Twenty Quick, Free & Easy Ideas to Find the Good Everyday

Today I want to share some ideas to Find the Good Everyday. These are split into quick ideas, free ideas and easy ideas. They are all activities that I have done or regularly do and they have helped me to feel happier, healthier and in balance.

I’ve previously talked about the routines I have in place to help me find the good everyday which you can read here. Some of these things feature on this list. But there are some brand new ones here too!

20 Quick Free Easy Ways to Find the Good Everyday

Quick

  1. Spend 2 minutes giving your teeth a really good brush. Your teeth will feel so clean and it’s a quick way to take care of your teeth and gums! I’d recommend buying an electric toothbrush with a timer
  2. Meditate – use an app like headspace or insight timer and take 5 minutes out of your day to chill
  3. Do 1 small job you’ve been putting off and tick it off your list (my one this week was figuring out how to return shoes I’d ordered online that were the wrong size)
  4. Bust out some yoga moves (try this 7 minute Yoga for Adriene Boost practice)
  5. Smell something uplifting! I am a big fan or peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils – I usually keep a bottle handy to sniff when I need a boost
  6. Wake up 5 minutes earlier in the morning to do something that will help you start the day right – journalling, exercise, a longer shower, drink hot water and lemon. Pick something that helps you wake up and feel happier
  7. Get outside – take 10 minutes to take a walk around the block

Free

  1. Write a list of things that make you happy
  2. Plan to do one of the things on your happy list this week
  3. Create a playlist with songs that you adore and love singing/dancing along to
  4. Get close to nature – find a park, beach, river or woodland to explore
  5. Visit your local library and find something inspiring to read. Make time to do some reading before the book is due back!
  6. Create a bedtime ritual to prompt sleep (I leave my phone outside the bedroom, light candles and spend time reading to encourage sleep)
  7. Keep a gratitude diary and write down at least one thing every day that you are grateful for

Easy

  1. Invest in a hand cream you love and moisturise your hands at the end of each day
  2. Take yourself on a date – go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go and enjoy it
  3. Commit a random (or not so random) act of kindness. There are some ideas HERE.
  4. Reach out to someone – send a text, email or pick up the phone and call a friend or a family member
  5. Keep hydrated! Drink plenty of water. Add mint, cucumber or lemon to make it more interesting
  6. Look up cute pictures of baby animals – always good for making me smile!

BONUS IDEA – come up with your own list of ideas to Find the Good Everyday. Include the activities that uplift you and make you happier.

If you have any Quick, Free or Easy ideas to Find the Good Everyday I’d love to hear from you. And if you try any of these ones and they work for you let me know!

The Find the Good Everyday printable workbook

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Seven Ways to Embrace Autumn (and Find the Good)

Seven Ways to Embrace Autumn

Are you starting to feel chilly? Are the grey days making you feel like summer is a long forgotten dream? Now the clocks have changed I’m finding myself having to wrap up in layers, programme the central heating and I even bought a new coat! It’s time to embrace Autumn and remind myself why it’s my favourite season…

Learning to celebrate and embrace each of the seasons has helped me to appreciate the present and enjoy being out in nature. Choosing to live more seasonally helps me Find the Good Everyday. Recently I shared our Autumn Activities List and we’ve been enjoying working our way through the activities.  Now the clocks have “fallen back” it feels like Autumn is here in full force. Today I want to (remind myself!) and share how I embrace what Autumn can offer.

Seven Ways to embrace Autumn (& Find the Good)

  • choose foods that are in season

As the days grow chillier and crisper I break out the slow cooker for warm, comforting meals. I love being able to prep it all in the morning and let dinner cook throughout the day. It smells good and knowing that dinner is slowly cooking in the corner of the kitchen brings about a lovely, cosy atmosphere. Root vegetables, comforting casseroles and crunchy apples all help me embrace Autumn.

  • donate to a food bank

I associate Autumn with Harvest Festival which is not only about celebrating the harvest but also donating food to the local food bank to share the food around. Luckily my son’s school arranges a donation as part of their Harvest Festival. They even provide a list of foods that are most needed which makes my donation very easy to organise. You should be able to google your local food bank and contact them to see what items they require most.

  • up the cosy factor

We love soft, fluffy blankets in this house. As Summer ends and we roll into Autumn I bring out our favourites for easy access to snuggle with as the nights draw darker and cooler. I also normally invest in some new, cosy pyjamas at this time of the year (including fluffy bed socks!)

  • add some twinkle

it’s a great time of year to break out those candles you are “saving for a special occasion”…make the occasion Autumn! I also have a few sets of fairy lights which I will be dusting off and replacing batteries in over the next few weeks.

  • get out in Nature

The best way to get the most out of each season is to get outside and enjoy it. I was born in October and feel like Autumn is “my” season. I get excited by the first sights of the changing colours and I always enjoy finding a nice, crunchy leaf to step on when I’m walking.

