Happy Monday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I am feeling happy and productive on this sunny day. I love when my week starts off like this because it puts me in the mood to prepare for a good week. I love grabbing my multiple planners for all of my different businesses and planning my to-do list for the day. When it ends up looking pretty busy, I make sure I remember to sprinkle some mindfulness practices throughout my list so that I don’t forget to take care of myself. These rituals are just as important an item on my to-do list as anything else!
You guys know how important I think it is to prioritize self-care to live a healthy, balanced life. It’s not just about eating healthy and working out, it’s about checking in with your mental health and putting in the effort to nourish your mind and soul. I’ve compiled a list of 10 simple ways you can improve your mental wellbeing right now as well as throughout your day.
✦ Have your phone send you positive affirmations throughout the day. You can either write up your own personal faves and have them periodically notify you via the Reminders app or you can download an app that will do it for you – I recommend I Am. Positive affirmations help reframe your mindset and override those pesky negative thoughts that inevitably invade your mind.
✦ Take a few minutes every hour to stretch and release tension in your body. Staring down at your laptop or phone all day is taxing for your back and shoulders, so make sure you take the time to readjust and realign each hour.
✦ Drink a cup of water (8oz) every hour. It’s easy to forget to keep yourself hydrated. Make it a challenge to finish one glass of water every hour and before you even realize it, you’ll be reaching your water goals!
✦ Send a text to your parents or your best friend during your lunch hour. When you’re swamped with meetings and projects, take the time to text or call a loved one to brighten up both of your days!
✦ Set an alarm to remember to take your vitamins and/or medications. I have an alarm set on my phone to get up and take my meds and my vitamins at the same time everyday. Even if it’s a few seconds, it still counts as self-care. (If you haven’t already, read more about my Medication Journey!)
✦ Complete a ten minute meditation during your lunch hour. Lunchtime is my favorite time to meditate because it’s a chance to reset your attitude halfway through your day. Have a crazy morning? Your to-do list stressing you out? Zen out to a guided meditation and come back from your lunch break feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day!
✦ Put away your work items when you clock out for the day. Now that we work from home, make sure you take the time to separate your work hours from your off hours. I’m either set up at my dining room table or on my couch when I’m working, but once I clock out I put away my laptop and work supplies. Out of sight, out of mind!
✦ Set your phone to Do Not Disturb and put it away one hour before bedtime. We all know we’re addicted to our screens, which doesn’t really help us when getting ready for bed. I like to put my phone facedown on my bedside table so I don’t get distracted with any notifications and focus on unwinding.
✦ Check in on your plants. Spend a few minutes talking to each one, check their soil, and rotate them. This can take as little as a minute each day, but will ensure your home is thriving with life.
✦ Commit to reading for half an hour before bedtime. Do you have a stack of books on your TBR but can’t find the time during the day to get into your latest book? Keep your current book on your bedside table and use your screen-free time before bed to finally get into it.
When you remember to take care of yourself in the middle of a busy day, you are setting yourself up to be even more productive and successful. Neglecting your wellbeing will only come back to bite you in the you-know-what in the end, so add some of these tasks to your daily to-do list and be proud of yourself each time you can check one off.
Do you have any other mindfulness practices you include in your day? Let me know down in the comments so I can add them to my day, too! I hope you all have a great week.
Until next time,