Small HEALTHY Habits for Body + Mind


Hello everyone out there, how’s it going?
Welcome back to my channel. There’s a car. There it goes.
Welcome back to my channel I am happy to have you here. Life sometimes throws us a
curveball. Sometimes really unexpected things happen and it can really throw us
off balance and kind of spiral us into a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, and I
think a lot of us are feeling like that at the moment. And today I wanted to
share with you really simple, small things that we can do on a regular basis
to support our mental and our physical well-being. Some things that we can do
for our mind, our body, our soul, kind of lift our spirits to help us to calm a
little bit, reduce stress, and also just to put things into perspective. Let’s get
started. Pause and notice your surroundings. It’s
so easy for us to be focusing on the past, focusing on the future, being
worried about what’s gonna happen, and sometimes all we need to do is just take
a moment to pause – to just stop – wherever you are, and just look at what’s around
you. You know, what is around you? What can you focus on that is in the here and now?
And what happens when we do that is we put that awareness back into the
present moment. Present moment awareness right? But when we do that, when we experience that present moment awareness, the fears about the future, our
you know, the feelings that we have about the past, they dissipate. For example,
right here I’m sitting on my couch, on the edge of my couch, my kitchen is in
front of me, and everything that’s around me is is what’s here right now.
This is what’s real. Get out into nature if you can. Now if
you’re not able to even just something as simple as opening up your window,
sitting by a window, just having some of the outdoor world near you is so
so powerful. When I get up in the morning I love opening up my window, especially
now that it’s springtime. Maybe not so much in the winter, but having the
windows open and just being outside where I can hear the birds, where I can
hear the breeze, you know, the wind blowing. All of these different elements
of nature are profoundly calming and very reassuring, and the reason why I
find nature to be so reassuring, I hope that you can appreciate this analogy: I
feel like just nature, the outside world, is such a testament to to resilience and
how there can be, you know, disastrous storms, we can have all kinds of turmoil
going on in the outside world and what happens is things are able to regrow.
Even when you think about the spring versus the dead of winter where
things, flowers start sprouting again. Things are able to just flourish
again especially when we think about how we as humans are part of this earth. Not
trying to get too deep here, but really I I believe that we are also inherently
really resilient people, and there’s a lot that we can learn from the outside
world. So point being here though is to get outside and I think that if you are like
most people, just being out in nature in any form, really, can drastically reduce
anxiety levels. Can make you feel a lot less stressed and can make you just feel
more grounded and more balanced. Found a worm! [Muffled voice: looks very similar to the worm you were looking at before] I love worms! Look at this guy.
Look at him go. Look at him go. I am a big lover of things like positive
affirmations, but I also love inspirational quotes, I love different
phrases, things that just lift me up. So whether this for you is something like
scripture or maybe just an inspirational bool, whatever it might be, turn to these
things because they really do help to lift you up. Some of my favourite
quotes are ‘this too shall pass’, ‘everything happens for a reason’,
‘everything is exactly as it should be’, I really like that one especially. I
actually want to hear from you. If you guys have any really uplifting
quotes or phrases, leave them down in the comments below. Let’s just load up the
comment section with lots of really uplifting phrases or any of your
favourite quotes. I would love to hear them. Let’s talk about gratitude here, and
one of the simplest things that you can do is to just write down three things
that you’re grateful for and the reasons why you’re grateful for them, and this
helps us so much because it shifts our perspective. I’ve talked about this in
videos in the past, but it shifts our perspective from a state of, you know,
scarcity, of lacking, not having enough, worry, all of those things, to
abundance. To realizing what we do have. And if you’re not in the habit of
writing down or thinking of the things that you’re grateful for often, then
even what you can do is just to make one master list kind of, the things that you
are grateful for and then have it handy. You can kind of have it near you or you
can just refer to it when you just want to lift yourself up a little bit. But
even just saying them or talking to a loved one, or your partner, or a
friend can do wonders it to to your emotional well-being, your mental and
emotional well-being. Sometimes without us realizing it we are
breathing really shallow. This is often what happens when we are in a state of
stress or worry or anxiety or freaking out about something, and slowing down
your breath is one of the quickest ways to have an effect on your your nervous
system, your parasympathetic nervous system specifically, which is what
governs that rest and digest, and makes you feel calm. You know, slows down your heart
rate. It’s something that we always have available to us. It’s a practice that we
can do anywhere, anytime. It’s really just kind of paying attention to your breath
and consciously slowing it down, being aware of how you’re breathing and
adjusting it. Something that I find to be really helpful is relaxing, and again,
kind of consciously doing this, relaxing any muscle tension that I have in my
body. This is especially helpful if you’re feeling stressed out but also
sometimes we’re doing this without noticing, without realizing it. Maybe but we’re
clenching our jaw, maybe we’re furrowing our eyebrows, maybe our shoulders are
