Stressed? You're not alone! Maybe its time for a new routine. Reduce stress and own your daily routine with tips from masters of mindset and positive psychology like Mel Robbins', David Goggins, Shawn Achor and others.
These are 10 Daily Habits that I have implemented into my own daily routine to help reduce stress, fight the overwhelm, and get things done. I gleaned these tips from innumerable books and podcasts that I have either read or listened to for my own personal development. (See Recommended Reading and Podcasts below.) I hope they are encouraging and useful to you in your own journey.
Self-Care for the Stressed: 10 Daily Habits to Help Develop a Healthy Routine:
1. Alarm Bell Rings
Don’t hit snooze! Get up and get going. Use Mel Robbins’ llustration of a rocket launch and The 5 Second Rule to launch yourself out of bed! (Robbins)
Meditate/Pray. Commit Your Day to the Lord/To a Cause Greater than Yourself. Remember your “Why!” Your "why" must be strong enough to keep you going on your hardest day when you just don't feel like showing up for yourself. I often think to myself, "If I won't do it for me, I can do it for them." "Them" being my "why."
Daily affirmations/Integrity. Remind yourself what kind of person you want to be. Fill in the blank, “I am the kind of person who...” Show up for yourself and your "why" every, single, day.
Set your intentions for the day. Focus on using Process Goals vs. the End Goal for a daily win. Process goals are the daily steps you can take today
to move the ball down the field. Ask yourself, “What are the Top 3 Things I will do today to make massive progress towards my goals.” (Rachel Hollis)
Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Your body slows down if it is even mildly dehydrated.
Portion control. Its all about the portions. And what you think is a portion is not a portion! Eat a small, healthy, nutrient-balanced meal every 2-3 hours. Eat Whole Foods. No Sugar. Using portion control containers has been a game changer for me.
5. Exercise Daily
Just move your body. Walk, run, weights, cardio, anything! Hitting the gym daily is super effective way to reduce stress! Exercising daily is also a great way to buoy the mood. Personally, I used to hate working out until I found a coach and online program that worked for me. Now I can workout online from anywhere in the world and I’m a part of a super supportive group of women who hold each other accountable in a virtual gym setting. I love it! Find what works best for you and get after it!
6. Social Investment
Commit Conscious Acts of Kindness. It is truly better to give than to receive. Deliberate “prosocial spending” (spending money on others) boosts happiness. (Achor, 55) So, if you're feeling stressed, go ahead and buy the person behind you in the drive thru line that drink or meal! The key to receive the full benefit here is premeditation. You have to consciously choose to commit an act of kindness for someone. Its not doing some random act of kindness and remembering it at the end of the day as you tick it off your checklist.
7. Plan for Tomorrow
Daily Goal Setting. List out your Top 3 Things you will to do tomorrow to move the ball forward toward your goals. Add anything else to your list that just needs to get done and you don’t want to forget!
8. Prep for Success
Get things in order for tomorrow. Meal prep, lay out clothing and do all the things you need to do in order to hit the ground running in the morning.
Give thanks! Write down 3 new things you’re grateful for each day. Make sure you acknowledge your wins!
Use the Accountability Mirror (Goggins) and make adjustments accordingly! Be thankful for the progress as you reach toward your goals. But be honest with yourself! It takes integrity and grit to look at yourself in the mirror, speak the truth to yourself and then go and do what you need to do in order to improve! Its easier to make excuses, lie to yourself, take the path of least resistance and binge watch Netflix, or tell your friends about what you will do someday!
Go to bed early! Set your alarm, say your prayers, and turn out the light. No distractions!
Recommended Reading and Podcasts:
The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, by Mel Robbins
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, by David Goggins
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, by Shawn Achor
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