Thursday, 13 April 2017

7 POSITIVE THINGS TO START DOING EVERY DAY!

  1. Drink 2L of water
I don't drink nearly enough water anymore and I really need to pick it up. I used to always ensure I drank water because I had bad skin as a teenager but since that cleared up, I have become a lot lazier with it. In my defence it is because I don't live in a very hot country and having to undress to go to the loo is cold and therefore more dangerous than being a little dehydrated to me, haha. Also, I don't like that I don't know truly what's in our water supply, I've read about the chemicals in it and the idea that it travels so far through our sewage system and all of those pipes just creeps me out no end. I really need to go back to buying 5L bottled flouride-free water every few days and drinking it that way! I love drinking the adequate amount of water every day, I really notice the improvement in my skin, hair, nails and body!

2. Brush your dogs (or cats) teeth
Riley doesn't particularly enjoy having his teeth cleaned but afterwards he does really appreciate it, and so do I because his breath no longer pongs! If your dog has problems with their teeth too, then I would suggest you do the same. Riley had to have his teeth taken out a while back and I would hate for that to happen again, bless him. When I go away, other people will have to take control on this, but while I am here I want to do it for him every day for the rest of his beautiful doggy years. I suppose this one could also be put as: 'do nice things for those that you care about'. 

3. Oil pull
I oil pull every few days at the moment but I want to make it a daily occurrence. Oil pulling is an ancient ritual I read about years ago. You can use any oil you like - I prefer the coconut kind, and you swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes on an empty stomach. It is said to pull out the toxins in your body, improve your oral hygiene and whiten your teeth. I love how my teeth feel afterwards. If you do try oil pulling though; one thing to remember is that you must not swallow the oil as it contains toxins - so spit it out! 

4. Exercise for at least 20 minutes
In an ideal world, everyone would do an hours exercise per day and love doing it, but for various reasons, people don't. Someone once said to me, 'but if you can't do an hour, could you do fifteen minutes a day instead?' about learning Spanish and it's a good approach to have because it makes it seem like less of a challenge to overcome and means you keep it consistent, so I am going to do twenty minutes of exercise per day from now on. Monday shall be legs, Tuesday I'll focus on arms, Wednesday on my bottom, Thursday I'll focus on my abs and Friday I'll work on my back and shoulders. PLAN! 

5. Have a juice and/or a smoothie
I have decided that wherever I go, I am going to take my blender with me. I need those nutrients in my body and as soon as I don't have a blender or juicer to hand I feel as though I am going to go insane. I love carrot, lemon and ginger juice best at the moment and I want to have at least one a day because when I was doing this at the beginning of veganism - I looked and felt fantastic!

 6. Meditate for at least five minutes
In all three of my professions (I am an interpreter, language tutor and trainee English teacher) I have been taught to be mindful. Mindful of my work, mindful of how my patients or students are being received and receiving me and mindful of my own behaviours in order to deliver these services to others efficiently and effectively. Try to sit down for at least five minutes and just focus on that feeling of pure love, ignore every other thought that comes in while you stare at a chosen point and focus on your breathing. I've really noticed how much this has helped me recently when I've been around others that get stressed other small things quite regularly. It's probably also because I've also cut out stress contributors that others may not have yet

 7. Say a mantra. I like "I am happy, healthy and wealthy."
I am going to say a positive mantra to myself every morning and/or every night. Maybe I’ll even have two mantras per day, one in the morning and one in the night. Who knows? All I know is; positive self-talk is never, ever a negative thing and I am only certain telling yourself such positive things on a daily basis will have a wonderful outcome. I think it’s scary that the words our parents used to speak to us as children are now our inner voices, but once we realise that as an adult – we can fix that! 

What things do you think you should take up doing every day? 

Peace out potatoes! xox
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