Handbook - Start Here

  1. Lifestyle: Secrets to Success, Daily Habits and Schedule, and Goal-Setting for Success

  2. Physical: Fitness, Nutrition, Energy Foods, Meal Plans, Sleep, and Medical & Dental Health

  3. Mental: Meditation & Mindfulness, Mindset, Spirituality, Gratitude, and Mental Health

  4. Environmental: Home, Cleaning, Aesthetics, Social Life, and Relationships

  5. Intellectual: Personal Growth & Development, Passion, Career, Financial, and Chasing your Dreams

  6. Be Good: Be Generous, Volunteer, Care for The Environment, and Be Patient and Compassionate

Cover All of Your Wellness Needs

 

Becoming an everyday superhero is more than just being physically and mentally fit (although we definitely want to be there - preferably through some easy daily habits). To truly be healthy, you’ve got to take into consideration your fitness, nutrition, headspace, gratitude, positivity, environment, and the way you treat the rest of the world too. Throughout this blog, I focus on the habits and choices that can help you (and me) be more happy, energetic, and generous.

 

Luckily, you don’t have to do it all at once. I’ve broken up each area so you can learn a bunch over time or you can put your focus where it’s needed for a quick boost of that health arena. For all of us, there are wellness areas we have a stronger handle on and areas that need our attention. I’m a firm believer in small steps. Change is almost impossible when you go into it thinking, “I need to lose 50 pounds, I need to meditate every day for the rest of my life, I need to always work hard and be efficient.” 

 

Each tiny step you take moves you in a better direction. The first time you stretch again in years, you won’t be able to touch your toes. But, if you stretch every day for a month, you’ll be a whole lot closer. Tell yourself this when you stretch, exercise, meditate, drink water, etc. You don’t need to be perfect, or there yet, or worried about when you'll get there and how long it will take. You just need to know that this stretch, this run, this glass of water is positive progress and helping you become the person you want to be.

What Now?

 

Once you make the decision that you're ready to improve your life and your health, you have a few choices. You can work on improving one area of your life and know that you are taking a step toward a happier, healthier you, you can choose a few areas to focus on, or you can try to incorporate a small habit for each area and totally boost your wellness and lifestyle. Become a superhero your own way. Make a quick small change, commit to a couple of habits to really solidify, or go all in. Take it at your own pace. Skip around, come back and read things later, share the site with friends who need support in other areas, whatever. It’s all about you. 

 

Keep in mind, this site is in no way exhaustive. I did a heck ton of research and tried a bunch of things myself, but I am not an expert in nutrition or fitness, and there is an incredible amount of information available to help you improve yourself and increase your joy. Every person is wildly different, and every body and mind and heart is different. Luckily, some of my favorite habits (like meditation and gratitude practices) can help you better understand what YOU need and where to put your focus long-term. Pick and choose, get to know yourself, educate yourself wildly, and have fun. Remember, you are a superhero and you deserve The. Very. Best. 

Below, I've detailed some major areas of health, wellness, and making your life more super. Each section has some tips for what you can start doing right away to make a difference, and it has links to blogs I've written to dive deeper into each section. Take the time to go through everything you can, educate yourself, and make the powerful decision to change your life trajectory and become the passionate, energetic, joyful HERO you want to be. 

Lifestyle

 

  1. 10 HEALTHY HABITS is a great place to start - you can immediately install a few or multiple habits into your day(s) to jump-start your life in the right direction. This in-depth post will teach you how to build habits, what habits you might want to instill, and how to become the person you want to be through small, daily lifestyle changes.

  2. SECRETS FOR SUCCESS: This is a great post to learn WHY I decided to call my blog The Superhero Handbook and the strategies I use to make healthy habits a daily reality.

  3. SUPERHERO SCHEDULES: For a phenomenal day, including a morning/evening routine and weekend plans - check it out!

  4. GOAL-SETTING: To boost productivity and make your habits, goals, and dreams a success. 

  5. 10 LIFE GOALS and Must-Haves: A list of top-priority goals I have for my life - create one of your own!

