Life with Lauren: Staying Healthy inside and out
Recently, I’ve come to the realization that I need to get my life together. I’m officially an ~adult~ so that means I need to start eating my greens and remembering my social security number, right?
Along with this newfound growing up experience comes more freedom to lead a healthier lifestyle, at least for me. I no longer have homework, papers or tests to mess up my sleeping schedule, and I’m not on a huge college campus where staying away from illness is nearly impossible. I have more time and motivation at my disposal to make the choices I want to make. That includes taking care of myself.
I am in no way an expert at leading a healthy lifestyle. I just know what works for me, and what makes me feel the absolute best inside and out. Here are my secrets to feeling like a boss babe at all times.
Eating healthy is a struggle. I’ll go through periods where I eat nothing but healthy foods (for the most part), but I also go through periods where I eat fast food and frozen pizza for 3 days in a row. Life is all about balance, but you still need to keep everything more on the healthy side. One thing I try to do is eat healthy during the week, when it’s easier to make my own food at home. Then, if I have a busy weekend or I eat out a lot, at least I haven’t been doing it for the entire week.
Some of my favorite healthy meals: buddha bowls, smoothies, whole wheat pasta, and big salads. All of these (except smoothies) can be meal prepped too, if you’re feeling ambitious. I try to meal prep on Sunday or Monday nights, but let’s be real, it doesn’t always happen. Just do your best to eat whole foods regularly, and listen to your body. Give it what it needs.
Another thing we need to talk about – alcohol. Try to limit it. Usually I can’t even take my own advice on this one, but hey I at least attempt it. Save the binge drinking for at least the weekend, and trust me your body will thank you.
I am not athletic. If you know me, you know this. I’ve never been into working out, as much as I wish I was fitness model on Instagram. HOWEVER, I have come to realize that being active is extremely important not only physically, but mentally. Being active at least a few days each week will make a world of a difference in your overall mood and energy levels. If you need fitness motivation, just look at Khloé Kardashian for 5 seconds, that’s what does it for me.
If I don’t get a decent amount of sleep, I am a psychopath the next day. The word “insomnia” is honestly foreign to me, because I can always sleep. Resting your body for at least 7 hours a night allows it to recharge and heal from the day before. Your health can really go down the drain if you consistently don’t get enough sleep. Going to bed even just an hour earlier will make the biggest difference.
I love skincare. If I could buy every single face serum and moisturizer that exists, I would. Taking care of your skin is not only important for delaying aging and keeping yourself looking young and healthy, it makes your makeup look better. I cannot stress this enough. If you take proper care of your skin, you will use less makeup, and your makeup will look so much better. Look here for more details about how I keep my skin healthy.
If you haven’t discovered the magic of essential oils yet, I honestly feel bad for you. Not only are they good for beauty purposes, but also mental clarity and easing stress. My all time favorite is lavender, but all of them have so many benefits. Here is a comprehensive guide to essential oils if you’re interested.
You might not think the relationships in your life affect your health, but they totally do. Toxic people only bring you down, and keeping them around you all the time can seriously affect you. You don’t necessarily need to cut people completely out of your life, but take a look at the people around you and ask yourself: are they helping me get to where I want to be? Am I happy? If the answer is no, it might be a good idea to distance yourself from them for a bit. Even making some small changes, like not being around those toxic people as often, can refresh your mindset and change your point of view.
Spoil yourself. Often. Taking the time to take care of yourself and spend a little extra on making yourself happy is one of the best things you can do. Buy that red lipstick, eat that burrito for lunch, and get that pedicure that’s way overdue.