting. My kind of exercise is exercise that doesn’t feel like I’m exercising, if that makes any sense. That’s why I have always loved going on long walks. So recently I’ve started going for a 4-mile walk around this lake close to where I live, and I do this 3 times a week. Being out in nature does wonders for my mood, and I’ve started feeling better physically and mentally. It really is all about finding the kind of exercising that’s right for you!
The shower is always where I like to spend a lot of time to think, but I noticed that it was a long part of my morning routine. So to help me take shorter showers, I pick one song that puts me in a good mood to play on repeat. This way, I know how long I’ve been in the shower and I usually can be out before it ends a second time. Plus, this also helps me use less water. I do still give myself one day a week to take a bit of a longer shower.
About a year ago I discovered blue zones, and it has been something I’ve been interested in ever since. Blue zones are the 5 places in the world where people live the longest, and it all comes down to lifestyle. One of the changes I’ve made besides eating more fruits and vegetables is having my largest meal be lunch instead of dinner. This is something people in blue zones do, and I have been able to feel a difference + my body has more time to digest the food.
When it comes to skincare and beauty products I always used to focus more on makeup rather than skincare. These past few months I’ve switched my focus to skincare. I’ve started hydrating my skin more and using products with better ingredients. My skin still has some problems, but I’ve started wearing less makeup because I don’t feel I need as much anymore.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to find something that’s your “meditation”. And by this, I mean something that makes you 100% present in the moment and stops your mind from wandering to anything else. This can be anything from coloring to gardening or actually meditating. For me, it’s drawing. I’ve started giving myself time at the end of the day to draw on my iPad and it’s the perfect way to relax and calm my mind.
And those are a few of the positive lifestyle changes I have been making recently! I’d love to know if you’ve made any lifestyle changes recently, and remember that it takes time and effort to form a new habit!
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!