Sometimes our day to day lives get so hectic that our bodies and minds shut down on themselves. It is possible to feel groggy and tired, or even just not like yourself. These steps will help you regain your mindset and make you happier- which will make you feel prepared and on top of the world every day.
1. Wake up early.
This is hard for everyone, but studies show that people are happier and more productive between the hours of 5 a.m. and noon.Waking up early means falling out of bed, wandering around like a zombie until that third cup of coffee, and then taking a mid-morning nap just to feel semi-okay. Not anymore! To effectively wake up early, you’ll have to reset your sleep schedule, develop effective waking-up-early habits, and become more of a morning person than you currently are.
If you’re normally sleeping till 9, going cold turkey and aiming for 6:30 just isn’t going to happen. Well, it could happen once, but then you spend the entire day drinking coffee and regretting your life decisions. For the next day, set it for 8:45. The next day? 8:30. And even when you hit that glorious Saturday, chuck off 15 minutes until you hit your goal wake-up time.
Note* I name it *EarlyYou -Author>CG*-
2. Plan out your schedule/make lists. TO DO !!
Planning out your schedule whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly will help you feel more prepared and on top of your day-to-day life. Making a list of all of the things that you want to get done in a day will be sure to help you feel more accomplished when you hit the pillow at night knowing that you completed each task.Making your to do list for the day is the best way to achieve your daily goals.Put some of your Favs playlist, and grab your scrapbook, net,note or whatever you use to start writing your to-day actions.
Note* I name it *TuddyYou-Author>CG*-
3. Get into a routine.
Getting into a routine will help ensure that you complete all of your tasks for the day, so you may even have some free time to do other things that you enjoy. Successful people are sticklers for routines, but why is that? Routine provides a sense of structure and familiarity. Structure is a way of organizing your life so that it makes sense to you. You wake up with a sense of ownership, order, and organization of your life. One of the more convenient reasons why structure is important is because it negates the need to regularly schedule your days ahead of time. You already know what you are doing each and every day. Once you are finished with a task, you already know what is next on your schedule. This structure provides direction in your life, enabling you to act instead of standing still because of a lack of direction or decision paralysis (not doing anything because you don’t know what to do).
Note* I name it *Uttiny4EverYou -Author>CG*-
4. Read a good book.
Reading a book can be a double whammy because, while it keeps the mind sharp,your vocabulary updated, it also relaxes you. Therefore, instead of watching one more episode of “Game of Thrones 7” (I know, I know — it’s so hard), put down your phone or laptop and get lost in a good book. You’ll relieve the stress of your day, and you’re sure to get a better quality sleep, too.
Note* I name it *BookieYou -Author>CG*-
This can be running, walking your dog, dancing around your room, or really anything that gets your heart pumping. Exercising releases endorphin in the brain which are natural “happy boosters.” Just get up and get moving!
We are creatures of habits. And Benjamin once said that “your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” Actively and consciously building a daily excercise workout for yourself instills plenty of good habits. When we consciously decide what we want to do with every day of our lives, we generally want to do what makes us happy or what gives us the most utility. As such, we build tons of good habits along the way by actively participating in our daily lives.
Note* I name it *FittifyYou -Author>CG*-
6. Eating healthy.
Junk food may taste good, but in the long run it will make you feel groggy and tired. Try substituting an apple or banana instead of a bag of chips, and make sure you’re getting plenty of protein in your diet to keep you full and focused. Yes, when establishing a routine, you do have to will and motivate yourself to get stick the the routine. But once the routine is set, it is on autopilot and the need for constant willpower and motivation is no longer necessary. After all, it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and lots of other things you’d rather avoid. The good news is, eating right doesn’t have to be hard or require you to give up things you love. It’s all about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern.
There are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier: fruits & vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish (preferably oily fish with lots of omega-3 fatty acids),plan-based alternatives, low-fat & fat-free dairy products, non-tropical oils.LIMIT sweets, added sugars, especially sugary drinks, sodium, salt, saturated fat or processed meats.In fact do not eat meat!If you do, try to select leaner cuts. And to conclude AVOID trans fat & partially hydrogenated oils!!!.
