January 3 2018
We get up every morning, we rush to go to work, we work all day and come home usually drained, only to do the exact same thing the next day. While I am pretty sure that many people (namely in the millennial generation) knew that they would have to go into a bit of a daily grind but after a while, our bodies begin to recognize that we are trapped in a routine that not only mentally wears us down, but physically. There are different points throughout your daily schedule that can make or break your day as a whole, however, there are a few things you could maybe try that could help to steer your day in the right direction.
- When you wake up, drink a warm glass of lemon water. You want the water to be warm so that it’s not a shock to your system first thing in the morning. The lemon will help get your digestive system ready for the coming meals. It will also give you a boost of vitamin C which will help balance your energy levels and boost your immune system throughout the day.
- This one is a little tricky, especially for those of you who either stay up late or already wake up early but it is a good idea to try to get up about a half hour earlier than you normally would. If you want to have a good day ahead of you then it would be ideal if you did not have to rush through your morning. Getting up a half hour earlier will help you get through your routine with a little more ease and less stress.
- Take five minutes to do some light stretching. Stretch your arms up, reach down to your toes, gently rotate your neck from one end to another and slowly stretch your back from side to side. Doing this will help to warm up and awaken your muscles for the day ahead of you and will also help to relieve any pre-work stress and tension.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Try to opt for fruits, greens and/or lean protein. A green smoothie would be a very good option.
- Make overall better eating choices. How you fuel your body throughout the day will affect how you feel and perform throughout the day as well. Make a meal schedule and plan meals that will be eaten at work.
- Limit your caffeine intake. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a bit of coffee or green tea but too much is too much. You want to be energized, not an anxious twitchy mess.
- Take time to enjoy your lunch period at work. If you have time and weather permitting, go for a walk, have enjoyable conversations with your coworkers or just bring a book and enjoy a quiet peaceful lunch on your own. This is your small break in the day, use it to recharge yourself.
- Remember to breathe. Sometimes when we get caught up in a task or feel stressed throughout our day we need to pause and just remember to breathe. It sounds so simple but it actually does so much. Before you continue to do anything else just try to focus on your breathing until you are able to calm yourself down.
- When you get home from work, have some quiet time and just do some deep breathing exercises. Your work day is done, it is time to decompress and one of the first things you should do in order to help yourself decompress is to take five minutes of just pure quiet. Sit or lie down on your couch, bed, wherever and just breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Review your day, think of what you would like to change or remain constant, try to plan out your day tomorrow and make your lunch that evening after your five minutes of quiet time.
These are just small tips and tricks to help your day go by a little more smoothly. If we all just take some time and be mindful of ourselves we could actually set ourselves up to be a little bit more relaxed and a little bit happier. Make your daily routine less of a grind and more of a series of personal rituals combined with personal duties and you will be less stressed about going about your day.