10 Wellness Hacks You Need to Try

10 Wellness Hacks You Need to Try

Here are 10 simple activities to help you be your best self; mentally and physically!
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Have you ever felt like your life needed a change or a jolt of energy? Sometimes you feel like you're disconnected or dissatisfied with your life and the direction it is going. Maybe you just feel like you're not being as healthy as you could be. So I took it upon myself to compile a list of things that I have found super helpful. Here are 10 simple activities that you can add to your daily routine to help you feel your best; mentally and physically.

1. Drinking warm lemon water in the mornings before you eat breakfast.

Drinking warm lemon water has some awesome health benefits including improved digestion, a boosted immune system, and nurturing healthier skin. It is also said to give you an energy boost. Try swapping your morning coffee or tea with lemon water.


2. Exercise

Yeah, this one is probably pretty obvious. But what you may not know is that you don't have to do 45 minutes of Insanity every day to get healthy. High-intensity interval training (what some people call HIIT) workouts can be super effective with only 10-20 minutes a day. Pick your ideal time, knock out those few minutes of exercise and then go on about your day.


3. Meditate for at least 5 minutes.

This is your time to center yourself. Meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, improves metabolism, promotes healthy brain function and helps to stabilize your emotions. The list of physical and mental things that meditation helps with or improves is very long. I encourage you to at least try to reserve 5 minutes of your day to meditate. This can be your time to listen to God or to listen to the inner workings of your mind and soul.


4. Unplug your devices for at least 1 hour

Although it would be easy for you to rush back and plug them in, the action is symbolic. You are powering down your electronic devices and focusing on doing something else. Paint a picture or sing a song. Go for a walk or play a game. The possibilities are endless and you might even look forward to your powerless hour!


5. Find some time to do what you love to do

Whether it be painting, making music, listening to music, reading, writing or playing video games, find time to do what you love. Not only will you find joy in doing what you love, you will be at a place of familiar peace.


6. Sleeeeeeep.

People really don't seem to understand how vital sleep is to the way we feel, think, act and the way our bodies function. Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. You'll thank yourself for it.


7. Oil Pulling

Maybe you've heard of it, maybe you haven't. I've started doing this on a weekly basis but a lot of people do this daily. It is super easy and has great health benefits. You just take one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual dating back over 3,000 years and is said to whiten teeth, increase energy, flush out toxins, boost the immune system, and prevent heart disease amongst a host of other health benefits!


8. Read A Good Book.

Reading is an amazing way to take your mind off of stress and immerse yourself in completely different worlds. Those who read more tend to have better memory, they tend to have better critical thinking and analysis skills, they tend to know more and they tend to have wider vocabularies. (I am totally biased towards this one)


9. Clean up clutter!!! Get rid of 3 things you never use

Slowly you will see the truth about how much junk we keep around that we don't in fact need. This one you may not have to do every day. Try once a week or once every two weeks.


10. Smile with your eye sockets.

Seriously! Having a genuine smile (or a Duchenne smile) on our faces makes us feel good! Studies have even shown that people who genuinely smiled did better on exams than those who didn't and that people who genuinely smiled reduced their stress level faster when exposed to a stressor than those who didn't smile.

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

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Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.


Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.


Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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