5 Tips for Living a Happier, Cleaner Life
By Jules Hunt
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Today, I’m sharing my framework for feeling good in my body, in my mind, in my space, and in my workday. These practices and daily rituals are more focused on the feelings I get from doing them rather than the specific actions themselves. By creating routines that promote a more positive mindset, a healthy body, a cleaner life, and a calm home environment, I'm a better partner, a better friend, a better entrepreneur, and a better human. Remember, you hold the reins to your life. Make time and space for things that matter deeply to you. Spend more time developing YOU and prioritize the lifestyle habits that will help increase your own sense of wellbeing. Have FUN going after it, see what works for you, and focus on finding peace within the process.
Here are some of my top tips for how to live a happier and cleaner life from the inside and out:
1. Establish a Morning Routine
First, let’s talk morning non-negotiables! There’s a reason why morning wellness routines are all the rage, and it’s because when you make time to prioritize your mindset and wellbeing, you’re setting yourself up for a more productive, creative, and empowered day. Morning wellness routines are about slowing down, being present in that moment, setting your intentions, and doing something you enjoy or something that will create a positive impact on your day. A morning routine doesn’t have to be complicated. You can simply be YOU, unplug, sit, breathe, and tune in. It can be as simple as taking 5 minutes out of your day to focus on your breathing. Scan how your body feels. Take in the present moment. See what makes you feel the best, and what you think you can realistically incorporate into your day.
2. Make Self-Care a Priority
Self-care looks different for everyone. So, find what makes you feel your personal best and make space for that. For me it looks like more nourishing, more movement, more keepin' it real and more simplifying. Whether it’s the ingredients in my food, scheduling my workouts for the week ahead of time, resetting my personal space, or the products I use, it’s all about a commitment to regularly incorporating the simple things that make me feel good. That’s why I love bioClarity. They’ve made clean and effective skincare attainable. I use their masques as part of my weekly self-care practice. The Pore Purifier Clarifying Masque is especially great in my T-zone to detox and decongest my pores where more oil builds up. I also use the Glow Getter Hydrating Masque in the areas of my face that are feeling drier, like my cheeks and around my mouth. Together, these two masques have helped even out my complexion and calm the redness I used to experience after I washed my face, plus I don’t experience any of the blotchiness or irritation I’ve gotten in the past with other clay masks.
3. Try Meditation
I can't say it enough... meditation is one of the best things you can do to manage your stress, anxiety, and invite more love, compassion, and understanding into your life. I’ve been doing different meditation practices for years and it continues to be one of my favorite ways to invest time in my spiritual and mental health. From simple breathing techniques to guided meditation, there are so many ways to implement this into your daily life to clear through the mental clutter. There’s no right or wrong way, just explore and see what helps you find the most calm and clarity.
4. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
I’ve made this one of my ongoing practices to clear through negative thoughts that pop up. Gratitude truly brings me back to reality. It shifts my perspective. It reminds me that life ebbs and flows, and without the lows, I'd have no appreciation for the highs. So, whenever you're feeling any of those very human feelings like anxiety, insecurity or overwhelm, I encourage you to also meet it with gratitude. Gratitude doesn't translate to being happy all the time. It just means allowing space for it to co-exist with whatever you're moving through at the moment.
When the pace picks up, I always go back to my core belief of simplifying. It's good to sit down and reevaluate what is and isn't currently working and where you can declutter in your life, whether it's your schedule, your workload, the physical clutter in your home, the way you plan your meals, the products you’re using… all of it impacts your overall wellbeing. I try to be very mindful about what items I allow into my space, and I am consistently decluttering, purging, and reorganizing. This ongoing practice of simplifying my life has been one of the best acts of self-love for me. It's OKAY to want new things. It's OKAY to treat yourself. The idea is to be more intentional and less wasteful, so you can live a life that isn't clouded by clutter.
Now It's Your Turn
I hope you choose to nourish (not neglect) your needs. Be proud of the person you are today. Be excited for the person you are becoming. And know that you don’t need anyone’s approval or permission. Turn your attention to what matters, turn it away from what doesn't, and lean into more positive changes. It doesn't have to be complicated. Allow yourself the space to try new things, learn, switch gears, grow and evolve. I’ve found that the road to living a cleaner life, filled with more clarity and simplicity, is found by continuously checking in with your needs and being willing to honor them. Who’s with me?
About the Author
Jules Hunt is a wellness entrepreneur, yoga & mindfulness teacher, plant lady, dog mama, and creator of health and wellness blog, Om & The City. She uses her platform to share real, actionable insight on everyday wellness, inspire personal growth, and empower her audience to lead a simplified yet meaningful lives filled with joy and purpose.
She created Om & The City to share her raw and ever-evolving wellness journey while giving women the inspiration to take action in their own lives.
"Holistic wellness isn’t about perfection, it’s about moving forward, sometimes backward, and making the most of every moment in between. Through Om & The City, I hope to inspire wellness, realness, and fearless motivation in your daily life."