Happiness. Were all searching for it, maybe some of us have found it. I know I’m currently finding mine. Life can get quite stressful and straining but that doesn’t mean we can’t all be happy. The four points listed below are extremely beneficial habits to incorporate into your life if you are searching for your own little bit of pleasure!
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
Ever had that feeling of loosing yourself in a good book? Well, that feeling is clinically proven to reduce your stress levels. Reading helps you to relax and have a little break from all the stress and events that are making you miserable. I have always loved reading and it was all I did when I got diagnosed with depression. It acted as a release from everything that was going on around me. Reading can also improve your concentration which may help you focus on tackling the problems that are making you feel unhappy. Whether you like thrillers, romance or mystery you will always find a book you can enjoy!
So if you’ve read my other posts you’ll know I love journaling. I could probably buy thousands and thousands of pretty journals! Your journal becomes a place to let everything out that you were feeling. It gives you a place to write down anything you need to remember or even rate how your day went. Journaling encourages mindfulness which helps you forget frustrations. Journaling is a brilliant habit to get into because it helps you process your thoughts and feelings better and find what makes you happy. This will enable you to start doing more of the activities that make you enjoy life more.
If you struggle with your mental health, I have another post about some journaling techniques that can help you keep track of everything you’re feeling. Journaling techniques for your mental health.
Oh nature, you are such a wonderful healer. The fresh air, the colours and the sounds of the birds. Being outside is one of the best habits to get into. Everyone spends too much time inside (me included!) and its not very good for our happiness. Some days getting outside is difficult, especially if your mental health isn’t too good, but they’re the days when its especially important to get outside. Go for a walk or even just sit in your garden or a park for the day. Even if I’m having a bad day I try and spend some time outside. A habit that I am currently trying to get into is having my breakfast and cup of tea outside. It’s such a nice way to start the morning and I am finding it improves my mood instantly. Try spending some time outside and let me know if it improves your happiness.
Listen To Music
What genre of music do you like? We’re all unique with our musical taste. Research has shown that listening to music releases dopamine which is a ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter. This means that music does genuinely make you feel happier. A good habit to get into is listening to some music while you’re getting ready in the morning. Even if you aren’t going out that day its a really good addition to your morning routine. If you suffer with depression or anxiety I shared my playlist that I listen to when I need to calm myself down. Click here for my calm down playlist.
If these little habits help you comment below and let me know!
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