In the busy lives we lead, many people are not happy. Whether it be due to finances, personal life or just wanting a better life for yourself. It is hard to maintain a positive attitude, I have myself been there; but over the last few weeks I have found ways that have helped me improve the quality of my life and be happier. Sometimes you choose to be happy and grateful, not because everything is good- but because you know everything will work out in the end. Happiness is healthiness.
Do What You Love
This is easier said than done but I have found many people my age (in their 20s), go to university, work in their degree field and find it is just not for them. This is when work becomes a chore, you lose enthusiasm and you just feel trapped. This is when paying the bills becomes more important than actual job satisfaction. The key is to do something you love in your career or outside of that. Living in London does not always make it easy to jump in the deep end and follow your dreams – but change comes outside of your comfort zone.
2. See The Positives In Every Situation
Not every situation will turn out how you plan it to be. You may face disappointment from people around you or simply because you have not achieved what you might have wanted to, despite your best effort. There is a blessing in every lesson. Just because you have not received or achieved something now, does not mean it will not happen. You might not be ready for whatever it is. What you wanted might not be the best for you; something better may come later. Those that achieve and make the most of every situation – taking the negatives and turning them around. How you react to a situation is how you overcome it.
3. Find An Outlet To Release Stress
I cannot emphasise this enough! Stress and anxiety creep on you so quickly and can have detrimental effects if you do not deal with it quickly and efficiently. Sometimes we think we are not stressed – but it tells on your body. Stress can show up on your body in the form of weight gain, spots, headaches, and heart palpitations. In addressing stress, you need to take time out – breathe! Detach yourself from the situation. A great way to reduce stress levels that has definitely helped me is exercise. When I am in that zone, I completely forget about everything else and channel out. Exercise also enables the body to release endorphins which put you in a better mood.
4. Celebrate Little Wins
It is always good to acknowledge how far you have come on the way to where you are going. We are usually consumed with the final goal so much so that we forget the hard work we have put in to get closer to our goals / dreams. Being appreciative of everything you have or have done will set you up for achieving your goals, and will prevent you from feeling like you have underachieved. A great way to celebrate wins is to every week write down something good that has happened to you in that week. It can be anything from being healthy and alive to getting to work on time.
5. Take Time To Meditate
I really underestimated this until recently. I was always on the go and never really took time out for myself, or time to just be still and do nothing. Sometimes we feel being busy is a good thing, but it is very easy to be busy doing nothing. If we want to use our time more effectively; we need to be able to analyse what has gone well and what hasn’t – then take the appropriate action. With as little as 15 minutes a day – you can change your outlook on life with taking time to meditate. This could be just taking time to sit quietly, praying, and doing yoga – these are just a few suggestions. Taking ‘me time’ is so key!
Take home message:
- Work smart over working hard.
- Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical as your body, soul and spirit work as one!
- Do things that make you happy.
- Take time out for yourself.
- Spend time with people you love and appreciate you.
Hope this post has been helpful, happiness is definitely a choice on this journey called life!