U.S. residents work more days and longer hours than their counterparts around the world. With work so often the focus of our lives, it can be easy to fall into a monotonous rhythm that makes life dull. Here are five simple pleasures to switch up your daily grind and add moments of joy to your day.
Time reports that listening to music can boost your mood and energy levels. Try playing your favorite tunes while you get ready in the morning or when you’re preparing dinner after work. Dancing along can lead to a bigger release of endorphins, and the added exercise can boost your mood and overall health, so don’t be afraid to let loose, shake your hips and move your feet.
That sense of calm you feel from lighting a candle or diffusing an essential oil isn’t all in your head. Studies have shown that aromatherapy, particularly the scent of lavender, can contribute to mental relaxation. Add some fragrance to your home by making your own mist with essential oils and distilled water.
Who doesn’t love fresh warm towels right out of the dryer? Or the feeling of sliding into a freshly made bed with clean sheets? These are little things that don’t take much effort but can add a spark of joy at the end of the day. Don’t feel like doing a load of laundry or making the bed? You can create that same feeling by changing into clean and comfortable clothes after a long day of business attire at the office.
A Soft Breeze
Something as simple as opening a window can liven up your living space. Not only does sunlight help brighten rooms, but opening windows can actually help clear your room of indoor pollutants and improve the quality of air in your home. Go ahead and get a nice breeze moving through your home and enjoy the fresh air.
A Warm Drink
In the colder months, a warm drink like tea, coffee or hot chocolate can be especially soothing. Treat yourself to a coffee on your way to work or sink into your couch at the end of the day with a fresh cup of herbal tea and your favorite show.
Finding small moments of joy can help keep you sane despite the monotony of the daily grind. Even adding just a few simple pleasures can make a big difference. Try implementing these and other ideas and see what they can do to brighten your life.
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