I have started to realise something about myself lately…
I am lazy and have no willpower. Yeah, not exactly the nicest thing to admit to yourself.
But there are so many things out there that I know are good for me but I just am too lazy to do it. That is why I have decided to make some small positive changes.
LITTLE CHANGES, BIG DIFFERENCE
I have decided to make some small, basic changes that I can integrate into my daily habits without it feeling like a chore.
More often than not when we try and do too much we give up quicker. An issue I am very familiar with. Many of these I have done beforehand and they worked and then I became complacent… But no more buddy! I know what I want from myself. I want a peaceful mind and a healthy body. The only way I can do this is by introducing small additions to my daily habits.
GIVING UP COFFEE & DRINKING MORE WATER
I have decided to be stronger when it comes to my caffeine addiction. All it does it make me jittery and increase my anxiety so I have cut out coffee. This is a common problem with coffee drinkers.
You then fall in a loop where you need more coffee to keep your energy up when you crash. Not an ideal situation by any means. No one wants to be trapped by chemicals.
Yes, once again I have broken up with my love. But I have decaf which is okay I guess… Kinda like going out with your crushes brother.
I have also been making a bottle of water with each hot drink I make. I switched to a smaller bottle to encourage me to get up and move more. Water also helps increase energy as well as all of the other benefits we all know about.
I’ve mentioned before that I attempt to do some form of exercise a day but some days I make excuses (don’t we all?!)
Therefore in order to avoid this, I get out my workout equipment or stepper and do a workout whilst watching TV or listen to an audiobook.
If the weather is half decent I do like to go for walks outside, this crosses off two things – getting fresh air and exercise.
I also do at least 10 minutes of yoga a night as part of my nighttime routine. That counts as exercise right? Well even if it doesn’t it flies by and always makes me feel stretched out and relaxed.
Whenever I am not working, cleaning or “being mum” I find myself feeling guilty. In order to alleviate the guilty feeling I have been creating time for myself. This is to ensure I have some time to myself each day to do something for me. It can be anything from blogging, watching a film, listening to a book, whatever! It’s simply an hour or so for me to have time for myself.
Another part of my nighttime routine is to wear my LED mask whilst meditating as they both last for 10 minutes. Plus I am less likely to fall asleep during it because of the red light.
The breathing and rain sound really help me settle and get myself chilled out enough before getting to bed.
PLENTY OF SLEEP
Sleep is good for EVERYTHING. Sleep is good for weightless, your mood and obviously energy levels.
I try my best to get to bed by 10 pm so if I am rudely awakened at 6 am by my tiny human then at least I have had my full 8 hours. And some nights I go to sleep earlier. If I need to sleep I have decided to just go for it. One day I felt mentally and physically exhausted so I went to bed at 7:30…. Yeah. Slept like a log. It was beautiful.
These small changes are what can make a huge difference to my mental as well as physical wellbeing. They aren’t drastic but sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.
Is there anything you have done to improve your mental health with small habits?