Falling in love with life comes with finding purpose and passion in everyday moments. The concept of “romanticizing your life” emerged as a popular social media trend during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lifestyle encourages viewing the small, ordinary moments in your day through the lens of mindfulness and appreciation.
This intentional approach helps you to see beauty in the mundane. Adding this practice to your routine might be easier than you think. Here are seven ways to romanticize the little things, so you can live your best life.
1. Prioritize Convenience
Adding more ease to your routine is a fantastic way to relieve stress and enhance your quality of life. Treat yourself to takeout from your favorite restaurant on days when cooking feels like a hassle. Have your groceries delivered, if you don’t feel like navigating the hectic grocery store aisles.
Instead of running out to the pharmacy, get your birth control or other medications shipped right to your door. Streamlining smaller day-to-day tasks leaves more room for the things you enjoy the most. You could take the time you’d spend running errands and use it to get together with a friend for coffee. Life is too short to fill your days with exhausting and unnecessary chores.
2. Take One Photo Every Day
Photos are one of the best ways to preserve the important moments in your life. They can also help you better cherish the small moments you see each day. So challenge yourself to take one photo every day for one year. This will help you keep an eye out for the beauty that is easily missed when you’re not paying attention.
Encourage yourself to get creative with the pictures you’re snapping each day. Your photograph might be a pretty flower you saw on a walk or your pet happily playing in the backyard. You could capture these life moments on your phone or a camera you bought to expand your photography skills.
3. Regularly Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude nurtures both your mental and physical health. Studies show that feeling grateful can improve sleep while also boosting your immune system and mood. Gratefulness doesn’t have to come from the grand moments in life. It often comes from the small but impactful interactions you experience throughout the day.
There’s no one right way to start a gratitude practice. Journals are a great way to record the moments you are grateful for and help you form a routine. Start each day by writing down three to five things that make you feel grateful. You could make a habit of saying aloud the moments that sparked gratitude during your day before dinner each night.
4. Take a Walk Outdoors
Taking a stroll outside is fantastic for your health and an easy way to enhance your overall well-being. So put in your headphones, lace up your shoes, and let yourself get lost in thought for a few moments. Outdoor exercise provides the extra benefit of being out in nature, which can support your mental health.
Grabbing a friend and hiking is an excellent chance for connection. Solo walks in the park are perfect for clearing your mind while getting some needed exercise. This simple form of movement can significantly affect how you feel.
5. Send Cards and Letters
There’s something sincere and special about sending a loved one a handwritten note. Mailing your best friend a card on their birthday will mean even more than simply sending a text. The act of handwriting out your warm wishes is also a terrific outlet for creativity.
Get a box of all-occasion cards and keep an eye on your calendar for birthdays, anniversaries, and other life milestones. You can also send a letter to a friend you haven’t connected with in a while to show you’re thinking of them. These small gestures are a wonderful way to show that you care.
6. Take Yourself on a Solo Date
No relationship in life is more important than the one that you have with yourself. So treat yourself to a solo date night to add a dash of self-love to your week. Go to a movie you’ve been dying to see right after treating yourself to your favorite dinner.
A solo date could also look like a walk in the park, taking an art class, or a shopping spree. You can design these special outings completely around your ideal ways of spending time. You have the power to show yourself the love you deserve.
7. Curate the Perfect Playlist
Listening to music is a universally wonderful human experience. The right song makes the good times even greater and the harder moments a little easier to get through. Go to your favorite streaming service and create a playlist for each month or season of the year. Imagine you are creating a soundtrack for a movie about your life and you are the main character.
Include songs that remind you of your crush, the music danced to with friends, and jams you’ve had on repeat. Creating a playlist for different times of the year provides a time capsule for you to look back on.
Making the Most Out of Every Moment
Appreciating the small moments of your day can dramatically increase your overall satisfaction with life. You don’t have to wait for the big occasions to feel like you’re truly living. Often the things you treasure most are in the mundane moments that can be easy to overlook.
Look at the ways you can incorporate more mindfulness into your day-to-day routine. Even the tiniest changes can really make a difference. Creating the life you want is in your hands, if you care enough to pay attention.