Non-Negotiable Items: 5 Things I Do Everyday Without Fail
The last few years I have been focused on getting healthy and becoming a better version of myself daily. There are a handful of non-negotiable things I do every day without fail. I can’t function properly without doing these things and it almost seems as though my day does not go as well if I don’t.
So here is my list of 5 non-negotiable things I must do daily!
#1: Drink Water
I haven’t always been a huge drinker of water. In fact, I always drank juice and soda growing up. I didn’t like drinking water at all. Only since I started exercising regularly, getting healthy, and working on clearing up my skin have I started drinking a lot of water. Last year I started tracking my daily intake with an app (My Water App – free version) and I’m now drinking around 3 liters a day. When I get up, I head to the kitchen and while I’m making coffee I drink an 18-ounce glass of hot water and lemon.
- When I remember to drink water I chug a full glass or two to so I hit my water goals
- I stop drinking water around 7 pm or else I’m going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
- I used to not like the taste of water but I add in a bit of lemon or other flavors like cucumber and mint or other citrus and herbs and it tastes better.
#2: Make My Bed
My morning routine looks like this: I get up, go to the kitchen to boil water for coffee and water, while water is boiling I head back to my bedroom to open the window to let in fresh air and light, then I make my bed. If my bed isn’t made I feel like I am completely disorganized for the rest of the day. It’s the centerpiece in my room so why wouldn’t I want it to be made and clean?!
This isn’t my bedroom but I love all white bedrooms & bathrooms. Photo cred: GlitterInc
While this wasn’t a big part of my life until 2.5 years ago, now I can’t go without exercise. It is probably my biggest non-negotiable. I don’t train every day but I do tend to go to the gym 6 days a week. One day is reserved for yoga and I walk the dog daily. Walking counts right? While my original intention for exercise was to lose weight and look nice in a bikini, I do it now to clear my head, release stress, help with my anxiety, and have one hour to myself that is strictly for me and no one else. The tight ass and toned arms are the bonus ;p
If you are trying to lose weight or get healthy and don’t know where to start, my biggest advice is to just begin and keep going every single day. You don’t have to go to a gym. You can do so much in a small bedroom or apartment. Everyone’s life is so different and I know it’s not always possible to make that time but if you have 10-20 minutes, it will make a difference. Just move every day somehow and I swear you will get to a place where exercise will also become a non-negotiable for you.
#4: Use Sunscreen
I admit that I am an ex-sun worshipper. I still love myself a nice tan but I know that it’s not good for me. My late mother always stayed out of the sun and protected herself from the sun’s rays and she looked fabulous into her 70s. Since the late 90s I have used a tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 but now I’m even more stringent about wearing sunscreen especially since I live in California. I am always in short sleeves and the sun beats down on me when I walk to my car or even go to an outdoor mall!! We have to remember the sun is still there on cloudy days too. So every morning before I go out I put on sunscreen. I wear body lotion with built-in sunscreen. I have sunscreen in my car and purse. I’m even thinking about getting an old Asian lady visor to cover my face.
Read more: My Favorite Sunscreens
#5: Think Of One Thing I Am Grateful For Or Remind Myself How Far I’ve Come
After losing my husband and both parents in a span of 6 years it’s easy to feel fall into a funk and feel sorry for myself. I will admit that it can still be tough and grief comes at me on some days like a pile of bricks. It’s also easy with social media to compare ourselves to others and get down on ourselves. Social media is great and horrible at the same time. So one thing that helps me daily is to remember how far I’ve come in my journey as well as think of one thing every day that I am thankful for. So as an example, today I am grateful for anyone who comes to my blog and has found it useful in any way. I don’t do it for money that’s for sure but helping people in some manner whether it be about travel or life, makes me happy.
Some other items I am working on to make a daily non-negotiable:
- Eating better
- Getting off my phone more
- Night time skincare routine
- Foam roll