9 Self-Care Habits for Living Your Best Life Every Day

The world can be an anxiety inducing place and sometimes life can be a bit overwhelming. It is important to take care of your well-being and not get tangled in the day- to- day stress. There are small things and habits we can all do to make sure we’re living our best lives. Here’s a list of some of our suggestions for reducing stress. Incorporating just one may be the ticket to better living.

1. Daily Positive Affirmations

It can be easy to spiral into negative thoughts or not think so highly of ourselves from time to time. Write down things about yourself that you like, or if that’s not your style, try writing down a motivational quote that inspires you or a list of things that you are grateful for. Keep that list somewhere you will always be able to find it, like on a bedside table. It can be little things like your favorite coffee mug or the name of someone important to you. Start each day by looking yourself in the mirror and reading what you have written down. At first, it may feel a little silly, but the more you practice and say the words out loud, you’ll start feeling better about the day ahead.

2. Drink More Water

Such a simple habit, right? But how many of us really drink 8 glasses of water a day? A great way to get in the habit of drinking more water is having a re-usable water bottle that you fill up at night and have ready in the morning. Dehydration can lead to exhaustion, headaches, and irritability. Coffee and tea not only contain caffeine which can make you more anxious, but they can also dehydrate you. Enjoy the coffee and tea, but don’t forget to have water on its own to maintain a healthy balance.

3. Turn Off the Social Media

That’s easier said than done as social media has become such a huge part of our everyday lives. But sometimes, it’s okay to quiet the mind and not have a constant feed of news, cat memes, honeymoon photos, photos of a co-workers dinner, or your frenemy from high school’s rants about why they are upset about mundane things. Take a weekend off of all your social media platforms and see how you feel after. If a weekend seems too long, try unplugging for just an hour.

4. Bed Time Reading

It can be hard to quiet our minds at bedtime. Bringing a laptop, phone, or TV screen into our nightly bedtime routines can make falling asleep even more difficult. When settled in bed, have a book you’ve been meaning to read beside you. It can be anything from a memoir, a mystery, even a collection of your favorite comic strips, as long as it requires you to focus in a quiet environment. However, if you’re reading a thriller you just can’t put down, at least you’ll feel ready to have some action packed dreams once you get some shut eye!

5. Take a Walk

Exercise has been proven to lift one’s mood by releasing endorphins in the brain after a workout, but not all of us are excited by the idea of hitting the gym or maybe don’t have the time. That’s okay! Going for a walk every day for half an hour can help prevent heart disease, increase lung volume, improves digestion, and can change your mood for the better. If thirty minutes seems like time you don’t have, try to carve out ten minutes after dinner or during a lunch break. You can walk alone and listen to some music, or ask a friend to join you, at least 3-5 times a week at whatever pace you like. Every little step will help you feel better and better.

6. Happiness file

If your place of work requires you use a computer, and you sometimes dread booting it up, have a folder on your desktop labeled Happiness or Good Stuff. Fill it with photos and files of things that make you smile. A photo of a loved one, compliments you’ve received, an itinerary of a trip you’d like to take, things that you can easily click on and look at when you need a pick me up. If you don’t use a computer, keep a small notebook in your pocket full of lists of things that make you happy or have photos of your favorite people/things in your wallet.

7. Start Your Day with A Song

When you start your day off on a positive note, the rest of the day feels like it’s filled with music. Think about when your favorite song comes on the radio or how a song playing from a nearby car can bring back memories to a place and time. Put on a favorite playlist, album, or turn the radio to your favorite station and dance a little while getting ready to go out or stay in and get stuff done. Think about who some of your favorite artists are or which album really makes you smile and jam to your heart’s content. Warning: side effects may include dancing like no one is watching.

8. Meal Prep

Planning ahead when you’re full can help cut down on grabbing for less healthy options when you get hungry. Maybe preparing a full week of meals on a Sunday seems like a huge challenge, but start small. Set aside 15 minutes for cutting up some fruits and veggies twice a week. Stock up on nuts which are high in protein and store easily. Have these items at the ready when you’d like a snack.

9. Bath Time

Take some time for you by soaking in a tub or taking a shower to invigorate your senses. If you don’t have much time to spend in a bathroom, try to add one thing to your already busy grooming routine. It can be applying moisturizer to your face or taking a few extra moments to brush your hair.

This was just a small list of things we can all do to help alleviate stress. What are some things you do to decompress? Let us know in the comment section below and we hope these small habits lead to big results for you and your loved ones.

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