Life can be overwhelming. Our days can be tiring and we can soon feel these effects mentally and physically. As stressful as our days can be, it is vital that we take care of our well-being. For this, we must take care of ourselves.
This is where reset days come into play. If you’ve never heard of this term before, strap yourself in because you’ll want to have some of it soon after! A reset day is when you take a day and dedicate it to resetting your mind and doing whatever will only affect you in a positive way.
Start a reset day
Start the day one of two ways: get up and grab those early morning endorphins or allow your body to rest and get those extra hours of sleep. Your daily routine may look different than someone else’s, so both are totally fine for starting a day off! Maybe you’re someone who always gets up early and wants a morning where you can hit the snooze button and get your much needed sleep. On the other hand, you might be someone who thrives in the morning and thinks seeing the sunrise might be a nice change!
Put the phone away
What is really difficult for us in this generation is to do without our phones. What will we do without scrolling through social networks? Reset days really matter, and we don’t always realize that our phones can be extremely harmful to our minds and mental well-being. Turn it off and store it in a drawer or out of sight! You’ll feel better, and you might even want to incorporate extra time away from your phone more often.
Get those nutrients
Start your day with a healthy breakfast. They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Breakfast increases your energy level, as well as your glucose intake. Put a little extra effort into your first meal this morning and try something different. Some great healthy breakfast foods include: smoothies, baked oats, fruit bowls, or my favorite…mashed avocado and eggs on toast. Make your start to the day as positive as possible and try new recipes. Try the ones from TikTok that you’ve been dying to try (the fluffy pancakes are worth the work)!
Tidy space, tidy mind
You can’t avoid doing this forever! Clean your room and believe me when I say it makes all the difference. A cluttered space can make it hard to concentrate and make you feel cramped. I know I feel disorganized when I notice my bedroom is messy. It doesn’t have to be a dreadful chore – put on some music and groove while you organize your space. I can’t promise you won’t have a cleanup dance… we all did.
Move your body
Dancing in your kitchen might not be enough exercise for you. It is important to exercise and move your body in some way every day. Some of you might be gym regulars and want to get in on a workout, while for others it might feel like a run or a dog walk in your area. Another great way to move your body from home is to do home workouts! Clear out your living room and put on a tracking session on the TV. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, not only for your physical health but also for your mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, so either way, you’ll be happier at the end of your workout!
Diary and Gratitude
If you’ve never used a journal before, now is the time to do so. Journaling is great for expressing your thoughts and clearing your head. It’s a great habit to get into if you can take five minutes out of your day to do it. If you’re struggling to put pen to paper and don’t know what to write, some good prompts are 5 things you’re grateful for, what you’re looking forward to, the best part of your day, and progress towards your goals. You may find that once you start writing you just can’t stop and that’s fine. That’s what it’s there for: a tool to express emotions and thoughts.
Clean your mind
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and calm your thoughts. You may or may not have tried meditation, but it’s great to include it in a day as a reset day. Clearing your mind doesn’t look the same to everyone. It can feel like a walk on the beach or an outing in nature, a strong puff of ground coffee beans and a coffee in your hand, or even a creative activity like painting, drawing, or writing. Do something that makes you happy and calm!
Take care of yourself and learn to take care of yourself
Prioritize taking care of yourself, your skin, your body, and your mind, whether it feels like a spa night or a simple face mask. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day and learn to take care of yourself. I find self-help podcasts great to listen to for new insights and advice on certain things. You learn and retain a lot from them. My personal favorites recently have been: Anything Goes With Emma, @lexie, The Girl’s Bathroom, and The Rise and Conquer Podcast. If you’re more of a visual learner, there are some great self-care books you can browse at your local bookstore.
My results for a reset day
For me, reset days go hand-in-hand with self-care days, so I take them frequently as I prioritize my well-being. I find these days really help me stay on top of my physical and mental well-being, and I like to take a break from my usual thoughts and stress for a day. I try to incorporate as many healthy habits that I pick up on my reset days as possible and use them in my everyday life. Journaling, on the other hand, is one I aim to do as often as possible, and put my phone down when I feel consumed by it.
Reset Days: A term that I think I will definitely recommend to everyone from now on. This is to look after your general well-being and to keep you informed of your well-being. No one should feel guilty about picking one up or having frequent reset days because that’s an important aspect to be able to do.