Do you ever feel like your day is over before you even know it? We know the feeling! Sometimes, this sensation can seem overwhelming and affect your mental health in negative ways. Here are some ideas for habits to add to your daily routine that can help you savor each moment before they’re gone. Pick your favorite and try adding it as you enter 2021!
- Start Your Day Slowly
How often do you jump out of bed and rush to get ready for work, get the kids ready for school, and start the day running at full speed? We understand that some days, it just can’t be helped. But when you can, try to wake up a little earlier in order to get through your morning routine in a more relaxed way. Even an extra five minutes to sit with a cup of coffee, or run a little longer in the shower might be enough to start your day off less stressed.
- 10-Minute Meditation
Regular meditation is often credited for relieving stress and calming an anxious mind. It doesn’t even have to take much time out of your day! Set aside 10 minutes in a quiet place to breathe deeply and clear your mind. You can even meditate in a parked car or at your desk, as long as you’re able to set your phone to “do not disturb.”
- Journal Often
A daily diary might be something that seems childish, but the benefits are the same no matter what age you are! Writing down your thoughts helps you better understand yourself and talk about anxieties and stressors in a safe place. You may even gain clarity into troubles in your relationships the more often you write about them. You don’t have to journal every day, but having a dedicated notebook you carry with you can be a good reminder to write often.
- Talk With a Loved One
Daily life can demand a lot of our time, which can lead to us forgetting to check in with the people we love. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with everything going on, take a break and call a family member or close friend. You can talk about what’s stressing you out, or just enjoy their company. Forming new memories with the ones you love is an incredible way to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety.
- Take a Walk
Besides the health benefits, taking a 10-15 minute walk during your day has been shown to lower blood pressure, stress and anxiety. When the sun is shining, you also absorb Vitamin D, which is a vitamin that adults are commonly deficient in.
- Practice Gratitude
A regular practice of gratitude has been shown to improve mental health and add to people’s overall well-being. Whether you keep a gratitude journal, or resolve to send more thank-you cards this year, you can see the benefits in your own life with small gestures of gratitude every day.
- Get More Sleep
The only thing that’s as important to the human body as food is getting enough sleep. Did you know that after just a couple days of getting fewer than 8 hours of sleep a night, your brain starts behaving in ways similar to mental illnesses like depression and dementia? That’s how vital a good night’s sleep is to your overall health! This year, try to get more sleep by limiting your caffeine intake at night, exercising more, and opting for some zz’s instead of binging that new season of your favorite show until 2 in the morning. It will still be there on the weekend, we promise!