hunched a little bit. But what I want you to do, even right now, it just only takes
a moment: do a quick scan of how your body is feeling. Are you
hunching a little bit? Are your eyebrows kind of furrowed a
little? Just notice them and relax them. That’s it. Simple as that. And you will
immediately feel that effect of just feeling a little bit more relaxed when
you let go of that tension. Next I want to talk about starting your
day with a nourishing meal. Nourishing our bodies feels, good it’s an act of
self-care which we definitely need during times of stress, and it really
helps to set us up for better choices through the day. Perhaps if you are
newer to eating healthier more regularly, even if there’s just one other meal that
you can really focus on making that one meal nourishing for you can make a big
difference in how you feel. So some of my favoruite breakfasts are like I love an
avocado toast, leftover sweet potato with some eggs, that’s really good, or an
omelette with added veggies, a smoothie with a handful of greens added to it,
oatmeal is wonderful too. And so these are just some options of things to
really start to emphasize in your life on a more regular basis is making sure
that your breakfast is super nourishing and you’re supporting your body right
off the bat, at the beginning of your day. I love tea.
I just love tea. There are so many wonderful kinds of herbal teas out there
and not only do I love drinking tea because it’s a really nice, kind of daily
ritual to get into, it’s relaxing, we can slow down, but also herbs have properties
that can benefit different parts of our body. So I love peppermint and ginger for
digestion, fennel is also great, green tea is great for energy, chamomile for stress,
astragalus also chaga and reishi mushrooms are great for our immune
system which is on a lot of our minds right now. Leave me a comment below with
your favourite teas that you love to consume regularly or any of your other
favourite kind of like morning drink rituals, I would love to hear what
your favourites are. But another thing that I love doing with teas is making
tea lattes, and if you aren’t familiar with this it’s really just you’re making
a latte with milk. I usually do almond milk or coconut milk, and you plop a
teabag in there and it’s delicious. And so the way that I make it at home is
I just heat up some of my almond milk and then I have an electric milk frother, I’ll whiz it up, make it nice and frothy and then I’ll pour that into a
mug and then add my teabag. And that’s pretty much it, that’s pretty much it. You
can add a little bit of honey or maple syrup if you want to. We are always doing
things. We’re just always doing things. We always have things to do and I think
it’s so easy for us to forget about the fact that it’s okay to stop and do
nothing. And I’m talking to really do nothing.
Like I don’t mean do nothing as in just sit down and watch some TV and do
nothing, I’m talking like… nothing. Like the kind of nothing where you’re lying
on your bed and you do not have your phone near you, you do not have the TV
turned on, you don’t have music playing, you don’t have a podcast on, you don’t
have even anyone near you potentially, but you’re just doing nothing. You’re
letting yourself sit with your thoughts and just being with yourself, just
doing nothing. Not being influenced by things that
you’re reading online or music that you’re hearing or noises that you hear.
And hey, this might just be for a couple of minutes. It’s really just that idea of
almost letting yourself be bored for a moment. It’s actually, there’s some
research on this that being bored is actually really good for ourselves
instead of constantly feeling like we have to stimulate our brains.
Have and outlet, some kind of creative outlet especially where you can express
yourself. This is so good for our mind, so good for our soul, it just is good
all-around for our well-being when we can express ourselves in a creative
way. We are creative beings. I know some people are maybe more creative or more
artistic than others, but there are so many different ways to be creative and
it feels good when we do that. Writing is a wonderful thing to do here, journaling,
creative writing, I really love poetry, it’s one of my favourite ways to express
myself. Music perhaps, creating music or singing. I’m not a singer, okay, I’m not
like, I’m not a singer. But I actually enjoy singing. When I’m alone. Like I
enjoy it, there’s something about it just feels really good. Singing maybe,
doing something with your hands, maybe sewing, crafting, baking, art, anything. I
also love art. I love portraiture, I love sketching, I love painting. Although it’s
been a while since I’ve done it. I should really, I should – I need to I
need to draw something soon. I definitely need to draw something soon, it’s been a
while. And also expression is important too because it can be therapeutic in a
lot of different ways, right? It can be therapeutic when we are expressing
ourselves, when we are releasing different feelings that we’re having
that are maybe pent up or emotions, and we’re expressing them in whichever way
feels good for you. But my last point here that I want to
talk about is to give a little bit of yourself and what I mean here is kind words, a compliment, a kind gesture, even just a smile at strangers
can make a world of a difference in how people feel and how you feel. It can
really like light things up, light people up. I know right now at the time of this
recording a lot of us are in isolation, we’re not really going out much, but just
in general to remember doing what you can to spread a little bit of kindness,
and I think it helps to connect us in that sort of small way. And that is it
for today’s video, I really hope all of you are doing okay during this really
interesting time in 2020. I really hope that some of these things really help
you to kind of help to promote some more mental physical well-being in your life.
Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t yet, you can also give this
video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and I will see you all in my next video.
Bye!

