I want to share the top five life hacks that I personally practice, that make every day of my life better. Now, some of these may seem very straightforward. You may be doing most of them, or you may be doing none of them. But you know what? Even just tackling one today is a really good place to start.
So, let’s dive in.
Okay, so raise your hand if you’ve ever gone without sleep. I can’t see you, but raise your hand anyway. If you’re a parent or if you’ve pulled an all-nighter for school or for a work project, you’ve been there. It is really hard, almost impossible to function the next day. So, one of the first life hacks that is really important is high quality sleep.
High quality sleep can mean different things to different people. The average person should get about eight hours actual asleep at night. Google “sleep in America” or anywhere else, and you’ll see that that actual number is substantially lower. This is one area of your life that’s so important, and I challenge you to take a look at how you’re sleeping, and is there anything that you can do to make that better.
High Quality Food
Food is medicine. I am not going to sit here and tell you, “Don’t have that doughnut,” because some days, you need a doughnut. But what I am going to say is that food is energy, and it can make us feel good, or it can make us feel bad. Personally, I eat intentionally. I listen to my body and hear what it’s saying, as far as how it’s feeling and what it needs. Take a look at what you consume, how you consume, and when you consume. Be really honest with yourself and ask if the food is making you feel better or if it’s making you feel worse. And what changes can you make in that space.
This topic can be a conflicting one because you hear so many different things about water. “Drink half your body weight,” and “Drink only when you’re thirsty” and “Tea counts as water.” I’m in the South, so I’m going to agree with that. Here’s my take on water. It’s pretty straightforward. When I drink about half my body weight (in ounces per pound), I feel really good. When I don’t, I feel sluggish. I may have a headache or I may not be as responsive as I normally am. Intentional hydration is a habit that once you start, you really do notice the difference. Your skin looks better. It’s like a facial for ladies for only a few cents. You feel better. You look better. So, look at your water intake. How much are you drinking, how much should you be drinking, and what small change can you make today?
Move, move, move. No, I don’t mean move out of my way. That would be really rude. Are you walking every day? Are you going to the gym? Do you have something at home where you can do a podcast or a video show, and do some yoga or biking? Exercise is vital. We are not designed to sit at a desk all day and pound out emails that nobody reads, and then go to bed after watching four hours of Netflix. So, get out and move. Everyone reading this is going to be on a different spectrum of exercise. My spectrum may not be your spectrum. I am not a person who goes to a gym for two hours each day. I don’t have two hours a day. But I do walk my dog each morning, which is for her benefit as well as mine, and I love it. And I do try to bike a few miles a day on a stationary bike. It’s not glamorous, but it gets the job done.
Last, but definitely not least, on my top five hacks, I’m going to close with gratitude.
There are so many studies that show that the more we increase gratitude, the happier we are. It’s proven, I promise. So, I challenge every single one of you to start a gratitude journal. Each day, think of three things that you are grateful for. Now, sometimes I’ve had days when my gratitude journal said, “I’m really thankful for Tylenol today.” Then I’ve had other days when it’s been really cool stuff. But the magnitude is not important, it’s about you stopping for a moment to be grateful.
So, to wrap this up and put a bow on it, I would love for you to look at your life and see what small changes you can make for the better in the areas of sleep, food, water, exercise and practicing gratitude.
Hey, thank you again for spending time with me today. We’ll talk again really soon.