Category: Healthy Living & Fitness

20 Ways to Get Healthy

Sometimes BIG health changes are necessary, but I find that it’s easier to make small, simple changes when trying to improve on my health. It’s easier to make simple lifestyle changes that last than to make changes so drastic that the changes are hard to maintain. Today I am sharing 20 ways to get healthy. Some of the changes are bigger than others, but just starting somewhere is the key!

Exercise

Schedule your work outs in. If you don’t write exercise into your schedule, you may not get around to it. At the beginning of the week look at your schedule and make a plan. Add your work out to your calendar and stick to it!

Make a Health and Wellness plan. Sometimes just taking a step back and evaluating where you are with your health and wellness can be motivating. Use this Health & Wellness Planner to help you set goals and track your progress.

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Pick an efficient work out. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is an efficient work out when you are short on time. When you don’t have a large window of time, focus on quality, not quantity. This list also includes links to videos and other work outs that are helpful if you have trouble setting aside a large amount of time to work out.

Set out your clothes the night before. If you are off to work in the morning, all you have to do is grab your gym bag as you head out the door. As you leave work, you won’t have the excuse that you don’t have your gym clothes along.

Track your progress. Write out the detail of your exercise each week or just check off that you did something. Many say a key component of achieving a goal is to write it down. It’s motivating to see the number of days you work out add up. It can also motivate you to improve week to week. Use my free Fitness Tracker printable to record your weekly work outs.

Have a list of work outs ready to go. If you work out at home, don’t spend the first 10 minutes of your work out finding the perfect online work out video. Have a list of your favorites, so you can use your work out time efficiently. Here is a list to get you started.

Walk on your lunch break. Not only will you be efficiently fitting exercise into your day, but you will probably feel more alert in the afternoon. 

Get more fitness tips here: Over 30 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Daily Routine

Diet

Stay hydrated. Be careful about what beverages you consume. Stay away from sweetened beverages that are loaded with extra sugars and empty calories. Stick to water for most of your beverage intake throughout the day. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Each Day.

Or make your own drink with less sugar. Try Pomegranate Spritzer or Thirst-Quencher’s Lemonade.

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Keep the junk OUT of the house. This is key for me! When I have a bag of candy or quart of ice cream in the freezer, it’s on my mind. Often. I sometimes wonder why I have so much self-control in some areas and very little in others! If I don’t even buy the treat, I am much better off! Because I joined the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge I learned many of the names for sugar. My go-to treats contained quite a few of them. Keeping the treats out of the house makes it easier for me to avoid the extra sugars and calories.

Be prepared and keep healthy snacks on hand. If I have fresh fruit or veggies cut up and ready to go, I am much more likely to reach for them instead of a less healthy snack. When you get home from the grocery store, spend a few minutes washing and cutting up the fruits and veggies. Put them front and center in your refrigerator so you are more likely to grab them. Once your veggies are cut up, try this Sweet Red Pepper Hummus recipe and avoid the added sugars hidden in store‑bought dips. Consider fresh fruit topped with full fat, plain yogurt.

Watch for places where you have total control over removing the added sugars. Tea and coffee are great places to start. Instead of sweetening your coffee or tea with sugar, consider adding SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener instead. For every two teaspoons, or two packets, of sugar you cut, you save yourself 8 grams of added sugar. You could also try a cappuccino or latte sprinkled with cinnamon or nutmeg, and sweetened with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener.

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Watch for sugar in condiments, store bought sauces, and salad dressing. Consider making your own. Try out this recipe for Citrus Vinaigrette.

Experiment with reducing or replacing sugar in your favorite recipes. I have been trying this out recently. I have reduced or replaced sugar when making energy bites, granola, french toast, oatmeal, and more. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener gives a great sweet taste without the calories, added flavors, or artificial ingredients.

Get your entire family involved. It’s easier to make diet changes when you involve your family. Add more fruit and veggies to your entire family’s diet. Consider a garden and get your children involved in the maintenance. Teach your children the benefits of fueling their bodies with healthy food. 

