In your day-to-day life, you may have a routine that you do, and you don’t pay much attention to it. However, what if you could improve your life by making some simple changes to your everyday routine? Here are a few things you could consider incorporating into your routine for better days:
Move slowly when you wake up
With our busy lives, it can be easy to wake up and get hustling. After all, there are things to do and take care of, whether that’s rushing to work or rushing to get the kids to school. But there’s something to be said about waking up slowly.
Checking in with yourself first thing in the morning over your stick packaging coffee can help you set the tone for the day. Meditating when you first wake up instead of thinking of all that you have to do helps you approach challenges with a calm mind. Consider setting your alarm for 15-20 minutes earlier in the morning to allow for a slow wake-up routine.
Move your body
It can certainly be a challenge to get moving, but you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you do. From a quick run in the morning to doing yoga after a long day, setting aside an hour or so for movement in your daily routine can do wonders, both for your body and also your mind.
If you’re not accustomed to exercising, it can be a challenge to get started. Hire a personal trainer who both helps guide you but also can work as an accountability partner to help you build the habit.
Take breaks throughout the day
When you have a lot to do, it can be a challenge to take breaks. However, resting your mind every couple of hours or so can help you approach your tasks with less brain fog or stress and more clarity. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s a wise way to do more, calmly and effectively. Use a timer app that helps you remember to take breaks throughout your day.
Speak to a friend
While it may not be possible every day, taking time to talk to your friends can be a mood enhancer. If you have a friend that you can trust, make a point of setting aside time to call them every couple of days, when possible, just to talk about things you may not want to share with just anyone.
This can be a helpful way to remind yourself that life isn’t just about work or challenges, but it’s also about the people that we love.
Meditate or write
If you are striving to be less reactive or decrease stress in your life, something that can be helpful is meditation. It can be difficult if you’re new to it, so you can always seek out a meditation guide, but once you get going, it can help you to face life with a little less worry.
If meditation is simply too hard for you, journaling through your stress or reactivity can also help you make more sense of your feelings or confusion, which in turn can help you live more calmly.
From taking a walk during your work day to taking time with your friends, there are many ways to manage your day-to-day routine so that you’re living a healthier and happier life. While some habits take time to become the norm, practicing them little by little every day will eventually lead to them becoming a normal part of life. Be patient and live life well.