1. Get a good night’s sleep: Your parents have been telling you this for ages and turns out, they were onto something. In an era of so much stimulation, it’s important to give your mind and body the downtime needed to fully recuperate!
2. Slow down: Take a minute to smell the roses. Look around you when you’re walking instead of down at your phone. Listen closely as someone speaks. Think before you speak. If you’re not careful, life will fly right by.
3. Put your phone in airplane mode: This includes professional meetings & personal hangouts. Create some boundaries at home and put your phone away when youre eating dinner or having conversations with friends.
4. Get more indoor plants: We experience less stress when there are plants around us. People in offices with plants are significantly more productive, take fewer sick days, make less mistakes, and in general, are more happy. In addition to the psychological benefits, plants also help improve air quality! Take the time to appreciate your plants. Look for signs of new growth in your plants; notice how your plant develops new leaves. Every plant has an artful way of evolving.
5. Eat fresh, whole foods: You are what you eat. While it’s often easier to pick up something on the fly, it’s much better in the long run to put time aside and make your meals. This way you know exactly what you are putting into your body. If you don’t have time on the day to day, meal prep at the beginning of your work week so you can simply heat it up and go! Or, just eat more salads;)
6. Tell someone how much you appreciate them: It’s a busy world out there–don’t forget to tell those you love that you’re grateful for them. The more out of the blue it is, the more meaningful it will be. It will make their day, and enrich yours.
7. Get outside! Take a break from the inside world and step outside into the great unknown. Go for a mindful walk, step outside for a stretch, or simply sit outside and sip tea. No matter what it is, stepping outside will ground and refresh you.
8. Breathe deeply: The faster we are doing things, the shallower our breathing becomes. Practice a breathing technique consistently, or simply make note to take deep breaths throughout the day, especially when you’re feeling stressed. We recommend the Wim Hoff breathing exercises!
9. Listen to music: This is a big one! Music makes you happier, lowers stress and improves health, helps you sleep better, reduces depression, elevates your mood while driving, and strengthens learning and memory.
10. Journal: Whether it’s typing your thoughts or writing them out, it’s good to let it all go. Taking time to unravel your thoughts can help to clear your mind and get you ready for your next undertaking. See it as a form of self-therapy!