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Tips for Living a Positive Life

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I was sitting in the sauna at Burke Williams and these were my thoughts… when I was pregnant with Romeo, it was imperative to me that I took care of myself and my body. I felt healthy, strong and full of nutrients, which made me feel happy all around. I did yoga, hiked and ate well. I haven’t done any of this since Romeo’s birth and I’m struggling to get back into that routine. I’m having problems finding the time to take care of myself like I did before and I can feel it in my day to day life. So I’ve decided to make some big changes in my health, my mood and my outlook on life in general.  It’s not just for me, but for my family too because when I’m a happy, healthy mama, they’re happy, healthy boys. It’s kind of like the “put the oxygen mask on yourself before you help others” situation. AND no I’m not giving up sweets! Actually, let’s just get one thing out of the way… I LOVE baking! It’s soothing to me, it’s a passion of mine and I will always eat sweets in moderation. I will forever bake for my boys and friends and understand the true meaning of a homemade birthday cake or decadent dessert. Actually, sweets and baking make me happy. Being happy is part of my compiled list of things I want to refresh and improve in my life. Read more for my top 13 healthy habits for a positive lifestyle.

 

1. Read The Happiness Project: I just started reading this book and I can’t put it down. It’s the perfect way to start the new year and to focus on being a happy and more positive person.
2. Take a multi-vitamin everyday, like I did when I was pregnant.
3. Be involved: Doing + Giving = Happiness.
4. Use Bobbie Brown’s Hydrating Face Cream every night. It’s time to take care of my very dehydrated skin!
5. Exfoliate: Do this three times a week… so important, but easy to forget.
6.Watch the movie Happy every other month. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. I think everyone should.
7. Always add lemon to my hot tea or water in the morning.
8. Drink Juice: There is a Pressed Juicery down the street from us. I feel amazing when I drink them as they are rich in pure, raw vegetable vitamins. When I’m done nursing Romeo I want to do a three day detox with Pressed. They’re great for lunch too!
8. Be nice to everyone and be positive always…
9. Relax: Instead of joining a gym, join a spa. It’s the best way to relax! Get a facial, enjoy the steam room and read a book in the hot tub.
10. Get my teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months.
11. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Ahem… baking.
12. Be outdoors: We are so fortunate to have amazing weather in SoCal and I feel happiest when I’m outside with my little boy. More hikes and walks are in our future.
13. Get into a better church routine.
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6 responses to Tips for Living a Positive Life

  1. January 29, 2013

    I know exactly how you feel. I feel the same way since I had my son 3 months ago. One of the things I just created for our family is a chore schedule. I know it sounds boring, but it’s so effective when we stick to it. We have more time to do the things that we really love and more family time. I’ve even assigned some chores to Matteo 😉 jk Nursing takes a big toll on our bodies! It’s stressful & time consuming! I have an extremely long list of things to do once I’m done also! hehe 😉 I’m looking forward to get back into a routine and more ME time.

    1. January 30, 2013

      Miriam! Glad you’re on the same page!! Romeo will be nine months and I’m just realizing how much I have neglected to take care of myself! I would even forget to take my vitamins!! Never missed a day when I was pregnant! But I’m looking forward to stepping it up. Bought my face cream, juice and vitamins today. The chore list sounds great… we have a little list now, like Zan takes the trash out, haha! Once Romeo and Matteo learn how to pick up their toys, that can be their choir 🙂 XO

  2. January 29, 2013

    I loved this article. I do not have a child yet, but since my close cousin got pregnant, I have been reading a lot about being healthy during pregnancy, and I think they are so similar to things you should be doing to be healthy all the time.
    I started with a lifestyle change two years ago, eating differently, moving more, staying away from the computer more. I felt a lot happier. But then I moved to another city and job, and somehow got caught up in unhealthy routines. I am also planning to renew my lifestyle change now.

    I agree with all of your points as well, except exfoliating three times a week. I think my skin would be too sensitive for that. Have you ever tried exfoliating with epsom salts? They are very mild and not “scrubby”, but leave the skin really soft.

    1. January 30, 2013

      Thanks for the comment! I totally agree that we should all take care of ourselves like we’re pregnant, haha!! My body would appreciate it! I have used epsom salt for exfoliating my body, but not face. That’s interesting, maybe I’ll give it a try 🙂 I always love the pineapple scrub from Kiehls for the same reason!! It’s very mild.

  3. January 30, 2013

    This is a great post…I’ve never been pregnant, but I definitely go through phases of taking care of myself. I think it’s really important that you put out actual goals and spell out your routine; that way, it’s easier to measure where you’re at and how you’re doing. I love all of these ideas, and I may need to steal a few for myself 🙂 xoxo

  4. Sarah Griffin
    February 1, 2013

    I love this post! I have read The Happiness Project, and completely forgot about it. So thank you for bringing it back to my attention!
    I am currently changing my lifestyle comepletely, and want to incorporate some of her ideas:) Healthier and happier is what 2013 should be!:)

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