Weeks can be fun, tough, stressful, sad, challenging, tiring, exhausting, adventurous, relaxing, energizing … the list could go on an on. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the little things. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down by the details. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the negatives. So, how can you be happier during the week?
15 Simple Ways to be Happier During the Week
If you’re wanting to find easy ways to be happier during the week, then you’re in luck. Here are 15 simple ways to be help you be happier during the week.
1.) Create a Morning Routine
Routines help keep schedules organized, maintained, and set. Yes, there are some things that might happen to throw a wrench into the system. But, for the most part, our morning routines are the same day in and day out. Mornings can be a time to wake up, reflect, enjoy coffee, get ready for the day, journal, and wrap your mind around what you need to accomplish.
2.) Make the Bed
By making your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. One of your first feelings of the day will be a sense of accomplishment and pride. From there, your body will be encouraged and driven to make more accomplishments throughout the day. What’s not to love about starting your day off on the right foot?
By implementing bed making into your daily morning routine, you are bound to discover just how much this one small task will make you happier. This healthy feeling will then encourage you to create more healthy habits throughout your daily routine that will help you maintain a happy and healthy home.
3.) Drink More Water
I heard that starting your day off with water is the perfect way to start the day. What did I usually do? I sat down to have cereal with fruit with my toddler. I drank the remaining milk in the bowl and quickly moved on to a cup of coffee. Hours went by before I even thought about having a sip of water. Before I knew it, it was the end of the day and I would take a few sips of water before heading to bed.
I knew about the benefits of drinking more water but something just wasn’t clicking. I needed to find a way to stay hydrated. Click here to see how I drink more water throughout the day.
4.) Tidy Up As You Go
By tidying up as you go, you won’t have messes all over your house. If your kids are done playing with toys, then have them help you clean up (or have them clean up the toys). If you get the mail, organize it right away instead of letting it pile up on the counter. Little steps can lead to big results. Here are 10 simple cleaning hacks I love.
5.) Clean Up After Cooking
Cooking can be messy. If pots and pans are everywhere, smudges are over the counters, and dishes are piled up in the sink, just looking at the messy kitchen can be a bummer. But, if you crank up the music or turn on the television, you can tackle the mess in no time. Before you know it, your kitchen will be nice and tidy all while you’re feeling a sense of accomplishment.
6.) Go Outside
Hours can slip by before you realize that you haven’t been outside all day. Go for a walk around the block, sit outside on the steps, walk to a coffee shop … simply find simple ways to go outside, get fresh air, and take a break.
Staying cooped up indoors all day every day is not healthy for a body. Find easy ways to escape outside and get fresh air. Be more intentional about getting outside.
7.) Find Joy
It’s so easy to let life’s simply joys and pleasures slip by because we are too busy, too tired, too pulled-in-too-many-directions. But, life is full of simple joy. For me, when my husband and son are playing together, I always make sure to stop and take either a physical or mental photo. I never want those moments to pass by. It’s those photos that bring me so much joy, especially during difficult days.
From flowers to sunsets, laughter to smiles, coffee to ice cream, find the simple joys in life that bring you calm and peace.
8.) Enjoy “Me Time”
All of us wear so many hats. From mother to father, sister to brother, daughter to son, employee to employer … most days can be filled with exhausting minutes that lead to tiresome hours. We wake up early, go to bed late, and always feel connected. We are all busy. Many of us are beyond tired. This “on-the-go, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses, always have to be bigger and better” lifestyle frame of mind can leave you feeling tired, frustrated, or inadequate. Rarely do we have time to sit back, reflect, and enjoy the moment. Here are simple ways to find more “me time.”
9.) Live in the Moment
For many people, they are planners. They plan everything down to the minute. But, life is life and sometimes it throws you curve balls. Try and go with the flow, plan what you can, and learn to accept and take the day as it comes your way.
10.) Exercise Your Body
Find an exercise that you enjoy doing. Next, get up and be active. It’s that simple. Why spend your time doing an exercise that you don’t enjoy? Love to run? Then run. Love to do yoga? Then do yoga. Love to lift weights? Then lift weights. If you do something you love, then you’ll want to do more of it. Also, it’s always fun to change up the exercise routine. Not only will it keep you interested in exercising, but it will also confuse the body ending up in great results.
11.) Excerise Your Brain
Your brain needs exercise as well. Be sure to read a book, work on puzzles, color, quiz yourself on trivia questions, research, etc. You need to keep your mind and brain sharp.
12.) Strive to Find Work – Life Balance
I’m a workaholic at heart. For me, it’s super tough to turn off work. Before we had our son, I would easily put in 80 hour work weeks. When our son arrived, I had a mental shift. All of a sudden, I found it a bit easier to turn off work and spend more quality time with my little family. It’s important to find a work-life balance.
13.) Purge Negativity
Clear out the clutter in your home using these simple tips. Use fun kitchen tools to get organized in the kitchen. Organize items in your home using baskets. Create a photo gallery wall in your home to remind you of happy memories. Part ways with negative people and stay close with positive people. Be sure to purge the negativity in your life, get organized, keep loved ones close, and enjoy a more positive life.
14.) Start Each Day Happy
Set the tone for the day by starting each day happy. Here are simple ways to start each day happy.
15.) Create a Bedtime Routine
How many hours of sleep do you need every night? Find ways to get that much sleep. Do you need to go to bed earlier? Shut down electronics a few hours before bed to feel more rested? Create a nighttime routine? Sleep is so important and I’m finding that our more and more as my children get older and more active. Click here to learn about 10 ways to wind down before bedtime.
What are your favorite ways to be happier each week?