Living with a super busy schedule while juggling a social life, health and family can take its toll. Adding emotional difficulties to the mix makes a recipe for disaster. Trying to keep up with everything in life can become a severe problem when you are not in the right head space. Your productivity, social life and everything else takes the burn if you keep grinding without knowing the direction.
Studies suggest that a healthy daily routine boosts productivity more than anything. Taking a few small steps every day can help you become the best version of yourself. You can prioritize your goals and work consistently to achieve them. We have curated a list of nine habits that you can incorporate in your daily routine to live a fuller life that helps you be the star you were born to be.
- The morning coffee
Your mood in the morning sets the pace for the entire day. If you feel energized and bright in the morning, you are more likely to accomplish all the tasks that you have for the day. Hitting the snooze button a constantly can leave you running late and feeling cranky. To ignore the snooze button and wake up on time, you need something to look forward to.
Whether it’s your morning coffee or dressing up or going to work, whatever suits you, you need a morning ritual to look forward to something. It will encourage you to wake up earlier and help you feel happier when leaving the warmth and comfort of your bed.
1. Plan ahead
Like we said earlier, grinding all the time without knowing the direction takes you nowhere. To achieve the goal, you need to have an idea. Planning can help you focus on the things that are important. Just like Warren Buffet’s 5/25 rule enables you to recognize the things that mean more to you.
Similarly, taking the time to reflect on your life and making vision boards or writing things down on paper can help you clear your mind. Planning is an exciting hobby that takes enough time for you to make decisions that make your life easier. From meal planning and preparations to outfit planning, marking things on the calendar and coordinating your days with events can help you relax. Make a plan for each day and live the day accordingly. You feel an immense sense of pride after following the daily program, and it’ll boost your mood on the days when you feel down.
Meditating on a daily basis for as little as five minutes can have a very positive impact on your day. Not only will you feel grounded and content but you will also develop the ability t remain calm in the moments that are bound to pull you down.
Meditation releases stress and induces calm. It improves your focus and also boosts your memory. Taking out five to minutes for reflection each day will help align your soul with the passion that drives you.
3. Say no to unhealthy food
The food you consume reflects in your lifestyle. Consuming foods high in sugar, saturated fats, cholesterol, and obesity-inducing can harm your brain in more ways than one. They leave you feeling tired and bloated. Regularly eating French fries will lead to your mind turning into a fried potato.
Lack of essential vitamins and minerals causes brain damage and is a leading cause of mixed dementia, hormonal imbalance and also a wide variety of diseases. Try to eat one healthy meal at least, each day and avoid the unhealthy food one thing at a time. You will soon get used to making healthier choices.
Another important aspect of living healthy and happy is regular exercise. It keeps you fit and active. Exercise releases oxytocin in your body which is essential for regulating your moods and keeping you motivated. Doctors suggest working out for 30 minutes thrice a week to remain fit and active. If you cannot work out every day, you should take a 10-minute walk.
Feeling the satisfaction from a good workout adds meaning and joy to your life. It pushes you to try harder in other corners of your life.
Not drinking enough water can be a severe problem for all of us. It can lead to depressive feelings, fake hunger pangs and also nerve damage. Persistent dehydration can create behavioral patterns that hint towards early signs of dementia.
Make it easier for you to remember hydration, by setting reminders on your phone to drink water every 90 minutes. Drinking two glasses of water as soon as you wake up can lead to purer thoughts and a boosted metabolism for the rest of the day.
Fostering your relationships is an essential part of living a fuller, meaningful life. Our near and dear ones are a source of joy and inspiration. Spending some time with people you care for releases the happy hormones which regulate your mood and energy.
take some time off your screens and have casual conversations. Spend some time with family/friends and let them know what they mean to you.
7. Me time
Everyone needs a little me-time to themselves. A few minutes reflecting on your life, following your deepest passions and fulfilling a dream that you’ve always had. Whether it’s reading, painting, writing or even caring for pets. Take some time to yourself and bask in your company. Ask yourself profound questions that help you define your life.
8. Unwinding pattern
After an entire day of work, family interactions, doing the things you like, not being able to sleep is the last thing you would ever want. An easy way to make your body automatically prepare for sleep is to have an unwinding pattern. A set of habits that helps you relax and ready for bed.
Washing your face, brushing and flossing teeth and combing hair are a few examples. You can also have a cup of warm milk or a glass of water. Read a few pages or plan your next day. Anything that you feel comfortable to do before falling asleep. Remember to sleep for 7-9 hours for ideal health and mood for the next day.
Living a fuller, more meaningful life is something all of us want. Busy lifestyles almost always take away the essence of living from our daily life. But the meaning is not out of reach. Tiny practices repeated every day can help you find everything that you want from your life. Keep at it, and you’re good to go!
ABOUT Alycia Gordan
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia