Trying to rid your life of all its tricky problems in one clean sweep is overwhelming and, honestly, impossible. That's just too much for one person to fathom, let alone tackle. So what if we focused on adding good things rather than subtracting the bad?
Look at your habits as the building blocks of your life. Bad habits lead to bad days, bad choices, and "bad lives." Oppositely, good habits will lead to good days, good choices, and your best life. Piece by piece, positive habits will add up and your little efforts will create a bigger, better picture. So, start there. Start small. Adopt beneficial habits.
Work the simple tasks below into your daily routine and watch them become positive habits:
1. Hydrate first thing in the morning.
2. Eat a healthy, balanced breakfast to fuel yourself for the day ahead.
3. Make your bed when you wake. A neatly-made bed is so inviting after a chaotic day.
4. Wash your sheets regularly to keep your skin clean and healthy (and fresh sheets just feel so good).
5. Stretch each morning (and night if you're up to it).
6. Use some sort of planner or calendar to keep yourself organized and on task.
7. Treat yourself to regular mani-pedis at home or in the salon - guys too! You'll feel pampered.
8. Give yourself at least 15 minutes of quiet, alone time (no electronics or conversation) each day. Taking a breath and a moment to decompress will slow your busy mind down a bit.
9. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
10. Participate in at least one physical activity each day - even if all you can fit in is a short walk. Get your body moving.
11. Put yourself together. This doesn't mean a full face of makeup or a fancy outfit. This means leaving the house in whatever makes you FEEL good.
12. Don't stay inside all day. Allow yourself at least 15 minutes of outdoors time, sunlight or fresh air.
13. Have at least one conversation with someone you love each day. Don't lose touch.
14. Wash the day away with a quick shower or at least facewash before bed. Get into bed feeling clean.
15. Don't play on your phone while trying to fall asleep. Allow your eyes to rest and your imagination to wander.
16. Reflect on the highs and lows of your day before bed. Acknowledge your accomplishments and struggles rather than leaving them unaddressed, repressed and lingering in the back of your mind. It's much easier to have a better tomorrow when you know what problems you need to work on or what negative situations you need to leave in ~yesterday~. This turns your stress or sadness into tangibles that you can overcome. It gives you goals.