THINGS TO TRY THIS NOVEMBER
Just like that, we’ve reached the second-last month of the year! We know life can start getting particularly busy now, so we’ve put together an awesome list of things you can try which will help you get organised and take care of yourself during November.
Organization things to try
Get out of bed 30 minutes earlier
Feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Why not get out of bed a little earlier and give yourself some extra time. Be sure to use this time to your advantage by engaging in self-care activities or by being productive!
Write your gift list for Christmas
Nobody likes feeling stressed and overwhelmed at Christmas time. Make things a bit easier for yourself and create a gift list early so you can start getting prepared. This can also be important if you’re planning to purchase any gifts online – the business will need to time to process your payment, pack your purchase and send it out to you during an incredibly busy period!
Create a “daily priorities” list
Each day, write down 3-5 priorities so you’ll know what to focus on without being too overwhelmed by a massive to-do list.
Purchase a planner for 2019
Start getting ready for the year ahead by purchasing a planner and writing down holidays and events. This can also be helpful if you need to apply early for time off work!
Declutter your home
If there’s anything you no longer need, get rid of it (thoughtfully). You might even find something you can repurpose as a Christmas gift!
Write down all your Christmas events
Your calendar is probably filling up fast at the moment and it can be hard to keep track of everything. Make sure you write down all your Christmas events so nothing will be inadvertently forgotten.
Unsubscribe from unhelpful email lists
If you no longer open and read emails from certain people and businesses, then it’s time to unsubscribe. Get ready to start the new year fresh with an uncluttered inbox!
Book important appointments for the Christmas period
Appointments can fill up quickly over November and December and if you leave it too late, you might miss out! If you’ll need to visit your doctor, hairdresser, osteopath or any other professional, then book in now.
Self-care things to try
Do a daily social media detox
If you tend to spend time scrolling through social media, then it might be a good idea to take some good breaks over the next month. As things get busier, you might prefer to spend more of your time being productive and getting organised and less time on social media. Set yourself some detox guidelines, such as avoiding social media after 8pm or only checking it after you’ve finished your morning routine.
Download an app, purchase meditation music, or do you own meditation for some moments of calmness and clarity during the busy month.
Write in a gratitude journal
Focus on the positive things in your life by writing in a gratitude journal each day. Try making a list of 5 things you’re grateful for before you go to sleep at night or when you wake up in the morning.
Go for a walk
Head outside and wander around the block, go to a beautiful park or catch up with a friend and walk together. Spending time in nature has been shown to help relieve stress, so this can be a great activity to incorporate into your daily life!
Make time for a hobby
Set aside some time to engage in your favourite hobby and actually do it! Take photographs, read a book, bake, play a music instrument, start a blog, join a sports team, or paint – whatever helps you unwind and lose yourself in the moment.
Listen to a podcast
Feeling a little lacklustre, overwhelmed, or lonely? Listen to an uplifting podcast like Happier by Gretchen Rubin, The Mindful Kind by Rachael Kable, or The Melissa Ambrosini Show.
Develop a relaxing evening routine
During busy times, it can be especially important to unwind at the end of the day so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep. Try taking a bath, listening to gentle music, giving yourself a hand massage, writing in a journal, or meditating.
Go to a yin yoga class
Finally, for a good dose of relaxation, head to a yin yoga class. These classes are often slow and help you tune into your body and breath so you can let go of worries and stress. As you hold each yoga pose, notice your body softening and allow tension to melt away. Alternatively, you can find a number of yin yoga classes on Youtube to help you practice at home.
Wishing you a wonderful November from all of us here at DG!
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