It’s easy (very easy) to loose track of the little things we could do throughout our day to make it a little healthier, a little calmer, and a little more positive. But making an effort to remember these little things, especially if they don’t take much time, and then actually DO them, can give your day a boost. Here’s a list of things you can try doing 5 times a day (that’s not too much to commit, right?), whether in one fail swoop or spread throughout, that might make your day feel a little healthier, a little calmer, a little more positive.
5 Walk Down Pushups
Ugh. Pushups. Well, these are a little different. They involve a good stretch that will make you slow down and relax for a moment. And the pushups will help define your arms! They’re very easy to do.
Start in a standing position, standing up straight with your shoulders pulled back. Slowly bend down from the waist, keeping your back straight on the way down (don’t hunch your shoulders). If it feels good to let yourself just hang there for a while, do it!
Once you’re ready, slowly walk your hands forward on the ground. Once you’ve walked out far enough to be in a plank position slowly lower your body down into a pushup, then back up into a plank. If you need to do this on your knees that’s fine.
Once you’ve completed your pushup, slowly walk your hands back towards your feet. Try to keep your legs as straight at possible. You should feel a great stretch in your calves, hamstrings, and lower back. Again, stay there if you like. When ready, keeping your back straight and just bending at your hips, rise back up to standing. It’s like getting pumped and doing yoga at once!
5 Positive Observations
Why is it always easier to remember, or be more affected, by the negative? There is a biological reason as part of our survival mechanism, but the difference between us and all other creatures on earth is we have the conscience ability to recognize, remember, and savor our good experiences. And when we do this, it makes our brains, and in turn our bodies feel good.
Sometimes we even make a negative observation about something that could be positive. Say Jim brings donuts into the office. “Great” you think. “Now I want a donut but I’m trying not to eat stuff like that. Thanks a lot Jim.” But, wasn’t it nice that Jim made the effort and spent the money to bring donuts in for his co-workers? It was a generous gesture on his part. But when we feel something affects us negatively, we can easily overlook the positive aspects. So try being more mindful about the positive things in your day, and appreciate them. I bet once you make the effort you’ll find more than 5.
5 Different Veggies
This is something we all should be doing already, but when Jim brings those damn donuts, the bag of baby carrots in the fridge is easily forgotten about. Stick to your guns when it comes to veggies. Even if you have the donut, still eat the bag of baby carrots. With all the vitamins, minerals, fiber and water in veggies, you should NEVER feel guilty about eating them. And you can easily wipe out all five veggies in a salad or mixed stir fry!
5 Quality Minutes With Someone You Love
My husband and I are around each other a lot. We’re both self employed, and are often working in the same place at the same time. Plus, you know, we live together. But we often have days that, though together quite a bit, there’s always some sort of distraction demanding our attention away from each other. Work, pets, household chores, sports on the TV or radio, my current obsession with Breaking Bad, texting with a friend, podcasts, cooking meals… yes, we may be around one another, but we’re not actually interacting and focusing on each other exclusively.
Taking just 5 minutes per day (it’s funny how 5 little minutes can be so hard to find!), and truly focusing on someone important to you, can strengthen your relationship. You don’t have to stare into each other’s eyes, just try talking without distraction. Or just holding each other. And hey, that might lead to something else beneficial.
5 Deep Breaths
Isn’t it amazing how much we take breathing for granted? I mean, in order for our bodies to actually be alive, we have to breath. And our body does it day in, day out, and we don’t give it a second thought until we’re having a hard time doing it. But breathing, especially deeply, is so beneficial. It rids our bodies of toxins, relaxes us and releases tension, massages internal organs, strengthen our body by allowing it to absorb vitamins and minerals more readily, and so on.
Just a few conscience deep breaths daily can do wonders. It’s especially relaxing to do right before bed, but anytime you feel like you need to chill out, just stop and take 5 deep breaths. Try breathing in and out through your nose, it’s more controlled that way.
What else can be added to this list? Have any suggestions? Please share them in the comments!