I found myself longing for more fulfillment, deeper connections, heck, a connection at all, to feel and be… happier. At the time I was a working mother of young children, so I thought I didn’t have the time, energy, or money to invest in months of therapy or premium programs offered on the market to figure out ways to be happier. After lots of reading and research, and trial and errors, I found some simple techniques and habit that I am sharing with you, so you too can create and make subtle but significant, long-lasting changes in your life. Most of all, live, be, and feel happier.
Be Present in the NOW: What does that even mean? I am here aren’t I?! Being present means your mind, body, spirit
Do Something That Lights Your Spirit Up: Chose an activity that truly brings you joy and lights you up. Many of us have gotten stuck in the hustle of life- career, making that money, trying to compete with others and with an image that society says we must maintain to appear significant, powerful, liked, accepted. Somewhere we started living and chasing what we thought would make us happy. Some of it has, but some of it has also left us with an empty feeling. Make a plan to begin to notice and figure out what gets you excited, what stirs up passion inside of you. Start to choose to say “yes” to those things and “no” to things and people that do not line up with this, and that does not feel right to you.
Sometimes we lose meaningful connections to others and to who we are. We are social creatures! We all want to feel connected and loved, this is a human need, so make time for some real, nurturing connections whether this is spending time connecting with friends and family. Spend time with those who fill you up and lift you up. Even if you don’t feel good or feel motivated to be in front of others, it can be helpful and mood changing to spend time with those who spread light to you. You can also do something nice for someone else. It has been said the quickest way to feel better about yourself is to help someone else. You don’t have to go to a retirement home and play games, although that is wonderful too, you can smile at someone and be kind if the thought of putting yourself out there scares you. You might even strike up a simple conversation or a simple gesture like giving positive feedback on a co-worker’s work performance or helping a neighbor with their bags. Being kind is free and can make a world of difference in someone’s life and your own, and it also is a starting point at reconnecting with others. If you are not sure how you can be helpful, you can google some ideas. I have seen many suggestions, pick one that feels right for you. There are also volunteer match agencies that can match you to your interest, availability, and location.
Connect to Nature: We are part of nature, so it is important to reconnect to it mentally, physically, and emotionally. Most of us find ourselves caught up slaying it in life and with our goals- high stress all the time from juggling all the different hats we wear and responsibilities we take on. We get disconnected from nature and are conditioned to spend
De-stress and Recharge Your Batteries: This
Lastly, make sure you are consistently replenishing and rejuvenating your body by drinking plenty of water and getting enough quality sleep. There are many benefits to getting a good night’s sleep and keeping hydrated with plenty of research to back it. Some of my favorites are health, beauty, and wellbeing, in a nutshell. I keep a water bottle with me at all times to ensure I remember to drink water throughout the day. I also make it habit to do my gratitude then breathing exercise before bed to put myself in a good vibration and to relax making it easier for me to fall asleep.
While true happiness takes time, commitment, and effort, I know by implementing these simple steps you are off to a start in living a happier life! I hope you enjoyed this blog.
In your journal please answer:
- What do I do that lights up my soul? And, in which ways do I enjoy connection with others?
- How do I connect to nature?
- What do I find recharging and rejuvenating on a daily or weekly basis?
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