I mean yeah, I could write a post about taking yourself off for 30 minute strolls and meditating and yoga and checking your posture and all that, but hey, where’s the fun in that?
So instead, this is built up of the things that I aim for every single day. The little things that can make an average, dull day into a great day. Into a productive day. Into a day that you appreciated.
It’s not always all that easy to actually follow the grand old ‘live every day like it’s your last’ motto, but y’know, you can at least get to the end of every day, as you’re rolling about your crumpled bed sheets trying not to let the whir of anxieties and emails and conversations send you into a bout of insomnia, and feel like you succeeded. Feel like you did an alright job of being a living, breathing human.
So erm, here’s the Hannah Gale daily rules.
(And I’m a pretty happy, go get ’em tiger kinda girl most of the time so they must work – unless I’m on my period than I’m a hormonal monster who acts a *bit* like that dinosaur in Jurassic World. Not soz.)
1. Compliment someone
Tell your colleague you love her sassy new strappy heels from Zara, tell someone you adore their blog post and that it’s the best thing you’ve read all week, text your boyfriend and tell him how much you bloody well love him. Be nice because it’s so easy to be nice and it instantly, instantly, within that second, changes someone’s day. We could all do with being told we’re great every once in a while, right?
2. Read something
Even if it’s just the link to a Guardian article someone shared on your Facebook. Everything I read, be it a blog post, a newspaper article or a physical book, gives me something to take away with me and think about – something that adds to my brain and way of thinking in some way. A thought, a new understanding of something or a new turn of phrase that I want to incorporate into my own words. It’s so easy to stop learning once you leave education, but sometimes I find myself losing an entire half an hour chunk to Wikipedia (yeah, yeah, alright) just because the world is so bloody interesting.
3. Wash your skin with a flannel
I mean yeah, sure, in a dream world you’d do it twice a day, but we’re all busy, hard-working, career-minded gals aren’t we?
Lather up dry skin with a babin’ cleanser (my faves are Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm) and then remove with a flannel that’s been run under warm/hot water. Skin feels instantly the cleanest it’s been since 1998.
4. Eat something damn good
Not damn good like a chia seed or avocado or spoon of almond butter that’s full of the good shit, but something that genuinely makes your mouth do a little saliva orgasm, something that seriously makes you happy.
I’m not saying like, eat a McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger every day and just lie about and count your rolls, but have something, even if it’s a Diet Coke or bag of salt n sweet popcorn that gets you a little bit excited. What’s the point of being alive if you can’t make the most of ALL 5 senses, eh, EH?
5. Go an hour without your phone
Or your emails. Have some time away from work and social media. Lie and fester in front of the TV, take yourself out on a stroll to buy ice cream, do a me and have a date night without phones and just enjoy real, undistracted conversations. Have you time without comparison or addiction or any of that rubbish stuff that your iPhone is engulfed in.
6. Dream big
I like to remind myself of all the things I want from the future, those big ol’ life goals, every single damn day so that I’ve got a good wind of motivation in my sail.
I think about where I’d like to be in a year, I think about things I’d like to get done that week, I think about where I’d like my blog to go, when I’d like to have kids – all the big stuff. I don’t feel like it weighs me down with pressure to succeed, I feel like it keeps me on the right path and stands as a constant reminder of why I need to get out of bed and be the best I can.
7. Write something
Write a page in a diary, write a blog post, write a sentence on a post it note that makes you smile – an inspirational quote, a joke, something you’ve seen on Twitter that you MUST remember.
Handwriting constantly excites me in a world that’s so computer obsessed. Even if it’s an ‘I love you’ scrawl on a piece of paper, make sure you get your emotions and your thoughts out of your head, for some damned reason it just clears your brain and makes everything make sense.
8. Share a story
Have social time with real people who know YOU – your favourite people, the people who make you smile even when it feels like there’s nothing to smile about. Face to face is my favourite and definitely the most rewarding on your wellbeing, even if it’s a 15 minute catch-up and story-telling session over coffee.
If not? You’ve alwaya got Skype and Facetime. Seeing a friendly face instantly gives a little surge of happy hormones through your blood stream.
9. Find happiness
Some days are shit. Like really shit. It rains, you get told off at work, a bill appears out of nowhere and then what, how are you going to pay your rent and then you have an argument with your bf. You want to cry yourself into a 3-month long hibernation. But, buried deep into every day is a little big of magic.
There is always, always something to be grateful for, something that can make a situation less aggressively hindering on your soul. Maybe it’s fresh bed sheets, maybe it’s watching Frozen for the 7th time, maybe it’s just a gigantic bowl of pasta.
If you can’t find even the tiniest ray of light, the tiniest fleeting moment to be thankful for, to smile for, then what’s the point, eh?