PLAN & PRIORITISE
Having clearly defined goals and plans in place to attain these goals is paramount in the ‘pursuit of happiness.’ Creating resolutions for the coming year doesn’t have to be arduous and involved (click here for my tips on Creating Resolutions That Last). Taking the time for reflection and being honestwith yourself are key in creating goals and plans, and are the first steps in truly implementing lasting change.
EAT REAL FOOD & LOOK AFTER YOU!
Proper brain function is undeniably linked to our moods, and eating real, wholesome food as nature intended, encourages correct neurotransmitter production and use in the body, leading to a better mood (check out my top five functional foods or read my post on foods to boost serotonin levels here).
Taking the time out to nurture yourself is so important in finding happiness. Whether your self care is whipping up a fresh facemask or making a coffee scrub (see my Natural Beauty tips here), or making your home yoga practice a non-negotiable in your schedule, regular self-care establishes a solid foundation on which happiness and satisfaction can flourish.
DETOX FROM TECH
Technology and the constant barrage of information via the internet etc, be it useful or otherwise, leaves our bodies feeling drained and exhausted. Melatonin, a hormone that regulates our circadian rhythm, dictating our sleeping/waking patterns,can be disrupted due to overexposure to light – thanks to checking facebook/instagram/twitter in bed before you intend on going to sleep.
I have just returned the land of internet and facebook after some time without it, and I can vouch for the better sleep, better self esteem, and improved world view I experienced whilst taking some time out from particular social media platforms and the no-being-glued-to-my-phone every night.
Switching off from technology a couple of hours before bed sets the brain up to produce the right hormones for a better sleep, which in turn sets you up for a better day the next day!
BEGIN & END EACH DAY WITH GRATITUDE
Since becoming pregnant (there will a post coming soon to fill you in on where I have been over the last few months, don’t worry :P), I have found it difficult at times to see the silver lining. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being pregnant and there is nothing more exciting (in my experience so far) than knowing that you’re creating a little life inside of you. But some days, with my changing body, the crazy hormones and resulting emotions, it can be hard at times to keep up the smiles.
Because of this, I started a little exercise that I complete every morning and take time to reflect on every evening. I write a list of three things I am grateful for in the morning while I drink my morning cup of tea. It’s as simple as that. Every day, expressing gratitude and thankfulness daily with a simple list. I reflect on my list at night before bed, and I find that this sets me up for a happier day the next day and keeps me from slipping into becoming an emotionally distraught pregnant wreck.
Having trust in the universe, and believing that everything will be as it is meant to be is key in maintaining a level of happiness. I have to admit, I am guilty of assuming the worst in situations. But deep down I have trust that the universe will provide me with the tools I need to deal with situations and navigate my way back to happiness. Ask and you shall receive, and nothing rings more true than this.
At the end of the day, YOU are responsible for your own happiness. Implementing some of the tips above can help you on your way to creating a happy and fulfilling life for yourself and keep you smiling through 2016. xx
Article by Rachel Marie