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5 Daily Habits To Try While Social Distancing

Apr 16, 2020

Creating new habits that contribute to our personal growth is so important! It’s not always easy to break the habit of hitting the snooze button each morning or scrolling Instagram before bed, but mustering enough willpower to get out of bed without snoozing sure does feel great (after morning coffee of course).

We’re often blissfully unaware of the power our habits have on us. They can make us feel on top of the world or like we’re scraping poop off the bottom of our shoe. A habit that’s not serving you will only hold you back. With everyone staying indoors and having a few extra moments to themselves, I thought I would share a few daily habits that can help you stay present and cultivate a healthier mindset:

Journal

Starting each morning with a cluttered mind is a horrible feeling. The best way to relieve some mental pressure is to journal. Whether you prefer stream of consciousness, journal prompts, or my favourite – brain dumps, putting pen to paper will help you work through your thoughts and better understand how you’re feeling.

Time Blocking

Have you ever crept into bed at the end of a long day and asked yourself: “where did my time go?” Not only are we always rushing from one task to the next, but it can sometimes feel as if we’re on a hamster wheel – going nowhere, but oh, are you tired at the end of it. Save yourself some time and agony by creating a to-do list and blocking out time for each task. This can help you stay motivated and will allow you to get more things done. I often break my tasks into smaller segments and give myself 20-40 minutes to complete each part; this allows me to see what I’ve done and keeps me feeling productive. 20 Minutes might not work for everyone, so make sure you choose a time-span that works for you!

Related: 6 Ways To Be Productive While Working From Home

Limit Social Media

There’s no downplaying the tremendous impact social media has had on our society. While it’s a great way to stay connected with friends and family, it also has its drawbacks. Constantly visiting social media has been linked to feelings of social isolation, and being bombarded with beautifully curated images of someone’s life can lead to unrealistic comparisons.

Make sure you set realistic boundaries for yourself. Limit your social media intake to a few times a day. We’ve all been guilty of scrolling through Instagram before we’ve even had our morning coffee, but try and avoid doing this if you can help it. Use that mental energy for something else, perhaps reading a chapter of a good book or meditating?

Move Your Body

Getting up and working out isn’t my idea of fun, but try and do something that gets your body moving. For me, incorporating yoga into my daily routine has done wonders for my mental health and anxiety. Spending time in nature is another great way to create a healthier mindset. Go for a short walk if you can’t workout or simply enjoy the sweet sounds of Mother Nature.

Get Creative

Everyone has a creative side that’s begging to be set free. For some, it’s easier, while others need a light shove in the right direction. Indulging in a creative practice is a great way to create a healthy habit that allows you to express your thoughts and feelings while having some fun. Get into the flow of things by listening to a good piece of music or reading a tantalizing book – anything that gets you inspired.

Benefits To Being More Creative: 

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases feelings of accomplishment 
  • Allows you to have fun and step into your “happy zone”
  • Creates a sense of purpose

Related: 6 Personal Challenge Ideas For A Better You

These are just a few great ways to enjoy a healthier mindset while creating new habits. But there are so many other ways you can do this too. I’d love to hear from you, what are a few ways you encourage a healthier mindset for yourself?

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