You can feel better right now with these simple and easy steps. Remember that even the smallest action makes a difference because an object in motion stays in motion.
It is so easy to get bogged down with life. Constant challenges, time constraints, routines, and work can create a downward spiral that seems to suck us in.
We wake up tired, push ourselves through the day, struggle through our responsibilities, and end up right back in the same place.
And it can be really hard to break the cycle, and see the light through the monotonous negativity. Day after day you do what you have to in order to keep your life and your family running and in return you start to sacrifice your happiness and fulfillment.
So here are 5 easy and quick things you can do to make yourself feel better right now! And if you start to incorporate these tips into your day you will start to feel better every day. You can have a better day and it can start right now.
Wake up your house or environment
I used to be so guilty of this. I would get up and immediately start working or doing things. And by midday I was in a dark space without any light, feeling down and tired. Well, this is an easy fix.
Wake up your space! The first thing I do when I wake up, come home, get to the office, or walk in a room, I open the blinds and turn on the lights. Bring as much natural light into the space as you can and supplement with artificial light as necessary.
Having a brightly lit space wakes you up and increases the energy of your environment. You’ll be surprised how much of a pick me up a little extra light really can be. Start to make this a habit whenever you enter a space, brighten it up and its awake.
Make your bed
It takes 30-45 seconds to make your bed. Even if you have one of those huge Cal King beds, with the 15 throw pillows, it only takes a minute to make your bed. I think this is the single highest ROI activity on this list. For putting in one minute of work, your space can be literally transformed. By having a neatly made bed, your space is now cleaner and more streamlined, which we know improves brain activity and makes us less stressed.
Also, these simple chores can really create a snowball affect through out your day. By checking these small tasks off your list, you have more excitement to continue that feeling and keep the ball rolling. Remember, an object in motion will stay in motion. Get that motion started off right when you get out of bed.
Drink some water
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can probably make this one happen right now. Get some water in. Water is literally the elixir of life. It improves your physical health and your mental health. Odds are you are dehydrated, unless you make an active attempt to drink “enough water,” you probably aren’t.
Drinking water can lower your hunger, improve your mental clarity, prevent or eliminate headaches, improve your digestion, and so many other benefits. Check out our post on drinking more water here.
Get up and walk or stretch
This is also something you can do right now! Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing. Stand up, walk around, stretch your legs, and move your body to the best of your ability. Any amount of movement is going to improve your mood and well being almost instantly. It gets your blood flowing, your digestion moving, and your brain buzzing. Just remember, any time you’re down, movement is the best place to start.
Our bodies were made to move, and we use them so little. Make sure to give your physical body what it needs, activity. It doesn’t have to be intense or strenuous, even walking at a gentle pace will make your body happy.
Think of 3 things you’re grateful for
If you haven’t practiced gratitude before, this may seem dumb or obvious. The first things that pop into your head are probably superficial things like your car or your iPhone.
But as you start to really think about things in your life that make you grateful. You’ll notice, things get deeper, maybe its your coworker who grabbed that coffee for you this morning, or your car because it never gives you any trouble.
By thinking of three things you’re grateful for, you’ll stop focusing on the things you don’t have, or the things you need. Focus your energy on what you have and feel deep into that gratitude.
We know that we are magnets and will attract the things we are. If we radiate gratitude, we will pull things to be grateful for to us.