Ingredients and nutrient content can vary a lot.Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.To maintain a healthy weight, eat only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, take in fewer calories or burn more calories.Often this is less than you are served, especially when eating out.Don’t dismiss entire food groups. Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs. You’ll have more control over ingredients and preparation methods.Start identifying foods that can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern.
Note* I name it *GreenifyYou -Author>CG*-
7. Drink more water.
Not drinking enough water can make you feel tired and bloated throughout your busy day. Start your day by drinking an ice-cold glass of water right when you wake up to boost your metabolism and keep you focused, and set a goal to drink at least eight cups of water per day. Trust me; your body will thank you.Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day.Fluid losses occur continuously, from evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health.Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. WATER IS LIFE!!! Remember!! Please avoid plastic bottles!! Start living green.
Note* I name it *LovyfyYou -Author>CG*-
8. Smile more.
Now this is as true as it is strange. Smiling actually makes you, the person smiling, happier regardless of the situation. Normally we are hardwired to smile only during pleasant situations. The brain in turn releases endorphins which lowers stress and improves your overall mood, hence making the situation pleasant. I’m not saying to walk around smiling like a fake joker 24/7, but laughing and smiling more is known to make you feel happier.
A smile is one of the most simple, inexpensive and wonderful things in the world. Still, often we forget about this one powerful action!
You actually use less muscles while smiling than while frowning or making an angry face. Well, that’s probably what you have heard at least. But still, if you start smiling more your smiling muscles will soon become stronger than your frowning muscles. And it will become easier and easier to smile than doing the opposite.
Note* I name it *LmaoYou -Author>CG*-
9. Focus on educating yourself!
If you’re a college student, this is a big one. Studying for hours on end can be exhausting, but nothing feels better than seeing that you’ve earned a good grade on a test. The time you spend studying instead of going to a party or hanging out with a friend may feel awful at the time, but it will pay off in the long run.
Life is a never ending learning process. Learning in life should not be limited to within the realms of your school boundaries. It should extend beyond as it is a beautiful enriching experience which widens the horizons of your mind and enhances your thinking capabilities.
One must always keep the path open for new experiences. Always be willing to learn new things, discover the unfamiliar and venture into terrains that previously looked difficult or challenging. Set new goals and objectives. The enlightenment experience is essential for gaining new experiences in life.
These experiences lead you to be a better person and educates you to deal with the challenges life throws at you and survive unscathed.
There are always new things to learn and discover; study new languages, find about cultures, norms, values of other societies, and search geographical locations and history. Find why squirrels bury nuts and octopuses have three hearts. Keep learning new things every day, it will keep you fresh and energized and keep the brain cells active. The world is a big whirlpool of knowledge. There will always be stuff you didn’t know and facts you were not aware of.
Reading has always been a fundamental part of the learning process. Reading increases your knowledge and makes you wiser. A good book can teach you what many other mediums may not.
“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them.” — Neil Gaiman.
Note* I name it *MasterYoufy -Author>CG*-
10. Give someone a compliment.
You know how it feels when someone you’ve never met before gives you a compliment? That kind of “wow there’s still some nice people in this world” feeling?
Aside from just making it through another day (which, let’s be real, can be pretty tough on its own sometimes), we’re expected to actually maintain some semblance of self-esteem on a semi-regular basis. It’s an awesome thing to like (and love!) yourself, but it isn’t always the easiest task. And while the journey to self-love is ultimately a personal one, how we arrive at it can be, in ways big and small, influenced by those around us — which is why I think we should make an effort to give more compliments.
Give that feeling to someone else by complimenting them in some way. Seeing their face light up will make you feel just as happy inside as they do.
Note* I name it *EnlightYoufy -Author>CG*-
11. Treat yourself.
You’ve had a stressful week and you want to go get a massage? Go get it. You’ve been eating healthy all week and you see a cookie? Eat it. There’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for being as awesome as you are!Unlike a reward, which must be earned or justified, a “treat” is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves just because we want it. We don’t have to be “good” to get it, we don’t earn it or justify it. “Treats” may sound like a self-indulgent, frivolous strategy, but they’re not. Because forming good habits can be draining, treats can play an important role. When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for and contented, which boosts our self-command—and self-command helps us maintain our healthy habits. Studies show that people who got a little treat, in the form of receiving a surprise gift or watching a funny video, gained in self-control. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: If I give more to myself, I can ask more from myself.
