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Creating new wellness habits is a sure way to add a little more motivation and happiness to your day, especially when life has hit a bit of a slow point or your daily routine needs a boost. Each month I like to add at least one new thing to my day, it helps me to grow and makes sure that i’m always moving forward.
So, whether you’re looking to add a few habits to your existing wellness routine or you’re just starting out and need a hand creating a plan, here are my favourite wellness habits to refresh your mind body and spirit...
You’ve heard me say this before, but even a few minutes of meditation every day can make the world of difference. Build it into your daily routine, maybe before bed or for a couple of minutes after you’ve got up in the morning, while the house is still quiet. If you’re new to meditation, then here are a few more tips to helps you make meditation one of your daily wellness habits.
CREATE A QUIET ZONE IN YOUR DAY
Turn off the tech and leave your phone in another room while you enjoy some quiet time alone or with your family. Find the calmest place in your home and enjoy some time free from distractions. I think that creating a ritual from this really helps - try and make it the same time every day and maybe light a calming natural candle to fill the air with relaxing essential oils. Enjoying these quiet moments - alone or with loved ones - can help to strengthen and rebuild deeper connection.
Using positive statements throughout your day can help to counterbalance some of the negative thoughts and self criticism that we all experience. It’s important to choose a couple that are particularly relevant to the negative patterns that your mind has created. So, listen to what your negative mind chatter is telling you and then write a positive statement or two to counterbalance what it’s telling you - here are a few positive affirmations to get you started.
If you think that naps are for babies and retired people, then think again. There’s plenty of evidence to support the fact that afternoon naps work wonders for boosting your health and wellbeing. As little as 10-15 minutes improves both and leaves you feeling more alert and more productive too. I know that taking a nap in the middle of a work day isn’t always a practical option but they’re definitely worth adding to your weekend wellness plan.
RECONNECT WITH NATURE
Get outside as often as you can. Take a long walk, or even a short one, to reconnect with nature and breathe in some fresh air. You can enjoy nature in other ways too. Maybe plant a beautiful display of flowers that you can see from your window or spend time nurturing your garden each day.
Making changes to your diet isn’t always easy, but the benefits can be immediate and long lasting for years to come. We all have something that we can clean up in our diets but slow and steady wins the race - pick small things that you can stick to and be sure to have one habit under control before moving onto the next one.
TRY A 30 DAY CHALLENGE
30 days is a great amount of time to create a new habit. So, once I’ve chosen my new new wellness habit for the month, I print a copy of my habit tracker and chart my daily progress - it’s a great way to keep a visual record and increases motivation when you can see how well you’re doing.
I’ve heard this called life changing and it really can be. We’ve been conditioned for so long to focus on what we don’t have, that it’s transformative when we flip that around and spend time feeling grateful for what we are already blessed with. Writing down at least 3 things that you are grateful for every day in a journal, notebook or even on a scrap of paper makes everything feel so much better.
Disconnecting from the endless stream of information feels so liberating and it’s a habit that is well worth nurturing. But, I know that years of conditioning might leave you feeling a little uncomfortable about putting your phone in the drawer and walking away for a while. So, take baby steps if you need to. Start with a few minutes here and there and then build up to more solid blocks of time away from all devices.
This is something that you can even fit into your work day. Look for the natural pauses throughout your day to check in with yourself. Be still for a moment and see how you’re feeling. Let go of anything that doesn’t feel good before taking a few deep breaths and getting on with your day. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.