3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Well Being

From leaky faucets to marathon to-do lists, there’s always something yanking at my sanity. If I don’t make a ritual of finding balance, I’m liable to topple over like a tired toddler. I wouldn’t say I’m always the best behaved, but I have learned a few tricks for beating the blues and staying centered. Here are 3 ways I improve my well-being every day.

I sip something…

For some coffee connoisseurs, the caffeine is the allure. A cup of the good stuff has the power to take them from groggy to go-time. Although it’s touted as the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance, the stimulating effects of caffeine aren’t the reason I’m hooked. It’s the rich aroma, the act of wrapping my hands around a warm mug and inhaling the familiar that appeal to me. I believe there’s a comfort in rituals (go ask a catholic), and my morning coffee has become one of my sacred observances. If coffee isn’t your jam, find something else to sip while you take a short sabbatical.

I do yoga in the morning

Making time for the mat is crucial to my well-being. I consider my practice cathartic and energizing, a time when I am stretched, stimulated, and searching all at once. As I move through each posture, I push past everyday agitations and enter a place where all that exists is movement and breath, grace and gratitude. Yoga is my golden ticket, my entrance to happy. Sure, yoga time in the morning is sometimes tough to arrange, but my whole day suffers if I don’t take the time to fuel my spirit and stretch my limbs. The secret to maintaining a consistent practice is this: just do it. I don’t let excuses dictate.

I let music move me

I confess that I had an awkward crush on Lionel Richie when I was too young to know better. It wasn’t the caterpillar mustache or polyester pantsuit that attracted me, it was his music. When he smoothly proclaimed “You Are…,” I was certain he was serenading me. And yes, you will find that song on my playlist. Music doesn’t just get our feet tapping, it  moves our internal rhythms, and woos us to love, loosen up, or pick up the pace at the gym. One of the quickest ways I’ve found to boost my mood is to play a song that inspires me. Keep music in your wellness arsenal, and share it with the ones you love.

Those are just a few of the things I access every day as a means to feel better, think more clearly and cultivate joy. You no doubt have your own daily pick-me-ups. If you haven’t already, take some time to mentally list them, or jot them down on a post-it note and keep them as subtle reminders that even when life sucks, it’s still pretty amazing.

26 Comments
  • Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    March 8, 2016

    This is really great! Over the summer (when I don’t have to wake up as early) I’d like to get into a routine of yoga in the morning and then slowly transition that routine to the insanely early hours that I have to get up during the school year. I feel like it would be a great way to start the day!

  • Leslie Soto
    March 8, 2016

    I love these tips. I’m definitely a coffee when I first wake up girl and I sit in the silence and do my Daily Devotional. I love doing yoga but I got out of the habit of it and really miss it. It’s time to fit that back in though. And music is always a must for me. Every day.

    • Rica Lewis
      March 8, 2016

      Daily devotionals are a great tool for refocusing and cultivating gratitude. Love it, Leslie!

  • Chrissy
    March 8, 2016

    Yoga in the morning sounds wonderful – if only I had time. Instead I might try and incorporate it into my evening routine, maybe it will help me get to sleep better and more relaxed. And music is always a good idea. xxx

  • Mayara
    March 8, 2016

    This is great! Music for me is a big one. I just love the rhythm and how it can completely lift me up! Awesome post!

  • Angela Toslma
    March 8, 2016

    oh gosh, I do yoga at night to help me unwind
    And dance in the shower!

  • Jessica Bradshaw
    March 8, 2016

    Love these ideas! Great post. I sip water and hot chocolate. 🙂 Yoga is great too!

  • Dana
    March 8, 2016

    One of my goals this year to to learn how to do yoga at home (and make time to do so!). I definitely don’t judge based on your Lionel Richie crush – I loved, and still do, Neil Diamond!

  • Chelsea
    March 8, 2016

    SO true!! I don’t know why but sipping something always gives me comfort and a little piece of mind!! Love my morning coffee.

    • Rica Lewis
      March 8, 2016

      Yes! There’s something so relaxing about a warm mug in your hands! Thanks for reading Chelsea.

  • Talk Less, Say More
    March 8, 2016

    Coffee, yoga and music are three MUST HAVES in my life! EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

  • Sheryl
    March 8, 2016

    I so agree with what you have written. It’s so important to take this time to begin the day.

  • Anna Palmer
    March 9, 2016

    Tumble like a toddler. Ha. I will follow your lead and find three simple things. I meditate for 10 minutes and that is incredible. I will add some yoga like you…

    • Rica Lewis
      March 9, 2016

      Awesome, Anna. The meditation is crucial for me. I have never been one to just jump into my day.

  • Lezley
    March 9, 2016

    These are 3 great ways! I have been trying to make more time for yoga but it has been hard. I guess it’s time to really make time.

    • Rica Lewis
      March 9, 2016

      Yes, make time, Lezley. You deserve it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Bri
    March 9, 2016

    I totally agree with the music, it can completely change your mood! I do love my coffee too and would like to get more into Yoga.

    • Rica Lewis
      March 9, 2016

      Thanks for popping in, Bri. 🙂 I hope you do decide to get on the mat. It’s a great journey!

  • Rosalyn O.
    March 13, 2016

    Awesome tips! I enjoy yoga in the mornings as well. It puts me in a good mood and I feel ready for the day.

    • Rica Lewis
      March 14, 2016

      That’s great, Rosalyn! Thanks for stopping in.

  • Emily Woodard
    April 1, 2016

    I love sipping coffee or tea and doing yoga. I usually do it before bed, though!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 1, 2016

      Yes, it is calming to do yoga before bed. Thanks for commenting, Emily.

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