Eat more whole foods. Your body will thank you if you eat more whole foods. Start with simply eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting out processed snack foods.

Focus on a daily habit. Sometimes the best way to start a new habit is to force yourself to do it daily until it becomes your new routine. Make it a daily habit to…

  • Start your day off with a healthy breakfast
  • Drink plenty of water each day
  • Eat fruit and veggies with each and every meal
  • Eliminate late-night snacking

You may notice that many of the diet changes focus on sugar. I joined the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge in October. It wasn’t always easy to cut back on sugar as I neared the end of my pregnancy, but I was still able to make changes and focus on my sugar intake. 

Simply being more educated about sugar made me more aware of all the sneaky places sugar can show up. There are more than 40 names for sugar that may appear on the ingredient lists of the food you eat. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is an alternative that gives a great sweet taste with no added flavors and no bitter aftertaste. It’s available at retail stores nationwide in 40 and 80 count boxes. For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com.

Self-Care

Focus on getting plenty of sleep. If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Begin your day with quiet/alone time. I find that if I have even a few minutes alone in the morning, my day runs more smoothly. I enjoy waking up before my girls instead of with them, as this gives me time to enjoy my coffee, read my devotion, and hop on the computer. Consider creating a morning routine as a way to reset your morning and get your day started right.

Get outside. Getting outside can restore your mental energy, relieve stress, improve concentration and focus, and improve your mental health. Get fresh air, exercise, vitamin D, and a change of scenery by getting outside.

Know what refreshes you. Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!

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October Mini Goal: Cut Back on Sugar

This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.

Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night. In May, I attempted to clear out my closet 3 items at a time. In June, my goal was to reset my mornings and wake up earlier. In July, my goal was to drink more water. In August, I wanted to track our daily reading. In September, I got control of our morning and evening schedules.

I have always had quite a sweet tooth and know that I consume way more sugar than I should. While I believe that splurges are OK and most things are fine in moderation, I know that I don’t consume sugar in moderation. If I am hungry, I often reach for a sweet snack instead of a healthier and more filling option. This is especially true in the evening.

I have cut back on sugar in the past and it’s a great feeling to know I am consuming less sugar. Unfortunately the change doesn’t always stick around long-term! Because baby will be showing up in October, I know that eating a healthy diet will help to keep my energy up with a newborn. Well…as high as an energy level can be with a newborn. ;)

My October Mini Goal: Join the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge and watch my sugar intake

In October I am going to join the #GoodbyeSugar30 challenge and look out for added sugars. I am going to watch labels for the number of sugar grams and watch my overall intake of sweets. One of the reasons I am excited to join the challenge is because it will help me to get to know sugar more. There are more than 60 names for sugar that may appear on the food ingredient lists. While I know some, I know I have even more to learn. I want to better understand the sugar terms so I can easily find them on food labels at the grocery store.

I will watch for added sugars and will look for places when I have control over removing the added sugars. I will be focusing on small changes to my lifestyle to help reduce my sugar intake.

I enjoy experimenting with recipes to see where I can reduce or replace sugar without ruining the taste. When I made baked pumpkin french toast the other day, I reduced the sugar in the topping and added in healthy ingredients such as oats and flax seed. I completely eliminated the sugar in the pumpkin/egg mixture and added SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener instead. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener gives a great sweet taste without the calories, added flavors, or artificial ingredients. I was happy that there was no bitter aftertaste. Even after cutting back on the topping sugar and eliminating and replacing the rest of the sugar, the pumpkin french toast was just as tasty as before!

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Your October Mini Goal: Join the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge and cut back on sugar. Or make a different diet change.

Do you have any idea how much sugar is in your diet? Join the challenge to help you easily identify sugar when reading ingredient lists. Look for the added sugars at the grocery store and while cooking or baking in your kitchen.

Watch for places when you have total control the over removing the added sugars. Tea and coffee are great places to start. If you add sugar to your coffee, consider adding SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener instead.

