4 Simple Habits to Improve Your Daily Routine

With the winter holidays and New Year's past, you might be thinking about how you can improve your life. Maybe you want to diversify your choices in cuisine or start working harder for a professional goal. Or maybe you want to start seriously improving your mental health.

We here at Manhattan Wellness Associates care deeply about your well-being. Maybe it's time you start taking the time for yourself, too. Change can be scary, but you don't necessarily have to start with anything bombastic. It could all just start with four simple changes in your morning habits.

A Normal Routine

Do you ever feel bleary or out-of-sorts from a bad night's sleep? Have a difficult time forcing yourself to sleep at normal hours? According to a study recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry, people whose circadian rhythms, or daily sleep-wake cycles, are irregular have a higher probability of suffering from conditions such as major depression and bipolar disorder. By just setting the alarm earlier and waking up at a regular time, you could be starting your day off right.

Regular Meditation

Meditation can be a powerful tool. It doesn't have to be the classic "om" that is commonly depicted in television either. Simply closing your eyes to clear your mind for a few seconds can do wonders for your emotional regulation. And with the explosive popularity of apps such as Headspace, there are more options than ever to choose from.

Quick tip: feeling anxious? Take a deep breath, relax your muscles, and clear your mind.

Practice Journaling

Is it hard for you to make sense of how you're feeling? Do you find it difficult to identify the primary source of your anger or sadness? It might be time to crack open a notebook or your favorite word-processing app and write down how you're feeling. It doesn't matter whether it's one word or one hundred. With practice, your ability to assess how and why you're feeling a certain way will improve.

Taking a Walk

Did you know exercise has one of the most profound effects on your mental health? It makes sense that if your body feels out of sorts, the rest will soon follow. Time and again, studies have shown exercise to have a profoundly positive impact on mental wellness. Feeling anxious? Stay indoors and get your steps in. Implementing some sort of extra physical effort into your life will build over time. Soon, you'll be feeling stronger and more focused.

Get to It

It's easy to debate what your New Year's resolution will be; the hardest part is implementing it. Hopefully, with these four simple tips, you will feel confident enough to incorporate some helpful structures into your life.

Jennifer Silvershein