Consistently, we begin with the best of aims… and after that things get upsetting and we jettison our fantasies of pressed snacks, strolling to work and getting enough rest. Rather than endeavoring to upgrade the whole week, center around one little thing daily. These little switches truly include.
Try ten minutes of meditation to set the tone for the busy week ahead. A bit of focused attention can reduce stress, improve sleep (key for Sunday nights) and increase creativity so you’re refreshed on Monday morning.
MONDAY: WAKE UP EARLIER
Wake up two (OK, fine, even one) hours earlier than you usually do. Use that extra time to do whatever it is that will make the rest of your day less stressful. You could tend to menial tasks around the house so you free up your evening, squeeze in a workout or just have the luxury of getting ready without rushing.
TUESDAY: TRY BULLET JOURNALING
Grab a pen and paper and try bullet journaling. It’s an analog to-do list that includes inspirational (or just funny) quotes, special events and simple tasks that go beyond “pick up dry cleaning.” (Think more along the lines of “research best three-day vacation spots.”)
WEDNESDAY: TAP YOUR TOES
Start fidgeting more. You heard us. Tap those toes, shake out your feet, twirl your pen or swivel around in your desk chair. Studies show that these micro movements increase blood flow to the limbs. Psst, it’s even better with some headphones and a killer playlist.
THURSDAY: EAT SOME CHOCOLATE
Go ahead and eat some chocolate. Dark chocolate is ideal, but any will do. Seriously. Studies have shown that it improves cognitive performance. A few Hershey’s Kisses, a handful of peanut M&Ms, a Kit Kat bar—the options are endless.
FRIDAY: HAVE A NIGHT IN
Skip the crowds (and real people clothing with non-forgiving waistbands) and plan a date night in with your significant other. Preferably one that involves your coziest flannels, snacks and a queue of new episodes to watch. Science says that couples who share media—like TV shows and movies—experience more closeness.
SATURDAY: WALK YOUR DOG (OR SOMEONE ELSE’S)
Take your pooch out for a relaxed walk. What’s more, we’re not talking the harried, mandatory pee-break. Enable Fido to lead the pack. Give him a chance to sniff each post and take after his nose to his heart’s substance. You’ll effectively get in those 10,000 stages and have the opportunity to truly investigate your neighborhood. Gracious, and in the event that you don’t have a puppy, obtain one. Despite everything you’ll get similar advantages and you may make another textured companion.