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Emotional Health is one of the most talked about aspects of Personal Wellness. That doesn’t make it any more important than any other aspect, but without focusing on emotional health, the rest of our wellness can get totally out of sync. Lucky for us, there are some super simple and easy habits we can take on that will improve our emotional health. Read on for more!
#1: Practice Personal Hygiene
Okay, so this one sounds a little bit silly, right? Probably. But think about how you feel after a nice shower or warm bath, with freshly brushed teeth and clean hair. The answer is probably about a million times better than if you’ve skipped a shower for a day or two.
Taking care of our hygiene and grooming makes us feel better in our skin, which helps us feel better emotionally. If you don’t believe me, try it! Next time you’re having a bad day emotionally, take some time to clean yourself up. It certainly won’t solve all of your problems, but it will likely improve your mood and emotional health.
#2: Have a Morning and Evening Routine
You wake up in the morning and you’ve snoozed your alarm 3 times. Now there’s no time to shower or make your coffee if you want to make it to work on time. What a lovely way to start your day, right? Implementing routines can help you avoid this frustrating scenario.
Routines don’t have to be complex. The easiest to implement is setting a general time to go to bed and wake up every day. I always thought this would be the hardest part, but I’ve felt so much better in the mornings since I gave myself a “bedtime.” I even stick to it on the weekends, which leads to earlier (but happier) mornings, and more time to do fun stuff on my days off!
An evening routine could look something like:
- Stop watching TV or being on the computer 1 hour before bed.
- Make a cup of tea or grab a cup of water.
- Read a book or reflect on the day you had or what you want to do tomorrow.
- Brush your teeth and wash your face.
- Lay down to sleep.
Your morning routine doesn’t have to be crazy either! You could choose to give yourself enough time to work out or do yoga, or you could choose to wake up later and just have enough time for personal hygiene before you start your day. I do recommend trying to fit in breakfast at some point, though.
#3: Keep a Planner
This is by far one of the things that has been most helpful for me. I work full-time, I’m a full-time student, and I like to do other stuff besides those things! Keeping a planner is an easy way to organize your activities (both mandatory and for fun) so that you have time to do everything you need to – and want to – do.
There are a few different ways to do this:
- Bullet Journals
I’ve tried to use a bullet journal before, and liked it, but ultimately didn’t end up sticking with it. The concept is that you buy a dotted notebook and create your own personalized planner within it that is exactly what you want. It proved too much for me to want to keep up with, but some people really love it! Right now, I use a mix of a mostly pre-printed planner and Google Calendar.
I’m currently using Clever Fox’s Ultimate Planner as my daily planner that I carry around. It has specific pages for yearly and quarterly goal planning, and weekly and monthly spreads. It even has habit trackers and tons of space for notes. You fill in the dates and months yourself, so you can start it at whatever point in the year you want!
I also keep my Google Calendar up to date. It allows me to share my appointments and events with my husband, and vice versa. It majorly reduces miscommunications.
#4: Exercise Regularly
I promise this isn’t as bad as it sounds. I’m not about to tell you to go do cardio for an hour every morning. I hate cardio – so you’re safe from that with me.
However, it is so important for your emotional health to get some physical activity in throughout the day. I personally really dig weight lifting. I haven’t been doing it much since I’m currently pregnant, but I loved how I felt when I was lifting weights every day before work. That said, even something as simple as going for a short walk would be immensely helpful.