Lately, I’ve been reading more and more “self-help” books which is interesting because I never considered this type of content to be up my alley. Nowadays with life being so busy, I try to use every minute of “downtime” to work towards bettering myself and I’ve learned a lot along the way. There are small things that you can do to put your mind at ease and get more done while staying happy. Mental health is so important and I strongly believe in taking care of yourself (even when the stress of the world brings you down!) I’m constantly working towards being the best “me” that I can be. That means, being the best wife, best Product Manager, best influencer, best friend, best daughter… you get the picture. I’ve found that you should do these 10 things every day for a happier & healthier life.
1. Make Your Bed
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Making your bed is a surefire way to start your day off right. Countless studies have shown that a made bed leads to lower levels of stress and more mindfulness. Double-win!
2. Be Outdoors
Having Theo has definitely helped with this one. I try to take at least two 10 minute walks a day. Not only does it get my steps up, but there is seriously nothing like fresh air. Walk your pet… and if you don’t have one then walk with your partner, roommate, mom, or grandparent – they love to walk! Or, just go by yourself and play your favorite podcast.
3. Disconnect Daily
Oddly enough, cooking had become an outlet for me to be away from my phone, computer, and tv for at least an hour a night. I’m not a huge fan of cooking (mostly because cleaning sucks), but something about staring at a screen all day at work, then staring at it to watch a tv show with my husband, and then to blog just doesn’t work for me. Color in a coloring book, cook a meal, or create something with your hands – just give your eyes a break.
4. Learn Something New
I’m a big fan of podcasts, and one, in particular, is called The Daily by the New York Times. It’s a 20-ish minute podcast that is released Monday-Friday and discusses current events. I’ve been hooked since the first episode that I listened to and as someone who is pretty knowledgeable about the world… I realized that I know nothing. I listen to The Daily on my commute into work and it’s made me feel more knowledgeable and leads to great conversations. Sahir listens too, so dinnertime discussions are so interesting!
5. Write It Down
I’m a big fan of lists (remember this post), but it doesn’t have to be a formalized process if you aren’t a “list person”. The simple act of writing down things you need to remember takes the pressure off of your memory and allows you to refer back to a hard copy when necessary. I update my list before bed and in the morning uhh… and multiple times throughout the day. If you aren’t a list enthusiast yet, try with just before bed and see how that goes. (Note: I recommend the Wunderlist app – it’s amazing)
I get it. We are all busy. I actively try to avoid getting upset or disappointed when I don’t hear from a family member or friend in a while. Instead of keeping track of who called who or who texted last — I just send a message to anyone when I think of them. No hard feelings, we are all busy. Make an effort to just send a quick note and ask someone you love how they are doing.
7. Give Gratitude
It doesn’t have to be formalized prayer and I don’t believe that you need to go to a particular place to indulge. But take a few minutes to be thankful for your life, your body, your mind, and your surroundings.
8. Drink More Water
I’ve talked about this one before too (see my favorite app to help with water intake in #5 here!) and it’s one I actively struggle with. Drinking your body weight (in oz) during the day is essential for your skin, eyes, and body. I need to do better, but I’m aware and trying!
Duh. It’s so important to take care of your body. I know it’s hard to find the time, but I honestly think that if you find the motivation you can make the time. If you struggle with that be sure to read THIS post. Remember, before/after or even during work is possible. Find something that doesn’t feel like a chore. We are lucky that there are ballet, drumming, surfing, and tons of other types of workouts.
10. Choose Happiness
As hard as it is, choose to be happy. Realize that the taxes you have to pay are because of the income that you earn. The annoyances of your kids or parents mean that you are lucky enough to have them in your life. Forgive others for their mistakes because it will likely eat up at your more then it will for them. Choose happiness and realize that more often than not – your “problems” are because you were blessed to have them. I often think of this quote that says “If the people of the world threw all of this problems into a circle, you would be begging to get yours back.”