I’ve been there. When the days seem long and it gets harder to get out of bed in the morning. When you feel like you may be “in a rut”, self-care can easily fall by the wayside and you may often feel like you need a pick-me-up but are at a loss of what to do.
When it all seems overwhelming, it can be good to know that some small changes can actually make a big difference and really help you feel better. That’s what this list is for. (Inspired by this post) because sometimes you just need to start small and check off a few things on your To-Do List to get the ball rolling again.
Please remember that productivity does not define your worth as a person. It can be hard when depression comes knocking at the door, this is why I’ve compiled a reference list of a few manageable things you can do that might make you feel better and a little accomplished.
Don’t stress about including all of them, just pick a few you think you’d be willing to try, and incorporate them for a week or so, and if you like it – keep going or add another one! You can set an alarm/reminder on your phone so you remember to do it until it becomes a regular habit.
- Drink 1 more cup of water a day.
- Delete 1 social media app from your phone or set alarms for how long you can use it.
- There are a bunch of timer apps now that allow you to regulate your browsing and app permissions to try and reduce screen time.
- Consider taking the stairs or walking when you might usually choose an alternative.
- Donate unused clothes or household items to charity.
- Read one page (or one chapter) of a book you’ve been meaning to start.
- Meditate for one minute each day.
- Set a timer and just sit and breathe. (First thing in the morning and first thing before bed are easy).
- Stretch for one minute before bed.
- When you think something nice about someone, say it.
- Add 1 more fruit or vegetable to your day.
- Bring an apple, banana or orange with you in your bag etc.
- Floss your teeth 1 more day a week.
- Try to correct your posture when you catch yourself slouching.
- Make a point of not look at others (in real life or on social media) to compare yourself to them. If you catch yourself, redirect your attention or close the page.
- Put your pocket change into a jar at the end of each day and save it up.
- Swap one movie (or TV show) that you watch a month for something you might not usually watch like an interesting educational documentary or historical movie.
- Start replacing your “sorry”s with “thank you”s instead.
- At the end of each day, write down 1 good thing that happened.
- Change something about your morning ritual. I.e. start making your bed as soon as you get up, put your pj’s away, wash your face, open the curtains etc.
- Once a week (or depending on how often you eat out) substitute one meal you might buy or eat out with a homemade one.
- This also gives you a chance to try a new recipe you’ve been wanting to taste or to cook with friends or roommates.
- Do you dishes before bed so you don’t wake up to a dirty pile.