New Habits to Start Taking Up Today
As humans, we’re always naturally looking for ways to better ourselves and improve our day to day life. Juggling a job, social life, hobbies, family etc can take up most of your time, meaning you often forget to take care of yourself. If you’re struggling to find the time, or not sure where to start, here are a few little things you can start doing today to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Clean your phone screen
It has been suggested by some that mobile phones can be dirtier than an average toilet seat. Yet most of us only ever give it a courtesy wipe down every now and then. Try to get into the habit of cleaning it once a week with a suitable cleaner or more often if you’re sick or work with the public.
Put your spare change in a pot
Nobody likes to be weighed down with coins, so why not get into a habit of depositing your change into a pot. This can then be a rainy day fund, deposited into a savings account or putting it towards debt repayments – every little helps.
Take some you time
Self-care is very important, so make sure you take at least 30 minutes a day to relax and reflect on your day. Download a breathing app such as Calm or if you have a fancy smartwatch make use of the relax function to get in some good deep breathing.
The 2-minute rule
If something will take two minutes or less to do, don’t put it off. Whether it’s making the bed, putting the washing up away or tidying the living room. Little tasks build up to bigger challenges so tackling them right away can help keep your home and your mind a little tidier.
Make a list of all the things that you’ve been meaning to get done, whether it’s little things such as putting a cheque in the bank or larger tasks such as defrosting the freezer. Being able to cross things off your list is satisfying and makes you feel like you’ve got your life together.
Get some fresh air
Due to the short days in winter, it’s easy for those who work indoors to suffer from seasonal depression. If you’re able too, taking a short walk outside in your lunch break will do wonders for your brain and help wake you up if you’re feeling a bit sluggish.
Keep a notepad by your bed
If you often find it your brain racing at night, making it difficult to fall or stay asleep, try keeping a notepad by your bed. Writing things down not only ensures you don’t forget but also acts as a release from your brain, meaning you should be able to drift off to sleep a little easier.
So many of us spend our time multi-tasking; watching TV while eating dinner or browsing Social Media while catching up with friends. Taking time to focus on just one thing at a time will help you to be a little more productive and often results in feeling happier.
Give yourself some unplugged time.
Smartphones are an important part of most of our lives, but sometimes it’s good to detach from them. Try charging your phone in a different room or simply switching it off for an hour or two can work wonders. Read our smartphone detox blog for more ideas on how to unplug.
Embrace the tactics of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help manage any anxiety or negativity in your life. There are hundreds of books, articles and courses available to help you learn these simple yet life-changing techniques.
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