Physical 

What You Can Start Doing Now:

  1. FITNESS: Do a 10-minute Youtube cardio video, go for a 15-30 minute walk, practice yoga, stretch, or hike. Choose one of the four top types of exercise to fit into your morning or afternoon routine. 

  2. NUTRITION: Eat for energy and to feel awesome (meals made up of lots of produce with complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats). Consider eating a plant-based diet for your health and for the environment.

  3. WATER: Drink tons of water (and tea and sometimes coffee, but very little else).

  4. SLEEP: Make sure you’re getting eight hours of high-quality sleep every night.

  5. MEDICAL & DENTAL: Floss. At least a few times a week, and don’t ever skip brushing. Flossing and brushing take such a tiny amount of time, and teeth can be super costly if they aren’t taken care of. 

Mental

What You Can Start Doing Now:

  1. MEDITATIONMINDFULNESS: Meditate for 10-30 minutes and spend some time alone to contemplate and get to know yourself better. Practice living in the moment and appreciating everything around you. 

  2. MINDSET: Begin to believe that you are awesome, abundant, and able and willing to give and receive money and love freely.

  3. SPIRITUALITY: Take 10-15 minutes to meditate or pray, center yourself, and re-focus on your values.

  4. GRATITUDE: Express gratitude - think of five things you're grateful for that bring you joy.

  5. MENTAL HEALTH: If you think there’s a chance you’re suffering from a mental or mood disorder, find a doctor, talk to someone you trust, and/or get some much-needed medicine. If you’ve been waiting, this is your sign to go for it. Take care of yourself, just do it. 

Environmental

What You Can Start Doing Now:

  1. HOME: Clean up clutter and rearrange your space to better fit your needs.

  2. CLEANING: Do one chore you’ve been meaning to do, especially if it’s a tough one. 

  3. AESTHETICS: Use essential oils, crystals, candles, and color around your home and other spaces to increase joy.

  4. SOCIAL LIFE: Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while or that might need a bit more love, just to talk. 

  5. RELATIONSHIPS: Take some time to put someone you love first. Do something that makes them feel loved - do the dishes, buy them a gift, spend quality time with them, write them a letter, whatever you know they will like best. 

Intellectual

What You Can Start Doing Now:

  1. PERSONAL GROWTH: Read a good book, use an app to study a new language, or learn something new.

  2. PASSIONS: Learn something about a topic you're really into, not something for work or for anyone else. Remind yourself that you are brilliant and have great ideas and the potential to do amazing things. Pick up a new hobby or practice an old one, and realign with your personal passions and goals

  3. OCCUPATIONAL: Do something that betters your work - read an article or watch a video on your industry or job. 

  4. FINANCIAL: Start investing or put a chunk of money against your debt or into an investment. Learn about investing online and make sure you have a savings account and a 401k and/or an IRA/Roth IRA (learn more at NerdWallet and Millennial Money).

  5. CHASE YOUR DREAMS: Don't forget about the wild dreams you once had. Consider what you can do today to take the first step toward one of your dreams. Manifest your dreams using the law of attraction, positive affirmations, and gratitude.

Be Good

What You Can Start Doing Now:

  1. BE GENEROUS: Being super isn't just about you. Donate whatever money you can to a cause you believe in today, or find a couple of great causes to donate to every single month. 

  2. VOLUNTEER: Devote time to volunteer and give back. It will make you feel incredible and selfless, and it will help make your community even better. Find a nonprofit organization near you that aligns with your values, and commit to volunteering weekly or monthly. 

  3. ENVIRONMENT: Take a day to eat no meat, make sure you have a recycling bin, and/or consider planting a small backyard or container garden.

  4. MONEY & VALUES: Look into the products you purchase often - do the companies test on or harm animals? Do they produce unnecessary waste?  Do they harm or help the environment? Can you buy the product locally? Reconsider where your money goes and make sure your expenses align with your values.

  5. PATIENCE AND COMPASSION: Give yourself and others grace. Be gentle, kind, and generous, and keep in mind that positive change (for yourself and others) takes time. Choose to consistently respond and react with kindness.