Tools like SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener can help make adjustments to your sugar intake easier than you may have thought. For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com.

Join #GoodbyeSugar30 to help you spot other places in your diet where sugar is added.

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Let me know if you decide to join!

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I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.

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How to Have a Healthy Morning

How to have a healthy morning

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I know that it’s common for moms to neglect their health. They are often too busy taking care of their families that they forget about their own health and wellness. It’s just not worth pushing aside your health!

While I don’t exercise as often as I used to and I splurge (often…you wouldn’t believe the amount of sweets I can consume!) on desserts, I make sure I am giving my health some attention.

  • I am a more patient wife and mother when I get the chance to exercise a few days each week, so I don’t feel bad that I make this a priority.
  • I know that food is fuel and I have more energy when I eat better.
  • I finally learned the importance of sleep and having a well-rested family!

How to have a healthy morning: Minimize morning stress, Plan your day, Hydrate, Drink warm, lemon water, Eat a healthy breakfast, Get moving, Consider vitamins or supplements.

The morning is a great time to start your day off right with a few healthy habits. Here are a few tips on how to have a healthy morning: 

Minimize morning stress by allowing for extra time

It’s stressful to wake up late and scramble around all morning. Save yourself the stress and set your alarm earlier than you need to, even if it’s just 10-15 minutes. Adding extra time can help your day start in a calm and relaxed manner. It also gives you wiggle room if something comes up and your morning is derailed. If you have children, you might need more than 10 extra minutes scheduled in!

Spend a few minutes planning your day

Go over your calendar and make sure you know what is on the schedule for the day. If you don’t meal plan weekly, the morning is a great time to think about what is for dinner. You are more likely to prepare a healthy dinner if you think ahead and aren’t forced to scramble at dinner-time. Plan your day over a cup of Bulletproof Coffee!

If you need help planning out your morning, check out Make Over Your Morning.

Hydrate

One of the first things you should do each morning is drink a large glass of water. You wake up dehydrated and this is the perfect way to get your body ready for the day! I try to drink a glass a water before I start in on coffee. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day.

Drink warm, lemon water

Meet your hydration goals by starting the morning with warm lemon water. This is a quick and easy drink to add to your morning.  Here are some of the benefits of lemon water.

Eat a healthy breakfast

I am sure that I don’t need to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have fasted all night and your body needs fuel to start your day and to get your metabolism going!

I feel so much better when I have started my morning off with a healthy breakfast. I like to have my breakfast satisfying enough that I do not want to snack all morning. I leave room for plenty of splurges in my diet, but breakfast is the one meal that I try to always keep healthy. If my diet is less than stellar the rest of the day it’s nice to know that I got it right for one meal! 

I typically start my day with one of the following: oatmeal, yogurt & granola, eggs, or a smoothie. I like to add flaxseed, cinnamon, protein powder, and chia seeds to my oatmeal or smoothies for a healthy boost. Check out Thrive Market to get these healthy add-ons! Get 15% off your first order here.

Get moving

This is my main stress reliever. I start to get unpleasant when I go too long without exercise! If you are not exercising consistently, start by adding small amounts of exercise into your day. If you have trouble getting motivated, remember that the first step out the door is the hardest. Once you get out and exercise, you will rarely (if ever!) regret it. 

Try this quick Wake-Up Workout, one of the many free resources on this list.

Wake up well-rested

Sleep is so important! I took me years to realize that I should actually prioritize sleep and it’s worth making a few changes.

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Find your morning incentive

Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!!

Consider vitamins or supplements based on your needs

While I try to get most of my nutrients from foods, I supplement based on my current needs. While pregnant this includes a prenatal, Vitamin D, and fish oil. I am adding in a probiotic as I get closer to delivery, in case I need to be on an antibiotic as I was with my other two deliveries. I add more Vitamin C and zinc to my daughter’s diets as the cold season approaches.

