5 stress-relieving daily Habits

Life comes with a package of it’s own difficulties and stress. But, guess what?
Our day-to-day trivial decisions and habits can contribute to it many folds.

40% of our day-to-day decisions are based on the habits that we cultivated with time. And yes, it means that our present life circumstances reflect the habits that we have maintained till now.

There can be habits that you know are deteriorating your mental health, and there can be habits that you are still unaware of. If you have figured out your bad habits and want to learn how to overcome them, then you should definitely read my 5 ways to make habits stick. If you haven’t figured them out yet, relax, I’m here to help you.

#Habit 1: Have a fixed sleeping routine

Why is it important?

In the year 2020, I literally turned my sleep cycle upside down for couple of months. I went to bed in the morning and woke up in the afternoon. Yes, I felt more productive but I eventually realized that it was quite harmful for my mental and physical health in long-term. A month into this habit, I got irritable and developed sleeping disorders.

I have a friend of mine who followed a similar sleeping pattern. Unfortunately, She developed Ovarian Cyst. According to the doctor, a disruption in her Circadian Rhythm (biological clock) was the culprit. It is better to work in the day time and sleep at the night time.

According to a research paper, an irregular sleeping habits affects our cognitive skills(logical and creative) and emotions. Oh and did you know that sleep is a major factor that decides your basketball career?

Don’t believe me? Read here.

But the question is why?! Our body undertakes all the healing metabolisms when we are asleep. And yes, that means right amount of sleep repairs your damaged tissues and blood vessels.

Ever wondered why children are required to sleep for 9 hours?
Because a healthy amount of sleeps strengthens the immune system, helping the body to fight all the evil disease-causing entities. Moreover, sleep makes the vaccines work efficiently.

In addition to this, It helps us to improve our memory and concentration. Whenever we learn something new, a new neural pathway is established. Sleeping contributes to the strengthening of this neural pathway, thus making us productive.

  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Helps to repair the damaged tissues and blood vessels.
  • Improves memory and concentration

How can you do it?

Before you go to bed, detach yourself from everything that happened that day. Be consistent with your sleeping and waking time. Switch off all the screens an hour before you go to bed. You can read books, meditate or even listen to soft music.

Most importantly, avoid pulling all-nighters (studying at night time). As I mentioned above, it does more harm than good. Finish your home works and assignments during the day time.

  • Let go of anything bad that happened that day.
  • Have a fixed sleeping and waking time.
  • Practice No-screen time an hour before going to the bed. You can read books, meditate, listen to soft music etc. during during this time to relax your body.
  • Avoid All-nighters at all cost. Complete to assignments and home works at all cost.

If you still can’t go to bed, time to consult a doctor bud!

#Habit 2: Affirm every morning

Why is it important?

Negative thoughts are self-sabotaging and they play an important role in lowering a person’s self-esteem. Even worse, they are capable of materializing themselves into reality. Around 80% of our thoughts are negative and, 90% of them are repetitive.

Is it possible to completely eradicate it or at least control it?

There’s this thing called Law of attraction based on a simple concept – You attract what you believe. Affirmations is a part of this law where you frequently repeat positive phrases like I am disciplined, I am confident etc.

Now, the questions is, How can affirmations help us?
When we speak these positive sentences out loud, they get embedded into our subconscious mind. This reprograms our brain to take decisions in favor of success.

They helps in managing stress, overcoming depression by raising our self-esteem. Affirmations trick our subconscious mind into working towards our wishful goals.

  • Helps manage stress, and overcome depression
  • Tricks our subconscious mind into achieving our goals
  • Raises our self-esteem

How can you do it?

I prefer to have a separate journal/diary where I jot down my future goals in the form of affirmations and I repeat them to myself everyday. Also, remember to be specific with what you say. For instance, If I want to ace my upcoming exam. I would write, “I aced the exam which as held on –/–/—- because I worked hard and smart.” Try to be as specific as you can.

Observe how I used these phrases in future tense, rather than in present tense. Talk to yourself as if you are who you want to be. It is important that you convince your subconscious mind into thinking that you do not lack what you are seeking for because if you do, your mind will eventually come up with many other problems linked with it.

As Mark Manson says,

Wanting positive experience is a negative experience; accepting negative experience is a positive experience.

It may feel awkward in the beginning but you’ll eventually start enjoying it.
Here’s a link to couple of good Affirmations for you: Click Here!

#Habit 3: Plan out the day

Why is it important?

The less decisions we have to make, the more likely we are to complete the tasks assigned for a day. Planning out the day in advance keeps our mind decluttered.

I would advice you to fix a time to plan out your day. Say, Early in the morning after waking up or before going to Bed. I prefer planning out my day in the morning.

While planning our your day, don’t just jot-down all the work related task but mention other day-to-day task like self-care, errands to run etc.

  • Keeps the mind calm
  • Creates a routine and momentum

Remember: The motive of planning out your day in advance is to keep your mind calm. If you feel overwhelmed by planning out your day then you are either doing something wrong or maybe it simply isn’t for you.

How can you do it?

Before getting started with planning out, you need to have the right equipment in the bag – A planner/Organizer. It’s important that you have the right

  • Prioritize tasks based on their deadlines and importance

#Habit 4: Prepare yourself to face the day

Why is it important?

After we plan out our day, we need to get started with the most important task, that is, to attain a peaceful mind. I would suggest not to hop on to your work immediately after planning out your day. Rather read some good books, meditate or do things that would get you ready to face the day.

Here’s how I do it: I plan out my day early in the morning for about 20 minutes. Then I read a book for first 20 minutes and later proceed to meditation. (Though, I sometimes skip the meditation part)

You might also wanna check out The 5 AM Club, by Robin Sharma. This book features the talk on the importance of first 60 minutes of the day. Also, No this is not a sponsored post.

How can you do it?

Habit 5: Reflect before going to bed

Why is it important?

I believe that this is the best exercise for people who suffer with anxiety issues.

Before going to bed, relax and Analyze your day. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you committed and promise yourself to do better the next day. After this, Do not replay any negative event that happened that day. Neither think of any work that you need to get done tomorrow.

Only you know the things that you went through and now is your time to rest. Believe that you gave your best and detach from your day completely.

How can you do it?

Do you feel that the list is incomplete? What else would you wanna add to it?

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