Health & Wellness

31 ways to focus on YOU for a healthier & happier lifestyle

August 28, 2018
31 ways to focus on YOU for a healthier & happier lifestyle

A healthy and happy lifestyle doesn’t stop with being active physically.  To be totally fit, fabulous, healthy and happy you need to also include mental health and spiritual health.

As part of Healthy Women’s Week which is next week, I wanted to focus on YOU and share a month’s worth of ways to keep fit, active and happy in a holistic way.  Remember the message for Healthy Women’s Week is #myhealthfirst.

Last year, I held my 31 days to focus on YOU series, which you might like to refer to.  I wrote about various ways to look after yourself and one in particular was Creating a self-care plan for life.  I had found this idea in an article and you can read the details in the post.

Part of creating a self-care plan is to include 6 areas of self-care to consider when forming your plan.

  • Workplace or Professional – ways to keep your work standard at an acceptable level
  • Physical – ways to keep your body and mind healthy and fit to provide energy for work and play
  • Psychological – ways to rest, relax and recover to keep good mental health and clarity
  • Emotional – Being able to experience your full range of emotions
  • Spiritual – taking the time to step out of day-to-day life
  • Relationships – ensuring your relationships are healthy and supportive

31 ways to focus on YOU for a healthier & happier lifestyle

Don’t forget to download your FREE copy of my 31 ways to focus on YOU to help get you started.  Select one idea from the list each day and tick off when you have completed it.

 31 ways to focus on YOU for a healthier & happier lifestyle


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  • Reply Donna August 29, 2018 at 00:49

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for your consistent hard work to empower others. Your words are very wise and you are incredibly generous. I agree that mental health and spiritual health are ESSENTIAL to our total well-being I look forward to reading more that you have in store for us!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 13:55

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Donna it makes me feel validated in what I write and if I’m helping others that is such a wonderful bonus for me. Thank you for your support and friendship xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt August 29, 2018 at 08:43

    You always have such great advice, Sue. I pinned the graphic, there are some really great actionable items in each category with which to make ourselves healthier and better! From #MLSTL and shared also on Mix!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 13:49

      Thank you so much Terri – you always build my self-esteem. I’m so pleased you liked the graphic and found it useful. Have a beautiful week and thank you for linking up and supporting #MLSTL xx

  • Reply Mary Lou August 29, 2018 at 09:47

    I know my Facebook and Twitter friends will love the ’31 Ways’ to balance Mind/Body/Spirit. Now that I’m in my 70’s I’m grateful that I learned the importance of that balance because it seems Body maintenance sometimes can overwhelm. Getting into the right frame of mind and seeking spiritual strength helps me to stay committed to physical wholeness. Thanks Sue! #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 13:48

      Thank you Mary Lou for sharing and you are right Body maintenance can overwhelm us sometimes. Have a beautiful day and thank you for joining us at #MLSTL. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes August 29, 2018 at 11:49

    Thank you for the practical ways to take care of ourselves better step by step. I’ve downloaded the list and plan to spend some time with it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 13:45

      Hi Christie, I’m so pleased you found the list useful and I think it actually compliments your post this week about stress. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle August 29, 2018 at 12:48

    I love your 31 ways to focus on you Sue – fantastic! I need to do a bit more of this at the moment as I’m feeling quite out of whack and balance. I think a getaway or a holiday would help very much! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 13:41

      Hi Min, it has been quite a while since you had a break plus you have had lots happening with the new kitchen and your new Gorgeous Woman business. I’ve sent you an email separately but I hope you have a beautiful day and please take care of yourself. xx

  • Reply Leanne | August 29, 2018 at 13:26

    Hi Sue – I love that these are all so do-able and things I actually enjoy doing regularly. I’ve pinned it for future reference and will encourage myself to start focusing on things that make me happier and healthier – win/win!
    Thanks for another great co-hosting of #MLSTL 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 13:39

      Hi Leanne – I’m so pleased you liked the infograph. I actually resurrected it from my Focus on You month from last July. It is still valid and I thought it time for us all to have a check list again. At least it is a starting point. Have a lovely day and thanks for co-hosting #MLSTL we make a great team 🙂

  • Reply Jan Wild August 29, 2018 at 14:34

    A lovely post Sue with a great list and a really important theme. I am so behind this month (and yes I owe you an email!) and taking time for myself seems impossible but we did head out to the movies this morning – even at this time of life it feels deliciously naughty to do that during business hours on a weekday ;-). Sharing on SM

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 16:17

      Hi Jan, please don’t stress about the post life can get so hectic! It does seem ‘deliciously naughty’ (love that!) to be going to the movies on a Wednesday morning. What did you see? P.S. Loved your latest video interview with Adrift! xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey August 29, 2018 at 15:18

