THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE 2023 THE BEST YEAR EVER
1. Wake up naturally
You might think of it as a strange suggestion. I mean, is it even possible to wake up without an alarm clock? Well, it is. Practice a routine of sleeping on time and waking up at the same hour every day. That’s how your biorhythm should works, with no alarms to jolt you out of your slumber. Wake up naturally and start your day with a positive mood.
2. Begin every morning with a smile
We know life can take over, and it might feel like an ordeal to smile the first thing every morning, but push yourself to do it. Tell yourself it’s going to be a day full of happiness and contentment, and have a wide smile on your face. It might sound silly, but trust us, it will really set the tone for the day ahead!
3. Exercise daily
Do whatever that makes you move — it could be dancing, jumping on the spot, or going for a run with your favourite music playing through your earphones. Make sure you’re incorporating 20 minutes of exercise every single day for your dose of happy hormones.
4. Sing in the shower
Haven’t we all felt a sense of happiness when we come out of a nice shower after belting out our favourite song? Oh, and while you are at it, don’t forget to put on your best-scented body wash. Well, it is believed that our favourite aromas have pleasant olfactory memories associated with them that make us feel blissful. Now, that’s a good enough reason to enjoy a warm shower and de-stress!
5. Practice meditation
We are always hustling, and unfortunately, our culture glorifies that. We are never really told to slow down, but guess what? That’s equally important. Practising meditation for about 15 to 20 minutes every day is a healthy practice. In fact, research shows that our brain releases an anti-anxiety chemical called GABA when we practice meditation or yoga. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found there is a 27 per cent increase in GABA levels after an hour of meditation.
6. Eat breakfast
Most of us are in such a hurry every morning that we forget to eat breakfast, and end up feeling ‘hangry. Well, how about enjoying a nourishing meal packed with your favourite foods every morning? It will help you look forward to something, and at the same time, give you a boost of energy.
7. Get into the habit of reading
With dwindling attention spans these days, most people find reading ‘very boring’. It really isn’t, though! Get a book from your
favourite genre, slip into the quilt, and sip on some hot chocolate as you immerse yourself in a different world.
8. Focus on one task
We function on auto-pilot mode and perform tasks mechanically, often juggling several things at a time. Well, the key is to focus on one task at a time. Multitasking actually affects your focus and causes stress