Sometimes we get stuck in a routine, which is completely natural. If you’re like me juggling with school, internship, boyfriend, and social life, life can get a little rushed and stressful. After a while, your schedule gets repetitive and you get stuck in a routine that is so hard to get out of. I’ve come to realize that finding small pleasures in everyday life transforms the way I wake up and face the day. I’ve written down a few things I do on the daily to change my perspective on life and make me a little bit happier while running around campus.

  1. If you’re a coffee or tea lover, you’ll look forward to your mornings. My favorite part about waking up in the morning is turning on my Keurig and sipping on a hot coffee while reading a book. It sounds cliche but soaking in the morning gives me time to plan my day and just relax.
  2. Walking, walking, walking. Most of us hate walking, but I absolutely love it (and it has nothing to do with the fact that I got a Fitbit for Christmas and need to reach those 10,000 steps goal)  I live in a city where walking is prominent and everything is walking distance. I’ve started walking to do groceries, to get my eyebrows done across the street or even to lunch. Being surrounded by nature is extremely refreshing.
  3. I try to exercise every single day. I think everyone knows this by now, but I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting active. It completely changes your mood. On most days I get home from work late and don’t feel like doing a 45-minute workout, so instead of not doing anything I try to power walk for 35-40 minutes whether it’s on the treadmill or outside. I have a yoga mat at home and I’ll occasionally skip the walking and just stretch at home or do core work. For those who are trying to save money and can’t afford a yoga class, doing it at home is just as efficient.
  4. Change up your study/work space. Working from home can get so boring. It can also be extremely distracting. Try heading to your nearby coffee shop to do your studying or an outdoors seating area. In college I got sick of sitting in my apartment studio, so I would occasionally go to the local park and do my homework on the table, it felt great to be out in the fresh air.
  5. Getting off your phone. I know this one is hard for all of us, but limiting the time you spend on your phone can make you aware of your surroundings. Being present is something we all struggle with today, but instead of looking down at your phone while walking on the streets, put it away and look around. If you’re at dinner, enjoy your food don’t be on your phone. Enjoy the company and take it all in. When you get old, you’ll look back and realize you spent your best years glued to a phone screen.

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