Self-regard isn’t selfish.
Beautiful smells are also a reliable treat for me and can be enjoyed in an instant, with no cost, no effort and no planning. In a flash, I get pleasure from the fresh smell of a grapefruit, or the comforting fragrance of clean towels or the promising smell of a hardware store. I remind myself to notice such treats, to register the fact that I’m experiencing a scent that I love. For me, it feels like a luxurious indulgence.
Note* I name it *SelfieYou -Author>CG*-
12. Be positive.
It’s extremely easy to look at situations and think of the negative outcomes first, but try to start looking at things more optimistically. People let their attitude guide them all of the time. Unfortunately, most of the time, the attitude is a negative one. It is often easier to see how a negative attitude influences your life. Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile!!
With that, stop overthinking things! Situations probably aren’t as bad as you’re making them out to be, and you’re just going to cause yourself to get anxious and upset over something that isn’t worth it. Just use the “broaden and build” theory since positive emotions broaden your sense of possibilities and open your mind, which in turn allows you to build new skills and resources that can provide value in other areas of your life. Give yourself permission to smile and enjoy the benefits of positive emotion. Schedule time for play and adventure so that you can experience contentment and joy, and explore and build new skills. GO FOR IT!!
Note* I name it *WiselyfyYou -Author>CG*-
13. Surround yourself with the right people.
Hang around people that are going to build you up — not bring you down. Surrounding yourself with the right people will help you become the person you want to be. The people you surround yourself with—those you interact with regularly—have a huge impact on you. To be successful, you must surround yourself with the right people.They will support you, guide you, and love you through whatever you decide to do in your life. If you hang around people who don’t like their jobs, you’ll become like them. If you hang around people who don’t care about growing in the company, you won’t grow in the company. …Surround yourself with people who will help you reach your goals.
With this, if people don’t want to be in your life, don’t fight for them to be. Let them go; the right ones will stay.Remember LOVE YOURSELF SO MUCH TO CHOOSE ALWAYS THE LIGHT,POSITIVE,LOVE,WISDOM,KIND SOULS AROUND YOU!!.
Note* I name it *BuddyYou -Author>CG*-
14. Accept yourself.
If you spend your time picking out things that aren’t perfect about your life, you won’t be happy. Accept every flaw in your life that you don’t have the power to change.
Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.
Self-acceptance is the ability to unconditionally value all parts of yourself. This means that if you don´t like something , CHANGE it!!… (This *RGp step should be a future article*CG)
Note* I name it *ChooseYou -Author>CG*-
15. Be thankful for…Count your blessings.Pray.
You’ve been blessed with the life that you have, and you’re meant to be living it. Never take a day for granted and be thankful. Before closing your eyes for a new beginning of another day healthy & alive , pray…Example: “Dear God, Thank you for this beautiful day. I really appreciate the heart you have given me and the understanding for every situation. Please help me be wiser and strong to help others. Embrace me. AMEN.”
In fact, you can be thankful all day long. Every time you eat, you smile, you dance, you meet with your friend, you read, you drink… etc. etc.
Note* I name it *BlessyYou -Author>CG*-
To conclude, *EarlyYou *TuddyYou *Uttiny4EverYou *BookieYou *FittifyYou *GreenifyYou *LovyfyYou *LmaoYou *MasterfyYou *EnlightYou *SelfieYou *WiselyfyYou *BuddyYou *ChooseYou *BlessyYou. REPEAT 366 DAYS.
YOU ARE ALL YOU NEED! #IAM
One of my Favs quotes “We will be relentless in our pursuit for perfection.We won´t ever be perfect. But! in the process we will achieve GREATNESS”. #VincentLombardi
GOD bless you all!!
We read us in my next article!. Stay strong. Be kind. Spread love.
Author *Carrie Gaard *CG*