How to Change Your Life in 5 Minutes (or Less)
I truly believe that if you adopt even one these daily practices that take 5 minutes (or less) each day you will notice a positive change in your wellbeing.
1. Be grateful - if you could do just one thing each day to improve your life, I would argue it should be to spend five minutes writing down 3 things that you are grateful for each day. You can read more about why here. TL;DR: what you focus on grows. I just purchased The Five Minute Journal, which includes a gratitude practice along with a few others that I love and highly recommend.
2. Meditate - my meditation practice has helped me curb severe anxiety and keep me (more) sane as I navigate motherhood. You may often read that the magical amount of time to meditate is 20 minutes, but even one of the lead researchers noted to The Washington Post in 2015 that "there isn’t good data yet about how much someone needs to practice in order to benefit." Just 5 minutes a day has helped me immensely. My current favorite tool is Insight Timer, which allows you to set a timer with meditation bells and also has a great community. You can also try these 5-minute meditations for new mamas.
3. Get outside - There are many, many proven benefits of spending time out in nature, including stress relief and reduced inflammation. Even if you don't have time to go for a serious hike, take a walk around the block or spend a few minutes next to the trees in your back yard or sitting in the park.
4. Drink water - Water is the most important nutrient in the human body, we simply cannot survive without it. It is recommended that the average woman consume 74 oz of water per day (about nine 8 oz cups). Breastfeeding mamas will need even more (there is no specific recommendation, but man you will be thirsty). Spend 50 seconds a day (break it up into ten 5 second chugs) drinking water and you may experience a better mood and concentration.
5. Strike a (plank) pose - If you feel that don't have time to exercise, get down on the floor and hold a plank pose. Start at 30 seconds, work up to a minute or two. This pose works your obliques, transverse abdominus, pelvic floor, and deltoids all in under a minute. Note: new mamas or anyone with diastis recti should be careful of this pose. If you're newly postpartum, do transverse abdominus squeezes for 5 minutes instead.