There are some days when you just feel, well, a bit below par.
Maybe you’ve got too much work on, haven fallen out with a friend or are unsure about the future after the Brexit news.
You know what, that’s OK.
You can’t be happy 100% of the time; it’s just not possible. However, if you can’t quite shake off that ‘can’t be bothered’ feeling, we have some easy ways to put a spring in your step and put a smile on your face once again.
Do more exercise
Whilst it is easy to sit on the sofa with chocolate and a weepy film, this isn’t going to make you feel any better. We aren’t talking about training for a marathon or going to the gym every day, but putting on a pair of trainers and getting out of the house will help lift your mood. Start small and make exercise a part of your routine and in no time that fresh air and increase in endorphins will you happier.
Step away from gadgets
We live in a non-stop, 24/7, media heavy age where most of us believe we are on call all of the time. From time to time go gadget free. Even if it’s for just an hour a week, turn off social media, put your phone on silence, close the computer away and do something less boring instead.
You might think someone else has the perfect life, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors. It is all too easy to think that Jo from the office has a great car and Caroline wears the best designers clothes – but does this make them happy? Think about the positives in your life, what you have to offer others and what you do have, not what you don’t.
Pay someone a compliment, buy a friend some flowers, do some voluntary work or simply open the door for a stranger – it is amazing how great giving back can make you feel.
Don’t skip meals
Maintaining a well-balanced diet is key to keeping happy. Skipping meals, excessive calorie counting and junk food are all a recipe for misery. Fresh fruit and vegetables, good proteins, healthy oils and water, will all keep you full, hydrated and happy. Limit alcohol and caffeine as these can both be bad for your health and well-being.
Get to bed
Not getting enough sleep can be a real mood killer. If you don’t have enough sleep not only will you feel anxious and lethargic, but it can also slow reaction times and impair your memory. If you set a bedtime routine, have a bath, use a blackout blind and turn screens off, you will have a better chance of sleeping. If you really cannot nod off, get up, have a warm drink, relax and try again.
Whether you sing in the car, join a choir or go to a gig, singing is a great way to feel good. You don’t have to be in tune or know all the words, but add a little bit of dancing and you will soon feel happier.
It is a small thing but turning that frown into a smile can make a big difference to you and those around you.
Write a poem, walk your dog, blow bubbles, eat a banana, buy some flowers, talk to a friend, watch the sunset – whatever you do, add a little happiness to your life today.