Let’s face it, the prospect of being “that girl” is appealing. She wakes up at 5, works out with the sunrise, and conquers half the day before breakfast. But some of us can’t even conquer not hitting the snooze button. And don’t even get me started on the ten million self-help books out there when I can barely focus on finishing one.
The good news is that I’ve scoured the great depths of the internet to ask women how they can improve their day in less than 30 minutes. The best part? You don’t have to uproot your life to adopt these habits. So set down that overly expensive matcha -at least for now- and discover the secrets of becoming a more self-satisfied version of yourself in just a few minutes.
Don’t we hate it when people tell us to work out only to find it does make a difference? I know I did. However, exercise doesn’t just have to be strength training or cardio at a gym -although that’s great. Exercise can also be done using an elliptical or rowing. So make sure to get at least some form of exercise in every day.
2. Murphy’s Law
If you’ve gone to bed dreading the next day, maybe Murphy’s law is for you. Things can go wrong even after significant preparation, so why not minimize the chances? These wonder women have a solution for you. Prep everything you need for the next day before sleeping. This method ought to reduce your fears of the worst coming to fruition.
This preparation includes picking an outfit, packing a lunch or setting up the coffee maker, getting your bag ready, and more. Many recommend you don’t skip breakfast since it is the fuel that keeps you going until lunchtime. You can even set out the tools you’d need to style hair.
3. Cuddling Pets
Pet owners recommend setting the alarm for around 30 minutes before you have to get out of bed. Mornings are the prime time to shower some love on your fur babies before you leave for the day. One dog owner likes wrapping her dog like a burrito, singing a song, and even dozing back off until the real alarm beckons.
Even if you don’t have pets, consider waking up 30 minutes before you need to and just take in the moment, the quiet, before it all becomes a rush. Watch the sunrise, sip your coffee, stretch, or do anything that might improve your day.
4. Grow Plants
Only about a million people recommended gardening to us. There’s something unmatched about the joy and gratification of bringing something to life and watching it grow. Using it in a meal or tea is even better. Some gardeners enjoy planting only flowers or succulents. You can also get indoor plants or use your windowsill to grow microgreens. Try out easy-to-grow plants in a container, or transform your backyard into a herb garden.
5. Nighttime Skincare
It’s essential to end your day on a good note so you can wake up feeling good the next day. According to one person, soothing skincare and dental routine is the key to feeling fresh the next day. Brush those teeth, moisturize your face, and remember to remove makeup, or you’ll resemble a raccoon in the morning.
A good skincare routine will keep your face fresh and have your skin look better than ever. Top it off with some hydration before bed, and you’re good to go.
6. Reading For Fun
Is there anything better than curling up in bed with a book to end your day? Many readers believe books and coffee are the best combinations to add flavor to your life. Reading a few chapters is a good use of time, and you’ll always learn something regardless of what you read.
Reading at night only benefits you if you don’t go sleepless trying to read “just one more” chapter, by the way.
7. Stretching Your Body
Remember hating on yoga? Turns out, stretching will prevent stiffness, especially as you get older. Plenty of folks suggested we combine yoga and meditation to increase mindfulness. Stretching can also help regulate moods and to avoid irritation.
I hold my journal dearer than my house keys. When I lose the keys, I can vent into pages that won’t chastise me. Women often report that journals are an excellent way of sorting out feelings and dealing with stressful emotions and anxiety. They can help you navigate your life, reduce worry and build confidence, even if you write only a few sentences.
Knowing your mind is crucial, and journals are one way of figuring yourself out unless your journal is a burn book.
9. Exposure To Nature
It’s basic science; you need sunlight and fresh air to function unless you aim to play a role in a post-apocalyptic zombie movie. Folks suggest we open the blinds and windows or go out on the patio. Removing distractions and enjoying a cup of your favorite beverage in peace are valuable experiences.
One user prefers walking barefoot in the garden, and I envy her the feeling of soil between her toes.
10. Let The Water Flow
Showering can be an incredibly cathartic experience, and I enjoy a long pampering session with music, and apparently, the internet approves. Wash the day off with a shower or bath and see if that changes anything. Top it off with some lotion, and your body will thank you.
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