  • create a nature table/tray

This is another one that applies to every season but I always feel most enthusiastic about collecting nature’s treasures in Autumn. We love to search out shiny conkers and their spiky shells, acorns with their cups (that were surely invented for fairies to use), feathers, interesting shaped and coloured leaves…the list is endless.

  • baking

Baking is a comforting activity for me. It could even be my love language! I’m trying to make lots of healthy choices and allow myself little treats so I try to ease up on the full-sugar/full-fat baking. But it’s a wonderful way to get the house all cosy with the oven on and feeling warm. It’s a great activity to do with children (or as an adult) on a rainy, cold day. Lately I try to bake only when I have an occasion to take my baking too. But I usually manage to make enough that there’s some small portions left for us to share at home!

 

How do you feel about Autumn? Is it your favourite or least favourite season? What do you do to embrace Autumn? Have you got any other ideas for how I can embrace Autumn?

 

How do I Find the Good Everyday?

Given the name of this blog I thought it would be a good idea for me to share the things I do to help me Find the Good Everyday.

At the beginning of 2017, as part of my annual goal setting and review of the previous year, I came up with a list of self-nurturing daily habits I wanted to adopt. Some of these things I was already doing but not as often as I’d like. Other items on the list were reminders of positive actions I could take daily to feel happier.

Below is the list I come up with. I’ve added some brief detail about each item and over the coming weeks I plan to share more details of some of these habits as individual posts.

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Self-nurturing daily habits to help me Find the Good Everyday

  • Start the day with Morning Pages

    Morning pages is a journalling technique suggested by Julia Cameron who wrote a book called The Artist’s Way.  She suggests that each morning, on waking, you journal 3 pages of stream of conscious writing.  You should do this before anything else – before your mind has too much time to wake up. The pages often end up being filled with whinging, what you need to get done that day and sometimes nonsense! What this does is clear all of the random muddle from your head first thing in the day and free up some space for creative thinking. I’ve been writing Morning Pages most days since October 2015. I am a convert and do not like missing a day.

  • Yoga &/or stretch every day

    I’m a fan of both yoga and pilates and have done each with various levels of consistency over the years. I have never regretted doing a yoga practice or a pilates workout but often the biggest battle was getting myself to the mat and ready to go. Rather than decree a set amount of exercise I should do each day I decided to be gentle with myself. I’m pleased to say that so far this year I have completed a yoga practice every day. Some days it’s 5 minutes and some days much longer. I feel much stronger and more flexible as a result of daily practice and it also helps to quieten my mind.

  • Drink 1.5-2 litres of water each day

    I’ve always been happy to drink water and it’s usually my first choice for drinking. And yet I wasn’t in the habit of consistently drinking enough. So this year I stepped it up, and with some help from a measured bottle I soon got in the regular habit of drinking enough each day.

  • Seek ways to live out my values and my core desired feelings and be DARING

    A couple of years ago I did some personal development work to define my personal values. It was time consuming and involved but it has helped steer my decisions and life choices ever since.  I learnt about Core Desired Feelings from an online retreat I took part in which led us through The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. I added my Core Desired Feelings to my values to help me define how I wanted to feel and what I believed in. And as part of my annual goal setting I picked DARING as my word for the year. (In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, I LOVE to collect words!) This habit on my list reminds me to check in with all my “words” regularly.

  • Tell my boys I love them so

    I’m fairly certain I do quite well at this one without having the reminder on my habits list! But telling (and showing) my husband and son that I love them each and every day is an awesome thing to achieve each day and an important aspect of my relationships with them both.

  • Make lots of healthy choices and allow myself little treats

    Sometimes I think I’m an all-or-nothing person and other times I think moderation is key. I’m still not 100% certain which camp I fall into but the thought of giving up treats made me sad so this habit seemed the best option for me. And it’s working. I recommend it.

  • Practice self love and self care

    Self love and self care practice are what this whole list is about! I thought it was important to remember that focus and this is a great reminder to seek other ways to Find the Good Everyday as well as the ones I specifically listed.

  • Finish each day by documenting my gratitude

    This is a habit I’ve had and dropped several times over my adulthood when my routines have changed. And I always return to it. Sitting in bed each evening I write a brief list (usually 3 things) of the things I’ve been most grateful for that day. Some days are tougher than others to come up with a list but I always manage something!

    Conclusion

I may not always do everything on this list every day but over the course of this year I have developed them as regular habits.  I am already thinking ahead to see how I can update or amend this list next year for improvement.

I’m looking forward to exploring some of these habits more on the blog over the coming weeks and months.

Do you have any daily habits that help you Find the Good Everyday? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment or feel free to contact me directly.

Helping YOU to Find the Good Everyday

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