Little Lifestyle Changes That Have Made a Difference For Me

In one of my recent “What I’m Into” posts, I shared a link to one of Jillian Harris’s posts about tips to simplify your life and felt inspired to talk about changes to my routine that are small, but can make a big difference. Some of these changes are newer than others, meaning they haven’t always been a part of my routine, or they’re not something I do all the time. But, regardless of when I do them, I feel 10 times better knowing that taken steps to make life just a little easier.

Easy Lifestyle Changes

1. Drinking lemon water.

I’ve found that lemon water always makes me feel so much better. It’s great for cleansing and getting back on track. I’ll typically drink it after a weekend that involved a lot of eating and drinking. It really makes a world of a difference, and quite frankly, I just think it tastes good. I cut up an entire lemon at once so I have slices I can easily grab throughout the day. If I have time in the morning, I’ll try to drink a cup before I have my coffee.

2. Getting ahead on Sundays.

If I’m not busy, I really try to get a lot of my blog work done on Sundays. I work a full time job that involves being on the computer and Internet all day. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is come home and spend two hours or so staring at a screen. Plus, we all need to decompress from technology every now and then. This doesn’t apply to just blogging. Anything you can do on a day off to make the rest of your week easier will have you feeling more relaxed.

I would also consider “meal prep” to fall into this category. This isn’t something I’m good about doing every week. But even if I can manage to put a salad together the night before work, then it’s much less stressful when I’ve realized I spent too much time doing my hair in the morning. I may be running late, but at least I have my lunch prepared.

3. Taking workout classes.

If I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight, I probably wouldn’t work out. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, at least for me. I prefer a workout class that provides structure and routine, rather than me trying to pass time on my own at the gym for 45 minutes on my own. I’ve been getting into barre lately, and I find that the classes go so quickly, even when I’m struggling to get through arm circles.

4. Ignoring emails.

hate that little red number notifying me that I have unread emails. Does anyone else feel that way?! It drives me nuts to see it every time I open my phone, which means I find myself checking emails entirely too often. It could be 9:30 at night in the middle of The Bachelor or Real Housewives (anyone else watch too much reality TV?), and I’ll check my emails. Why? I have absolutely no idea. I don’t need to check my emails unless I’m expecting something pertinent. Thus, I’ve really been trying to not refresh my inbox all the time.

The same applies for waking up in the mornings. Whatever it is, it can wait until I’ve gotten out of bed and had a cup of coffee.

Whether you want to implement these into your life or not, I hope they inspire you to make little changes that make you feel good!

  • Kelsey
    March 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I’m trying to get on that lemon water train with you! I’ve heard it’s so good for you. Models like Miranda Kerr drink warm lemon water in the am to kick off their days! Great advice!
    xoxo Kelsey

    • Ellen
      March 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Kelsey! I really love lemon water. Hope you can give it a try!

  • Paula
    March 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Love these tips! I try to get some of my blogging done and meal prep on Sundays as well! It makes for a much more pleasant week! Great post!


    • Ellen
      March 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Paula. I also feel like my posts are always better. I’m not in a rush to get it done. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Corbin
    March 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Love this post idea, and definitely have to agree with you on the lemon water thing!

    XO Corbin Tate
    Classy South Blog

    • Ellen
      March 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks, Corbin! Have a great rest of the week.

  • Rachel
    March 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    These are all great changes! I used to check my e-mail every time my phone dinged but I’ve learned to put time aside each day to answer e-mails so that I could cut down on my phone usage!

    Rachel |

    • Ellen
      March 31, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      That’s such a good idea! Definitely something that I still consider a work in progress. Thanks, Rachel!

  • Olivia
    March 31, 2016 at 10:47 am

    These are all great tips! I’m totally with you on the lemon water thing – sometimes if I have the time/some extra lemons lying around I make a big batch of it in a pitcher and try to bring a water bottle to work with me or at least have a glass before I head out the door. Sunday prep has become a big thing for me too, especially with blogging. I’m on the computer all day long at work and sometimes the thought of staring at a screen for even another minute makes me have the worst headache! It’s definitely made me re-think my weekend plans (I almost never go out on Saturday nights anymore, I need the energy to have a productive Sunday!)


    • Ellen
      March 31, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that gets headaches from the computer! It probably doesn’t help that I can spend 10 hours or so looking at a screen. Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!