Tips to a Happier and Healthier Life

By: Karen Brueggeman


  1. Always look for the positive in any situation.

    Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, which might cause frustrations or sadness, but you can either focus on what went wrong or you can look for the positive of the situation. One of my favorite expressions, especially if you don’t succeed at something is…”There’s no failure, just feedback.”

  2. Be grateful.

    Every day you should start your morning and end your night by listing 5 things that you are grateful for. If you are always looking for what to be grateful for, it switches your mind to seeing all the abundance around you.

  3. Water.

    Start your morning off on a great note, by drinking a glass of water right after you wake up. I personally like to have a chilled container right next to my bed. If you can drink warm water, it’s better for you. However, do what works for you to get it into your body.

  4. Move, move, move.

    I can’t stress this enough. Remember a body in motion, tends to stay in motion. And science now shows how being sedentary has a lot of the same effects on your body as someone who is obese. You need to move. Even if you just move a little bit every hour, it’s better than nothing. I have some clients that have said to me, that they can’t do a 60-minute aerobic type activity. But just start where you are. Even if you can only walk to the mailbox, do that, and then slowly add more time in. Some movement is better than no movement. You can also do movement with your legs while you are sitting, so take that time to get your circulation moving.

  5. Time for you.

    Make sure every day that you take some time for you to de-stress. I would suggest either mediating, visualization or maybe giving yourself a foot massage. I personally, like to take the first few minutes in the morning and the last minutes before I go to bed. I rotate between quiet mediation and guided and then every third day, I visualize my perfect day.

  6. Have a vision or goal.

    So many people tell me they feel empty or sad. When I ask them what their goals are, I find they don’t really have any. In life we need purpose. It’s not good enough just to go to work, you need something more. So today, take a few minutes and think about what you would like. What does your perfect life look like? Then use step 5, and spend some time visualizing it.

  7. Do something you love.

    Find a hobby or something that makes you smile. It can be anything. What do you like to do? It can even be something you did as a child, like coloring. I used to tell my clients to go and get a coloring book (this was before adult coloring book were available) and just color like you did when you were younger. And you don’t need to get any of the fancy adult coloring books, you can go to the dollar store and pick up any kind or just grab a piece of paper and let your imagination go wild. Or if coloring isn’t your thing, maybe you like photography, drawing, playing tennis or golf, dancing, gardening, swimming, or something else. Just find one thing today and make plans towards doing it this week.

  8. Be Social.

    This one might be hard, especially if you are an introvert. But studies show that when people are social by having friends, they tend to not only be happy but live longer. If you don’t have any friends, you can always go to a meet up for a hobby you are interested in or join a support group. Just always make sure you put your safety first and don’t meet anywhere that can jeopardize that. Online meets are okay, but face to face contact is better. Another thing you could do is volunteer somewhere, nursing homes or hospitals are always looking for help.

  9. Schedule it.


    I’m sure you have heard before, but what gets scheduled gets done. I am a firm believer of scheduling the things you care about. I schedule my mediation, exercise, me time, and goal time every day. This way I make sure they don’t get overlooked. I also do a rough schedule on my day the night before, this helps guarantee that I will have a successful and productive day. Take control of your day or your day will control you. I use the Life Blueprint Planner, but you can use whatever works for you.


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Overcoming Your Obstacles.


We all have goals and dreams, but as we go after them we are faced with obstacles. You have 2 choices, you can quit or overcome your obstacles.

If you are reading this, then I know you are serious about your goals and are going to choose option two. So how do you overcome your obstacles?

1. . Identify them. Look at your goals one at a time and write a list of all the obstacles that might come up. Here is a list of what many of my clients have told me over the years:
lack of time, too overwhelming, people, no motivation, lack of knowledge, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of public speaking, afraid to step out of comfort zone, not enough focus, procrastination, negative mindset, and too tired.

2. After you have your list, you will create a game plan for each obstacle.

Below are a list of things that have helped my clients with their obstacles (the game plan):

** Break your goal into small steps

** Seek support or advice from someone who has already accomplished your goal

** Visualize your goal as if you have already accomplished it every time you feel afraid

** Use Mel Robbin’s 5 second rule when you lack motivation

** Go online or to a library to get the necessary education to accomplish the task. (There are so many free resources this one, Khan Academy)

** Find ways to conserve time so that you can accomplish your goal. (Example: maybe you can work on your goal while cooking dinner or getting ready in the morning or perhaps take 20 minutes from social media or TV time)

**Listen to something motivational every day

** If people aren’t supportive, don’t tell them your goals and dreams

 **Stop listening to negative people

**Believe in yourself or if you can’t, then fake it for now

**When you want to procrastinate, take one little step, even if the step only takes one minute

** If you don’t have enough focus, look at your goals and just pick one for now and put all your focus there.

You can overcome your obstacles by doing the above and remember everyone has them, but only you can let them stop you.

You are the architect of your life, so make it the way you want.

Take today to list all your obstacles and ways to overcome them.

There is a spot on the Life Blueprint Planner (Goal Planning Worksheet) for listing and overcoming your obstacles.

Here’s To your success,
Karen Brueggeman

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