HOW TO HAVE AN AMAZING DAY » 10 practical tips

"The power is in your hands to make today amazing."

We all have the ability to turn any day into an amazing one by making small changes to our daily routine. Here are our 10 easy tips on how to do just that.

1. Create a Morning Routine

Our morning routine - the series of activities we do after getting out of bed in the morning - can play a significant role in setting the tone for the rest of our day. If we have a calm and relaxing start in the morning, then that is likely how our day will unfold. Likewise for if we have a hectic start to our day. What's great about this tip is that we can fill our routine with whichever activities we feel are the most meaningful to us. Here are some ideas:

  • Enjoy a warm beverage

  • Read a few pages of a book

  • Go for a light walk

  • Try some light stretching or yoga

  • Do some breathing exercises

  • Journal

  • Make and enjoy a wholesome breakfast

  • Play some enjoyable music

Feel free to pick and choose a few activities from this article to create your morning routine.

For our PUL Healthy Morning Checklist, click here!

2. Pick up Journaling

Pouring down our stream of consciousness by writing words on paper can have several benefits:

  • Reduces stress: by letting go of our thoughts and allowing them to spill onto the page

  • Clarifies our thoughts & feelings: through self-reflection

  • Directs our focus: to the present moment

Did you know? Doodling and colouring require the same focus and presence that's involved with writing. If writing isn't for you, go ahead and get artsy!

3. Focus on Connection

Especially when we feel overwhelmed, we can become so wrapped up in our own to-dos or concerns that we forget to stay connected to our surroundings. We withdraw from other people, from nature, from things outside of our own little "bubble".

When we begin to pay attention to our surroundings, we might notice that there’s a lot going on in our world that is worth noticing and appreciating. A stranger holding the door open for us. The smell of the air after a fresh rainfall. A friend sending a message to connect. Birds chirping outside the window.

We're social beings, and feeling connected - to other people, to animals, and to nature - is critical to our happiness.

4. Practice Gratitude

Writing down a list of gratitudes changes something in us. Taking a couple minutes each day to appreciate the little things can go a long way in helping to boost our mood.

When we know we have to write down three things we're grateful for each day, we start actively looking for things to be grateful for, and in that search we find more than we intended. That's the beauty of this practice.

So here's a little PDF to get you started:

Get my PDF »

Tip: when coming up with your gratitudes, you could say them out loud to yourself or leave a section in your journal to write them down. Experiement with both and see what works best!

5. Meditate

This might feel strange or uncomfortable at first, but meditating is a great way to help us become more mindful and aware of the present moment. It can be as short or long as you'd like, and often times, just 5 minutes a day can go a long way.

New to meditating? Start by trying the 5 Senses Mindfulness exercise:

Take a deep breath, and simply notice:

  • 5 things that you can see

  • 4 things that you can feel

  • 3 things that you can hear

  • 2 things that you can smell

  • 1 thing that you can taste

Remember, the key is to observe and acknowledge.

Want to learn more? We have a 3-part guided meditation series on YouTube:

6. Engage in Exercise

This one is no surprise. Physical activity stimulates our brain to release certain chemicals, helping us feel more relaxed and at ease. If intense workouts aren't your thing, a 10-minute walk in the park or light exercise, such as yoga or stretching, will do the trick.

7. Single-Task Instead of Multitask

Focusing on one task at a time can