5 Daily Sanity Savers
Quarantine or not, these are five things I try to do / focus on daily that really give my sanity and outlook an optimistic boost! I think it's important to add elements of routine to each day, even if things look different on a day to day basis. Having a few things to count on keeps me steady and grounded. Give one or all five of these things a try, and tell me if they worked for you, too!
[ Coffee + Water] PART ONE - COFFEE: For me, it's coffee every single morning. I may not always finish a full cup (even drinking it out of my favorite Yeti mug, it still sometimes gets cold before I can finish it...#momlife) but I always start one. Having a hot drink in my hand to start my day (every season of the year) gives me something to look forward to, and the caffeine helps to focus my mind for all the things that my day will bring. I try to really focus on enjoying each sip as much as possible...savoring the flavor as well as any moments of quiet I get while drinking it! If you're not a coffee drinker, try tea or even a glass of water! PART TWO - WATER: Drinking enough water each day seems like a no-brainer, right? But how often do you go through your busy day only to find yourself super thirsty with dark yellow pee? Being dehydrated affects both our bodies and our minds. We all know that lethargic feeling that comes from not having drunk enough water, and it becomes especially apparent when we exercise! The recommendation for water intake is 1/2 of your weight in ounces. So get drinking, dudes. I promise, you'll feel better!
[ Read Something Interesting ] Whether it ends up being a few pages or chapters from a book I'm working on, or a quick article or two on the internet (or in a magazine or newspaper), I make a point each day to try to read something that sparks my interest and gets me thinking / feeling something fresh. I'm a voracious reader and always have been. Reading helps to connect me with the world around me, and I love the feeling of walking away from having just read something inspiring, and applying that feeling to my day moving forward.
[ Say a Little Prayer] My faith is an important part of my life, and I don't let a day go by without saying 'hey' to the big man upstairs. Staying connected to God keeps me on track, helps me to maintain my peace and joy, and gives me renewed purpose and passion. Taking a few quiet moments each day to pray, share my hopes and fears with God, and listen to his answers changes everything for me. It reminds me of what's important and what's not, and helps me to prioritize my time and energy effectively. If you don't share my faith, this might look to you like a quiet meditation or saying a meaningful mantra. Take a few moments each day to quiet your environment, still your mind, and refocus your thoughts.
[ Move Your Body ] Best case scenario, I love when I can get in a 30 - 60 minute workout 3 - 5 days a week. Sweating, getting my heart rate up, and getting those endorphins flowing does wonders for my mental, physical, and emotional health. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, the hormonal boost that exercise gives me, and the clarity of mind that it induces, are serious sanity savers. At the very least, I like to take a walk, lift something, stretch a little, do a few squats, or even sprint up the stairs from the basement. (You LOL'd at that last one, didn't you?) Doing something that causes my muscles to burn and my heart rate to rise helps me to remember that physical movement is imperative for my well-being. And that exercise "high" is gold.
[ Talk With Someone You Love ] So. Important. If you live with people you love, this is insanely easy. But maybe you live alone and don't have a loved one in your immediate space. Call someone! Text someone! FaceTime someone! I've found over the years that if I spend at least a few minutes on a daily basis talking with someone I care about, it improves my mood drastically. There's something special and transformative about being grounded by a relationship you hold dear. Accountability (even just a simple "hello, we're both still breathing") can be life-changing. So pick up the phone or pay a visit. And if possible, get or give a hug! Human connection is sacred and absolutely necessary. Being intentional about it every single day will brighten your life.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to have a stellar day today, tomorrow, and every day after! Life is all about the little moments. So, soak up each one and pay attention to how being grateful and present truly changes the game.
Lots of Love,
Your Currently Sane Pal