The Happiest + Healthiest You

Taking care of myself is something that I try really hard to do, but a lot of the time, I don’t do as much as I should. I seriously praise all of you gals out there that make sure you make sure you are the healthiest, happiest versions of yourself. Almost every day I say I’m going to do this or that for myself and a lot of time those things get put on the back burner simply because something else that is more important has come up. The thing we have to realize as women is that our wellbeing is the most important and we need to make that time for ourselves.

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In the time that I’ve taken to attempt to better myself and my lifestyle, I have come to realize that’s its easier than you would think (of course, right?). We all have busy, hectic schedules that change from day to day, but by making these small changes here in there, we can better ourselves.

More Me-Time

Whether it be five minutes, twenty minutes, or an hour, take more “me-time” for yourself. I make sure to put aside an hour of my time (usually before bed) that I call my technology-free hour. I’ll put my phone away, turn off all electronics (even music) and read a book, my favorite magazine, or work on my current puzzle. It’s important to have this quiet time to de-connect from the world and focus on YOU!

Drink More Water

I usually drink my water out of a tumbler on a day-to-day basis and reserve my water bottles for going to class, but recently I realized that I drink wayyyyyyy more water when I drink from a water bottle. Since this realization, I’ve become hooked on Smart Water, mostly because it the bottles are super sturdy so I can refill the bottle multiple times a day without it getting weak and it comes in 1 liter bottles (which is off the chain). I typically drink about 3 liters of water a day and I seriously suggest you drink that much as well. Drinking a lot of water throughout the day seriously does wonders for your skin, hair and nails and also helps with cravings and overeating.

Get Active

It’s no secret that I hate working out but after I do exercise, I always feel so much better about myself. I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter if you have a gym membership or not – there are so many at home exercises that work miracles, there are roads for jogging, and paths to hike. Just being outside and getting some fresh air can give you new perspective, get your brain juices flowing, and a healthy mindset.

Have a Set Routine

Just because your schedule might differ from day-to-day, you can still have a set morning and nightly routine. Waking up at the same time every morning and going to bed at the same time every night allows your body to get into a set schedule where it knows what to expect, and when to expect it. Ever since I started waking up at the same time each morning, I’ve been more motivated to get things done, I’ve had more productive days, and I feel healthier. There’s no worse feeling than getting too much sleep.


In addition to these small changes, I’m also in the process of eating healthier. I’ve already cut down my carb intake (& I love my carbs), which was way easier than I thought it would be. I simply substitute my bread and bagels with low-carb wraps and bagel thins and focus more on protein. One of my biggest issues with eating healthy is that I have the worst texture issue with foods. I could love the taste but hate the texture of it (to the point of gagging), which basically makes me a child. I’m hoping to incorporate more fish, fruits, and veggies into my diet but I have a feeling that will take a little more time.

How do you achieve the happiest & healthiest you?
XO, Rachel

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  1. February 9, 2016 / 5:33 PM

    Starting to run and making time for myself was a HUGE life changing time for me. Suddenly I was happier and so was everyone else. These are great tips!

    • SSadmin
      February 10, 2016 / 1:15 PM

      I was running consistently in the mornings before work throughout the summer and it made my whole day go much, much better!

      XO, Rachel

  2. February 9, 2016 / 9:13 PM

    Setting a routine has been my recent focus – no matter what I have going on during the week in the mornings, I’m sure to set my alarm and then get up (no more snooze button) at that time and it’s made all the difference! Great post with awesome tips!

    xx, Caitlin

    • SSadmin
      February 10, 2016 / 1:14 PM

      Getting out of the habit of pressing the snooze button is seriously the best! No better feeling than just getting up in the morning and having the whole day ahead of you! Glad you enjoyed!

      XO, Rachel

  3. February 9, 2016 / 9:35 PM

    I drink at least 64 ounces of water a day if not more!
    I have been feeling so much better lately after implementing this.
    and YES to a set routine.

    Great tips, Rachel!

    xoxo, Jenny

    • SSadmin
      February 10, 2016 / 1:13 PM

      Isn’t it miraculous what a little water can do for you?! Glad you enjoyed!

      XO, Rachel

  4. February 10, 2016 / 7:28 PM

    I’m finally starting to take care of myself for ME! I am drinking more water and walking 3-4x/week too.

    • SSadmin
      February 10, 2016 / 9:39 PM

      You go girl!!!! I am a huge fan of taking walks – they’re so refreshing!

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