Tips To Make Yourself Happier #30MinuteLifestyle
Are there ways you can almost instantly make yourself happier? Can you turn around your day from ho-hum to pretty damn great? I think there are steps you can take (that will take you thirty minutes or fewer) to make your day happier. I have some tips to make yourself happier (in fewer than 30 minutes!)
When it comes to “changing your life” it seems a daunting task, right? Changing your life seems like it should be in ALL CAPS because it will take you many hours and much mental energy to do. That’s not necessarily true. There are mini-steps you can take that will shirt your mindset and improve your day.
Got Thirty Minutes? Let’s Go!
Get up earlier (or stay up later, if you’re a night owl) Know when you operate best – morning or night – and then add a half an hour to that portion of your day. It’s been written that “the most successful individuals get up earlier than the ‘rest of us.’” I AM an early bird so getting up earlier works for me. I have friends who abhor the morning and to force themselves to get up earlier than they have to would not enhance their day.
Use those additional thirty minutes to do something you truly love. Crochet. Write in your journal. Do some woodworking. Read a book. Sure, if you get this thirty minutes in at the start of your day, it may help improve your mood, so even if you don’t want to wake up thirty minutes earlier, set aside the first thirty minutes of your day to do something you love that you never take time for.
Reprogram your thoughts. If you tell yourself, “today is going to suck!” chances are, it will. If, however you tell yourself, “today is going to be great!” chances are it will.
We are bombarded with negativity. Whether it’s on the news, in the paper or from friends, family and co-workers, in order to have a better mindset, you need to focus on what you can do to make your day the best it can be and shield yourself from negativity.
You can’t turn every negative thought into a ray of sunshine, but you can look for ways to ignore it or make the best of it. On those days when I have to go for bloodwork, I have a hard time thinking, “today is going to be great!” because I have never had a blood draw that hasn’t taken multiple sticks. What I do on those days is tell myself, “I just have to get through this bloodwork, then my day will be looking up!”
Here are other ways I work to focus on the positive:
- I keep a gratitude journal. I write down, before I go to sleep, what I am grateful for that day. Somedays it might be, “they ONLY had to stick me four times to get blood instead of the seven times they did last month.” Some days you have to take what you can.
- If you’re the type of person who likes affirmations, create and repeat your favorites when you’re feeling the negativity around you.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Get up and get moving. A brisk, quick walk will release endorphins and that will lift your mood.
- When there are things that are simply out of my control ie I’m late for an appointment because of construction and traffic I just repeat to myself, “This too shall pass.” Or I repeat the Serenity Prayer – that is a great reminder that I am not in charge of the universe.