Its the time of the year when I get REALLY stressed out. Everything is almost due at school. The holidays are approaching which means balancing a work schedule (my line of work doesn't shut down unfortunately), finding time for my family/friend commitments, and of course the dreaded holiday shopping. With all this STUFF, its sometimes hard to still enjoy things. As such, here are five ways I make the day better.
1. Call a loved one. Every day.
CALL (not text) someone you love. Just say hi, catch up etc. For me, its my mom. I call her every single day without exception. Even if its two minutes to say I love you, it always improves my day. Of course you don't have to call the same person every day. I also call my sister a good bit. We prefer Skype to telephone calls. We spend an hour or so about once a week skyping and I always look forward to our chats.
Clutter leads to stress. Guess what alleviates the stress? Organization. People sometimes think I'm OCD because I clean so much. I just know that I have issues with anxiety. Having a clean organized space lessens my stress and anxiety A LOT, so I just know to stay on top of it. Plus, cleaning is pretty good exercise if you do a good job of it... and exercise helps reduce stress too... its win win!
3. Do something for someone else.
This is one of my favorites! Doing something for someone else makes you feel good! Don't ask for credit or a favor in return. The good feeling is your reward! I most often do little things for my boyfriend since he's right in the same house. I'll wash his work uniform without being asked, leave a little sweet treat on his nightstand, or make him a breakfast when he wakes up on his day off. It makes him happy and that makes me happy...
4. Express yourself.
Blog, sing, journal, paint... do something creative. I do lots of creative things. Some (like writing) I'm pretty good at. Others (like crochet) I'm well, not so good at. Either way, it makes me feel really good to create, express myself, think outside my normal realm of work/school. Who knows, maybe you'll even find something you're really good at!
5. Don't put it off.
This is one I sometimes struggle with. It stinks to go to bed with a sink full of dishes or a dryer full of clothes. Why? Because when you wake up they're still there! Getting it done and waking up without a completely full plate always feels good.
How do you make things better?