Recently, I have been reading more self-help books. This is interesting as I had never considered myself a self-help person. Here’s a list of some of the books that helped me improve my habits, create routines, and believe more in myself. To multitask, I often turn to self-improvement programs. When I’m out with Theo, I listen to my audiobook. If I’m driving, I listen to motivational podcasts. You can make small changes to calm your mind and take control of your own life. Mental health is vital, and you cannot pour from an empty glass. To help others, it is important to ensure that you are in a positive place. I am constantly striving to be the best me. These are the things that make me happier and healthier every day.

Give Gratitude

You don’t need to do it in a formalized way. I also don’t believe you have to go to one place to indulge. Take a moment to be grateful for the things in your life, including your body, mind, and surroundings. My 6-minute journal, which I shared in my Amazon roundup, has been a great help.

Make Your Bed

It’s a great way to get your day started right. There’s no reason not to make your bed. Make your bed every morning. This will help you get your day started right. It takes approximately 1-3 minutes to make your bed, depending on how many pillows you have. There’s no excuse for not making your bed. Numerous studies have proven that a well-made bed can reduce stress levels and increase mindfulness throughout the day. Double-win!

Disconnect Daily

Strangely, cooking has become a way for me to get away from my computer and phone for at least one hour each night. Although I am not a master chef, it is difficult for me to stare at a computer screen all day, then look at it to watch a show with my husband and then blog. To rest your eyes, you can color on a coloring page, make a meal, or use your hands to create something.


I get it. Everyone is busy. When I don’t hear back from a friend or family member in a certain time frame, I try not to get upset. Instead of keeping track of who called whom or who texted the last, I send a message whenever I think of them. There are no hard feelings. We all have busy lives. Send a simple note to your loved ones and ask how they are doing.

Take Time To Be Outdoors

This one has been made easier by having Theo. I aim to walk at least two 10-minute walks per day. It helps me get up and move more. A stroll around the block or neighborhood is a great way to break up the day and get fresh air. Our work is largely done on the computer, so our leisure time is often spent in front of a screen. Even if you only have a few minutes, it is important to step away from your computer screen. You can catch up on audiobooks and podcasts or call your family and friends to check-in.

Could you write it down?

I love lists, but you don’t need to make them formal if it’s not your thing. Writing down the things you need to recall takes the pressure off your memory, and you can refer to a printed copy if necessary. My list is updated before I go to bed, every morning, and multiple times throughout the day. Try it just before bed if you’re not a list lover yet. Note: The Microsoft To-Do app (formerly Wunderlist) is a great choice.

Discover Something New

Podcasts are a huge favorite, and I love The Daily by The New York Times. The podcast is 20 minutes long and airs Monday through Friday. It discusses current events. Since the first episode, I have been hooked. As someone fairly knowledgeable about the world, I discovered that I don’t know anything. The Daily is what I listen to on my commute to work. It makes me more informed and opens up a great conversation. Sahir also listens, which makes dinnertime conversations so much more interesting!


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