First, let’s start with the most over-emphasized part of wellness. It is that this process is somehow “all or nothing.”
You don’t have to workout for 60 minutes each time you hit the gym. You don’t have to eat “healthy” or on diet for every single meal. You don’t have to meditate for 20 minutes every day. You don’t have to get 8 hours of sleep every night. You don’t have to drink 128 oz of water daily. You don’t have to be happy all of the time.
The goal is to make better decisions more often than not. Simply, it is to make the best choice available, over time, more often than you don’t.
Certainly, the more consistent you do this the better shape you’ll be in. A consistent good night’s sleep will provide more energy than a consistent five hours. Eating 20/21 meals (assuming three daily) that are healthy is better than 12/21.
In fact, striving for happiness may not be an effective strategy. Happiness seems to find us best when we are in rhythm, focused on our purpose and making a positive difference for others.
We aren’t perfect. Your wellness routines won’t be, either. You’ll have off days, down days, and days where you absolutely get your ass kicked. The key is in making tomorrow better than today, dinner better than lunch, and the next breath one filled with gratitude rather than exasperation.
To that effect, here are the four most underrated daily wellness strategies for better wellbeing (i.e. the “low hanging fruit”).
Daily Wellness Strategies for Better Wellbeing:
1) Take a 10-minute walk outside
It gets you out of your desk (or out of your seat), into nature, into fresh air, and gets you moving. It helps clear the mind and reset our task focus or priority. It creates another “stop and start”, leading to better memory, task orientation, and productivity.
It’s an immediate mood changer. It doesn’t matter whether you get up and dance or not (although we think that can help), it takes your focus to something positive and will allow you to reset your mental focus.
3) Text a friend you’re thankful for them
Gratitude, that’s why. Get out of your own head and make someone else’s day. Selfishly, you’ll feel really good (and they will, too). We have less time than we think with the ones we love; don’t waste a second of it (especially if they’re an out of town friend).
4) Smile at a stranger and tell them you hope they have the best day ever
This might create the best moment of their day, and we promise if you do this in an elevator they’ll never forget it. We bet you smile pretty big afterwards, too.
The grand prize is knocking these all out in one swoop. Take a walk, listen to your song, text a friend, and then make a stranger’s day.