14 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier and Healthier
Whenever we meet someone who’s made health a priority in her life, there’s something besides her gorgeous body that strikes us: her mindset. Being healthy is about a lot more than eating right and showing up at the gym, so we tapped a few “fitspirational” women to learn how these active entrepreneurs make well-being and happiness priorities in their lives. (After the recent success of this story on their healthy attitudes, we know you want more, too.) Scroll down to discover the healthy habits, morning mantras, daily rituals, and mindful mindsets that motivate these women to succeed at life.
Looking at Lindsay Calla’s inspirational site, Calla in Motion, it’s hard to believe it was created as a result of personal tragedy. The elite athlete was working toward her dream of playing in the Division 1 lacrosse program when she injured her knee on the field with an ACL tear. Not one to lament for long, she chose to pursue a fashion career and relocated to New York City, where she accomplished many personal goals but still felt unfulfilled. Soon after, she started yoga to treat anxiety and immediately noticed a change. Not long after this, she launched Calla in Motion with fitness, beauty, and style advice, and it’s changed her life.
Be Unique and Don’t Compare Yourself to Anyone
“This is one of my favorite quotes: ‘Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.’ I find this really helpful when I get sucked into the Instagram bubble of comparison and perfection. Being unique, and yourself, radiates better energy than chasing someone else’s.”
Failure and Success Are Actually Very Similar
“[Failure and success] are both polarizing and take you far away from the center of yourself. True balance only exists in the center, and both success and failure take you equally as far from that balance as possible. So regardless of if you've failed or succeeded, there needs to be a moment to reflect back into your center and what grounds you, ignites a fire, and keeps you on the right path. There's an awesome TED talk on this by Elizabeth Gilbert. I watch it every time I need a reminder. For me, the return to center usually involves getting back to nature, especially the ocean, to boost positive, creative vibes.”
Create Your Own Goals
“I like to set goals that aren't driven by chasing success, but rather to be better than I was before, or pushing my personal boundaries. If you create something of value either to yourself or someone else, success inevitably finds you.”
Leah is the ultimate fit woman juggling the daily demands of a modern life. By day, she’s a Pilates instructor and mom to her 5-year-old son; by night, she is a popular DJ, known as The Dollhouse and working Sydney’s style circuit. She spends half her time in Sydney and the other half in Bali with her fiancé. With such a busy schedule, Leah knows from experience how quickly it can take its toll on your body if you don’t look after it. She credits her active lifestyle to keeping her mental health in check too. It’s her own fusion of wisdom and workout advice that has accrued Simmons a loyal online following—over 21,000—who seek to imitate her enviable bod and healthy lifestyle. She’s currently working on the launch of her own company, Body by Leah Simmons.
Meditation Is the Key to Happiness
“Since I have so much travel in my life, it’s really important to me that my mornings are stress-free. Engineering them correctly always puts me in the right mind-set for the rest of the day. I have found that a 20-minute meditation every morning has had enormous positive impact on my daily mood and interactions with other people.”
When in Doubt, Smile
“Nothing really fazes me anymore. I look at my life and just know how lucky I am, and if in doubt, I just smile. It can instantly make you, or someone else, feel better.”
As a multimedia reporter, Jeannine covers the latest wellness trends across health, fitness, beauty and lifestyle for E! News, the Today show, and Good Morning America, but it’s JeannineMorris.com, her self-titled site, that women love. Tens of thousands of females visit her website and social channels each month looking to embrace her positive mind-set and “live a beautiful life.” From insider tricks for finding your inner glow to boosting your confidence, Jeannine is a dynamic force—even Forbes deemed her an "inspiring entrepreneur."
Don’t Take Anything for Granted
“See the world through eyes of love as opposed to eyes of fear. Always act kindly and practice gratitude. These three actions are the keys to joy and will enable you to live a life of abundance.”
Learn to Let Go
“Let go of the future: It doesn’t exist! We’re so caught up in our plans and goals that this is hard for people to comprehend, but once you understand, you allow yourself to fully live in the moment and appreciate the little things that make up this precious life.”
Pip Edwards is a formidable force in Sydney, Australia’s style scene. The design darling made her mark at popular denim brand, Ksubi (formerly Tsubi), then had major success as the accessories designer for international label, Sass & Bide, before taking on the main role as design director at General Pants Co. Fashion aside, Pip is a vision of health and fitness, with the most incredible energy and positive attitude of anyone we’ve met. She is the epitome of sports luxe, which is why popular activewear brand, The Upside, nabbed her for its recent “Be You” campaign.
Stay Positive and Keep Going
“There’s a lot of juggling that goes on in life behind the scenes, so stay positive. Rather than focus on everything to do, and drown in the thought of that, I just tell myself to get on with it and just do it. It’s like I almost go into auto-pilot, except then I run the risk of never switching off.”
Find Your Body Confidence
“Feeling body confident generally makes everything else in my world feel good. Feeling good within your core actually radiates all the way out.”
Music Is the Answer
“Music is a major part of my day-to-day. Finding the perfect song can get me through a tricky situation or completely change my mood. Music can transport me anywhere, and I love that.”
Lauren is the owner and creator of LEKFit, a dance-based HIIT workout with a private studio located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. She’s famous for her three different types of workouts, Sweat!, Burn, and The Dance Class—our co-founder Hillary Kerr is a major fan—but when she’s not sweating it out, Lauren is a doting mom to two young children. Her ability to keep everything under control, and still have energy, is beyond impressive.
Focus on One Task at a Time
“In my life I don’t use the ‘one day at a time’ mantra: I say ‘one task at a time.’ With a 2-year-old and an 8-week-old, two dogs, a husband, a home, and a business, I can get super overwhelmed. But I have learned to focus on one thing, check if off my list, and then keep it moving on to the next.”
Believe in Yourself
“In work, it’s important to remember that the body achieves what the mind believes. Say it to yourself the next time you think you can't do something. It works.”
Citing herself as a “silver lining–exposing, gratitude-pushing bestie,” Angela helps people to manifest their best life with her website, The Gratitude Project. While she is a vision of fitness, her idea of wellness is when your physical, mental, and spiritual health comes together. She lives and breathes this mantra, working offline as a health coach, where she helps women to build their confidence and achieve happiness.
“Whenever I sit for a meal, I take a moment to be mindful. I hover both hands over my meal and take a deep breath, remembering to be grateful for every element of the food and where it came from. It helps me to slow down and savor every bite!”
“Gratitude is my lifeblood. Taking time to thank someone for what they've done, either a nice word or having my family to their home for a meal, I make sure I thank them in a way that makes them feel as special as they made me.”
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