Over the years I’ve worked hard to rewire my thought processes and negative outlooks brought on by anxiety and depression, through counselling and immersing myself with things and people that fed my soul in a healthy way. When I look back now at where I am today in comparison to who I was a few years ago, I’m amazed at the progress. I know now that I can pinpoint certain activities and habits that have been the foundation for helping me through this journey, and I know it can help someone else out there as well.
These daily habits I incorporated into my routine are some you’ve probably heard before, however, that doesn’t mean they should be brushed to the side and ignored. They are worth repeating and mentioning as their importance and role in someone’s life could very well be significant; as they were in mine.
If you’d like to know these 5 daily habits you should cultivate into your life, keep on reading!
1) Feed your soul with Inspiring and/or knowledgable Content
When I look back over the last two years; from being overwhelmed due to my mental health to now feeling more confident and in control, I owe a lot of that to making changes in what I was occupying my free time with.
I started by making changes to the books I read, the podcasts I listened to, the content creators I followed, and the youtube videos I watched.
The content you should immerse yourself in, should be based on what you know you need more of or want to learn more about! Self/help? Cleaning or organization? Psychology? Faith? The list goes on!
Grow in those areas you want to learn and feel more confident in, and watch as your knowledge and motivation for life and all it has to offer increases.
2) Stop Playing Victim
Listen, this is not exactly an easy thing to change overnight. I’m still learning to re-wire this part of my thought process, and it requires a continual process and effort on your part.
When we play victim, complain, or blame others for the hardships of our life, we let anger and entitlement fester. Appreciation for life and what it has to offer goes lost, and this only resonates and destroys every other area of your life such as relationships, career, etc.
Learn to pay attention to what those negative thoughts are saying, and reconstruct them to be more balanced. Over time, this can help to change your mentality and allow you to build resilience to the storms you may face in life.
You can check out my post 5 Truths to help you face anxiety and check out the app I mention that helps to rewire negative thought processes to become balanced.
3) Practice Daily Gratitude
I can’t stress enough just how much this daily habit has changed my life. This also is a great tool in helping you to rewire negative thought processes, and coincides with daily habit #2. You minimize the worries of today by focusing on what you’re grateful for!
For those that tend to reflect onto the past or hold fears for the future, gratitude grounds you into the blessings and fulfilled promises of today. Be reminded of all God has blessed you with; even if it is the very breath you get to take.
4) Spend time in Prayer
For my ladies who are fellow believers, you know just how daily time spent in prayer is so necessary and important.
Prayer time can look different to many people, whether it’s a conversation on a drive into work or through a journal. For myself personally, I like to write down my prayers in a prayer journal and really take my time with it. It can help for those that get easily distracted or who simply want to use their creativity and writing gifts.
For those that aren’t believers, I can only encourage you to try. If it feels uncomfortable or awkward, the journal is a great way to start. Even if it’s just writing down all that you need to get off your mind and letting it all go onto the paper.
As someone who adores being cozy in bed or on the couch watching a movie with a hot drink in hand, exercise was never something I necessarily “cared for”.
This year, I decided to really try and give it a go. I joined a program that allowed me to work out from home and follow the workout from any device. I tried gym memberships before, but I could never follow through with the commitment and the prices were astronomical!
By starting continual exercise, you are giving yourself that much-deserved self-care time. Exercise releases many brain chemicals (such as the “feel-good” brain chemical called ‘endorphins’) that assist in regulating your mood and boosting a positive mind-set and well being!
I truly hope these 5 daily habits are helpful to you all, as they have been for me. Let me know what other daily habits you recommend!