 

How to have a healthy morning: Minimize morning stress, Plan your day, Hydrate, Drink warm, lemon water, Eat a healthy breakfast, Get moving, Consider vitamins or supplements.

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Healthy Living Resources

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In my post 7 Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine, I listed the following habits that I like to add to most mornings:

Something Essential…Something Encouraging…Something Productive…Something Active…Something Healthy…Something Refreshing…Something to Ignore…

Today I am going to share a bundle of resources that will help you with Something Healthy and Something Active

If healthy living is important to your mornings or the rest of your day, check out The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It’s a collection of 83 eBooks and eCourses on health and wellness including the following topics:

  • Alternative Health
  • DIY Beauty & Skincare
  • Essential Oils & Natural Remedies
  • Fitness & Weight Loss
  • Women Issues
  • Gardening & Homesteading
  • Gluten- & Grain-Free
  • Healthy Kids
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Paleo
  • Real Food & Nutrition
  • Recipes
  • And more…including physical bonuses.

The combined value of everything in the bundle is over $2,400, but you get it all for 98% off! For a limited time, the entire set is available for $29.97. It breaks down to under 30 cents per book or course.

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{Update} The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle flash sale is Wednesday, December 28 – Thursday, December 29!

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Here’s everything you get when you buy The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle:

  • A comprehensive collection of 83 eBooks and eCourses covering almost everything you could want to know on how to keep yourself and your family in the best of health, including how to…
    • use essential oils and natural remedies,
    • cook real food your family will love,
    • breathe new life into your exercise habits,
    • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world,
    • and so much more…
  • A unique Getting Started Guide to help you pinpoint exactly which resources are right for you right now, so you can take action immediately. This will help if you are worried about information overload.
  • Over $250 worth of incredible (and mostly physical) bonus offers from healthy living companies, including supplements, herbal tinctures, natural beauty and skincare products, maca powder, mineral makeup and more. 
  • Full money-back, happiness guarantee, so there’s no risk in trying it out.
  • I am excited to be a contributor as my Health & Wellness Printable Planner is included in the bundle this year!

Here are just a few of the resources included: 

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All of the titles above and more are available for $29.97 – that’s 98% off the combined value of the resources! The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle (2016 Edition) flash sale is  Wednesday, December 28 – Thursday, December 29.

View more info on the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle here. 

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The Bonuses (worth over $250!) alone more than pay for the cost of the Bundle. The bonus offers include:

1. Bloom Naturals – $15 gift certificate toward any product ($15 value) – not available during flash sale
2. Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
3. TriLight Health – $15 off select TriLight products ($15 value)
4. MadeOn Skin Care – FREE BeeCool Muscle Balm Stick and Natural Lip Balm Combo (value $15.25)
5. The Maca Team – FREE Organic Gelatinized Yellow Maca Powder, 8 oz. ($15.44 value)
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9. Orglamix – FREE Mineral Eye Shadow Trio ($18 value)
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12. Meal Garden – 6 months of Meal Garden FREE (value $35.70)

Healthy Living Resources

I have purchased from Ultimate Bundles in the past and was happy with the purchase. I was impressed with the number of helpful resources they provided for a low price! Take a quick browse of the titles…you will probably find quite a few interesting titles. Or read the FULL list of eBooks and eCourses included at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how it works:
Visit their website, take a look at all the resources and bonuses that comes in this package, then click the green “Buy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.

You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.

Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

An important detail is that this bundle is available for just 2 days! Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle stands behind what they provide. They provide an Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you. 


