These Habits = Less Stress Every Day
Does you day start with stress? Do you feel like the as soon as you step out of bed your day starts to be overwhelming? Try these 6 daily habits to help you feel less stress every day.
The habits below are simple and will help you with your daily routines. When you practice these habits, you will feel more relaxed because you have accomplished a few simple tasks and not let things like laundry and dirty dishes pile up.
6 Daily Habits to Make Every Day Better
Read Your Bible and Pray Every Day
Take time every day to read your Bible and pray. Have a personal conversation with God. I find early in the morning before my family gets up is the best time for me to read my Bible. You might enjoy reading when your children take their afternoon nap or before you go to bed.
Many people will tell you that you have to read your Bible in the morning because it’s the best way to start your day. Maybe it is the best way for them to start their day. But if mornings are not good for you, don’t let that stop you from having quiet time. It’s less important when you read your Bible and pray, it’s more important that you do it every day.
This one habit will make so much difference in your day (more than the other 5 combined). Don’t skip it.
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Make-up Your Bed Every Morning
Now, I probably sound like your mom. I make my bed every morning. I used to have a job where I traveled early (sometimes leaving at 4:30 am or 5:00 am) I would make the bed before I left every time if my husband was already up too. I make my children’s bed as soon as they get up (I really don’t want them going back to bed after they get up, you know what I mean, mom?).
Making your bed everyday only takes a minute. But when you come home, it just gives you a better feeling. My bedroom feels organized and clean, not a mess. You’ll be surprised making up the bed makes all the difference.
Always Put Away the Laundry
Laundry, laundry, laundry, how is there a new load every single day. It’s always there. You don’t want a huge pile of clean laundry in your living room. Put the laundry away as soon as it’s dry and folded.
Another benefit, your children will not be digging through the clean and folded laundry looking for their favorite shirt to wear to school because it’s already been put away.
Don’t Go to Bed with a Sink Full of Diry Dishes
We clean the dishes as soon as dinner is done. They are washed or put into the dishwasher quickly. If you have a large family, dishes will add up fast. Keep them clean.
Teach your older children to put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher when they are done. There is no reason to leave dirty items on the counter.
Do A Quick 5-Minute Pick-up Every Day
Before you go to bed every night, walk through your house and do a 5-minute pick-up. I usually fold all the blankets in the living room and TV rooms. Pick-up pillows. Take toys that are out of place back to the right place.
If you do a quick 5-minute pick-up every day, the mess will not get out of control.
Prep for Tomorrow the Night Before
Take a few minutes every evening and prepare for tomorrow. Your morning is busy getting yourself and children ready. Make your children’s lunches, have your children pack their backpacks for school (be sure all the books and homework are included), pack the baby’s diaper bag, charge your phone and Ipad. If you need to, create a nightly checklist so you can remember all of your evening prep.
Looking for items in the morning at the last minute adds stress to everyone’s day. Once you start your day stressed, it just seems to continue stressed.
Six simple habits that if you start implementing them today will take so much of the stress out of your life. Laundry always has to be done (sometimes daily). You will feel better when it’s been put away today, so you don’t add to tomorrow’s pile. The same is true for dirty dishes, the sink will just keep getting fuller until you clean them all.
Start today and make these habits part of your routines every day. Have quiet time for reading your Bible and prayer, make-up your bed before you leave, keep all the laundry clean and put away, don’t let the dirty dishes over fill the sink, do quick pick-up’s every night, and prep your day the night before.
What daily habits do you have that make your day better? What happens when you skip your routines?