This year was quite a rollercoaster in terms of personal life and business life. Feeling more emotional, anxious and worried was an everyday part of life.
When life gets too chaotic it gets harder to take care of ourselves and find that inner peace and calm.
But even though everything seems like falling apart, or if you are not feeling your best, do remember just one very important thing that is “YOURSELF“.
Remember to take care of your body, mind and soul as you reside in it and you are going to spend the rest of your time with yourself.
So here are some tiny habits that I implemented which helped me live sane instead of getting overwhelmed and depressed when the going got tougher.
1. Get 8-9 hours of sleep
The number one priority that you could do is to get the quality sleep that we often neglect when feeling anxious and worried.
Being anxious can lead to overthinking which is going to lead to poor quality of sleep.
Not getting enough sleep is linked to mental health issues. Once you are rested you will start feeling great and this is one of the best practices to start.
Getting good sleep will put you in a better mood further reducing your stress, lowering your blood pressure, helping you concentrate on your work and also improving your immune system.
So if you are struggling to get started, just start here. Have a good sleep routine in place.
2. Keep Yourself Hydrated (Drink Water)
Water like sleep is one of the essentials to keep your body & mind healthy. The human body is made up of 60 per cent of water.
Water is essential to keep you stay alert, support digestive functions, keeping your skin healthy and supple.
When you are dehydrated, you feel cranky, and frustrated which impacts your mental health. Aim at drinking more water throughout the day.
Always keep a glass of water or a water bottle around you. This is one of those healthy habits that you need to implement to get you to drink more water.
Just have water visible to you may be at your bedside table, work desk, or in your bag which makes it much easier for you to drink it often.
3. Fuel your body with healthy whole foods.
Eating whole foods every day like fruits, veggies, and whole grains that are in their original form straight from nature are the foods that nourish your body giving you more energy and nutrition required for the overall balance of your physical and mental health.
Eat what is local and food which can be cooked from scratch. Try to avoid unprocessed foods as much as possible. Include brightly coloured vegetables and fruits.
This will not only elevate your mood but also keep you energetic and will help you to stay focused. These whole foods which are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and protein help your body function well.
Eating the right foods is going to give you the energy and nutrition that is required for not just your physical health but your mental health as well.
4. Move your body every day
Lately, I have been consistent in my workouts every day. I make it a point to never miss my workouts and go outside and walk for about an hour which elevates my mood and helps avoid feeling down.
Getting some exercise not only keeps you physically healthy but you naturally start feeling good emotionally and mentally.
Something as simple as stretching for 15 minutes will make you feel good and get your blood flowing which allows your body to use energy and release endorphins that elevate your mood.
Moving your body will also help you sleep better too. You can also implement home workouts such as yoga or circuit training or HIIT which allows your body to sweat and get rid of toxins.
5. Write it down- Journal
Sit down and pen down all your worries, anxieties, fear, all emotions in your journal.
Do not hold back any thoughts. Pen it down, let it all flow authentically and jot down every single thing until you have nothing left to write.
Face the reality, face your fears, and face your anxiety instead of avoiding them. Be honest with yourself and don’t judge yourself.
Once you write down all these, you can now decide whether this is something that you have control over or something that you could change or not.
If you can, take action and do what needs to be done, if you do not have control over things which are bothering you then accept them and move forward.
This way being honest with yourself feels good and it’s always better to face your emotions than to avoid them.
6. Limit Digital Triggers
In this digital age, we often find ourselves mindlessly scrolling on Instagram, TikTok, twitter and whatnot.
The content that we consume throughout the day minute after minute makes a huge impact on our emotions and mental health.
This external content that is displayed throughout the day can affect us mentally and psychologically.
We need to draw a line of how much of this media consumption is best and be aware that we are not overdoing this to ourselves.
One negative news or disturbing news can affect your whole day and can make you feel angry, anxious or even overwhelmed.
Put a time limit on your social apps or any visual or audio digital gadgets. Stay informed but do not go overboard. You do not need more mental baggage.
Instead, spend time with yourself. Read books, listen to music, and indulge in self–care. Spend time relaxing, these will lead to more mental headspace and inner peace.
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7. Positive Affirmations – Positive Thoughts
Think positive, our thoughts can influence our work and actions.
Though we might be bombarded with some negative thoughts which are quite natural, try to choose and feed your mind with positive thoughts and positive affirmations.
What you feed your mind with, it grows, hence feed your mind with positiveness and you will see how calm and in control you can be.
Self-talk positive affirmations, the more you do, the more you will start believing them.
8. Practise Gratitude
Practising daily gratitude is something new for me that I started this year.
I realised that practising gratitude daily made me much happier, calm, and more confident.
There is always something to be grateful for. Express gratitude to yourself and the people around you.
Keep a gratitude journal/notebook and pin down a few things, and experiences that you are grateful for.
Focus on what you have rather than what you don’t.
So, these are tiny habits that I implemented in this year for my healthy mindset and body and continue to carry on.
So what are the new habits that you are going to implement this coming new year? Do let me know in the comment, I will be happy to know.
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