Now I know I’m always talking about how changing your life, especially in such a dramatic way, takes a lot of time and self-loving grace. But that’s only because I don’t ever want any of you on this path to feel discouraged — or like you’re taking two steps back. The good news? There are always things that you can be doing to make impactful changes. The even better news? They’re small, attainable things that you can start doing today.
The physical changes are often times my favorite changes to make. The organization and decluttering, the writing, the way I interact with others, etc. It’s the mental and internal changes that take the most time and require a lot of patience. But they’re attainable. I’m always here to remind you that if I can do it, so can you.
Here are 12 impactful ways you can improve your life today
1. Clean out and organize your inbox
Taking time to grab hold of your email clutter will completely transform your day to day. Though it may take you half a day to get organized and create a flow that works for you, I promise it will be worth it.
2. Listen to a motivational podcast
Finding a podcast that resonates with how you think (and feel) is one of the best ways you can put forth impactful changes, without having to put in much effort. What I mean by that is the beauty of podcasts is being able to listen to them anywhere, just about anytime. I love listening to them in the car or when I’m just around the house. Below are a few of my favorites:
PS: in case you missed my announcement on my IG stories this past weekend, The Calm Collective podcast is in full swing and will be launching next month! It’s been a labor of love, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
3. Devote one day a week to being social-media free
This is something that has drastically changed my mental state, and while it might seem hard at first, it’s actually pretty freeing. I wake up on Sundays (my day of social media free) with almost a sense of relief. I’m not required to show up for anybody, and the day simply revolves around taking care of myself and setting my intentions for the upcoming week.
4. Find a to do list method that works for you
I’ve been a firm believer in the top 3 method for quite some time now, and I’m telling you: it works. I always thought I was the master of multitasking, until I realized that I was doing a lot of things mediocre, rather than a the most important things really well. I’ve had my own flow of how I set up my to do list for about six months now, and I actually just launched The Calm Collective Mindful Memos to do list on Amazon Prime the other day!
Using a platform that not only encourages you to stay in line with your priorities, but offers positive reinforcement and self reflection at the end of the day is an incredibly healthy way to go about your day to day. Find a method that works for you, and stick to it.
1. Drink 64 ounces of water
I know. So boring. Your mother probably tells you to do this every day. Along with every other health blog on the internet. But the fact of the matter is that if you want to feel better, you have got to hydrate to a degree that almost feels unnatural. The only way I’ve been able to successfully do this is by using this water bottle (or one that’s like it) Seeing how much water is going down is gratifying to me, and not to mention motivational. I’ll have about 4 of these a day (and don’t worry – you’ll get used to how often you have to pee, haha)
2. Designate one day a week to being a spa day
Now hear me out: while this may seem unreasonable, it doesn’t have to be a grand-lux spa day at your nearest hotel or salon. There are so many treatments that can be done at home, with home elements that can give off the same effect.
While I do recommend trying to get a massage at least once a month if you can swing it (good for your body to rid itself of all those toxins and build ups), wrap yourself up in a robe, light a candle, treat yourself to a face mask (my current favorite), throw some eucalyptus oils into your diffuser, listen to this playlist and read a good book.
My friend Ashley and her husband designate every Sunday to pampering themselves.- They do face masks together and cook a clean meal for dinner — easy breezy, but it makes all the difference on their emotional state, and setting themselves up properly for the week ahead.
3. Sweat for 30 minutes every day
This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym every day (I definitely don’t!). However it does mean you should be doing something that makes you sweat. For me, the easiest way to do this is to play with Jasper outside (sometimes even inside!), and it’s a bonus that we’re in the middle of a home renovation — because holy hell does that make you glisten. Dance in your living room to some old school music, go for a walk down your block (but make it fast), run sprints up and down your driveway, do push ups with your kids in your arms — get creative!
4. Implement heat therapy into your life
I’ve recently gotten (super) into using the sauna every time that I go to the gym, and I can’t tell you how therapeutic it is. Not only does it naturally detoxify your body and rid it of toxins through your sweat, but it improves circulation, builds up your immune system, majorly declines feelings of stress and helps clear acne prone skin.
1. Create a morning and night time rhythm
Some refer to it as a “routine” but I like using the word rhythm. To me, it comes with a lot less pressure should you change something up or have a misstep. But you get the idea. Creating a morning and night time routine is crucial to creating a flow in your life. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be spontaneous or that your life is now planned out for you every morning and every night, or that you have to have the same thing for breakfast every day — but it does mean that you give yourself some consistency when it comes to your skin care routine, how you wind down for the evening, and how you approach your mornings.
You’ll be surprised at how smoothly your days start to run when you know what to expect for that small chunk of time. My mornings and evenings prior to bed are two of the most relaxing times in my day to day, and something I look forward to in a major way.
2. Keep a gratitude journal
Yep, I’m talking about this again because I am clearly a fan, and think it’s so incredibly important to have a system in place that reminds you to shed even just a small light on being grateful for the things you have in your life. The 5 Minute Journal is my go to every day, and I also have a little spot in the Mindful Memos to do list to write down just one thing you’re grateful for, before you dive into your priorities.
3. Make a list of positive affirmations
I got this idea from my friend Blair. I loved how she approached the subject and actually created her own positive affirmation mantra that she put in the notes section of her phone. When she wakes up and before she goes to bed, she skims it and reads it to herself. Having that be the first thing you read when you wake up, and the last thing you read before you go to bed is so, so powerful. It also makes it accessible should you find yourself in a situation where you need a little love nudge. (like Costco on a Sunday or a major traffic jam)
4. Dive into a good, inspiring book
Whenever I’m feeling a little “off”, I always buy a new book to read. Generally it’s in the self development department because I find those books so fascinating — but other times I’ll opt for a good beach read or something motivational like this one. (cannot wait to read it) I’ll also re-read some of my favorites (like this one, this one and this one) or if reading doesn’t sound good in the moment, an uplifting podcast.
So there you have it. 12 impactful (and super easy) ways to start improving your life today. It’s all about those baby steps, and I’ll never stop reminding you of that. This day and age, we expect instant gratification; we’re addicted to it. And while this may be a marathon and not a sprint (such a cliche analogy), the juice is worth the squeeze. (much better)
PS: How to take those first steps towards slow & mindful living & How I create calm amongst the chaos