Boost Your Well-Being: Five Daily Habits for a Happier Life!

"Never feel like it. Never regret it." 

These words have echoed from sweaty workout classes, where motivation is often the hardest part. It’s the same feeling when the alarm goes off for that morning workout, or when it’s cold and blizzarding outside (hello, Toronto winters!), and the last thing you feel like doing is putting on all the layers to get out for a walk. 

And yet, when we do get up, get out, and get moving — we never regret it.

Movement isn’t just about physical health, it’s also a game-changer for emotional and mental well-being. In fact, movement is one of the essential tools I talk about in The Brave Healing Journal, tools that saved my life.

As it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s dive into these tools and commit to integrating them into our daily lives— one small step at a time.

Movement:

When I need an energy boost or to shake off nerves, I blast “Everybody Dance Now!” by C+C Music Factory. It’s my go-to anxiety antidote, and moving my body never fails to pump me up! During my darkest times, moving and getting some fresh air was more important than ever.

Research confirms exercise’s benefits on the brain—it boosts mood, reduces stress, and eases depression and anxiety. Whether it’s a walk, playing pickle ball, or sweating up a storm in a step class. (Am I the only one who LOVED me a good step class?!?) 

Actionable Idea: Today, try incorporating a short dance break into your routine. Play your favourite upbeat song and let yourself move freely for a few minutes.

Connection:

I thrive on connecting with people— whether they are strangers on elevators, fellow travelers on buses or planes or trains, or friends I’ve known for years. Humans are wired for connection; we need to feel seen, heard, and loved. Building and nurturing relationships is crucial in our everyday lives, but especially during challenging times.

Actionable Idea: Reach out to a friend or family member today. Send a text, make a call, or schedule a virtual coffee chat. It’ll boost your mood, and strengthen your bond! 

Mindfulness:

Let’s be real—I struggle with mindfulness too, be it my busy mind or my ADHD… But slowing down, grounding myself, and focusing on the present moment does always manages to calm my thoughts. Mindfulness isn’t about sitting cross-legged in perfect locus position for hours; it’s about being in the present moment, without judgment. 

Actionable Idea: Take on one of your everyday activities or tasks — whether that’s having a conversation with someone, doing the dishes, or folding the laundry — and do it mindfully. Bring some intention to the activity, and attention to the present moment.

Gratitude:

Practicing gratitude isn’t new — it’s an oldie but a goodie for a reason. It shifts our focus from what we don’t have, to all we do have. It fosters greater happiness and boosts our well-being. Taking a few minutes daily to appreciate what we have can completely transform our outlook.

Actionable Idea: List three things you are grateful for today, no matter how big or small. Do it now! You can either think about them in your mind, or write them down on paper. Reflect on these gifts throughout the day.

Journaling:

Writing down your thoughts clears the mental clutter, provides clarity, and allows for personal reflection. It’s a powerful tool for processing emotions and gaining self-awareness. Maybe it’s time to dust off that journal and reconnect with yourself?!?

Actionable Idea: Set aside 5-10 minutes at the end of the day to journal. Write about your experiences, emotions, or insights from the day. Let your thoughts flow freely onto the page. (Looking for the perfect journal to start with? I hear The Brave Healing Journal is a pretty good one! 🤣 Also available on amazon.)

Choose one of these tools to embrace today, or explore a few different ideas throughout the week. And, if you’re seeking some extra accountability and fun, join The Brave Journal Book Club!

In this supportive community, we’ll embark on a guided journey of reflection and self-discovery. And you’ll gain powerful strategies to nurture your mental wellness and establish daily habits that prioritize your needs and desires.

Best of all, it’s FREE. 🙌

Learn more, and sign up here! 

Our sessions start next week on Wednesdays (May 16, 23, 30) from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST.

Have a FAB week, and please be kind to yourself!

 

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P.S. That link to join The Brave Journal Book Club is HERE. Can’t wait to be on the journey together!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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