100 Comments

  1. What's one of your favourite phrases/quotes? Please share! I'd love to read through them, and for all of us to read them. I hope you're all staying healthy and safe xoxo

  2. I love your videos Meghan!

  3. Love your content and your vibes 🙂 thanx

  4. What is the name and maker of your cute little pot that you use to heat up your water in to make your tea?

  5. “He who looks for a brighter tomorrow and finds no beauty today, has somehow missed the joy of living somewhere along the way” … author unknown

  6. Just a few of my favorite teas are: peppermint tea, lemon ginger tea, green tea, chamomile tea, detox tea blends, immunity blends, trader Joe's well rested tea. I enjoy herbal teas a lot.
    A tea latte sounds interesting. I need to try that.

    Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

  7. You are so lovely 🙂

  8. My favorite is the saying "mistakes arent bad as long as you learn from them" and I feel like that exact saying is what has shaped me as a person. If something awful happens to me I ask myself how I could learn from it.

  9. Thank you for another wonderful video. Your drawings are amazing x

  10. A new tea I've been drinking lately, is boiling orange peels and lemon peels with a little bit of honey. It tastes so good and it calms me immediately!

  11. I’m happy you are here.

  12. Meg, just taking 5 to pause and see you is enough to keep my awareness, my life, my everything all in tact. I love meg.

  13. Sometimes God breaks your spirit to save your soul.

  14. Focusing on the present moment is exactly why I love riding horses and just being around them in general. Focusing on enjoying them makes all of the world’s problems melt away for a bit. Helpful reminders, great video, thanks! ❤️

  15. Thank you, Meghan! I needed these habits 🙂

  16. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  17. Ive been reading Matthew 6:25-34 from the Bible every day this week. Its SO reassuring to know that I am valuable and I am cared for.

  18. I love matcha tea esp as a latte!

  19. You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. A.A Milne

  20. Bad days won’t last forever ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  21. My favorite creative outlet is planting things! I also love to draw but I don't do it often. The planting is getting me in trouble though! Here in NY we just got more snow, so it'll further delay the time I have to transplant everything outside. I'll just be living in a greenhouse for a little while (Which I'm TOTALLY okay with :p)! Thanks so much for your encouraging and informative videos, Meghan! I've been obsessed!

