Everyday starts the same way… you roll out of bed, shower, get dressed, drink your coffee and then go about your day. It’s so routine that you sail through it without ever needing to thinking about it! On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with it, but like any routine, it’s easy to get into a rut!
Introducing a new habit into your daily schedule is definitely a good thing! Here are some new habits to try out that are likely to shake things up and make your day great!
Make Your Bed
As a kid, you had to make your bed each morning, just to get your mom off your back! Yet, now that you’re all grown up, you’ve let things go, leaving your bed unkempt. Besides, you’re just going to mess it up again at bedtime anyway, so why bother?
While this argument may seem logical, making your bed every morning is an overall great habit! It only takes one minute (or less) to do, and starts your day with organization and tidiness, and all before breakfast! At the end of the day, there’s something soothing about crawling into a tidy bed. What’s more, your bedroom should be a sanctuary conducive of relaxation and restfulness, but a messy bed undermines this!
Make Time For Quiet
Can you bear to turn off your smartphone, even if it’s just for a few minutes? Making time for quiet in our fast-paced society can be tricky, but is healthy for mind and spirit. Setting aside space daily for quiet and solitude allows your mind relax, create or solve problems. If you like to meditate, go ahead, but you don’t have to. What’s important is that you grant yourself at least five or ten minutes of daily quietude. You can sit silently with a cup of tea, write in a journal, go for a walk or gaze peacefully out of the window. It’s up to you!
Floss Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth every morning and night is an essential habit for everyone, yet a lot of people neglect to floss their teeth! Flossing not only gets rid of food particles lodged between your teeth, but also removes plaque in areas that brushing alone can’t reach.
A build up of plaque creates acid in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, by eating away at the protective enamel. Adding flossing to your daily oral hygiene habit will help to keep your pearly-whites healthy, and will make your next visit to the dentist a happier one!
You don’t have to be a touchy-feely person to benefit from physical contact from another human being. Research has found that physical contact with another person can reduce cortisol levels and blood pressure, allowing for stress relief and feelings of calm and comfort.
Touch isn’t reserved for when you’re feeling stressed, but should be sought out every day! A simple handshake or a pat on the back can be good, but there’s nothing like a heartfelt hug! Seek out gentle affection from your partner, family or close friends, and communicate that you'd like a little more physical contact every day. You’ll find that most people are happy to oblige, as they benefit too!
Spend Time In Nature
Pull yourself out of your Netflix and Chill rut and take yourself outside! Indeed, spending time in nature has its many virtues, benefiting both physical and mental health. Plus, time spent in the sunshine offers the best source of immune-boosting vitamin D, which the body acquires through the sun's rays on your skin.
Spending twenty minutes outdoors is often adequate time for getting your daily dose of vitamin D. On busy days, go for a half-hour walk at lunch time, or take the dog to the park (he’ll love your for it). When you have more time on your hands, you can be more ambitious! Go for a hike, a bike ride, a day of fishing, or, if you’re really adventurous, take the family camping!
Move Your Body
You don’t have to be a exercise junkie to be physically active each day! What is important is that make a daily habit of getting your body moving, whether its doing a series of sun salutations in the morning, or going for an evening walk after work.
The great thing is that there so many options to choose from! If you don’t know how to get started, take a class at your local community center or YMCA. Whatever your level of fitness, you can always find something that suits your needs. Not only does being active help to improve your physical and mental health, it can also be fun, social and spark new interests!
The number one excuse people make for not taking adequate care of themselves is “I’m too busy!” Make yourself a priority by making time each day for something fun. It gives you something to look forward and feels like a reward after a hard day! It can be something simple, like playtime with the kids, going on a date, or calling a friend. Or, it could be more elaborate, such as learning a new skill or trying your hand at a creative hobby! The options are too numerous to count!