We are all told how important it is to look after our bodies; to eat well and exercise more but less is said about how to look after out mental health. This is equally, if not more important than your physical health.
But there are simple changes we can make every day to look after our mental well-being and feel happier. So without wanting to seem too New Age, here are the simple changes you can make:
Open your curtains
The first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning (before checking your phone) is open the curtains. It may sound simple but you’d be surprised how much better it’ll make you feel to see the sunlight streaming through your window. It’ll immediately give your mood a boost and start the day off in a positive way.
Set a goal
Set yourself 1 goal every day. It could be as simple as getting out of the house that day or talking to a person you’ve never spoken to before and getting more out of the day. Recognise that not every goal needs to involve climbing Kilimanjaro or becoming CEO of your own company (not that they’re not worthwhile goals to have). One positive change each day will soon mount up.
Take a moment
Take a few minutes out of your day to stop and appreciate what’s going on around you. It might be the smell of your first cup of coffee in the morning or the taste of that cake you’ve treated yourself to. Those small moments may seem trivia but they make you appreciate things that have nothing to do with material wealth or success.
Remember the end goal
Acknowledge that everything is impermanent. That blue mood will pass and as soon as you can acknowledge that, then you’ll see an end in sight. But also accept that there will be days when you feel unhappy and that this is perfectly normal. Don’t put pressure on yourself to feel happy all the time (though these simple changes might help).
Don’t doubt yourself
Don’t over-think things. It only leads to self-doubt and anxiety. Make a decision and stick to it. Instead of worrying about all the things that could go wrong, reflect on all the positives that could come of it.
Accept the inevitable
Accept that not everything will go the way you want it to but also recognise that you can control yourself and your own behaviour. If you want to make positive changes then tell yourself that today will be a good day and before long it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Focus on you
Stop worrying every day about what people think of you or the choices you make. Truth be told people don’t think about you all that much. Usually they’re too busy thinking about themselves. This frees you to do the things that make you happiest without fear of others judging you.
Be with good people
Leading on from number 7, surround yourself with good people who inspire you and make you feel good about yourself. Don’t let negative people drain you with their insecurities. Tell yourself each day that you’re not inferior to anyone.
Remember how special you are
Instead of comparing yourself constantly to others, each day find one thing that makes you unique and special.
Lastly, pay one person a compliment or give them a word of encouragement each day. This could completely change a person’s mood and it’ll make you feel great in process.
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