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.