I thought it'd be nice to a do 'Mindful Monday' series over on the blog. Starting with five daily habits for a healthy mind. I see a lot of articles online that give you 20+ things to do which I think is impossible. I don't know anyone who can suddenly implement over twenty new things into their day at once. So, whilst these are daily habits, try starting with one a day and then you will find yourself wanting to do them more and more until eventually you'll be doing them all at once!
Let's get started!
Don't scroll as soon as you wake up.
When you wake up try showering and getting ready for your day straight away. By doing this before you start your morning scroll not only will you feel better, but you'll also have more time int he mornings!
Whether it’s a walk, an online workout, or a run around the block, getting out and getting some fresh air can really improve you day. I like to do my exercise first thing in the morning, it helps with the previous point, and I also feel like I've achieved something with my day.
Eat less sugar
There are scientific links between gut health and mental health, everyone likes a bar of chocolate from time to time but too much does more damage than you most think!
Get more sleep
You might not actually need any more sleep - most adults need between 7 and 8 hours a night but the key here is the quality of your sleep. If you find yourself waking up throughout the night or tossing and turning when you get into bed, try a few simple swaps:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day - even on the weekend.
- Switch off an hour before bed, no phone and try for no TV (I say try because that’s the most difficult) I read a book or listen to a podcast, although nothing work related right before bed!
- Right down your sleep pattern and how rested you feel as soon as you wake up, by the end of the week you'll start to see a pattern.
This might sound like a strange one but there have been studies that suggest smiling can make you feel happier, it's not just a reaction!
I hope this helps with those little habits; some will take longer than others to become a part of your daily routine, but they will eventually!