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10 Ways To Improve Your Day In Just 5 Minutes

posted in Health & Fitness
10/22/2013
  • Whether you are having "one of those days" or simply looking to start making your days better overall, these ten tips are quick and effective ways to turn improve your day!
    Whether you are having "one of those days" or simply looking to start making your days better overall, these ten tips are quick and effective ways to turn improve your day!
  • Make your bed: this seems simple, but many people put this step off. By taking 5 minutes to make your bed each morning, you're creating good sleep hygiene which is essential for the best nights sleep- and you'll also have one less thing to worry about throughout the day.
    Make your bed: this seems simple, but many people put this step off. By taking 5 minutes to make your bed each morning, you're creating good sleep hygiene which is essential for the best nights sleep- and you'll also have one less thing to worry about throughout the day.
  • Pack a snack: before you head out the door, pack something healthy to take along. Even if you have lunch at the workplace, one of the main causes of the "afternoon slug" is your body being hungry. Grapes, nuts, and carrot sticks all make a quick on the go snack and will improve you mood.
    Pack a snack: before you head out the door, pack something healthy to take along. Even if you have lunch at the workplace, one of the main causes of the "afternoon slug" is your body being hungry. Grapes, nuts, and carrot sticks all make a quick on the go snack and will improve you mood.
  • Clear your desk: it's easy for your desk to get cluttered and unorganized. Not only does this take away from your productivity, but it also creates stress without even realizing it, by taking 5 minutes to throw out junk and get rid of coffee mugs, you'll boost your mood and feel more relaxed.
    Clear your desk: it's easy for your desk to get cluttered and unorganized. Not only does this take away from your productivity, but it also creates stress without even realizing it, by taking 5 minutes to throw out junk and get rid of coffee mugs, you'll boost your mood and feel more relaxed.
  • Blast the music: several studies have shown that music can boost your mood and reduce stress. It can even make you more productive at work. If you are at home, at work or workout out, fill your mp3 will all of your favorite tunes.
    Blast the music: several studies have shown that music can boost your mood and reduce stress. It can even make you more productive at work. If you are at home, at work or workout out, fill your mp3 will all of your favorite tunes.
  • Sniff a lemon: research has shown that the chemical linalool that is found in the lemon will boost your mood and increase your energy. Try inhaling it for a few minutes as letting the scent take over your senses.
    Sniff a lemon: research has shown that the chemical linalool that is found in the lemon will boost your mood and increase your energy. Try inhaling it for a few minutes as letting the scent take over your senses.
  • Stretch: taking a few minutes to raise your arms about your head and stick your legs out is an easy stretch that can lower stress and help you get your second wind.
    Stretch: taking a few minutes to raise your arms about your head and stick your legs out is an easy stretch that can lower stress and help you get your second wind.
  • Meditate: it may sound complex, but simply breathing in your nose, holding for 3 seconds and breathing out of your mouth is one relaxing form of meditation. As thoughts come through, simply let them float away.
    Meditate: it may sound complex, but simply breathing in your nose, holding for 3 seconds and breathing out of your mouth is one relaxing form of meditation. As thoughts come through, simply let them float away.
  • Keep a gratitude journal: it's easy to complain and get caught up in the negativity, but by taking 5 minutes each day to write down a few things you are thankful for, you'll create a positive mood and remember that you have a lot to be happy about.
    Keep a gratitude journal: it's easy to complain and get caught up in the negativity, but by taking 5 minutes each day to write down a few things you are thankful for, you'll create a positive mood and remember that you have a lot to be happy about.
  • Put away your phone and computer: in today's world, we are always using electronic devices, but they can actually zap you of your energy. By taking some time before bed to unwind without any distractions, you'll sleep better and start the next morning off right.
    Put away your phone and computer: in today's world, we are always using electronic devices, but they can actually zap you of your energy. By taking some time before bed to unwind without any distractions, you'll sleep better and start the next morning off right.
  • Prioritize: many of us try to do so much in one day, it causes us to feel like we never stop. Making a list and deciding on what is important for that day will allow you to pace yourself, while also feeling productive at the end of the day.
    Prioritize: many of us try to do so much in one day, it causes us to feel like we never stop. Making a list and deciding on what is important for that day will allow you to pace yourself, while also feeling productive at the end of the day.
  • BONUS: are you feeling gloomy or tired? Studies have shown that taking 5-10 deep breathes of COLD air in through your nose boosts your mood instantly and gives you a natural energy boost as well!
    BONUS: are you feeling gloomy or tired? Studies have shown that taking 5-10 deep breathes of COLD air in through your nose boosts your mood instantly and gives you a natural energy boost as well!
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