We all need to create a good work/life balance. Part of creating and maintaining that balance is making sure that we feel good. Combining self-care, social time and activities to make you generally “feel good” are all part of it. We need to do things that make us feel good and we need to do those activities more often. For me, if I put something down in my planner, it’s basically chiseled in stone. If you’re similar, take some time and schedule some (or all), of these 15 feel-good activities into your planner!
Even if you have tried meditation before and weren’t really able to get into it, seriously, give it another go. Mediation, (when you find your rhythm), is life-changing. Experiment with different types of meditation. Scroll through YouTube and try out a few. It’s seriously one of the best feel-good activities I’ve found and it doesn’t cost a cent!
Give meditation a serious try. You’ll thank yourself for it!
Exercise is also life-changing in the best possible way. Find an exercise you can enjoy and do it. It boosts endorphins. There is literally nothing better you can do for your health and your life. 🙂
3. Go “Phone Free” while with friends and loved ones
Ditch your phone when you’re with friends and loved ones. There’s no need to check social media – you’re literally with those people to be SOCIAL. You’ll find more meaningful social interaction if you’re not constantly checking your cell. Give it a try!
4. Go Outside More
GET OUTSIDE as much as possible. Go for a short walk – I’m talking maybe 10 minutes a day. Drink your coffee outside. Add a hike or bike ride to your weekend plans. Just schedule some time to be outside. It does wonders for the mood.
5. Plan a Vacation
Even if you’re tight on funds, you still need to make time for a vacation. If time is limited, just do a weekend getaway. Check out things to do in your town! You might be surprised at what’s available! And yes, mini-vacations count!
6. Cook a Meal from Scratch
Even if you don’t particularly enjoy cooking, creating a meal from scratch can actually be a good time. Enlist your significant other or a friend! Even if the meal doesn’t turn out spectacular, the accomplished feeling of creating a meal from scratch will certainly make you feel good.
7. Start a New Hobby
Hobbies are so important! They’ll boost your mood, your confidence and are just a staple of a good life. Experiment with various hobbies. They’re nearly limitless!
8. Have More Meaningful Conversations
More meaningful conversations will go a long way when it comes to “feeling good.” Discuss something you normally wouldn’t – get deep. Not only does this type of interaction make you feel good, it also helps build stronger bonds!
9. Do a New Challenge Every Month
There are tons of challenges out there; exercise challenges, eating challenges, self-care challenges, de-cluttering challenges, writing challenges – SO MANY CHALLENGES!
Find one that you can get behind and do it! You’ll feel fantastic when you’ve finished!
It’s an awesome app that shows you events happening near you! Check them out and get out there and do something new.
11. Read More
Reading more has been proven to boost the mood. Do a reading challenge. Read something new! Reading is seriously amazing.
12. Do Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness work 2 ways: they brighten your day and the day of somebody else. Make a note in your planner to do one random act of kindness every month, (or more!) It’s one of those feel-good activities that will never go out of style.
13. Have a Game Night
Game nights are a great way to get together with friends and family. Schedule game nights! Try new games! It’s a fun time and worth adding to the good ole’ planner.
14. Have Date Night
Date nights are so important! And hey, even if you’re single, you can schedule “girl’s nights” or one of those nights where you just crack open some cold ones with the boys.
Nights out are always a good idea!
I talk a lot about journaling because it has so many benefits! A really good idea for a journal is to write down 3 things you’re grateful for every day. Practicing gratitude will improve your mood!
Do More Of What Makes You Happy!
Finally, just make sure you’re taking the time to schedule things that make you happy aside from work projects into your planner. Be the happiest you this year!