Welcome back to another edition of #TheHappyArkYear, in case you are new here I am striving to share 365 positive tasks you can do throughout the year with you over the course of one year. At the end of each month, I am going to share my tasks for the next month so that you can be happy and healthy all year this year! I released January's list in December, so now it's time to release February's list!
1. Read a book for fun
We don't often give ourselves enough time to just read for fun. Give yourself some time today to get out your tablet or a physical book and read something good.
2. Clean out Your Inbox
Your inbox needs a serious makeover! Take some time today to clean things up, delete things you don't need anymore, and create some folders for organizational purposes. We can't all have an assistant who reads and sorts all our emails, but we can take a bit of time to organize things ourselves.
3. Take the time to prepare a meal for yourself today
I am all about cooking in the kitchen when I can. Take some time to prepare a meal in the kitchen whether you are creating a dish in a crockpot or a dish on the stove top. Get in the kitchen for a little bit today!
4. Lock your phone away for a few hours
Sometimes it's hard to stop checking your email a million times or hopping on Twitter every few seconds. Give yourself a break! Lock your phone away in a drawer or in another room for a bit and work on a project you really need to get done
5. Look at pictures of your favorite animal on the internet
I am a sucker for a puppy. Check out some cute animals by looking up something like #DogsOfInstagram or even just searching for your favorite animal on Google. Look at all the cute pictures and calm down thinking of all the cute animals there are in the world to pet.
6. Make a vision board for yourself
Having a strong vision for who you are and what you want to accomplish is so helpful. Take some time to get on Pinterest and create a virtual vision board or get out some old magazines and create a physical vision board. Gather all the things that make you feel inspired and put them all in one location.
For a look at what a virtual vision board might look like check out my Pinterest board The Anatomy Of The Happy Arkansan which was the inspiration behind the design for this blog.
7. Text someone you haven't spoken to in a while
We often get this craziness in our own head that the people we used to talk to all the time hate us because we drifted apart. That isn't always true. Sometimes all you need to do is reach out and you will see that the people we used to be friends with are still close by. Text someone in your phone you haven't chatted with recently!
8. Laugh for no reason
Sometimes you just gotta laugh to laugh. No further explanations needed.
9. Watch the most watched video from your favorite YouTuber
Go to one of your favorite YouTube channels and sort their videos by their most popular or even their oldest videos if you really want a laugh. You will probably be shocked by how much they have changed over the years!
10. Try a new outfit combo
We get so stuck in our ways when it comes to what we wear but we shouldn't! Get some inspiration from Pinterest or Google and go try a completely new outfit combo that you wouldn't have tried on your own.
11. When you look at yourself in the mirror this morning give yourself a positivity pep talk
Pep talks are amaze! This morning when you look at yourself, take a few minutes to give yourself a pep talk while you are getting ready for the day. Remind yourself that you are beautiful, bright, and brilliant!
12. Meditate for five minutes
Taking just a few moments to meditate before you get your day started or after the day is done can really help you out. There are so many cool apps like Headspace and Calm that can help give you those five minute meditations. You may also just get a candle out, put it somewhere you can focus on it, play some meditation music, set a timer for five minutes, and meditate that way. Whichever way you decide to meditate, take some time to focus today!
13. Snack throughout the day
Snacking throughout the day is the best way to stop yourself from binging late at night. Instead of eating everything in the kitchen, eat a little bit all day so that way you can eat smaller meals!
14. Write a love letter to yourself
It's Valentine's Day today and one of the most important people you must love is yourself. So, take a few minutes today to write a love letter to yourself and write down all the things you love about yourself.
15. Read your favorite quote or bible verse today
Take a few seconds with your bible or just a quote that you love. Read that quote or verse and really sit and meditate on it today.
16. Revisit an artist or band you loved as a teenager
We all have that awesome band or artists that we used to listen to constantly as a teenager that we don't listen to as much today. Go back and listen to a CD or two from that artist.
17. Go Online Window Shopping
I love to go window shopping, and I especially love to go window shopping when I can do it in my pajamas. Go to a few of your favorite stores and see what they have for sale. Remember, the purpose of this is to go window shopping, not real shopping.
18. Stretch your body
A little bit of stretching does the body good! Stretch your legs, your arms, everything. Get a little blood flowing to all areas of your body today!
19. Share a positive story on social media today
The world needs more positivity. Look up some positive stories online and share those with your followers on social media. Seeing a positive story is sure to lift their spirits!
20. Remove can't/cannot from your language today
You can do so much more than you know. Every time you want to say the word can't or cannot today when it comes to something you think you can't do, say that you can instead of cannot. You are selling yourself short if you always say can't. Chances are, you are lying to yourself when you shut yourself down!
21. Record a video of your feelings
Taking the time to record a quick video or audio recording of how you feel can be a great way to check in with yourself. Take a few minutes today to record a small video and let out all your feelings on the video.
22. Do a word search
Sometimes a great act of self-care is just relaxing and doing a word search puzzle. Take some time today to get a $1 word search book from a store or just download a word search puzzle app on your phone.
23. Restrict your email usage today
I can't admit to how many times I checked my email while writing this blog post because it's hella embarrassing. It is so easy to keep refreshing and refreshing our emails so instead of doing that, we are going to restrict the amount of email we use today. Be simple, check it during the morning and at night and no times in between!
24. Create a budget
Now, I don't think you should create your entire year's budget today, but even creating a monthly budget or a budget for an upcoming trip you are going on will be great! If you want to go above and beyond and create a yearly budget, that's cool too!
25. Have a Sunday Staycation
You don't have to be out and about every Sunday. This Sunday have a little staycation. Binge watch all the television shows, read all the books, and just relax a bit!
26. Send a piece of snail mail
Snail mail is something we all love getting but we don't send enough of. Get out a pen and a piece of paper and write a letter to send to someone you love!
27. Text your parents and let them know you are thinking about them
We all love to know that someone is thinking of us. Take some time today to shoot your parents or someone you love a text to know that you love them and they are on your mind.
28. Do some pre-spring cleaning preparation
It's almost spring time! I can feel it! Do some spring-cleaning prep today, what do you need to think about adjusting in your apartment or house?