I’m back and today I want to talk to you about some little things that can improve how happy you are. Mental Health Awareness Week has just gone by but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important topic anymore.
I want to dedicate this post to all the carers out there- many don’t know they count as one. It’s a huge challenge but the universe will reward you for it and remember that you too deserve a break sometimes. There are plenty of services available out there to help you.
Feeling low can be long-term or short-term. You may not be able to make it go away but making little changes to your lifestyle and daily routine can help you enjoy life more.
- Drinking more water. Caffeinated or sugary drinks can make you feel miserable and sluggish so cutting them out of your diet is definitely worth it. At first, the effects won’t be as noticeable but drinking water makes you healthier (after all, we are like 70% water) and can make your skin clearer. It hydrates you making you feel refreshed and awake. If you don’t like how water tastes, try squeezing some lemon and lime juice into a bottle of water, add mint leaves and ice or get an infuser bottle so you can add fruits. By getting a filter bottle you can make sure that the water you drink is pure and can make you feel better because you are taking care of yourself.
- Getting enough sleep. Not sleeping enough gives you wrinkles, a bad case of the grumps and can lead to so many illnesses. Get at least 8 hours, 9 or 10 at most. I have found that anything over 10 just makes me more tired, even if I just stay in bed awake for too long.
- Eat healthily. No I am not forcing you to eat quinoa and swear off sugar for the rest of your days, I am simply saying that watching what you put into your body can affect how you feel! Eating rubbish= feeling rubbish, whereas eating well=feeling well. Try to include greens and fruits and veggies as part of your lunch and dinner and where possible, your breakfast.
- Get enough sun. Take advantage of the warm sunny weather and get some Vitamin D. Low levels of Vitamin D can make you feel down and unwell and in some cases, faint! So if you think you are deficient see your doctor and take their advice.
- In winter, try to get enough light. It can be dark and dull and many people suffer from “winter depression” so they are prescribed with light-boxes.
- Treat yourself! It doesn’t need to be expensive, like a new haircut or something big like a car. Having a bubble bath and curling up with some chocolate and a good book, going for a walk after dinner, going to a friend’s house to visit or having them come over. Just things that make you feel better.
- Find what you love and do more of it. Get a new hobby. It can be anything, I chose blogging! I like many other things too, so I recommend you find something that keeps you entertained and do it whenever you feel like it can make a missive difference in your mood.
- Make new friends. It can be hard but joining a group of people that have the same interest can make the whole making-friends process so much easier !
- Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be all positive, be honest with yourself. Don’t write if you don’t want to and then when you need somewhere to express how you feel you can turn to this. Don’t keep it bottled up! Try to write at least one thing that made you smile or giggle that day.
That’s my nine things you can do to be happier. I hope they help. If you enjoyed this post then like, share and comment which of these tips you find the most helpful. Follow me for more madness and I’ll see you all later.
But until next time, keep blabbing!