    I love this checklist. As always, inspiring.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2018 at 16:18

      Thank you, Jo! Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

  • Reply Debbie August 29, 2018 at 20:24

    Such great tips Sue, I’ve printed out the sheets and will be ticking them off. Thansk so much for your ideas and sharing with us. #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 06:56

      Hi Deb, it is actually a graphic I used in my 31 days to Focus on You series, last July. I thought it was worthwhile publishing it again and it has certainly proven to be popular xx

  • Reply Karen Hume August 29, 2018 at 21:53

    Hi Sue,
    Like others, I appreciate having a downloadable list. And since I love checking items off a list, having it in this form means I’m more likely to take the actions you’re recommending. Thanks 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 06:57

      I’m a list girl Karen and yes, I prefer to have a printed copy that I can tick off and have front and centre as a reminder. I hope you had a lovely birthday and enjoy the rest of your week. xx

  • Reply Michelle August 30, 2018 at 02:22

    It us so important to spend time caring for yourself! As I nurse I am always telling family members this!
    I like to tell them even when you fly they remind you to take care of yourself first, then help those around you. (When talking about the drop down oxygen mask)
    Thank you for the great tips!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 06:52

      Hi Michelle, yes I believe the oxygen mask example is a perfect way of explaining why we need to take time to care for ourselves. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day! xx

  • Reply Leah August 30, 2018 at 05:21

    Great list! Pinning and tweeting to share.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 06:51

      Thanks for sharing Leah and glad you enjoyed my thoughts and ideas. Have a lovely day! xx

  • Reply Molly Stevens August 30, 2018 at 05:43

    This is a terrific list, Sue, and I’ve already checked at least one thing off that I do consistently – eat dark chocolate! I love that you handed me an easy win. ? I’m going to print it and start working on some other items now. Like drink a glass of water and take a nap! #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 06:51

      Good for you Molly it is always good to read something about healthy and well-being and actually want to do it! Enjoy your nap 🙂 xx

  • Reply 1010ParkPlace August 30, 2018 at 05:54

    I love your list because you include all of our senses and environments we encounter during the day. So many self-care suggestions only focus on physical. #MLSTL Brenda

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 06:50

      Hi Brenda, I firmly believe that we need to focus on our physical, mental and spiritual well-being and I tried to cover these three areas with ideas on ways we can focus on self-care. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Candi Randolph August 30, 2018 at 09:42

    I love your list, Sue! Some of the ways are so simple, but I know I don’t take the time to make them a part of my day…morning stretches, time away from the tech world, reading a book, scheduling time with good friends. It’s so easy to focus on everything but our own health and well being.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 10:22

      Hi Candi I think we all need to be constantly reminded to look after ourselves as it doesn’t really come naturally. Have a lovely day! xx

  • Reply Marya September 1, 2018 at 00:05

    Right now I’m learning to close the door on my family after breakfast so I can get my workout & writing in! Self care is essential. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2018 at 05:22

      That is any excellent idea Marya! Not always easy to do but at least you have some kind of routine in place and the family knows that is ‘your time’. Have a great weekend! xx

  • Reply Stevie Turner September 3, 2018 at 21:30

    Love and be loved.

  • Reply Jennifer September 4, 2018 at 02:38

    I like that you and I both focused on self-care in September. I created a calendar and while I see some overlapping ideas, there are plenty of different things on your list than on mine. New things for me to try!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2018 at 06:27

      Hi Jennifer, I’m off to read yours now as I will probably get some good advice from you. I don’t think we can focus enough on self-care so I’m pleased we both wrote about the topic as a reminder for ourselves and our readers. Have a beautiful week! x

  • Reply EsmeSalon September 4, 2018 at 05:24

    Hi Sue, thank you very much for sharing your post at #seniorsalon. I shared it on my Share, Care & Inspire FB page and also RT.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2018 at 06:11

      Thank you Esme, I’m just starting to catch up with all the contributors. Some great reading this week. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2018 at 06:39

      Thanks so much for sharing Esme and also for the opportunity to link up xx

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski September 4, 2018 at 10:45

    Always great advice. It’s important to take care of all the areas of your life and especially important to take care of yourself. I say affirmations every day. Mostly when I’m out walking because I have the least distractions and it feels good to move.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 5, 2018 at 07:16

      That is a good time to reflect isn’t it, Rebecca? Walking has so many advantageous. Have a great week!

  • Reply Igor September 4, 2018 at 15:14

    Hi, Sue! Thank you for your ideas. I suppose this list of ways might be useful for several generations and for modern world teens too. As for example, I would try to have a technology free day, and if not each week then each two weeks.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 5, 2018 at 07:12

      Yes Igor, this list could be for any age really. I find it difficult having a technology free day but when I do it is amazing how relaxed it feels not checking the social media all the time 🙂

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