Splash water on your face and floss.
Meditate: No chanting required. Keep it simple and just think of some positive things. I like to vividly picture things that I am striving for, visualizing goals that are both personal and professional as if they are happening, and living in that moment.
Breakfast: Make your own and have it leisurely (if not possible, skip).
Learn something new every day. Doesn’t have to be big, watch a tedtalk or read a wikipedia article on a subject you aren’t familiar with.
Exercise: Move your body in as many ways as you can. You are born with the ability to articulate your body in an almost countless number of ways. As we age, we abandon movement in exchange for lack of movement. Movement, as with most things, follows this rule: if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Get outside: For most of us, it is probably best to just combine this with exercise for the sake of time. Regardless of how you schedule it in, I cannot stress enough the importance of going outside and getting some sunshine.** It will actually make you stronger, healthier, and more mentally stable. Proven to combat depression which can be caused or amplified by lack of outside exposure.
**If you’re like me, find a good, non-toxic sunscreen if you are going to be outside for an extended period. Apparently no one was passing out melanin to the German or the Irish when this whole civilization thing was getting started. SPF 1,000 should do the trick.
Force yourself to laugh. I don’t care how you do it. Just make sure you put yourself in a situation that is going to tickle that funny bone. Learn a dirty joke and tell that new office assistant. Start naming muscles with a Jamaican accent. Start wit’ ja supraspinatus.
Dinner: Make it yourself and let eating out be a special occasion rather than the norm. You are missing out on a great opportunity to connect with other people, and with what you put into your body.
Say something nice to someone. It can be a compliment, an attaboy or a polite and sincere interaction with a stranger. It doesn’t cost you anything to be nice, and you just might make that person’s day. You get back what you put out.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Realize that small things are just that; things. The only thing that can “ruin your day,” is you. Turn every experience into a positive, or at the very least, learn from it–which is positive in and of itself.
Cease looking at a computer/tv screen at 8:30pm. Shut it down, it can wait. We are not built to only look at things 24-36 inches away from our face
Listen to/read something positive before bed. I personally like to listen to stand-up comedians. I go to sleep smiling, and wake up smiling.
Don’t waste a single day. It’s the only resource you don’t get back.
Better Every Day,