- Find a “third space” that makes you happy.
We need more than just work and home. It’s nice to have extra places (coffee shop, gym, nice park, library) when you leave work but don’t necessarily want to hang at home- this is the place you’d see as ‘zen’, this is the place you will go to switch off & be in your own element.
- Take 15 minutes each night to make your mornings easier.
Prep your breakfast, even if its just placing the porridge packet on top of the bowl w/ your banana (that’s one less thing to do in the morning!). Pack your lunch, that way you are not running around frantically in the morning. Pick out your clothes, this one is a big one as I try on 3-4 different outfits in the morning (which takes up time), have them prepped & you can put them straight on. They could be little things as mentioned above but these little things make a very big difference to your morning & also your mental state of mind as you feel more organized.
- Spread the love.
Be kind, be humble, be supportive, be happy – these vibes are clearly seen by those around you & also your vibes do radiate so people can tell how you feel just by a vibe you give. Do something nice for someone you care about. Then they feel good, you get to know that you made them feel good, and overall your friendships will be super fun and fulfilling.
- Change your sheets.
This one is so exciting (can clearly see I am getting old when bed sheets excite me!) But it’s true! Clean sheets make us feel fresh & clean, they also make me feel organized & ready to tackle a new week. Put clean bed sheets on every Sunday, it will help feel fresh for the week ahead
- Make a vision board.
Vision boards are fun to work with, whether its magazine clippings, polaroids, tickets, goals, healthy food, workouts, places you’d like to go in the future – make it visual, make it something you constantly see – we are more prone to work towards goals when they are put in front of us.
- Make time every day to do something to make you smile.
Some of us are all stuck in that 9-5, we wake up work, come home, sleep – we sometimes feel like we are robots. But, find time in the day that is ‘YOU’ time, find time to do something that makes you smile. Whether its reading a book, speaking to your friends or partner, journaling etc. I spend an hour travelling on the train to & from work, this is ‘my’ time, I like to read or watch some favourite youtubers, this just helps me switch off for a little bit – I also like to read & write at night this help me settle my brain & reflect on the day which is good.
- Spend time in the mornings setting yourself up for the day.
Your mornings are crucial as they set you up for the day, do what you love in the mornings to set you for the day. I like to exercise in the mornings, this gets me ready for the long day ahead that I have & I feel motivated as I had my ‘me’ time in the morning & I got to work out so I feel physically & mentally great.
- Embrace loose-leaf tea.
It sounds silly, but I love taking the time to measure out the tea, boil the water, steep it in the tea pot, and drink it. It’s a nice 20 minutes that I have for myself to clear my mind and enjoy a quiet moment in the morning. Plus it wakes my mind up so I’m alert when I get in the car and go to work.
- Allocate yourself guilt-free days off to just do nothing.
I have found that if I am dreading something, I am either too tired to do it or I’m unprepared. So taking time to rest or finish is more effective than ‘powering through’. I end up feeling better and being more effective at the same time, so win-win.
- Face your fears.
I started facing my fears this year because I was forced into a situation where I had to be really assertive and confrontational. And it wasn’t so bad. Step out of your comfort zone & you’ll be surprised at why you didn’t make this move earlier.
- Love yourself.
This is a big one, never doubt yourself, never compare yourself – be happy with the person you are – YOU ARE UNIQUE! YOU ARE YOU! Embrace it, enjoy the person you are, learn to love the body you are in.
- Put pen to paper.
Journalling is AMAZING! You’d be amazed at how therapeutical this is! It will change your life! It’s always good to write down thoughts , reflect on the day & also write in a gratitude journal, why you are thankful – it doesn’t need to be a whole story, just 3 pointers why you are thankful for the particular day.
- Exercise in the morning.
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I go through phases about this so the above isn’t accurate, but I love working out in the mornings, I don’t do it as much as I’d like to but working out in the morning is great, great energy is about in the air in the mornings as the rest of the world is asleep.
- Keep a list of things that make you happy.
I keep a list of little things like comments, good experiences, and conversations that have made me happy in the notes on my phone. Whenever I’m feeling kind of sad or just cranky, I look through the list. It always makes me smile and remember why I have so much to be grateful for.
You can even write affirmations in your notes on your phone, or even in a book & keep it in your handbag. It’s amazing what the power of words can do to you.
- Enjoy the sun.
I think the easiest way to make my life better is simply THE SUN!. The sun does amazing things to our serotonin level, sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker lighting cues trigger the brain to make another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping a person feel sleepy and go to sleep.
- Don’t let your phone wake you up.
Put your phone on Do Not Disturb every night before you fall asleep so you aren’t woken by notifications. Keep your phone on Do Not Disturb when working on your journaling, your ‘YOU’ time, when eating, when showering – it sounds silly but we truly aren’t aware how much we are on our phones – ITS CRAZY!
- Have a day off social media every now and then.
Having a day off social media every now & again is good for your mental health – As for myself, I have deleted Instagram about 2-3 months ago, & it was truly the best thing I did. I feel more present in the moment & no longer comparing my life to others as well as focusing on my own life etc.
- Make your bed.
It’s funny how doing this makes us feel mentally – for myself, making my bed is an accomplished feeling & it is satisfying to know that I have accomplished something within the first 30 minutes of being awake – it feels good knowing that a freshly made bed makes us feel great.