3 Secrets to Help You Be Happy Every Day
By LORNA JANE
When was the last time you did something for yourself?
Here's the catch – I'm not talking about housework, errands or cleaning out your email inbox.
The irony is, when we pursue our best, most beautiful life, we often forget to take a few minutes to feed our mind, body and spirit. How we spend our days is ultimately how we will spend our lives, so why not take a few minutes out of your day to tune into what makes you happy?
Here are my favorite simple practices to treat myself every day:
1. MORNING MEDITATION
Ok, take a deep breath. There's been a lot of buzz on meditation, but I've found the art of living in the moment is so simple. Try this delightful pick-me-up to release tension and revitalize your entire body. Here's how to do it: Sit comfortably on the floor or your bed, soften your joints and focus on your breathing for a few moments. Breathe deeply through your nose and feel your belly expand. Hold for a moment, then release slowly through the mouth until you feel your lower belly contract. Begin this exercise with 5-10 breaths at a time, keeping your spine lengthened and shoulders relaxed. And if the concept of meditation seems a bit too "new-agy" for you, think about it as a moment to take a break, breath and stabilize yourself.
2. GREEN MOJITO BLEND
I'm a firm believer that radiant skin starts with nutrition. This super-green blend is perfect for the health conscious woman who doesn't like to compromise on taste.
Green Mojito Blend
This healthy juice crush fights dull and lackluster skin with a hit of high-energy greens. Green juices have an anti-inflammatory effect that can calm an upset stomach and boost immune function.
To see fiber and other nutritional info, you can view this recipe in MyPlate, LIVESTRONG's free food and recipe tracker. Click here.
1 ½ cups coconut water
Handful of spinach
1/2 green apple
2 pitted dates
Small knob fresh ginger
Handful fresh mint leaves (20-25 leaves)
2-4 ice cubes
1. Pulse all ingredients to a blender until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour into a glass and garnish with sliced lime and mint. Enjoy.
This daily ritual is so good for the soul! Keep your calendar or planner separate - your journal is dedicated to your wildest dreams (and making them happen). I love to collect beautiful photographs and surround myself with inspiring words.
– Lorna Jane
Readers - How do you treat yourself? What are some of your happy and even calming rituals you do every day or every weak? Let us know on the comments section below.
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Lorna Jane Clarkson is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lorna Jane, Australia's leading activewear brand for women (now available in the U.S.). With her passion for being active, her love for healthy food and recipes, not to mention her infectious positive outlook on life, Lorna inspires women to Move, Nourish and Believe every day.