Recently, I became intrigued by the ‘That Girl’ movement on social media. ‘That Girl’ is a woman who prioritizes her health, drinks her greens every morning, meditates, lives in matching workout sets all day, and goes on her hot girl walks with her bala bangles strapped on. She wakes up before dawn, reads for self-improvement, keeps a clean and tidy house, and even finds time to do yoga. I have been watching these videos, and although some of them can be so calming, honestly they make me feel a little inadequate. I don’t know about you but I find myself overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of real life so a perfect 5 am routine is not in my cards. My approach as of late is not adding more habits to my day-to-day, but rather, cutting things out of my life. Here are 5 daily habits that you should also consider axing…
Mindlessly scrolling social media.
It is so tempting to start your day by grabbing your phone and checking your socials. I admit, I do it too. However, I’ve come to find that even a slightly negative post or news article greatly impacts the tone of my morning, and possibly my entire day. They say that ignorance is bliss, but there is actually some wisdom in that. ‘Knowing’ all the gossip, news, or whatever, first thing in the morning can cause a lot of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. I want to try to be strict and not look at social media for the first 30 minutes or so after waking up, and see if it does indeed improve my overall outlook.
I admit, this is a huge struggle for me. It’s SO tempting to hit the snooze button every morning. For some reason, those extra 8 minutes of sleep seem extremely appealing, despite never actually resulting in me feeling more rested. Every neighbor likely knows that I can let this go on for an hour. Lately, I’ve been trying to practice better sleep hygiene and set myself up for success in the morning. Having a regular sleep schedule is important to be able to think clearly and have adequate energy to do whatever we need to accomplish.
Not drinking enough water.
Many people do not drink enough water. I am actually pretty good about this. I try to drink around 1 Gallon of water each day. Sure, I’m running to the bathroom often, but I feel and look my best when I’m well-hydrated. Being dehydrated can lead to fatigue, headaches, and digestive and skin issues, so it’s important to look at your own consumption and see if there is any way to increase the amount you’re drinking. I’ve also been loving adding LMNT electrolytes. Electrolytes can be easily washed out of your system with exercise or sweat.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it provides your body with the fuel it needs to power through the day. Skipping breakfast can lead to overeating later in the day and can cause your metabolism to slow down. Not to mention, you can be a total grouch by 9 am. I tried to do intermittent fasting for a while, but I found out that the way I feel my best and have enough energy to go through my day, is with a nutritious breakfast to fuel my body and mind.
Not moving your body all-day
Exercise is essential for maintaining good physical and mental health. Neglecting exercise can lead to weight gain, decreased energy levels, lower confidence, and increased risk of chronic diseases. I get it, most of us, including myself, work in the office seated all day. Moving your body daily is difficult but very important. We should avoid not moving all day and break that habit by taking frequent walks with the dog, signing up for a group fitness class that you enjoy, or going for aro
By cutting out these five daily habits, you can improve your physical and mental health, and lead a more fulfilling life. By all means, take your morning vitamins, do your lymphatic drainage or do whatever makes you feel better. It’s been proven time and time again that small changes lead to massive results. Focus on what you can do to simplify your life, and remove unnecessary pressures and burdens.