Sometimes it can be quite difficult remaining positive when facing a lot of things that life throws at you. But something we often forget is that how we are feeling, is ultimately determined by us.
Something that has always resonated with me since I heard it is,
“No one can make you feel anything without your permission.”Yup. At the end of every day, we all have the choice on how we look back on it. We can choose to see only the negatives, or we can choose to see the small acts of understanding and kindness that we witnessed.
But I also understand that some days it can be more difficult than others to simply ‘see the good’. So I’ve compiled a little list of things that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you find it easier to remain upbeat and positive.
Sleep | Having a somewhat fixed sleeping schedule does both your body and mind wonders. If you’re well rested, you’re less likely to feel negative, and if you’re getting up earlier in the mornings, you’re leaving yourself more time to get things done and spend a bit of time for yourself, by having a nutritious breakfast or doing your hair/makeup.
Exercise | I know, I know. Reading that word in a list like this can be really annoying and useless. BUT you’ll be surprised with just how much more uplifted you feel during the day if you started out your day by doing some gentle exercise. This can be anything from walking to school/work, doing some light yoga, or simply reaching for the sky and then your toes once you’re out of bed. Just try to keep in touch with your body, listen to how you’re feeling, and don’t overlook anything.
Water | You best believe it. Yes, exercise is always followed by water in lists like these, but trust me, it really does you the world of good. Just get into the habit of packing yourself a water bottle in your bag, or having one next to your bed. If it’s there, you’re more likely to drink it, than having to make yourself a drink of anything else. Water is proven to improve your health, hair, skin and mood. No one has ever met an upbeat dehydrated person.
Organise | This will benefit you and your life in endless ways. If you treat yourself to a cute planner, and write down all of your plans, assignments, and appointments, you’ll feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders. Not only will you become more productive because you’ll learn to prioritise your plans, but you’ll find yourself setting time aside for just you, as you can see how hard you’re working.
Pamper | I know it’s cliché, and it’s not for everyone, but having a night where you don’t do anything but stay in, watch your favourite shows/movies, and pamper yourself in whatever way you deem fit, be it a bath, just doing your nails, or styling your moustache (we can’t forget the boys, they need pampering too) can be so beneficial for your mood after all of the pampering.
Embrace Change | Start out small, nothing too intimidating or useless. Just a tiny act of complimenting someone, or smiling at someone. You’ll quickly find that if you try and make a small effort of thinking kinder thoughts, it’ll affect your actions, and your actions influence how the people around you treat you, it’s one massive cycle. When you think something nice about someone, tell them. You’ll be surprised with how much it’ll mean to them, and it’ll affect your thoughts in the future.
That’s it for my Six Small Steps To Happiness! I hope this post helped you out, even if it’s only a little bit! If you’ve got any life saving tips or advice, be sure to share them below, it could really help someone else out. Thank you guys for reading, see you next time!