𝟷. 𝘌𝘹𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺
Exercise is so important for not only our physical health, and weight loss goals, but for our mental health as well. Research has shown that exercise has a positive impact on your mood and can help decrease anxiety and depression. It will also increase your energy level and help you to stay fit and healthy.
𝟸. 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥/𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳
When you wake up in the morning it is important to set aside some time to be self-aware and center yourself, connect with your higher power, ground yourself, and this will help you to be more successful and productive by starting with a positive mindset and outlook for the day ahead.
𝟹. 𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘢 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭
Journaling is a very powerful tool. Sometimes it is hard for us to truly connect with what we are thinking and feeling, we need this daily time spent in self-reflection. This also helps us to take an inventory of the day. I recommend incorporating this sometime in the evening before bed. This will help us to get in touch with our true selves.
𝟺. 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬
When is the last time that you read a book? Did you finish it? We should constantly be striving to gain more knowledge and work towards self-care and self-improvement. We are never too old to learn and enrich our minds, we should embrace the idea of becoming lifelong learners. This will help us on our path of becoming our ideal selves.
𝟻. 𝘙𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥
Have you been so busy that you have been neglecting some of your friendships? Take the time to pick up the phone and call a friend, video chat with them if they are long distance, and if they are local schedule a time in the coming week to meet for coffee or join in a fun activity. We find joy and happiness in connecting with others.
𝟼. 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺
Get off your phone, tablet, computer, and especially social media. We can distract ourselves with this and at times get sucked into unnecessary drama or political conflict. Before you know it, you look up and you have been sitting on your phone for an hour, not realizing how much time was spent, let’s get real here, time wasted, when it could have been spent doing something else more valuable. Connect with your spouse, significant other, children, family, friends. Get outside more, enjoy the beauty of nature.
𝟽. 𝘎𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘥𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴
What are you saying to yourself when you wake up? When you walk into the bathroom in the morning, and you see yourself in the mirror for the first time? Tell yourself: I am worthy, I am lovable, I am beautiful, I am going to have a great day today no matter what! Pick three positive things to say to yourself each day, repeat it, absorb it, and you will believe it.
𝟾. 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘧
Set boundaries, my friends. When you have a day off from work, really have a day off from work. This is vital for your mental, emotional, and physical health, this will assist in your self-care and prevent burnout or compassion fatigue. You will also become more productive on your days that you work because you will feel more refreshed and revitalized after truly taking a break.
𝟿. 𝘔𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱
Plan ahead, prep your food, take one or two days a week when you cook a bunch of food. Make it fun for the family, work together as a team, enlist the kids to help cook, measure, etc. These things should include lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. Get them ready in Tupperware so you can grab a few meals to take with you on the go, so you aren’t tempted to swing through that fast food drive through for lunch or right after work.
𝟷𝟶. 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱
Our bodies need enough sleep. We need sleep for rest and repair. We need sleep to assist with our mood and brain function. Set yourself a bedtime, aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep, and stick to it. Turn off the TV and put down your phone so you can be rested and feel well physically, mentally, and emotionally the next day.