  22. This was one of your best videos!!! Thank you!!! 🙏🏻

  23. Just to listen to you talking is all the calm i need. Your voice is Honey to my ears

  24. Morning/drink habits: I start the day with golden milk! 🙂

  25. Thank You Meghan, for lifting us up!

  26. Oolong tea is my favorite. I

  27. I am a coffee person, but i love chamomile😍

  28. Great points, Meghan! I'm also keeping my mind healthy by not losing sight of the big picture and focusing on what's within my control right now. I loved the message! 🙂

  29. Loved your video Meg! I like having turmeric or chai lattes made of almond milk. 
    I cannot think right now of a quote, but I do I think that one of the things we have to learn from this experience is that we must emerge being much more conscious, solidary, kind and ecologic. Take care!

  30. My favourite quote is practice makes perfect.

  31. If you want it, you can do it. For me that means changing tour habits and do everyrhing you can to reach your goal. Tha k you for your insliring videos!

  32. Favorite teas: Coconut green tea, black currant black tea and early grey.

  33. i love every type of tea, but I LOVE Rooibos. It's sooo earthy and calming and grounding.

  34. Lemon balm, nettle and hawthorn have been some of my favorites.

  35. “In a cool solitude of trees, where leaves and birds a music spin, mind that was weary is at ease, new rhythms in the soul begin.” -William Kean Seymour

  36. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. JEREMIAH 29.11

  37. You're my daily inspirational book Meghan… Thank you so much for all those wisdom you can relate through your videos 😘😘😘

  38. I enjoy Green Tea, Chamomile and Chai the best.
    "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." –Vincent VanGogh

  39. Thank you for this podcast. I enjoyed it.

  40. Thank you.

  41. Meghan I want to tell you that I absolutely love your channel! I've been trying and incorporating minimalism into my life and you are my inspiration
    Thank you for making such a great videos!

  42. A Minister once said “You don’t know what almost happened to you today.” That has always stuck with me. Sounds scary/negative but really it’s not. It’s about Gratitude!

  43. Focus on growth rather than distraction one of my favourite

  44. A life lived in fear is a life half lived (Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias) 🙂

  45. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney.

  46. Tomorrow is a New Day.

    Thank you for this video. ps: I wonder how that Induction Range is working out for you. I have never used one and always been curious.

  47. Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

  48. Everything happens for a reason 💕

  49. “Sitting still and doing nothing are two very different things.”
    -Mr Han, Karate Kid 2010

  50. This video was so helpful! Thank you so much for all your content. -Lindsay

  51. For all the creators: It doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't have to be good, it just has to exist so you can make it better.

  52. I love jasmine, chamomile and lemon tea! 💚

  53. Love your video as always. All your videos are amazing and inspiring. Hope you stay safe and happy. ☺

  54. Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. V. Havel

  55. I really needed to hear this, thank you for your video

  56. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference". An oldie but a goodie.

  57. Great boost for these times. Thank you!

  58. Thank you for all the tips and for your support. Besides, the way you make your videos creates a beautiful ambience – so comforting during these times. Thank you for helping us get through this. I'm so glad I found your website almost a year ago ❤️
    One of my favorite quotes is from Mike Dooley "The reason for all the challenges is so that you can finally learn that none are bigger than you". Stay strong, everyone! I'm sending you all a huge hug 🙂

  59. Thank you for this video 😍 I am actually sewing as I am watching this 🙂

  60. My energy creates my reality. What I focus on is what I will manifest. 💚🙏

  61. 1 habit I've gotten into is lighting a candle before the start of the day and at the end too

  62. Meghan i must say u r very creative and talented..i love ur sketches and wud love to see ur more sketches u made…pls show us ur creativity

  63. Black tea is my all time favourite! Plain, flavoured and latte, absolutely yummy. On the healthier side I love a cup of green tea

  64. "Small steps really lead to big changes "
    "Your success is determined by what you do every day and the secret of your success, lies in your daily routine "
    Above are my 2 favourite motivation quotes that I love 😍.
    They always keep me going ☺

  65. " Dance like nobody's watching, sing like nobody can here you, love like you've never been hurt, live like heaven is a place on earth"

    Hope your well Megan 🙏

  66. “All the love I need is within me now”.

