- Clean Living in a clean environment can help declutter your mind and lower stress levels. Not only that, your partner, parents or whoever you live will be more happy with you and less likely to snap at you because you didn’t do the dishes or forgot to put the rubbish out. Yes, it takes time and effort cleaning the house, your room, bathroom, and car, but it’s easy to maintain and less time consuming if you stay on top of it. This bit of extra effort leads to a better home life and peace of mind. This peace of mind helps you attack your work and everything else you do with more vigour, knowing that everything is sorted and your partner or parents is happy with you. I think everyone would agree that it’s not a nice feeling dodging someone at home because you didn’t do a job that you were supposed to do.
- Prepare If you don’t have a diary of some sort, whether it be on your phone or in an actual book type of diary, get one and start writing down upcoming events, important dates, and reminders for each day, because I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget things if I haven’t written them down. Having a diary is an easy way to keep track of appointments and helps us improve our time management which is so important in this day and age with our ever busy lifestyles. Also, it’s good to write down tasks each day and tick them off as you go along. It feels good and gives you that sense of achievement when you look back over your diary and see what you have done for the day.
- Meditate I feel quite blessed that I now get to meditate (nap) for 15-30 min each day. My general routine is to eat lunch, then I read a bit to clear my mind of anything that I might be thinking about, then I either nap or just try to empty my mind and try to control my breathing. I have noticed since I started how it boosts my thinking clarity for the afternoon and I generally feel slightly refreshed afterwards. This helps a lot when I have to engage with people and take classes in the afternoon. I know many don’t have such freedom, but I suggest that you try to clear your mind and relax at some part throughout the day, even if it’s for a few minutes at smoko or lunchtime. We are constantly overstimulated and stressed from when we wake up, to when we got to bed, that even something as small as a 5-10 min nap at smoko or lunchtime can help you finish the day strong. So even though you aren’t actually getting anything done while you meditate, it can help you think better and get everything else you do afterwards that much better.
It may not happen overnight, but if you start today, not tomorrow, you are one step closer to creating good healthy habits for your mind and body.