7 Ways To Live A Healthier Lifestyle

7 Ways To Live A Healthier Lifestyle

No, this article isn't an ode to juice cleanses.

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In order to live a healthier lifestyle, a person must actively make a choice. Many choices, actually.

It starts when you wake up in the morning.

Sometimes, you may wake up in an especially happy mood, but other days, you may wake up on the wrong side of the bed. It is then that you must make a choice about your attitude, which will affect you for the rest of the day.

Next, you choose what you want to eat for breakfast. Do I want that blueberry muffin, or a bowl of fruit and yogurt instead?

After that, you officially start the day. Do I want to walk or drive to class? Should I take the elevator or the stairs at work?

Then, when the day is done you can come home, change into sweatpants, take off your makeup, and wash your face. Or not.

These are some of the daily decisions we all make.

Our lifestyles are comprised of all these little choices.

If you constantly find yourself wanting to change your lifestyle and wanting to become healthy, try changing your choices.

Without further adieu, here are 7 simple ways to help you start living that healthy lifestyle:

1. Your Mindset is Everything.

Your mindset is a collection of your attitudes. Your attitude towards people, your attitude towards certain beliefs, and your attitude towards yourself. Do you tend to see the best in people? Or do you always expect the worst? Most importantly, do you believe in yourself? Practice turning negatives into positives every chance you get.

2. Stretch Daily.

It's easy to skip this one, as it's such a small step. However, stretching every morning can help to jump start your energy levels and improve your circulation. It can even help prevent aches throughout the day, help prevent injuries, and help your posture. There are countless benefits for such a quick and easy activity.

3. Nourish Your Body.

While we all know that sweets are fine in moderation, make sure you fuel your body with protein, fruits, vegetables, and most importantly, water. Get less sweetener in your coffee. Buy skim milk. Eat wheat bread instead of white bread. Make little changes here and there and the rest will come easily.

4. Get a Move On.

Walk to class. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Stop taking Ubers everywhere. These small changes can help you form good habits in the long run.

5. Develop a Skincare Routine.

We're all guilty of occasionally sleeping in our makeup, but doing so every night will not do your skin any favors! Develop a routine that works for you. Whatever it may be, really take the time to care for your face. Moisturize, exfoliate, use masks once a week, etc.

6. Prioritize Your Relationships.

Sometimes, the best medicine is a little laughter. This is why having just a few close friends or family members is so important. You don't want all of your happiness to depend on one person, but our significant other and friends really know how to cheer us up better than anything. Despite how hectic life gets, don't shut your loved ones out.

7. Give Yourself Time to Breathe. 

Lastly, give yourself time to breathe. You can follow all of these steps, but unless you have a good, clear headspace, how will you reach your potential?

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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