    I often substitute love for peace, health, security, etc. I learned the affirmation from a wonderful book by a psychotherapist about addiction. The book is called “Healing the Addictive Mind”.

  67. Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure. RUMI.
    A call for human resilience…

  68. Love your videos Meghan- very calming and relaxing- Thank you

  69. My current favourite quote is: "Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax." by Bryant McGill. And I wish you all more calmness in your lives.

  70. I get a bit of english language. I just speak portuguese but I love what your videos and I get a lot the idea of their. This way I learn pretty and I make the little be turn better. Thank you so much for this. I like a lot of you 🙏

  71. "The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong." – Laura Ingalls Wilder

  72. I go to a herbalist and she makes me tea's up especially for me

  73. Thanks Meghan. 💋

  74. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” Dr Seuss😊

  75. The quote that comes to mind right now is this: “You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

  76. I have alot of up lifting quotes. A new one I just saw is. Your mind is a garden and your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

  77. Small healthy habits for the body and mind🥰
    1. Go out in nature or open windows
    2. Read encouraging words
    3. Gratitude
    4. Slow your breath
    5. Relax your muscle tension
    6. Start your day with nourishment
    7. Drink tea ☕️
    8. Do nothing
    9. Have a creative outlet – journaling, poetry, creating music or singing, getting arty
    10. Kindness

  78. Loved this video! So calming

  79. I love how peaceful this video is! Can’t wait to post one myself! Very inspirational

  80. You are so talented! Could you create a drawing video for us? 😄🎨

  81. Never Give Up, Stay Optomistic

  82. "Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow"
    "In simplicity, there is truth"
    Both quotes are by River Phoenix, and both make me feel completely at ease. (Future tattoo plans to have these beauties on my body permanently)

  83. thank you Meghan for this lovely and soothing video <3 I don't really have a favourite phrase, I usually calm myself with: it's OK, you're OK, breathe in, breathe out. Stay safe

  84. Meghan Livingston what is your favorite kind of bread to use for toast? I was just recently diagnosed with a dairy, egg, and whey allergy so I have to watch ingredients and it seems like they are in everything.

  85. "Try to live everyday as if it was the full final day of your extraordinary-ordinary life" -from the movie 'about time'

  86. Loved this video!
    Stay healthy! ☺

  87. "Thoughts are not facts. Don't believe everything you think"

    This has been especially helpful for me, someone who is a chronic over thinker.

  88. one of my fav quotes – the quieter you become, the more you can hear……

  89. I love your videos Meghan! They always make my heart so happy! Also, I love what you said about nature! I think that is why I love being out in nature so much 🙂 A quote that I recently discovered is, " Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity"- Simon Weil 🙂

  90. One of my favorites from LOTR: “All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you."

  91. I love how excited you got about the worm. It made me smile.

  92. I haven't seen a worm in more than a decade!!!

  93. "if it scares you, you should probably do it", love it

  94. I drink mint/green tea, lemon/green tea, hibiscus, and earl grey of course. before sleep I drink chamomile or a mix of relaxing herbs.

  95. Gratitude has changed my life in so many ways!

  96. "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all."

  97. Favourite Affirmation: Every day in every way I'm getting better and better ♡

  98. “Stop trying to calm the storm…calm yourself. The storm will pass”.

  99. Omg I love your tea stash!

  100. 💛🧡Nature🌱🌷
    So hard to DO NOTHING!! A Must try in my books!

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