Hey readers!

First, I want to thank Discovering Your Happiness for letting me guest post on her AMAZING blog! I’m so inspired by what she shares and her tips for achieving and maintaining happiness, no matter what the chaos of life throws our way.

And because life can be soooo crazy and unpredictable sometimes, stress can become overwhelming and start to bleed into every part of our lives. If you’re anything like me, I can sometimes put myself on the backburner while I am busy taking care of all life’s responsibilities. Luckily, through self-care and following my intuition to rediscover my needs, I’ve made myself more of  priority, and stopped sweating the small stuff. So now, almost daily, I try my best to find small ways to invest in my needs, especially when I’m feeling burnt out! From starting my day with a good breakfast to starting a new book or podcast I’ve been meaning to get to. I’ve found these methods are just quick enough to fit into a busy lifestyle, and not feel like you’ve neglected to listen and trust your instincts.

 

Develop a morning routine

I believe that setting a daily routine of what I enjoy and can help the day go smoother and make waking up in the mornings much easier. Whether it’s taking a walk, having a good breakfast,—-do it. I’ve found that establishing a nightly routine has also been beneficial. Doing some of my breakfast prep the night before, like putting my yogurt, granola and fruit together in the fridge so it’s easy to grab in the morning, or  Preparing for the next day will definitely lessen your stress in the morning. Waking up early is already one of the hardest things for me! Making it a routine will make it harder to shelf it for a task that doesn’t benefit your soul.

 

 Clear your mental space

Incorporate activities like reading and writing and meditating to your day. I love to read a lesson for the day (see the MM booklist!) and journal about how it relates to my life. Looking inward more often will keep you more aware of yourself and become a better listener to your spirit. Trust me, even 15 minutes a day of spiritual balance will set you on the right track.

 

Commit to doing at least one task and one thing for you

Are you Type A? Then I know your to-do list is never-ending. I know the feeling! But letting the list take over leaves you no time for yourself. Make a promise to yourself to do one productive thing and also, one thing that puts a smile on your face. It will instill confidence in yourself when you follow through with your own promises to the most important person—yourself. Plus you’ll still feel productive without the added stress.

Make these non-negotiable. Don’t swap them out for more to-dos. When you feel like your best you by investing in yourself, it becomes easier to tackle the day and feel confident in your decisions.

Why not give these tips a try? Test them out and let me know if they work for you!

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4 Comments

  1. That is a great post! I think I am pretty good with my morning routine and it helps me so much. What I struggle with is really to prioritize my sleep. I can tell how important a good night sleep is for me – yet whenever somebody needs me to help them or do something for them, or finish up a small thing for work or school I keep postponing it….

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