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My Top 5 Life Hacks for Happier, Healthier Life

March 18, 2016
5 top life hacks

5 top life hacks

Do you struggle to get through everything in a day and find that there is NO TIME FOR YOU or YOUR HEALTH?

In this week’s #FridayReflections, (a FB Blogging group I belong to), one of the writing prompts asked:  “What are your top life hacks?” .

Now call me slow, but I still didn’t get where the word ‘hacks’ came from even though it seems to be the ‘word of the moment’How could I write about my top life hacks if I didn’t know what that meant?

The Oxford Dictionary defines a ‘lifehack’ as

A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

Okay, I now know the meaning of the word and YES I can write about that!!!

However, before I started I was distracted by the number of posts when I Googled ‘life hacks’.  Here are a couple of fun ones I found and I have to say they have some pretty unusal (but cool) hacks:

50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World

40 Life Hacks that will change your world

So now, back to writing my post! 

I’d like to take a bit of a twist on the definition above and concentrate more on your life in general and how you can achieve a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Let me share with you My Top 5 Life Hacks that will help make your life happier and healthier.

I’m all about living for today and finding a BALANCE in my life so I can enjoy life to the max!

What you do today

1. Plan your exercise

We are all busy and the first thing that usually goes by the wayside is our regular workout.  Make an appointment with yourself (or with a workout buddy even better) and schedule the appointment in your calendar.

Regular exercise is so important in keeping us healthy, both physically and mentally.  It reduces stress and we all know deep down that we feel great after a workout.

2. Plan your weekly menus and prep one day per week

Trying to eat a healthy well-balanced diet can quickly go off the rails and be replaced by ‘fast food’ when we are short on time.  Here is where you planning prowess needs to come to the fore!

Set aside one hour a week to plan your menus – 1 hour out of a possible 168 hours in a week – YOU CAN DO THIS!

Then, set aside one day a week to prep your meals.  If you work, buying lunches every day can become expensive apart from the fact that we usually make poor food choices when on the run.

Prepare your meals and snacks ahead of time so that you can just grab and go.  You will save time, feel better because you are eating healthy food and also your finances will look so much healthier.

3. Plan time for FUN

You may have heard the old saying: ‘All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy’.  Well, it is true!

We need to make time to have some FUN in our lifeBeing happy and living a balanced lifestyle helps keep us mentally healthy.

Make time in your diary to socialise with friends, do something you enjoy and something that will make you laugh.

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4. Plan to regular health checks

Part of a healthy lifestyle is making sure you take care of yourself and that means regular health checks (especially when you reach 50), knowing your family medical history and regular trips to the dentist.

5. Plan to Have a Rest Day

I’ve talked about planning your exercise, planning and preparing your meals, making time for fun and keeping on top of regular health checks.

My 5th top life hack is planning a rest day (or longer) to relax, refresh and recover.  This means turning off from technology, taking time to nurture yourself, having a lie in and general taking it easy.

Our bodies and minds need time to recover from the hectic demands of life we all seem to be trapped by.  Ideally, we should plan time away from our home environment.  A weekend getaway or a longer holiday will refresh and recharge us.  After an extended break we feel feel fabulous and ready to tackle the challenges of life.

What are your top life hacks?  Are any on my list?

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23 Comments

  • Reply Janine March 18, 2016 at 12:54

    Gosh I really need to take your advice with everything! xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2016 at 15:38

      I think you are doing pretty well Janine!

  • Reply Toni Pike March 18, 2016 at 16:15

    Wonderful advice Sue – so simple and yet so important! It’s all balance, once again – I only started exercising after the age of fifty, but now never miss doing some daily exercise. And always try to make time for some fun because life really is so short.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2016 at 15:39

      It doesn’t really take much does it Toni? Sometimes we just get a little too caught up and forget. Have a lovely weekend my friend.

