What is the key to happiness? I’m going to be honest and tell you straight, I have no idea.. and I don’t think anyone does. If you read my latest blog post linked here.. then you would of read about my feelings towards the pressures of social media and the effect it has nowadays on both men and woman, this post kind of follows on from that.. I’m not here to tell you how to run your life, or which paths to take but to simply give you 5 small things I’ve been doing recently that have made me feel a lot happier as a person.
This is a subject that is quite controversial. I always thought to be able to meditate you have to be some sort of spiritual person but that doesn’t even factor into being able to do it. I’ve found trying to squeeze this into my very busy lifestyle has at times been difficult but I’ve found myself to be able to do it even if it was only for 5 minutes or so. Everyone has their different daily routines but I find mediation something I like to do when I am most relaxed, which is when I have a bath in the evening (yes, I am more of a bath girl than a shower girl). I’ve found a few different apps on my phone that have been really helpful especially for beginners like myself, apps such as HeadSpace and Calm have been really useful. Meditation not only cleans your mind but it helps to destress, relax and breakdown your day I find. It’s 5-10 minutes just to yourself to reflect and wipe out anything that distracts you, for me this is good to get away from social media for 10 minutes.
This is something I found out about through the internet and I’ve been doing for a few weeks now and have found it mind blowing for both my thought process and mind. What I mean by practicing gratitude is to sit there quietly for a few minutes and think about what you should be grateful for. This can honestly be anything, even things you might count as ‘silly’, such as your grateful for the running water you have in your home, or your grateful that you have a job you can go to tomorrow to support yourself and your family or your grateful that you have clothes to wear.. it can really be anything. There are so many people in the world who don’t even have the simple necessities that you take for granted, so when stopping for a moment and appreciating what you have it really does make a huge difference to your state of mind. It helps you to reevaluate what you need and what you want, and this has really reinstated my mind and has made me feel a lot happier for what I have. Again, I like to do this when I feel most relaxed so either after meditating or when I have a quiet few moments to myself.
Change of thought process:
This has been something for me personally that I have found quiet challenging to overcome but I think finally I am on the right path. Change of thought process I am hoping would work for everyone because it has done wonders for my stress levels especially. When something doesn’t exactly go right or doesn’t plan out like you hoped, think yourself ‘will this matter in a years time?‘ I promise you this will help to ease your mind, because 99% of the time the answer will be no, so if it’s not going to matter in a years time why stress about it now, take the reasonable actions you need to, to make it right again but don’t put your head at risk of more stress because if its not that major then why worry about it so much.
Less TV/Social Media and more family:
This something I think we are all guilty of, coming home from work and feeling tired so you slump in front of your TV or computer and binge watch a series on Netflix or vigorously scroll through Instagram to see what you’ve missed throughout the day and not really pay much attention to what is going on around you at home. Spending time with your loved ones is something special and should never be overlooked, I guarantee you if you were to spend a whole day out with your family or friends doing something exciting than spending the whole day at home catching up on what other people are doing with their lives you would feel a million times happier with the first option. The saying ‘you don’t know what you have until its gone‘ it 100% true. So next time you stroll in from work, rather than deflating on the sofa and catching up on the latest episode of Hollyoaks, ask your parents or siblings about their day.
Easier said than done, I know, but this doesn’t just tie down to your diet. Yes, part of being healthier is to eat the right sort of things your body is going to thank you for, however it also factors in getting outside more and doing more activities. Taking a walk outside maybe with your dog will benefit you both, I know when I take my dog out for a walk I feel a lot happier because she is bouncy around like loon as she’s excited to go out. On the weekends its a lot more fun to be going to somewhere than staying in bed, (don’t get me wrong a lazy day is needed along the way sometimes, but not every weekend). Making the most out of life and feeling like you’ve accomplished something throughout the day will make you feel happier, and most of all having fun is the main, vital key.
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