Generally speaking, I am a pretty happy person, but there are certain things that I do every day that make me feel even better. I call these my "Daily Feel Goods." I have made a short list of things I can accomplish every day because I just feel better when I do them. I have this list laminated and pasted to the inside of my planner (which I carry everywhere). If you click on the image above you can download your own Daily Feel Goods file to edit (downloads as Microsoft Word document).
- Do something for someone else
- Walk the dogs
- Spend some time with your planner
- Make tomorrow's grid*
- Daily devotion
- Do the dishes
- No nagging
You can see they are kind of all over the place and honestly the hardest ones for me to do are no nagging and reading. I never goes how I've laid it out (especially since I have a 2 week old and a 3.5 year old... things rarely go as planned) but for my personality it gives me some parameters within the day. It also helps me know when I do have a free moment I can have something on my list ready to crank through so I don't feel like I'm wasting time!
*What's a "grid"? I am a little Type A and I have a grid for each day where I outline hour by hour what I want to accomplish. It looks a little bit like this:
Now that you've seen how I try to survive my day, take a few moments to do the following:
1) Identify at least 3 simple things you can do each day to improve your mental health.
2) Write them down.
3) Create one method to ensure you can complete these things - grid, reminders on your phone, post-it notes, etc.
By cultivating healthy habits for yourself you are creating a healthier environment for your family.