Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Stressed out? The hectic nature of everyday living has not been eased by the complications of living in a world crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in such a dangerous world where things can, at times, feel unstable and unpredictable.
But there are ways to lessen the amount of stress you’re shouldering on a day-to-day basis. And many of the things you can do to promote healthy living and a positive mindset are simple things that require no massive overhauling of your routine whatsoever.
To make everyone’s life a little bit better, here are five powerful things you can do to make for a happier, healthier you:
#1 Catch some Zzzzzzzzs
Many of us wear many hats; running our own businesses, being mothers and fathers and grandmothers and older siblings. We take on a ton of responsibility, and it’s easy to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day.
But you have to make time for yourself, and one simple way to refuel your body and mind is to get enough sleep. Even setting your bedtime back by just 15-20 minutes can work wonders on your mental mindset and daily attitude.
So, hit the sack a little bit earlier this evening. You’ll be shocked how much better you will feel.
#2 H2o —Get Some Hydration for Your Soul
This may seem like a no-brainer, but drinking more water and keeping yourself hydrated is vital in maintaining your personal health. This is particularly crucial in the bleak winter months where you’re not consuming as many liquids because you’re not feeling overheated as often and not feeling nearly as thirsty.
If you’re not already carrying a bottle of water to work, dig out one of your summer favorites, or splurge and get yourself a sharp new bottle for the spring. Even just one extra glass a day is an excellent start for a stronger you.
#3 Don’t Forget to Play
It’s hard to get outside in the winter months with the weather as cold and bleak as it can get in some areas, but your body still needs physical activity.
Go for a brisk walk or jog with your partner after supper. Why not try a spinning class at your local gym? Don’t want to spend money on gym membership? That’s okay. You could buy an inexpensive jump rope at your local department store and do a five-minute routine daily? Your heart will thank you.
#4 Reflection Moves You Towards a Better You
No one needs to be perfect. But it’s important to strive to become a better you. There’s always something new to learn, discover ways we can adapt, improve and grow.
All of us have different ways we like to take a breather.
Maybe for you, it’s meditation, or perhaps you like picking up your acoustic guitar to relax, think, and unwind as you play. Perhaps it’s writing, journaling, or simply closing your eyes and listening to some music as you reflect on your day.
Make sure you’re giving yourself enough time for YOU TIME regularly. Think, reflect, and make sure you’re always working towards a better you.
#5 Pack a Snack
We’re not going to suggest a complete overhaul of your diet. That’s stressful. Furthermore, a drastic shift in gears isn’t going to stand the test of time. However, a simple thing you could do is pack yourself a healthy snack you could have during the day.
Whether you’ll be running errands, working, or traveling, having a healthy snack with you keeps you from grabbing the most convenient junk food you could have.
It’s not just great for your health. It’s better for your wallet, too! Try it for a few days and see how you feel.
The Smallest Change can Have a Massive Impact
Even if you were to select just one suggestion from our list, commit to it and do it every day, you’re already on your way to a healthier you. So go pack a few granola bars, or pick up your journal and snuggle up in your favorite chair.
Here’s to you and your health and tiny steps towards an even better you. Happy Living, everyone!