Balanced Life — Nine Things You Can Do Every Day — Even When You Can’t Do Anything Else
Simple, yes. But extremely important, not just in the action but in the habit. Growing up, I always considered making my bed a chore. Now I understand it is about how you start your day…with purpose. I’m happy to report I accomplish about seven of the nine simple things. I need to work on “jumping up and down” and the 10 minute walk each day. I try to get in some physical activity a few days a week. But I can see how the walk can have mental wellness value. Great advice as always, and not too difficult to incorporate into our daily lives.
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, outlines nine things we can do every day:
We all promise ourselves to do better, but it can sure seem impossible, some days. I try to keep a list of things that I can do every day. Even when I forget to write in my one-sentence journal or I don’t make it to the gym, I try to make sure I hit all these items.
That way, even if I feel like I had a day when I got nothing accomplished, I can comfort myself, as I climb into my smooth, tidy bed, “Well, at least I went for a walk. I ate an apple. I hugged my daughters.”
1. Make your bed.
2. Wear sunscreen.
3. Wear your seat belt.
4. Jump up and down a few times.
5. Pick up one object that’s in the wrong place and put it away.
6. Go for a 10-minute walk outside.
7. Eat a fruit or vegetable.
8. Put your keys away in the same place.
9. Touch everyone in your house with affection.