See the full list below:

Alternative Health

  • Heal Your Gut Summit by Eric Zielinski at Dr. Eric Z ($97.00)
  • Heal Your Microbiome Optimize Your Health by Dr. Jill Tieman at Real Food Forager ($5.95)
  • Healing Patiently by Chloe Breczinski at How We Flourish ($30.00)
  • Juicing the Right Way by Cameron & Erin Smith at Eat Real, Stay Sane ($17.00)
  • Stress Solutions by Evan Brand at Not Just Paleo ($24.00)
  • The Eczema Cure by Emily Bartlett at Holistic Squid ($29.95)

DIY Beauty & Skincare

  • Beauty’s Dirty Secret: 3 Simple Steps To Super Power Your Skin by Trina Felber at Primal Life Organics ($8.99)
  • Discover Your Ingredient Profile by Rachael Pontillo at Holistically Haute ($19.97)
  • DIY Dental Care eCourse by Kari Newsomand Spark Health ($17.00)
  • DIY Natural Body: Homemade Beauty Recipes for Natural Hair, Skin, and Body Care. by Matt and Betsy Jabs at DIY Natural ($9.99)
  • Find Your Synergistic Skin Combination by Rachael Pontillo at Holistically Haute ($9.97)
  • Fresh Facials & Scrumptious Scrubs by Katie Kimball at Kitchen Stewardship ($9.95)
  • Get Glowing by Kari Newsom at Kari Newsome ($13.97)
  • The Natural Beauty Course by Becca Piastrelli at The Dabblist ($47.00)
  • The Natural Beauty Recipe Book by Stephanie Rose at Garden Therapy ($9.99)
  • The No Poo Method by Ashlee Mayer at The Crunchy Moose ($19.99)

Essential Oils & Natural Remedies

  • Common Sense Health by Laurie Neverman at Common Sense Homesteading ($4.99)
  • Essential Oils for Health & Home by Crystal Brothers at Serving Joyfully ($39.00)
  • Essential Oils Revolution 1 by Eric Zielinski at Dr. Eric Z ($97.00)
  • Herbal Tea Kick-Start Guide by Kami McBride at Living Awareness ($147.00)
  • The Hydrosol Quick-Start Guide by Lea Harris at Using EOs Safely ($7.99)

Fitness & Weight Loss

  • 6-Week Jumpstart by Cindy Santa Ana at Unlock Better Health ($69.00)
  • Startup7: A 7-Routine Mini Course by Bethany Learn at Fit2B ($28.97)
  • Nutrition Reset by Dietician Cassie ($49.00)
  • Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich at Keto Adapted ($12.99)
  • The Knocked-Up Fitness Guide to Pregnancy by Erica Ziel at Knocked-Up Fitness ($29.95)
  • The TV Time Action Pack by Jennifer Hoffman at Healthy Moving ($29.97)

For Women

  • Fix Your Blood Sugar Protocol by Nicole Jardim at NicoleJardim.com ($37.00)
  • Harness Your Hormones for Effortless Weight Loss by Alisa Vitti at Flo Living ($27.00)
  • Healing Hormones by Shiroko Sokitch at Heart to Heart Medical Center ($97.00)
  • Natural Hormone Balance Guide for Women by Wellness Mama ($24.00)
  • Perfect Periods by Bridgit Danner at Women’s Wellness Collaborative ($97.00)

Gardening & Homesteading

  • Complete Wild Edibles Package by Sergei Boutenko at Sergei Boutenko ($30.00)
  • Feeding Your Hens Right by Maat van Uitert at The Frugal Chicken ($107.00)
  • Fiercely D.I.Y Guide to Seasonal Living by Kathie N. Lapcevic at Homespun Seasonal Living ($8.50)
  • Home Canning with Confidence by Melissa K Norris at MelissaKNorris.com ($67.00)
  • Jumpstart Your Urban Farm by Greg Peterson at Urban Farm ($67.00)
  • Patio Raptors by Meredith Skyer at ImaginAcres ($9.99)
  • Planning & Designing the Family Food Garden + Printable Planner by Isis Loran at Family Food Garden ($12.99)

