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HAPPY MIND, HAPPY LIFE I CREATE YOUR OWN WELL-BEING

Having a daily routine may just be one of the most important things you can do for yourself in 2022. Working, cooking, cleaning and taking care of yourself or of others are just few of the million little things we do daily. Sometimes it literally feels impossible to get through the day and cross everything off your to-do list. This is where routines come in. When we are more organized and know what to expect through routines, it’s easier to counteract any unhappy thoughts that may come up throughout the day. Most importantly, it is important to align your beliefs with your routine, which means making it as simple and as minimalist like as possible. 

Written by Zoe H., Dec 15, 2021

ROUTINES PROMOTE HEALTHY HABITS

A daily routine provides structure and logic in our lives. It provides a framework when we go about our daily activities, leaving us time we can set aside to take care of to-do’s while also focusing on our mental and physical health. Like it or not, we are all creatures of habit. The feeling of being organized gives us a sense of security and further promotes health as well as overall well-being. Simple things such as drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning, packing a healthy lunch or going to bed at the same time every night promotes consistency amidst the craziness of life. 

Consistency is great, especially when people keep very busy during the day. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning can be a great habit to adopt because the sour lemon taste will help stimulate your “agni”, ultimately helping your digestive system get moving. Packing a healthy lunch for the day further ensures you keep on the right track so you can make sure to eat whole foods and know exactly where the ingredients come from. Additionally, you should set some time aside every day to focus on your physical health. I’m not saying go to the gym on hours end every single day and become the next CrossFit star, but you should make sure to relieve the stresses of the day through some simple exercises or high-intensity interval training. 

ROUTINES REDUCE ANXIETY

As someone who’s dealt with anxiety most of their life, I find that I am often most anxious as my day gets started or in the evening after the day’s challenges. But instead of simply getting used to the feeling of waking up and getting flooded with anxiety, I decided to establish a morning routine. Starting the morning with intention creates a sense of tranquillity to help manage the rest of the day. Some tips that have worked for me personally. 

First thing I do in the morning when I wake up is immediately drink a glass of water and go to the bathroom to wash my face. This simple step allows me to look in the mirror and officially let myself start the day. I then start journaling. Nothing fancy, nothing crazy. I write down my goals for the day, sometimes additional thoughts and feelings I need to get off my chest and I finish off with gratitude journaling. 

When we create daily routines made up of simple steps such as above, we create patterns and predictable routines for our brains that help us relax by knowing what to expect ahead of time. 

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPY ROUTINE.

We all heard the saying, “it takes 21 days to form a new habit”. But how do we make sure to keep a happy mindset until then? Knowing that happiness is good for you mentally and physically doesn’t mean you can just turn it on at the snap of a finger. There are many times in our lives where it is completely normal to feel sadness, but we don’t want to stay unhappy for a long time. 

Creating a happy routine takes small changes that will eventually turn into habits. First and foremost, start asking yourself if you are thinking positive. Just by asking yourself that question, you automatically start thinking more positive thoughts about yourself and about others. Next, you can make some simple associations in your brain that trigger happy thoughts. For example, whenever I look at tulips, I automatically think of my grandmother and I laughing and planting tulips when I was a small child. Training your brain to make these happy associations helps with being more positive in many instances.Changing or creating a daily routine all at once won’t work. You need to make sure to start small and with a few things at a time to get used to the new rhythm of things. Pick a few things to work on each week. For example, start journaling one week to let your thoughts out and then the next week start asking yourself if you are in a positive mindset and create a list of happy associations in your journal. Creating a happy routine can also consist of cutting bad habits. One of mine is spending so much time on social media, so I set a daily limit on my phone. A happy routine won’t be happy from the start, it might even be hard to make these changes but remember that you don’t have to be perfect every day- just breathe and take a step back if it gets too hard, then try again tomorrow. Remember, you don’t need to have an overwhelming routine. Keeping things simple and minimalist aligned, you can meet your daily goals while having time for relaxation. 

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