I’m all about small, happy, healthy lifestyle changes right now. If you read my post on Knowing Your Why, you’ll know that I’ve got a renewed focus on my health these days, and part of being healthy is trying to keep stress levels low! So today I thought I’d share 5 small daily habits you can add to your routine to help eliminate stress.
NO PHONES TIL 9AM
This one hasn’t been the easiest to implement, I’m totally guilty of checking Instagram before I’ve even properly opened my eyes in the morning. But, I’ve found that by not touching my phone til I’m sat at my desk in the morning, things are calmer + less chaotic. I can focus on getting ready for my day without the noise and clutter of emails, social media and the news.
A MORNING CUP OF TEA
I’ve been making a conscientious effort to make myself a hot cup of tea in the morning, and sit down and drink it, whilst doing nothing else. No phones, no reading, no planning out my day, just me, a cup of tea, and the view out the window. Sometimes with a cat on my lap too. It’s so nice to know that no matter how my day goes, I’ve had ten minutes of time to myself.
Ironically, living in the city I spent more time outside than I do now that I’m back in the countryside. I can go from my house, to my car, to the office, and home again without spending more than an accumulative minute in the fresh air, and my body is not thanking me for it. For now, I’m trying to make sure I spend at least fifteen minutes outside a day, whether that means taking my eleven o’clock cup of coffee outside to drink, going for a walk round the block at lunch, or walking to the corner shop to buy supplies for dinner. Time spent outside is never time wasted.
THE TWENTY MINUTE TIDY UP
If I’ve had a stressful day at work, the last thing I want to do is come home to a messy house. Moving into the flat with all of a sudden three times the space means three times the space to keep tidy and clean. I’ve been implementing a twenty minute tidy up, when I get home from work I pop the kettle on, turn up the music and spend twenty minutes doing a quick run around, putting things away, sticking a load of laundry on, wiping the kitchen sides down, any little jobs that need doing. When the twenty minutes are up I stop what I’m doing and curl up on the sofa with my cup of tea, knowing I’ve done my bit! Doing this everyday means the flat never gets messy beyond repair, and it helps me stay a little more sane.
And at the end of a long day, nothing helps you unwind + relax ready for bed like a little meditation session. After listening to this podcast, I’ve got a whole new outlook on meditation. It doesn’t need to be about thinking of nothing, it’s just about focusing your thoughts for a time, and quieting the noise! It doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be as simple as sitting on your bed and listening to a ten minute guided meditation – I personally love the Headspace app!
How do you help keep your stress levels low?