I am a big believer of taking baby steps to improve whatever it might be we’re working on. Today I want to share with you four (super easy to implement) habits that will help make your day better…
If you’re anything like the rest of us. You have good days and not so good days. Because in life sometimes things turn out different from what we expect or want. But this shouldn’t discourage you. Everything in life is about perspective. Here are four little habits that if applied consistently will dramatically help the quality of your day to day.
1. Start your day right.
Nothing affects our day more than the energy we put out first thing in the morning. For this reason starting your day in a positive note is essential to having an amazing rest of the day.
To help you with this write down three things you’re thankful for. Whether a sentence or a simple word doesn’t matter. The only rule is that you can’t repeat the same things you wrote the days prior so you keep yourself engaged. I like using a gratitude journal (this is one I like).
You can also use a notebook or sticky notes if you prefer. Do this consistently and the day will keep bringing things to be thankful for!
2. Nourish Yourself In The Morning.
I don’t mean go on a diet or adopt an overnight vegetarian lifestyle. I’m talking about small permanent changes that can grow over time. For example maybe you can make sure you drink sufficient water throughout the day.
It’s important to give your body the fuel it needs to keep up with your lifestyle. Small consistent changes are better than drastic ones.
Fueling your body with the foods for energy will not only make you feel better about yourself and your self control but will also inevitably and literally make you feel better from the inside out!
Here is an article that shares how different nutrients impact our mind and body. If this is something you want to learn more about The Happiness Diet book (not a diet diet book if you know what I mean) is one you should definitely look at. But for now make sure you throw that fruit in your lunch bag chica!
3. Move that body!
Just like nutrition, exercise plays a big role in maintaining our health and well-being. This article explains why exercise is so essential for mental health.
Again not telling you to go to boot camp or lift a hundred pounds. Unless that works for you! Here like before, make small changes and stick to them. How about a fifteen minute walk after lunch or perhaps going out to the park with a friend? Running for ten minutes is better than not running at all.
So whatever rocks your boat and makes you feel like your pushing enough to change for the better. Put the comfy shoes on and off you go!
4. Journal for five minutes.
Good days start the night before so make sure to journal at the end of your day. Journal for at least five minutes about something positive or a lesson learned that day.
The practice of grateful journaling can be extremely beneficial to feeling better. It could be big or small. Let your brain search for that thing that felt right or didn’t and write about it. If it is not “positive”, find the positive in the situation and write it down.
Sometimes the most mundane little things are actually pretty cool and win the award for the ‘highlight of the day’. I use both a simple notebook and an interactive journal to help me nurture my mindfulness and creativity.
I can’t promise you everyday will be dreamy but I can assure you that it is possible to train our brains to search for the better in each day. The positive in the middle of pure chaos.
Everything has a reason to be and that reason is growth! All that happens has the potential to be a lesson learned if we just pay attention with open hearts. Remember to be kind to yourself. You’re doing the best you know how to.
Which of these suggestions will you start applying tomorrow morning? Let us know and we’ll keep you accountable!