Spring is a wonderful time to create new daily habits.
Habits that make you feel great.
Let's plant the seed and just look at 4 simple habits for spring that may inspire you.
Perhaps you can think of more for yourself but maybe these resonate with you?
1. All things have a place
It is true that all things have a place and picking things up does make us feel better and creates a good feeling around our environment. Is there somewhere in your home that you feel needs a daily habit?
Perhaps a plate for your keys where you know you'll always find them because this is where you always put them.
Hoovering every day may not be something that makes you dance a jig but clearing the space can be a great habit to form, as it putting clothes away every day after the washing has dried, or emptying the dishwasher, or setting a breakfast tray for the morning.
2. Choose Gratitude
You may think that 'Gratitude' is a buzz word and very popular, but it can change perspective quite quickly. If you're feeling out of sorts by a friend, colleague, or family member, one thing that can help is to sit down and make a list of everything that you appreciate about that person. You can then revisit that list whenever you need to.
At the end of every day, write down 5 things that you have been grateful for that day. This can be that the sun was shining, or the baby smiled at you in the supermarket, or your dog curled up close, or your cat purring on your heart, or your partner cooked dinner. You'll be pleasantly surprised. Find yourself a little notebook and keep it by your bedside.
3. Feed the water within.
We know the benefits of drinking water, and approx 70% of you is made up of water. Therefore your body needs to drink it, but it also loves to bathe in it or feel it in the shower.
The best habits are to shower daily, or even better, to bathe, create a practice around this and you will reap the benefits. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is a great way to fuel your body, as when we're dehydrated we can feel hungry, tired, and very irritable. So always drink water before making a decision.
4. Plan Your Days
You may think only people who are successful plan their days - well, it's a great habit to begin and it's available for everyone.
Scheduling all aspects of your life into your diary, or your smart phone, will help you spend your time wisely but also factor in self care, which is HUGE for counsellors in training and qualified counsellors, plus anyone in the helping/healing/customer service professions.
We often forget ourselves, so scheduling and getting into a habit of looking at calendars and writing a to do list before bed so that you know what you need to do the following day. You can sleep without it going over and over in your mind.