Our day-to-day lives are often extremely busy and easy to get stuck in a rut, following the same hectic routine every day. This is especially true for women, who are usually responsible for juggling, not just a career, but also home and family obligations.
A fast-paced daily schedule can have many negative consequences for our stress levels, happiness, health, and wellbeing,
Luckily, you don’t need to devote a lot of time each day in order to improve your life. Small actions add up and can make a real difference in how you feel. All you need to do is snatch a few moments here and there, and try whichever of these practical tips appeal to you the most.
1. Take Five Holidays Every Day
Anything that takes you from your current setting (your work desk, household chores etc.), even for just 5 minutes, will rejuvenate and refresh you, leaving you more clear-headed, energetic, productive, and positive. Aim to take 5-minute breaks at least 5 times a day to recharge. Go and make a cup of tea. Have a snack if you’re hungry. Check the plants in your garden.
2. Clear Away The Mental Clutter
We all suffer from racing thoughts, mental to-do lists, and worries. Writing about things that are bothering you can help stop “mental clutter”. Putting pen to paper puts your problems into perspective. It also makes you feel calmer about any tasks that you need to do and feel more in control too.
A cluttered mind is often a stressed mind. So spend a few minutes every day writing down your plans, to-do list or your feelings. It will help you feel far more organized and efficient.
3. Take a Dip
Water has been proven for hundreds of years to have a calming and relaxing effect. Whenever you feel stressed, run water over your hands, have a quick shower, or a bath.
If you prefer, look at images of water beautiful blue seas or lakes and imagine yourself in the scene. Soothing pictures calms the mind, body, and can have a meditative effect.
4. Take A Walk
Taking a walk is not only great exercise but it also reconnects you to nature and your neighborhood, getting you out in the fresh air. All it takes is 5 minutes.
5. Switch On Some Music
Soothing background music can be wonderful when you are working or doing chores, as well as a great tool for helping you relax. Alternatively, you can choose an upbeat tune and dance around your home.
A few minutes daydreaming every day about something pleasant takes your mind off the stresses of the present moment and carries you off to other experiences. It is an effective way to rest and refresh your mind. A daydream is pretty much like a mental holiday and is great when you feel under pressure.
7. Read Something Inspirational
Reading something that is inspiring to you is a great way to start your day and help you refocus. It could be uplifting poetry, inspirational quotes or affirmations. Read anything that makes you feel enlivened and inspired. This is far better than starting your day by reading the doom and gloom reported in the daily news.
8. Love Your Pets Or Other People’s Pets
Pets are great. They are wonderful for our health and happiness, giving us lots of unconditional love and companionship. If you don’t have your own pet, offer to take a friend’s dog for a walk every now and then.
Many people love to watch online videos of cute cats and dogs to get their feel-good fix. Scientific research has proved that watching cat videos can make you happier and more productive afterward.
9. Breathe Properly
All too often we breathe to shallowly. This isn’t great for our health or mood, as it makes us feel tired and lethargic. Try to breathe more deeply, ensuring that your belly and your shoulders rise. It is not only relaxing but a great way to feel refreshed. Be careful to not breathe too deeply as this can make you dizzy.
10. Get Ready For Some Shut-Eye
Start to prepare for bed an hour or two before your set bedtime, so you can wind down and relax. Take a bath or drink herbal tea, turn off the television and computer, put down your mobile phone, and pick up a great novel instead. A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to live a happier life.
11. Have A Laugh
We all know the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”. Laughter releases stress hormones and enhances our sense of well being, making it great for our mind and body. Gather together a collection of your favorite comedy shows and moments, instead of watching the evening news, watch a funny show.
12. Light Up Your Space
Lighting candles is a great way to create a relaxing ambiance. This kind of soft lighting is very cozy and if you use aromatherapy or scented candles you can enhance the feeling of relaxation.
13. Stretch Yourself
Exercise is great for us but sometimes it is hard to find the time. If you are strapped for time and feel stressed, don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t exercise at that moment.
Instead, spend 5 minutes stretching your limbs. Lift up your arms and stretch out your legs and do some neck rolls. All of this can be done whilst still seated at your work desk. Stretching really helps to soothe sore, stiff muscles, and joints.
As you can see, it does not take a lot of time out of your daily routine to improve your life. And remember, prioritizing your wellbeing is always time well spent.