Papers are due, tests are coming up, family dilemmas arise, payments need to be made, and work is stressful – in other words, there are constant demands on your time. In these stressful moments, it is often easy to forget to take care of the most critical part of all: yourself.

It is important to do simple things every day to improve your well-being, whether spiritual, emotional, social, or physical. Here are simple things you can do every day to improve your overall well-being:

Physical– Drink plenty of water. It improves your digestion, hydrates your skin, helps your brain function, and has so many other added health benefits. Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables each day also promotes a healthier lifestyle, and is a simple addition you can make to your day. Something else you can do daily is incorporate exercise, even if it’s just for ten minutes. Exercise releases endorphins that boost your physical and emotional well-being.

Spiritual– It may seem like an easy answer, but starting and ending your day with a prayer, and adding scripture reading into your day can make a significant difference. Also, finding one person a day to serve is something that strengthens your well-being, as well as the well-being of someone else, which is a win-win.

Emotional– Do one thing that makes you happy right when you wake up in the morning. Whether that is taking a shower, doing your makeup, reading a chapter in your favorite book, working out, or eating your favorite cereal, it will start your day off right, and improve your emotional well-being.

Social– Have a meaningful face-to-face conversation with at least one person each day. It could be in person, or through outlets such as Skype or FaceTime, but interacting with at least one person a day will make a huge difference in your life. I’ve learned from experience how much better I feel when I have at least one social interaction daily.

I hope these small additions make a difference in your day-to-day life, and improve your physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being.

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