5 Quick Rituals for a Better Day

Try these five simple ways to make your day a little bit brighter.

5 Quick Rituals for a Better Day

When you’re busy or stressed, finding 5 minutes for yourself can seem like the hardest thing in the world. Instead of letting a lack of me-time pile on as another stressor, try any of these five ideas to help make your days a little bit happier.

Write an “Ignore List”

Everyone knows about to-do lists, but rather than focus on the ever-growing list of things that you need to focus on, instead write out what’s not worth doing. Your ignore list should be full of things that will only distract you from the important things. Try prioritizing your schedule by starting your day with an ignore list.


Pick a Purposeful Item

Before you leave the house, take something small but meaningful with you. It can be anything from a photo to a piece of jewelry. Any small token that has some personal significance will do, as long as it reminds you what’s really important in life.

Turn Off Your Mind

When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, try shutting your brain off for just 5 minutes. Clearing your mind of internal dialogue and focusing on your breathing will help you calm down and re-focus on the task at hand.  

Write a Gratitude List

Jot down three things you’re truly grateful for in life. This will shift your priorities and help you see what really brings you joy and generally makes your days better. You might even surprise yourself with some seemingly small things that help you see the bigger picture – like getting your coffee just right, avoiding traffic, or finding that perfect parking spot.

Reflect on Your Day

By reflecting on the highs and lows of your day and evaluating what worked and what didn’t, you’ll be able to slowly change your behaviors to incorporate more highs and fewer lows. This will hopefully make your days much more enjoyable going forth. 

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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