Keep it Simple
I am a strong believer in keeping things simple. The less complicated things are, the more likely we are to repeat the behaviour. Especially when it comes to health and happiness habits.
Day 1: Mindful Mornings
Add five to ten minutes of relaxation to each of your morning routines. Time expands when you savour your smoothie mindfully.
Day 2: Soothing Stretches
Wherever you are right now – stand up. Put your arms to the ceiling and take a long breath. Bring your arms to your toes and hold them there. Repeat five times throughout the day. Show your limbs some love today.
Day 3: Lingering Lunches
When was the last time you took a break during lunch? No phone. No computer. Just you and your turkey sandwich. Today is that day. Cherish your lunch. Enjoy every bite. Give yourself the gift of a lunch break.
Day 4: Movement is Medicine
My favourite way to improve the day is through movement. Whether it be a stroll around the block, hugging a tree in the park, or a one-hour cardio session at the club. Do what works for you, independent of everyone else. Commit to moving one extra step today.
Day 5: Fresh Air
Immerse yourself in fresh air today. Especially when you hit a roadblock in creativity. Go outside. Look up at the sky. Watch the clouds float by.
Day 6: Silence
When was the last time you sat in silence? Today is that day. Set an alarm on your phone for three hours from now. Start with seven minutes of absolute silence. Write down what you find out about yourself.
Day 7: Reading Time
Devote one hour to reading today. Including this magazine!
Day 8: Blissful Boundaries
When you are available to everybody all the time, you are unavailable to yourself. Start by setting a boundary between you and technology. Turn off your phone and computer for 12 hours straight.
Day 9: Soothing Scents
Out of all five senses, smell has the strongest link to emotion and memory. Which is why a scent like peppermint can transport you instantly to another time and dimension.
Day 10: Ground Yourself
Cover the floor with all your favourite blankets. Take a long deep breath and take in the view of your house from a different perspective.
Day 11: Matinee Movie
Take yourself to a matinee movie today! Spoil yourself with popcorn and ice-cold pop.
Day 12: Mirror Affirmations
Write a love letter to yourself and post it on your bathroom mirror. Read it out loud, every chance you get.
Dr. Andrea Dinardo is a psychology professor and keynote speaker with expertise in stress, resilience, and mental health. Visit DrAndreaDinardo.com to learn more about her speaking services and leadership programs.