Gluten- & Grain-Free

  • Affordable Gluten-Free Living by Elise New at Frugal Farm Wife ($4.99)
  • Brainy Breakfasts by Trisha Gilkerson at Intoxicated on Life ($10.00)
  • Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Breakfasts by Lisa Wells at Cook E at Paleo ($15.00)
  • Gluten-Free Party Food by Lindsay Garza at Veggie Balance ($3.00)
  • Holiday Cooking: A Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Celebration by Terry Fites, M.D. at Molly Green Magazine ($5.95)
  • Mastering the Art of Baking with Coconut Flour by Starlene Stewart at GAPS Diet Journey ($12.00)
  • Whole New Mom’s Allergy-Free Meal Plan by Adrienne Urban at Whole New Mom ($14.00)

Healthy Kids

  • A Mother’s Guide to Probiotics by Melanie Christner at Honest Body ($19.00)
  • Autism Diet Success Workshop by Julie Matthews at Nourishing Hope ($47.00)
  • Crunch by Dr. Orlena Kerek at Snotty Noses ($15.00)
  • From the Birthing Tub: 50 Inspiring Stories of Natural Childbirth by Genevieve and the Mama Natural Community ($12.00)
  • MamaBaby Birthing 2.0 by Kristen Burgess at NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com ($97.00)
  • Why Won’t My Child Eat by Mary Voogt at Just Take a Bite ($9.99)

Healthy Lifestyle

  • DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes by Heather Dessinger at Mommypotamus ($19.99)
  • Everyday Wellness by Nina Nelson at Shalom Mama ($2.99)
  • Fresh Start by Kresha Faber at Nourishing Joy ($59.00)
  • Health & Wellness Planner by ME! ($4.00)
  • Kinda Crunchy by Tiffany Terczak at Don’t Waste the Crumbs ($15.00)
  • The Healthy Home by Erin Odom at Humbled Homemaker ($5.00)
  • The Wellness Notebook by Angi Schneider at Schneider Peeps ($9.95)
  • Tools for Teaching Toxicity by Lara Adler at LaraAdler.com ($197.00)
  • Natural Living for Beginners by Stacy Karen at A Delightful Home ($29.95)

Paleo

  • 3 Phase Paleo by Stacy Toth & Matt McCarry at Paleo Parents ($22.95)
  • 50 Paleo Recipes by Rebecca Baron at My Natural Family ($5.99)
  • A Month of Meals: Protein Style by Jessica Fisher at Good Cheap Eats ($9.00)
  • Easy Paleo Instant Pot Recipes by Dr. Karen Lee at DrKarenSLee.com ($14.99)
  • Decadent Paleo Desserts by Hannah Healy at Healy Eats Real ($5.97)

Real Food & Nutrition

  • Creating Wealth by Catherine Crow at Butter Nutrition ($22.00)
  • Healthy Eating the Happy Gal Way by Jenny Layton at The Happy Gal ($22.99)
  • Real Food by Desi Ward at Unconventional Kitchen ($19.99)
  • Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford at Keeper of the Home ($18.97)
  • The Art of the Family Dinner by Beth Ricci at Red and Honey ($12.00)
  • The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies by Various Authors ($7.95)

Recipes

  • 3 Ways to Upgrade Your Kombucha Tea by Dave Lindenbaum at Get Kombucha ($47.00)
  • Delicious Dessert Thickies by Katherine Kyle at Green Thickies ($16.00)
  • E at Right Away Collection by Laura Coppinger at Heavenly Homemakers ($8.00)
  • Infused by Carissa Bonham at Creative Green Living ($4.99)
  • Living Healthy with Chocolate by Adriana Harlan at Living Healthy with Chocolate ($22.97)
  • Nourishing No-Bake Treats by Lindsey Dietz at Today in Dietzville ($7.99)
  • Pressure Cooking by Wardee Harmon at Traditional Cooking School ($40.00)
  • Quench: Cool Drinks for a Hot Summer by Kimberly Harris at The Nourishing Gourmet ($5.99)
  • Skillet Freezer Meals by Kelly McNelis at New Leaf Wellness ($3.99)
  • Super Simple Smoothies by Kelly Roenicke at The Pretty Bee ($3.99)
  • The Renewable Table by Lee Holmes at Supercharged Food ($14.99)

Buy your bundle by Thursday, December 29!

