Keep Your Routines from Getting Routine
In this modern-day and age that is rife with technological distractions, work, and everyday responsibilities, cultivating good habits and maintaining routines can prove challenging. As a result, most of us live a sedentary work-home life that leaves us feeling too bored, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or falling short of our goals and true potential. July is National Anti-Boredom Month, rather than complaining that there’s nothing to do with your spare time, how about you change the narrative and start focusing on doing things that will improve your overall well-being by reducing the mental, physical, and emotional health risks associated with inactivity? Here are the big ways you can fill that time with positive things:
- Hit the gym– You sit behind a desk all day and then commute home so that you can spend a few more hours sitting in front of the TV or computer until you get tired. Physical inactivity can be harmful to your health and has been shown to contribute to health conditions ranging from anxiety and depression, anxiety and depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. The benefits of regular exercise go beyond the physical, every time you go workout rather than just sitting you’re helping yourself immensely. So, the next time you’re not sure if you want to go do anything, make the hard choice and go better yourself. That discipline will help you through life.
- Stand & Move Regularly– Sitting for extended periods of time, even with the best chairs, is going to cause you some pain and issues eventually. Opting for chiropractic care should be your go-to back care solution because it can help alleviate or even treat issues of the musculoskeletal system like sciatica, neck pain, ear infections, scoliosis, lower back pain, headaches, etc. Also make sure you’re standing up and walking around at least one minute every hour, stay a bit loose.
- Develop a new skill– It’s very easy to become complacent with our current skills and abilities that we feel matches our jobs or way of life. A vital part of learning a new skill is that it gives you a sense of accomplishment, especially when you begin to realize that the time investment is paying great dividends because you actually are improving yourself and transforming your future for the better. If they have their choice, idle hands will do nothing but eat and get on technology, you want more than that!
- Read a book– Reading even one chapter of a book each day has been found to reinforce your brain-power and recall skills as well as induce relaxation simultaneously. Regardless of your reading speed or capacity, make it a goal to read one book every week because increasing your world-view and knowledge-base, not only reinforces self-discipline, but it can also increase your ability to empathize with those around you.
Being your best requires that you take full advantage of your day. It doesn’t mean that you can’t relax either. Right off the bat, there are so many things you can do every day to better yourself. Among those are trying to eat right every day, get enough sleep, practicing deep breathing and guided meditations to help manage stress, working out, bettering yourself in general. Don’t feel bad when you don’t do anything either though, you need your mental health every now and again!