The benefits of breathing go far beyond the fact it is essential for life!
2. Make a to do list
“Fail to plan, plan to fail”. Harsh, but so often true. As well as helping your plans come to fruition, writing a list of all the things you need to do is a great way of decluttering the mind, making way for you to focus on the task in hand, not the 20 other tasks you must not forget about. I find this extremely useful on an evening before I go to bed; making a plan of all the things I want to do the next day allows me to relax and feel like I’ve got it all under control.
I was going to name this section “do 5 minutes of yoga”, but for some this might seem daunting! So simply move your body in a way that feels good. Get the blood flowing through your muscles first (maybe a few squats or mountain climbers) then stretch in what ever direction feels good! This can be in the middle of the afternoon sat at your desk, or for 5 minutes before you get dressed in the morning. Having a good stretch will help you feel energised for the next part of your day and will also help relieve any tension you might be experiencing (maybe from driving, being sat at you desk or simply sleeping in a slightly awkward position!).
4. Write down one success of the day
Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy. Focusing on the negatives and stewing over them for hours. Nothing good ever comes from focusing on negativity, however, never underestimate the power of positivity!! Writing down one success from your day may seem a little cliché, but it is one of the best ways of turning an ever so slightly ‘pants’ day into a good one! This achievement doesn’t have to be some epic accomplishment, it can be as simple as “I’ve made a really yummy, nutritious dinner for my family” or “I ticked off everything on my to do list” (see above!!).
5. Compliment someone
Nothing feels nicer than being told that your hair looks great, your work is really appreciated or just recieving any compliment! So what nicer thing to do than give someone that gift. Giving is so much more rewarding than receiving, so make your day, by making someone else’s!