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Do you have daily rituals, things you do every day - or at least try to? I know that it can be hard to follow through on all of the things you’d love to do in your day and so here are 12 daily rituals that you can fit easily into your schedule to help you feel healthier and happier!
MAKING YOUR BED
Returning home to an unmade bed doesn’t feel good. Taking just a few moments to make it each day when you get up helps you start the day on a positive note. It never takes long and the appearance of a well-made bed is always nice to come home to.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast and include more fresh fruit in your day. Be conscious of how much you snack throughout your day, especially mid morning and afternoon. It's easy to make a few healthier swaps and change carb heavy lunches for something lighter that boosts your health and avoids that afternoon slump!
Headaches, mind fog and tiredness can all stem from not drinking enough water. Add a few glasses of water to your day - start small and see how you feel. I find it easy to build them into my day; I start the morning with a large glass of fresh water, top it up at lunch time and then sip another one throughout the afternoon - it's much easier that it sounds once you get into a routine.
CLEAN YOUR SKIN
Treat all of your skin with the same respect and use high quality natural products to wake it up in the morning and keep it feeling fresh and comfortable all day. If you’re new to natural products then try swapping one thing at a time to make the transition easier on your skin and budget! You’ll love the difference that it makes to your skin.
STEERING CLEAR OF PROCESSED FOOD
Have you noticed how sluggish processed food makes you feel? Try creating more meals from fresh and seasonal produce, so that you know what you're eating. Even if you're cooking skills are a little rusty there are so many simple delicious recipes that you can follow to help you along and you’ll be amazed at the difference you feel within yourself.
AVOID THE WHITE STUFF
Yes, I’m talking about sugar. It’s a real challenge to remove it all together and so try taking baby steps – swap a sugary drink for a glass of water or turn down the biscuits when they’re offered. I know that these small things don’t seem like they can make that much of a difference but trust me, they really do. Before long you’ll naturally reach for less of it and that will leave you feeling more clear minded and energetic – I promise, it's worth the effort.
Spending a few minutes every day feeling grateful is life changing. Give it a try right now...think of three things that you're grateful for. They can be small, it really doesn't just as long as you spend time feeling the gratitude in your heart. It’s amazing just how much this can improve your day and rebalance your mood. Click here to read more on how to develop a gratitude mindset.
FIND TIME TO MEDITATE
Even five minutes makes a huge difference. There is plenty of advice around on how to meditate but, it can be as simple as sitting quietly and taking 3 deep breaths...it's good to close your eyes but don't worry if that doesn't feel comfortable straight away. I meditate in the morning and also find a quiet few minutes during the day to simply be for a while; give it a go and see how it transforms your day. Our collection of natural meditation candles, can be helpful for slowing down your mind and evoking feelings of Love, Gratitude, Trust or Peace.
ANCHOR YOURSELF IN THE MOMENT
It’s oh so easy to look ahead, to worry about possible future events, to look back and have regrets… you get the idea. It’s not so easy to remain in the moment (this is the crux of mindfulness, of course), but practising it regularly helps you feel calmer and more grounded. Try finding a moment during every day where you can be fully present.
ADD IN SOME ACTIVITY
What makes you happy? Do you love walking, dancing, yoga? Whatever it is, regular daily exercise – even just for 20 minutes or so – almost guarantees you’ll feel healthier and happier every day.
SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY
Even if you live alone, find time each day to connect with the people you love. Even a phone call or text message can make the world of difference. It’s all about connecting with others. Try and make the connections as free from other distractions as possible so that you enjoy your time spent with those that mean the most to you.
A few years ago, a study found that smiling made people feel more positive than if they didn’t smile at all - which makes sense, right? Smiling decreases feelings of stress and it certainly helps you feel happier. And, it works - try smiling more today, to the people you meet on the school run, your colleagues or the other early morning dog walkers you see every day. You’ll be surprised how many people respond and maybe that smile helps them feel happier too - just imagine the ripple effect this could have.
So there are 12 daily rituals to boost your health and happiness. You don't need to try them all at once - try choosing one each week - start with the one that seems easiest for you and then work up as your motivation and happiness increases - enjoy!
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.