5 Daily Habits For A Healthy Mindset
Are your daily habits helping you grow? When it comes to your mindset, there are things you may be doing daily that are sabotaging you, not helping you.
For longer than I’d like to admit, I’ve struggled with snoozing my alarm. Not only does this habit lose me time, but it also makes me feel low about myself, as silly as that may sound. I know I have the ability to wake up right when it goes off (I’ve done it before plenty of times), but when you’re a mom and juggling multiple things all day everyday, sometimes you just want that extra 10 minutes of sleep. I know this feeling in all its depths and realms and it has become part of my routine time and time again.
As Gretchen Rubin said, “Habits are the invisible architecture of your everyday life.” Your habits define your lifestyle. They have the power to make you feel good or bad about yourself. They can alter your mindset for better or worse. If they’re not helping you grow as a person, they’re only getting in your way.
5 Healthy Mindset Habits
The easiest way to develop a healthy mindset is to follow daily habits that keep you in a good state of mind. Here are simple habits that have helped keep my mind in a calmer place amidst all the craziness being a mother can bring.
1. Journal & Brain Dump
I have always journaled since I was in middle school. Recently I started the habit of writing morning or nightly journal entries or just simply doing a ‘brain dump’ where I write out everything I am feeling, things that I have randomly thought about throughout the day that may be meaningful or hold some weight in how I felt that day. If you’re short on time, do a brain dump and write down what you’re anxious about, what you’re excited about and what you need to get done that day.
2. Review Goals & Vision List
If you’re the type of person that loves to set goals, I’m sure you can relate to planning them out and then totally forgetting about them. By reviewing your goals and visions daily, you can remind yourself of your goals and what you’re working towards and motivate yourself to do what’s most important.
Don’t have a vision list? Simply grab a piece of paper or even your phone and write 5 goals/visions you have for yourself. This list needs to be specific for yourself. What I mean by that is often times we articulate our goals based off of our family or friends and forget to think about ourselves which in retrospect is a poor habit. Think about where you see yourself. Think about 5, 10 and 20 years down the road, what visions will bring you joy and happiness when you look back? Write those down and live by those.
3. Block Our Your Schedule
Waking up in the morning not knowing what to work on first can take up precious mental energy. Save yourself some time and energy by planning out your day the night before. Time-blocking is my favorite way to plan because it helps me see how much I can get done in a realistic timespan. If you write to-do lists that aren’t achievable, you’ll end up feeling defeated by the end of the day and that’s not something you want to deal with. Another crucial part to this is write it down. I know this is a tech era and we love all things digital, but there is nothing more satisfying than physically writing your to-do list out and crossing things off of that list. It gives you a sense of achievement and makes things clearer of what exactly you achieved that day.
4. Mindset Check-Ins
Every now and then throughout the day, check-in with yourself. Ask what your mindset is like. For example, are you feeling scattered, frustrated, or content? When you bring awareness to what’s going on in your head, you can come back to the current moment and re-focus. Set reminders on your phone to do a check-in if you find it difficult to remember. This step I struggle the most with because as a mom to two (or if you have one, three, four you can still relate) I often feel scattered which then brings me to frustration. What has been helping me is asking myself “What do I need in this current moment?” Do you need a clean house? Do you need laundry done? Often times we feel scattered because we aren’t clear on our to-do list. Checking in with yourself mentally brings light to exactly what you’re feeling and will help you come up with a plan to get you on a better track.
5. Limit Social Media Time/Time On Your Phone
By setting some boundaries around the ways I use social media, I’ve been able to stop letting it suck up my mental energy. Make it a daily habit to spend more time creating than you do consuming other people’s content. Instagram and Pinterest are the apps I spend the most time on. Instead of aimlessly scrolling through other peoples lives, I started looking up posts that are aimed towards my goals. I unfollowed majority of the celebrities I used to follow and started following profiles that are geared towards my interests and passions which currently are all things mommy related, DIYs, interior decoration/organization, etc. What are you passionate about? What are your interests? Allow windows of time throughout the day to feed your interests rather than consuming the latest news of who broke up with who, what celebrity is doing what and with whomever. As much as everyone knows about the Kardashians, are they really bringing value to our lives? You and I both know the answer to that question.
What are your current daily habits?
I hope this post has encouraged you to embrace new habits and get rid of any that get in the way of a healthy mindset. Leave a comment and share a few of your favorite daily habits!