Did you know that a few changes to your daily routine can have a positive effect on your overall lifestyle? While many of us try to eat healthy and exercise regularly, we may not realize that our daily routines are negating our hard work. Here are fifteen daily habits to get into so you can make the best improvements to your health and lifestyle.

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine” - John C. Maxwell
What a wonderful place to be at!
What a wonderful place to be at! Image source: Mulpix

Start the Day by Drinking Water

No matter how much water you drink before sleeping, your body will be dehydrated when you wake up - it’s a natural process. The recommendation is that you drink two glasses of water after waking up. That way you’ll have more natural energy in the morning.

Water is also the healthiest of all drinks, it helps prevent diseases and makes your brain function better. If that’s not enough reason for you, have a look at these 7 reasons why drinking water is a good idea.

In addition to that, always make sure to carry a bottle of water with you. It’s important to drink at least a few sips every hour to keep your body hydrated and functioning properly. You’ll definitely notice the difference!

Make Your Bed

An organized space is just so inspiring!
An organized space is just so inspiring! Image source: Red Book

There are numerous reasons why you should make your bed, but mostly because it lowers your stress by creating a positive and organized space. Plus, keeping a smaller habit like this will encourage you to adopt other good habits. Keeping small cleaning habits will also prevent you from spending hours and hours in a deep clean at the end of the month.

Still not convinced? Have a look at Buzzfeed’s 24 Reasons To Make Your Bed Every Day.

Take a Cold Shower

Gather some courage and go for the cold shower!
Gather some courage and go for the cold shower! Image source: Jack London

We know this may not sound like the best thing to do first thing in the morning, but there are several surprising benefits that come from taking a cold shower. Among them: weight loss stimulation, increased alertness, and strengthening your immune system.

In case you need some extra reasons (which you probably do), click this article from Menprovement to see 15 more reasons.

Find Your Motivations

Whether it’s by following the examples set by other people, giving yourself little daily challenges to accomplish, or remembering that special someone you’re building a life together, make sure that you have something to think about when the day isn’t going that well. It will help you stay focused and give you the strength needed to get through the day.

Want more on motivation? Check out this article on Master Motivation by J.D. Meier.

Related: Find Your Inspiration with These Gorgeous Printables

Declutter Your Car Every Day

Keep a trash bag in your car to make the cleaning job easier.
Keep a trash bag in your car to make the cleaning job easier. Image source: The Krazy Coupon Lady

Cars get messy easily, even more so if you have a big family. Make it a daily task to get home and empty your car - throw out the trash and/or take out anything you won’t be needing from your trunk.

If you keep a trash bag already in your glove compartment it’ll be extra easy to check this off your list!

Cleaning Mantras

Keeping it organized will also help to clear your mind!
Keeping it organized will also help to clear your mind! Image source: Unfancy

Cleaning mantras are easy to follow and most of them won’t even take a minute of your time. Here are some of them:

  • If you get it out, put it back
  • If you open it, close it
  • If you throw it down, pick it up
  • If you take it off, hang it up

So, if you take a jacket of the hanger, hang it back up as soon as you get home and you can cross that off your list. Same thing goes for every object you may take with you and doors or windows you may open. Not that hard to keep these habits, right?

Do Your Dishes Right Away

A clean sink begets a quiet mind!
A clean sink begets a quiet mind! Image source: Centsacional Girl

A clean kitchen is just the best! In order to keep it organized, as soon as you finish eating go to the sink and wash any plate, glass, and utensil you used. That way you’ll be able to rest better after eating since you won’t have that little voice inside your head bothering you about tasks you still need to do.

Wash a Load of Laundry Every Day

Even your pets are excited about this lifestyle improvement!
Even your pets are excited about this lifestyle improvement! Image source: This Old House

Don’t let your clothes accumulate to put them in the washing machine. It’s a chore that can be done a bit after you wake up:

  • See what dirty clothes you already have in your hamper
  • Take a walk around the house for anything else that might need washing
  • Put everything in the machine

When you have some spare time later, transfer to the dryer and you’re good for the day. This helps to keep your clothes clean as much as it helps your home look more organized.

Related: The Laundry Room Printables to Make Laundry Time Easy and Fun

Slow Down For a Couple of Minutes

Even the best of us need a break sometimes. In order to not accumulate concerns that might lead to an outburst, sit down for a couple of minutes everyday and just keep calm. Enjoy the time to visualize the day ahead and even to write - or review- a to-do list and set up your priorities.

The Multitasking Must Stop

First thing first!
First things first! Image source: Sarah Sarna

It’s important to focus on one thing at a time. Even if you have tons of overdue tasks and not much time, by focusing on one task at a time you’ll be able to finish them better and maybe even quicker than if you tried doing it all at once.

The key to stop multitasking is to take a couple of minutes out of the beginning of your day to set your priorities and make sure you manage your time accordingly.

In case you do need to multitask sometimes, make sure you do it the right way.

Have Family Time

Aaah, what a lovely time!
Aaah, what a lovely time! Image source: Better Decorating Bible

Family is a true blessing! Always make sure you enjoy spending time with them, whether it is by having dinner together, watching a movie, or simply gathering to talk about your day.

Congratulate Yourself for Your Success

Once you get home at the end of the day and find some time to relax, think back to everything you did during the day and take note of all the times you accomplished something good - big or small - and make sure to treat yourself with a little gift. Either by saying to yourself “great job today!” or taking an hour to do something you’ve been wanting to but haven’t find the time.

Make The Best Out of Each Failure

In case you’re looking back and found something you could have done better, don’t beat yourself up! Just plan a different strategy and try to achieve it the next day. Don’t feel down when you make any kind of mistake, just be sure to learn from it and make the best out of your next project! One of the greatest things in life is learning through experience.

Create an Evening Routine

Read a book, write down your feelings or simply enjoy a scented candle!
Read a book, write down your feelings or simply enjoy a scented candle! Image source: Bloglovin'

Many people have trouble when it comes to sleeping - sometimes our days are so busy that even after we get home our minds haven’t had time to slow down. Creating an evening routine can be helpful to prepare your body for sleeping. These are a few ideas:

Smile and Be Positive

A smile can brighten anyone's day.
A smile can brighten anyone’s day. Image source: Always Rooney

Being grateful is a rare quality out there, but it’s one of the best. So, no matter how hard your day or week has been so far, remember to always carry on a smile, be kind, and keep a positive attitude towards life!

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