WAYS TO SUCCESSFULLY CULTIVATE HEALTHY DAILY HABITS
Juggling the duties of daily adult life — whether it be a high-stress job, children, or full course load — is easier said than done. Which is why it is so important to maintain your mental and physical health by creating daily habits. Taking a few minutes out of your day to focus on yourself and your needs encourages mindfulness and grounding — two things we need to handle the toxicity of stress. Here are a few of our suggestions to successfully implement new habits into your daily routine, but just remember there is more than one right way to do this!
CREATE A NIGHT ROUTINE
Your night routine is just as important as your morning routine. Staying up late to work, binge-watch television, or drink alcohol disturbs your quality of sleep and your energy levels the next day. When you take a few hours to detox from screens and other distractions before bed, you will start to feel less groggy each morning.
TIDY YOUR SPACE
Being surrounded by unnecessary clutter can feed and even create anxiety. Keeping your space tidy, a habit in and of itself, can help you feel relaxed even when there are a million fires to put out. The secret to maintaining order is not to let things pile up. Take a few minutes here and there to tidy your messes throughout the day.
Whether you prefer to keep a gratitude journal, planner, or personal diary, keeping track of your journey is important. There are tons of apps that track your weekly goals so you can visually see your progress. Every month or two, you can flip or scroll through your notes to see what you have achieved. Just remember to set your own pace.
ENGAGE YOUR MIND AND BODY
Don't think of habits as punishments but rather rituals that excite you and call forth your best self. Waking up early so you can work out or make breakfast fills your body with energy for the day. Cleaning the kitchen the night before saves you time each morning. All of these things engage your mind and body by signalling that you are ready to either start or end the day.
RESIST THE LURE OF TECHNOLOGY
Do you immediately reach for your phone when you wake up? You don't have to be an expert at Google to know that technology is designed to hijack your mind with a list of notifications, emails, calendar reminders, voicemails etc. Resist the lure of technology by turning off your notifications and changing the settings to ‘Do Not Disturb’; reading a book or newspaper during your work break; or leaving the television off for the night. Sometimes we need to spend fifteen minutes scrolling through Instagram but sometimes we also need to shut off the noise and give our brain a second to catch up.