Have you had a good day lately? If you have to think about it, then the answer is probably, unfortunately, “no.” I hope you don’t have to think about it.
In my efforts to focus more on self care this year, today’s post is about positivity and having a good day, every day. There will always be some degree of negativity, but we have the power to fight past the negativity and not let it get us down. No one ever said there was “too much positivity and goodness” in the world.
Well, except maybe that one episode of FRIENDS when Phoebe dated that Parker guy. But that’s beside the point. I digress.
Last week I shared my 30-Day Self Care Challenge, with one easy task each day to take better care of yourself. Today’s list is a bit more daily focused but the thought is the same. It’s up to you to have a good day, and it doesn’t take much to make that happen.
Here are 15 ways to have a good day, today and every day.
As with self care, it doesn’t have to be any huge task or endeavor. Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference.
- Think something positive within a minute of waking up. Start your day on a good note!
- Drink lemon water before you drink coffee. It kickstarts your metabolism, aids in digestion, boosts your immune system and so much more.
- Eat breakfast, every single day. And not just a granola bar. Eat an actual breakfast. I always eat a bowl of berries with whatever else I eat (scrambled eggs, oatmeal, English muffin, or the occasional breakfast sandwich).
- Write down your tasks for the day, either in a planner/agenda or on a to-do list. I bought a new agenda for this year and I swear I’m going to use it.
- Include a few “easy” tasks on your to-do list that you can easily cross off. It’ll kick start your productivity for the day.
- Stay moving and avoid being overly sedentary. Standing desks are great. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Compliment your coworkers. Say nice things throughout the day. Positivity is contagious.
- Tell someone you love him/her. Anyone. A friend, family member, significant other, or heck even your favorite barista.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day. If “plain” water bores you, then add some sliced fruit the night before and let it steep. Lemon cucumber and orange blueberry are my favorite combos.
- Take a midday break and do something unrelated to your work for 15 minutes. It’ll actually boost your productivity when you go back to your original task.
- Go for a walk. Again with the movement.
- Plan ahead for the next day. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but having an idea of what’s ahead will help you stay organized so you don’t get behind. I like to set out my clothes for the next day before I go to bed.
- Write down one good thing that happened that day. I’m trying to be better about this myself.
- Stretch before bed. Y’all know how much I love a good stretch or yoga routine by now.
- Tell yourself you’re awesome.
They say that the smallest changes can make the biggest differences, and it’s absolutely true. Even on the hardest days, there’s always a reason to smile and have a good day. And when you have a good day, you can inspire and influence positivity among those around you.
What are some things YOU do to have a good day?