Between work, school, family, and many other responsibilities, daily life can get overwhelming. Adopting a few mindful, daily rituals can help reduce your stress and increase your overall happiness. And the great news: Many of these rituals take little to no time at all.
Adopt a Positive Affirmation
A positive affirmation is a simple word or phrase that helps you calm down and find peace. There are several positive affirmations to choose from, or you can create your own. The most important thing is that the phrase or word resonates with you. I have a yoga instructor who uses the phrase, “I am here in this now.” This has always resonated with me. Write your own positive affirmation on a note and stick it on the mirror to remind yourself to say it each morning. Saying the affirmation in the morning will help ground you for the entire day. Not sure what mantra to choose? Check out this list.
The word meditation might conjure images of monks sitting cross legged on the floor saying “Om.” Meditation can be a non-religious and extremely effective technique for calming your mind and getting in touch with your body. Just ten minutes a day of meditation can be enough to make a major impact on your overall health and well-being. If you are new to meditation or don’t know where to get started, check out Headspace for ten-minute guided meditation sessions.
Start a Gratitude Journal
It can be easy to get caught up in the negative energy surrounding us each day, but it’s important to take time to recognize the good things in our life. Keeping a daily gratitude journal is an easy way to remind us that there is happiness even in dark times. Place a notebook next to your bed and each night write one to five things that you are grateful for that day. These can range from being thankful for your mother to being thankful you got a run in this morning. When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed return to your gratitude journal and remember that you have a lot to be happy about.