"The power is in your hands to make today amazing."
We all have the ability to turn any day into an amazing one by making small changes to our daily routine. Here are our 10 easy tips on how to do just that.
1. Create a Morning Routine
Our morning routine - the series of activities we do after getting out of bed in the morning - can play a significant role in setting the tone for the rest of our day. If we have a calm and relaxing start in the morning, then that is likely how our day will unfold. Likewise for if we have a hectic start to our day. What's great about this tip is that we can fill our routine with whichever activities we feel are the most meaningful to us. Here are some ideas:
Enjoy a warm beverage
Read a few pages of a book
Go for a light walk
Try some light stretching or yoga
Do some breathing exercises
Make and enjoy a wholesome breakfast
Play some enjoyable music
Feel free to pick and choose a few activities from this article to create your morning routine.
For our PUL Healthy Morning Checklist, click here!
2. Pick up Journaling
Pouring down our stream of consciousness by writing words on paper can have several benefits:
Reduces stress: by letting go of our thoughts and allowing them to spill onto the page
Clarifies our thoughts & feelings: through self-reflection
Directs our focus: to the present moment
Did you know?
Doodling and colouring require the same focus and presence that's involved with writing.
If writing isn't for you, go ahead and get artsy!
3. Focus on Connection
Especially when we feel overwhelmed, we can become so wrapped up in our own to-dos or concerns that we forget to stay connected to our surroundings. We withdraw from other people, from nature, from things outside of our own little "bubble".
When we begin to pay attention to our surroundings, we might notice that there’s a lot going on in our world that is worth noticing and appreciating. A stranger holding the door open for us. The smell of the air after a fresh rainfall. A friend sending a message to connect. Birds chirping outside the window.
We're social beings, and feeling connected - to other people, to animals, and to nature - is critical to our happiness.
4. Practice Gratitude
Writing down a list of gratitudes changes something in us. Taking a couple minutes each day to appreciate the little things can go a long way in helping to boost our mood.
When we know we have to write down three things we're grateful for each day, we start actively looking for things to be grateful for, and in that search we find more than we intended. That's the beauty of this practice.
So here's a little PDF to get you started:
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Tip: when coming up with your gratitudes, you could say them out loud to yourself or leave a section in your journal to write them down. Experiement with both and see what works best!
This might feel strange or uncomfortable at first, but meditating is a great way to help us become more mindful and aware of the present moment. It can be as short or long as you'd like, and often times, just 5 minutes a day can go a long way.
New to meditating? Start by trying the 5 Senses Mindfulness exercise:
Take a deep breath, and simply notice:
5 things that you can see
4 things that you can feel
3 things that you can hear
2 things that you can smell
1 thing that you can taste
Remember, the key is to observe and acknowledge.
Want to learn more? We have a 3-part guided meditation series on YouTube:
6. Engage in Exercise
This one is no surprise. Physical activity stimulates our brain to release certain chemicals, helping us feel more relaxed and at ease. If intense workouts aren't your thing, a 10-minute walk in the park or light exercise, such as yoga or stretching, will do the trick.
7. Single-Task Instead of Multitask
Focusing on one task at a time can help us to:
Increase productivity: by eliminating the frequent starting and stopping of tasks
Reduce stress: from the increased productivity!
Build self-discipline: as we often naturally feel inclined to multitask, especially when we feel overwhelmed or have a lot on our plate to get done
Practice mindfulness: single tasks help to keep us present
8. Try (or Learn) Something New
Did you know that many of our greatest moments in life are linked to a new experience of some sort? Trying something new can be exciting, and it gives us the opportunity to solely focus on ourselves and what we’re experiencing in the present moment. Pottery, photography, rock-climbing, dance... we humans are born to be curious!
Tip: Podcasts & audiobooks can be a great way to find a new topic, idea, or perspective to explore.
You can find some of our favourite books here.
9. Spend Time with Loved Ones
Whether it be watching a movie or sharing a meal together, spending time to reconnect with those who we love and care about can have several benefits:
Strengthens relationships: by engaging in face-to-face interaction
Increases sense of mutual need: sharing our love with others and feeling loved in return
Reduces stress: by sharing smiles and memories
10. Schedule Some Me-Time!
After making time for family and friends, let’s not forget about ourselves! This could be anything that we do to help us unwind and feel refreshed after a long day - a bubble bath, a cup of tea, a hobby, or playing some music.
Modify these tips & incorporate them however you'd like. We hope that you were able to find a few to try, and wishing you have an amazing day!
Want To Learn More?
Read our previous article - A Guide to Sugars » tips to reducing added sugars
What About You?
What do you do to have an amazing day? Let us know in the comments below or share with us on Instagram using #pickuplimes.
❤ Written by: Alyssa (Dietetics Student) & Sadia