1. Oral Hygiene
This is probably a no brainer for most people, but it took me probably twenty years to really commit to this. There are four things under this category that I think make a really big difference.
-Brush your teeth right away in the morning. Your mouth is full of bacteria in the morning and the thought of eating or drinking something with a mouth full of bacteria is really gross. Clean your mouth.
-Floss. I get it, you have heard this every time you go to the dentist. It really does make a difference though. I used to have gums that would bleed every time I brushed my teeth and now my gums are very healthy. Floss every night before bed. If you don’t think you need to floss, brush your teeth and floss after and see what still comes out from in-between your teeth.
-Use an electric toothbrush. If you are like I used to be and have terrible gums, this will suck at first. Your gums will hurt and bleed but keep it up. An electric toothbrush really cleans your teeth and it helps to keep them whiter! I used to have to get so much plaque scraped from my teeth at the dentist and now I could probably only get my teeth cleaned once a year.
-Tongue scraper. This is a real game changer. It helps get rid of the bacteria that is on your tongue. I use it morning and night and sometimes after lunch. It leaves your mouth feeling cleaner than ever before. If you don’t have a real tongue scraper (I do not mean the one that comes on the back of a toothbrush) I suggest getting one. I have a metal reusable one and love it! The tongue scraper I use is this one.
2. Morning Routine
Having a routine you at least loosely follow every day helps to get you going in the morning, at least that is how I feel. I like to practice things in the morning that make me feel good and wake me up. I like to stretch, journal, meditate, and state what I am grateful for (I call this my attitude for gratitude). Before I consume anything else, I make sure I drink water. I drink from my glass water bottle that is 4 cups. I also practice drinking lots of water throughout the day (3-4 more bottles).
3. Move More
Once upon a time I was a very inactive individual. There were multiple things that definitely contributed to this fact, but I wanted to make a change. I now make it a point to move my body every day in some way. Get creative in thinking of ways to move your body. Take stairs instead of the elevator, run in place/walk while you are brushing your teeth, run in place while something is in the microwave, dance to your favorite song, take a morning walk, do jumping jacks during a commercial break.
You don’t always have to have huge workouts to get your body moving. The more you stand and move instead of sit throughout the day your body will feel better and you will feel like you will want to move more. An object in motion stays in motion.
4.Reading Before Bed
I have learned to love reading. Watching a show or a movie can be nice, but it doesn’t use your imagination the way reading does. Reading can transport you to a new world or help you learn about something. Reading before bed is a much easier way to wind down than being on your phone or watching a show.
I definitely still watch something on my phone every once in awhile, but if I want to get my best night sleep I know that reading will help me achieve that. Right now I am reading a book called The Great Alone. It is a very interesting book and if you want to check it out I have it linked here.
5. Early to Bed, Early to Rise
This is probably something you have heard before, but I swear mornings are a miracle. There is something about the still hours in the morning and being able to get loads of things done. I used to stay up super late and sleep in super late and I would struggle to have any energy to get things done. Going to bed early and getting up early really helps me to be my most productive self.
To learn to go to bed early you just need to start getting ready for bed earlier and practice doing calming things in the evening and not something that is too stimulating. Getting up early is not necessarily fun at first, but once you get used to it you will feel more energetic and ready to make the most of every day.
These are five areas where I made changes and noticed huge improvements to my life. Maybe you do some of these things or maybe you will try some of them. If you have something you think I should try, let me know. If you try something from this list, let me know what you think!
Until next time,