- Make the bed every morning. Honestly, I never saw the point of this before. You were just going to sleep in again at the end of the night and no one was going to see your room except for yourself. But as I started doing this, I started feeling better about my day. My room instantly would look more organized and it felt good knowing I had already accomplished something for the day. It was also a lot cozier to sleep in a made bed instead of a giant mess of sheets, blankets, and pillows.
- Get ready for the day even if you aren’t going out. Now, I’m not talking about doing a full face of makeup or elaborate hair or anything. I just wake up in the morning and before I do anything else, I go do my morning skincare and just apply some light makeup. Concealer, mascara, lip gloss. (Those are vegan options!) Then I brush my hair, put it up in a quick pony, and change out of my pajamas into some comfortable day clothes. This makes me feel more woken up and put together and ready to take on the day in a quick 5 minutes.
- Do a monthly declutter. I did a big one in January and I’m currently working on cleaning out my closet this month. It’s super easy to take a quick half hour, go through a section of your home and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past month. This not only helps me get more organized, it makes it easier to clean and gives me space to relax and breathe.
- Make your down time more intentional. Last year I felt so overwhelmed and stressed out that anytime I had a free moment, I would just veg out and do absolutely nothing. And even though it felt “nice” at the time, I would feel even more stressed out once I was busy again because I hadn’t actually done anything with my free time. How I combat that now? Instead of listening to the same playlist on repeat, I listen to audiobooks or podcasts while I drive or clean or get ready. Instead of mindlessly watching The Office for the 7th time in a row (sorry Michael), I will watch a documentary while I clean, cook, or crochet. Rather than scroll through my phone mindlessly at night until I fall asleep, I created a meaningful night time routine that actually prepares me for a good night’s sleep. Make your free time meaningful to you.
- Reach out to one person a day. Send a positive message, let them know you’re thinking of them, share a meme. It can be something so small, but it will help improve those relationships in your life that you want to strengthen. You never know what a few small words of encouragement can mean to someone and it really takes no time at all to send a quick message these days.
- Create a positivity journal. This is basically a spin off a gratitude journal. I tried that for a while and found that I was often repeating myself. Instead, before bed, I started writing about anything that made me feel good about the day. A silly moment, something I’m grateful for, a way someone did something special for me, etc. This allows me to remember the small things as time goes on and gives me a variety of positive memories to look back on.