Six Simple Rituals
Here are 6 things I recommend trying daily. They're simple. They're effective. I also support all of them for any person not sure how to embark on their own, individualized path to wellness. Maybe these can give you a place to start? The low-dive option in the public pool:).
Six Simple Rituals:
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. Also, a good choice in the morning has a tendency to fuel the rest of our day with good choices. It's not scientifically proven, but in my experience, it's a tested and approved theory.
2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly. Then try to identify your top 3 wellness needs (exercise, sleep, stress, social, etc). What are the top 3 things you need to do TODAY to feel well, to feel healthy, to feel like you're taking care of yourself.
3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.
4. Move. It doesn't have to be 'exercise,' or anything fancy. Just try to move - use the stairs, walk to your next appointment, make an excuse to go outside really quickly. Regular movement keeps us healthy, but also alert. It boosts energy, shifts our perspective, and relieves stress. Got an important call to make? Walk around the building once, then call. Try it.
5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness. Each morning, think of at least five things you’re thankful for. A gratitude journal, a sticky note jotted down quickly at work, a quick text sent to a friend or co-worker, it can look however you like. But, write it down.
6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Asks yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” Some people do that best with a journal, others process better in their head, while some are external processors and reflect best with friends/family/partner, etc. Figure out what works best for you, or hey, try them all:).
Maybe these will work for you, maybe they won't. But I say what the hell, why not try? Maybe you'll fill in the blanks with different versions that work for you, that would be neat.