1) Have a weekend mug.
I started doing this a little less than a year ago. I use my Yeti mug on weekdays but on the weekends, I always use my Berry & Thread cup and saucer. It feels special, and it means I take the time to sit and enjoy the cup while it’s hot.
It sounds kind of silly, but it makes me happy and I’m always happy to see that cup and saucer on Saturday mornings.
2) Look forward to a special breakfast or coffee day.
On a similar note, I recently declared Saturday as “croissant day.” I just buy the Trader Joe’s frozen ones, but I set an alarm Friday night to take them out of the freezer and let them rise overnight.
And on Saturday morning, we all have almond and chocolate croissants together. And I love it.
3) Special “night time” drink that isn’t alcohol. Ex: sparkling water, tea, etc.
In covid times, I found myself having alcohol more often than I’d like. I realized it wasn’t really about the alcohol, but more about having something “special” to drink in the evening.
Since then I’ve poured sparkling water in a wine class with fresh lime. I’ve made lemonade I’ll add fresh lemon slices or berries to. I’ll have a cup of tea and add some half and half. It’s just about treating myself to something that’s not water.
4) Listen to loud music in the shower.
Every now and then, I’ll play my Spotify playlists on FULL blast. And dance by myself in the shower. And it’s GREAT.
5) Don’t be so predictable.
This one is really hard for me. I’m a creature of habit, very organized and being spontaneous can be stress-inducing.
BUT, think about some of the most memorable times of your life. For me, they are times when we did things that weren’t the usual. When you decided to grab dessert at the bar of a restaurant on a whim. When you planned a last minute getaway. Having a “theme night” during the season of a global pandemic.
Those are the things you remember fondly. It’s important to off-road at times!
6) List 3 gratitude moments daily, even better if you say them out loud!
I recently heard someone recommend actually saying them out loud, and I loved that.
I try to say three things I’m grateful for that day when I’m in the shower or when I’m bathing Hudson. It feels good to be grateful.
7) Turn on a fireplace video or nature videos for background visual entertainment.
I do this all the time! Christian make fun of me, but why have a big black box over your mantle if it’s not going to show something nice?
I will turn on the fireplace and listen to the crackle. You can even watch bonfires on the beach, camp fires, lake side fires, etc.
Or we will play a cool nature video on silent and listen to music. Hudson actually really enjoys watching the fish. Christian will sometimes put on a beach video and it’s nice too.
8) Be intentional about getting at least 10 minutes of fresh air or sunshine on your face.
I can forget to do this, and it’s really so important. I remember our night nurse telling us that babies who get at least 5 minutes of fresh air a day sleep better.
And I thought, “I bet I would sleep better too!”
Bailey will be 14 this spring so while she can’t handle long walks anymore, I’ve started trying to walk her down to the end of the street and back whenever I get the mail. She loves it, I get the fresh air, and it’s a win-win for everyone.
9.) Put on real pants.
I know this isn’t going to be popular, but sometimes you just have to put on jeans or real pants. Put on a bra. Fix your hair (even if that’s just a neat ponytail). Maybe even a little swipe of lipstick.
When you wash your hands or catch your reflection, it will give you a little mood boost. You’ve still got it, girl!
10.) Put your phone in a drawer after 5PM.
Since becoming a parent I’ve done this a few times just because I’ve spaced out, and it’s so freeing. Technology-free moments are so refreshing for your mental space.
If you have any small life hacks that make you a little bit happier, please share with the class! I love incorporating small changes that bring a positive impact to my day-to-day.
Thank you so much for reading! XO –