January feels good! Anybody else? I feel like a broken record at this point, but even this cold weather hasn’t been bringing me down. I reflected on why I feel like I’m glowing (and I really do feel that way) and I’ve come up with things that have brought a little more peace, comfort, and hygge into my life. Focusing on hygge has honestly been the best “resolution” I could have given myself. Here is a list of things making me glow!
Plants: Filling my home with plants has brought a real sense of peace. Just having that bit of outdoors in my living room has really eased my anxiety giving me that extra little mood boost!
Water: I never made it my goal to drink more water, it just sort of has happened! I have been filling my water bottle with lemons and cucumber to add a bit of freshness and flavour and it has helped so much! I literally have drank so much water and I can tell my body and mind are so thankful for it.
Evening Routine: I have been focusing a lot more on how I prep myself for bed to make sure that I feel calmer and more relaxed. I have given myself a luxury time to take off my make-up, cleanse my face, and hydrate myself before bed. Instead of watching tv or looking at my phone before bed, I have been putting on a podcast to fall asleep to. I have been loving Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. The episodes are great reminders of what’s important and it is a very calming way to fall asleep in my opinion!
Sun: Making sure I see the sun during the day. Even on the cold days, if I just sit near a window, the extra Vitamin D has helped so much. I’m really lucky that Edmonton has so much sun! I honestly had such a hard time in Scotland when it was always overcast!
Moving My Body: I have been making an effort to stretch and move my body more, and I don’t just mean exercise! Even if it’s dancing silly in my living room, moving my body more during the day (especially when I sit for work) has really eased some unnecessary tension.
Journalling: I have spent a lot of time in the past worrying about making my journalling “make sense”. I know that sounds bizzare, but I have written in my journal as if someone else is going to read it that doesn’t know me… odd I know. I have begun to just write thoughts, words, and random feelings, without worrying how it appears or “reads”.
Connecting With Friends: I have made an effort to connect more with friends this year. Surrounding myself with people I care about and learning more about them has been such an awesome focus! I have been trying hard to put less focus on myself in conversations and giving my friends the space to share. This has been one of my most rewarding changes so far this year!
Complimenting/Helping Strangers: I have actively been trying to be kinder to strangers. Helping with groceries, giving compliments and smiles. Whenever someone is kind to me, it really impacts my day, so I want to share that with other people as well!
I feel so happy and fulfilled with these simple actions. I really think it’s the small things that make me happy! Keep shining your light, friends!