  • Reply Michelle March 18, 2016 at 19:10

    You’ve covered all of mine. I also have a “no driving day.” Where I stay in and keep the car parked. More on this later on the blog. Thank you again for sharing your thankful moment for my post today. I loved it! I get to see my babies tomorrow!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2016 at 15:40

      Oh that is a great idea Michelle! I’ll look forward to your blog. Enjoy your babies! xx

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill March 18, 2016 at 20:36

    great tips Sue – I think making the time to eat healthy and move are two really important ones – and I LOVE the rest day one! xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2016 at 15:40

      Yes it isn’t that hard Leanne it is just a matter of keeping everything in balance! Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Angel Stew & Devil's Brew March 19, 2016 at 00:20

    Welllll, I’ve got #3 and #5 down to a science. I should probably work on the other 3 huh? Great list, great advice. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2016 at 15:42

      2 is better than none so you aren’t that bad. I think it is always a WIP for most of us. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great weekend!

  • Reply Parul March 19, 2016 at 19:21

    Regular health checks is what I have been pushing for a long time but other than that one, I’m with you on the rest of the hacks. All effective and very important for a happy and healthy life!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2016 at 07:44

      Yes sometimes we keep putting off those more involved health checks that we need as we get older Parul. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville March 20, 2016 at 17:53

    I love your choices here, I am reading and going yes I do this, and no I don’t do that. Great tips! #Fridayreflections

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2016 at 07:53

      Hi Mackenzie thanks for stopping by and also for the opportunity to link up with you 🙂

  • Reply Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... March 21, 2016 at 10:53

    I like that the common theme of your hacks is planning. In today’s busy world, I think planning is the key to achieving balance. Interesting read.

  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations March 30, 2016 at 21:47

    This is some great advice Sue! I do get exercise from never sitting still, but not from a regular exercise program. So this is one thing I need to work on. And I need to fit in rest time too. Don’t get much of that. And for the fun I guess I’m a little weird, fun for me is working outside, or on my blog.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 31, 2016 at 08:07

      You aren’t weird at all Linda! Apart from running I don’t have a hobby and work and my blog are my ways to keep active in my mind. Thanks for stopping by to comment. x

  • Reply Nikki April 5, 2016 at 03:56

    LOL! I love looking at life hacks, they are so much fun at times, gets my brain thinking in different ways. I am a planner, this helps me so much, it settles my mind if I know what’s coming next, what’s for dinner, etc. These are great tips, I need to focus more on stopping to smell the roses, but some days I am moving so fast I can’t even see a flower, that needs to stop! LOL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 11:25

      Hey Nikki How are you? You are a whirlwind with all you fit into a day I’m always amazed at your staying power when you certainly have challenges in life. Just make time for that bubble bath and bubbles to nurture yourself. 🙂

  • Reply Gail April 11, 2018 at 03:23

    I don’t know if I can come up with 5–all of yours are great, but I’ve tried several times to plan a menu and shop/prep for the meals but it never sticks. My must dos are:
    1. Write in my journal every day. If I don’t, I (and my family!) forget…everything! They are always asking me to check my journal for what happened when…
    2. Exercise and eat healthy–these for me go together. If I’m not doing one, the other feels sabotaged.
    3. Scripture study and prayer every day. Need to feed my spirit/soul as well as body!
    4. Take time to do something I enjoy. Being retired now, this isn’t difficult to get in everyday, but it’s still a challenge to do something meaningful instead of just vegging in front of the TV. My “meaningfuls” are to paint, practice the piano, do some gardening…
    5….hmmmm.. I’m sure if I thought about it a bit longer…anyway, these came quickly to mind! Thanks for the prompt!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 09:35

      Oh I love your daily must dos Gail! I’m so glad we have connected and look forward to continuing to get to know you. Have a great day!

      • Reply Gail April 11, 2018 at 12:55

        Ditto here–You’ve got some great stuff here. See you tomorrow…;)

        • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 13:50

          Thanks Gail I look forward to it! Let’s have a cuppa!

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