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13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress

We all have days that we are tired, weary, stressed, frustrated, and struggling with patience.

Small everyday stressors may be unavoidable some days, but finding a way to deal with stress and minimize the impact is key to the atmosphere of your home. As a mom, I know that my stress-level impacts my children and I try to keep my stress levels down. There are so many things we can do to decrease our stress levels in a natural way. Creating healthy habits can help to minimize stress and help to lift our moods.

While I can keep the small every-day stresses in perspective, I still need to find ways to get out of a down moment or stressful day.

Here are 13 ways to reduce daily stress:

Begin your day with quiet/alone time

I find that if I have even a few minutes alone in the morning, my day runs more smoothly. I enjoy waking up before my girls instead of with them, as this gives me time to enjoy my coffee, read my devotion, and hop on the computer. Consider creating a morning routine as a way to reset your morning and get your day started right.

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

Exercise

This is my main stress reliever. I start to get unpleasant when I go too long without exercise! If you are not exercising consistently, start by adding small amounts of exercise into your day. If you have trouble getting motivated, remember that the first step out the door is the hardest. Once you get out and exercise, you will rarely (if ever!) regret it.

Get Outside

Getting outside can restore your mental energy, relieve stress, improve concentration and focus, and improve your mental health. This article provides a list of the many other benefits of getting outside. I would guess the more time you are outside, the less you are sedentary. Get fresh air, exercise, vitamin D, and a change of scenery by getting outside. This is also great for children! Check out this scavenger hunt printable if you need an activity for your kiddos outside.

Use the Spire Fitness Tracker to let you know when you are getting stressed or have been sitting around too long. Then head outside for a quick break!

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

Look for joy

Even when frustrated, there is often a joyous moment around the corner. Even when my children are acting up and frustrating me, it’s usually only a few minutes later that I think they are most wonderful. I end up laughing with them and being completely overcome with love. A child’s laughter can bring you back.

When frustrated, I remind myself just to wait for the joyful moment as it’s probably just minutes away.

Pray

Ask Him for help. Lay your concerns on Him and trust that He is with you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6

Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all.

Take a look at your schedule and commitments. Simplify what you can in your home. You may find non-essential tasks that are only causing stress.

It’s just not worth the pressure. I know that many struggle with this, but pick your priorities and stick them. Decide what you care about for yourself and your family and focus on that. Don’t let others expectations or standards wear you down.

Reset. Change gears.

If I have had a long day with my girls, a simple change can help to reset our day. If the kiddos are getting antsy, get outside or plan an activity to wear them out. Some days this is obvious and easy. Some days this will feel like too much work, but it’s often worth it.

Know what refreshes you

Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!!

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

Make a grateful list.

This is something I have yet to try, but I hear so much about it! Get in the habit of writing down 3 things you are grateful for each night before going to bed.

Stepping back and finding something you are grateful for can quickly change your perspective!

Stay hydrated.

You will feel better if you stay hydrated, so remember to drink plenty of water! Your body will function better. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day.

Get sleep.

This is key! You will have much more energy, your brain will function better, and your physical health will improve. Your body restores itself while sleeping, so your entire body will thank you when you start to make sleep a priority. 

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Check your perspective.

Remember that we have all we need. Everything we need. His grace is enough.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Deep, slow breathing

When you start to get stressed or anxious, your breaths may become short and shallow. The Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker picks up on your breathing rate and can notify you to take a few deep breaths. It can alert you in the moment and suggest breathing exercises that lead to putting you in a calmer and focused state.

If you are not good at sitting down quietly and breathing slow, the Spire Activity Tracker will guide you.

In addition to tracking your breath, notifying you if you are tense, and walking you through breathing activities, the Spire Activity Tracker also tracks your steps and active minutes. At the end of the day, I can see if I met my active minutes and step goals. I can set up notifications to notify me when I have been sedentary for a set amount of minutes. 

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress in your own life?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

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