Go out into nature. Studies show that spending time in nature will positively affect your mood. Even if you can only step outside your home, you’ll still be embraced by the sun and perhaps the lovely sound of the birds. And while you are out there, notice all the things you are grateful for and acknowledge them by listing them out in your head.

Reframe how you see things. For example, instead of saying, “I have to work,” say, “I get to go to work.” This simple hack will change your life and make you appreciate that you get to do all these different things. There are many people who would love to be able to work, but can’t or love to be able to exercise, but can’t. So, be appreciative of it. You get to do all this great stuff. And I know it doesn’t feel great sometimes to do either, but just look at the reward you get, versus the action of doing it.

Write a note from your guardian angel or your older (future ) self. This note should be a positive note. Hopefully, this will come easy and you care deeply about yourself, but if not imagine you are writing it for someone you care deeply about. I want you to tell yourself how great you are and how things are going to get better. I want you to tell yourself that you are never alone and have the ability to not only be happy but accomplish great things. Below is an excerpt from my book, “I Just Want to be Happy and Feel Better About Myself.” Feel free to use my letter if you have a problem writing one:

Dear wonderful you, (Yes you are wonderful!!!)

You’re the most amazing person in the world. I’m proud you’re taking steps to make yourself happier and you know what, I can tell already it has made a difference. I love it when you smile, as it lights up the room. In fact, do me a favor right now and smile really big for me, come on…no one is watching. Look at that beautiful and contagious smile. You’re a wonderful person with a very generous heart. You give everything you do 100 percent and you never give up. You’re a great person. I love how you help others. You brighten everyone’s day by just being around. I know you can do anything that you put your mind to. Never give up and always keep smiling.

With much love,

Your guardian angel (or you can sign it however you’d like)

After you write it, read it first thing in the morning and then again at night. Also please read it anytime you feel sad.

Please know you’re not alone and if no one has told you today, let me tell you, I care about you and believe in your abilities to be great.

Tips to a Happier and Healthier Life

By: Karen Brueggeman

 

  1. Always look for the positive in any situation.

    Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, which might cause frustrations or sadness, but you can either focus on what went wrong or you can look for the positive of the situation. One of my favorite expressions, especially if you don’t succeed at something is…”There’s no failure, just feedback.”

  2. Be grateful.

    Every day you should start your morning and end your night by listing 5 things that you are grateful for. If you are always looking for what to be grateful for, it switches your mind to seeing all the abundance around you.

  3. Water.

    Start your morning off on a great note, by drinking a glass of water right after you wake up. I personally like to have a chilled container right next to my bed. If you can drink warm water, it’s better for you. However, do what works for you to get it into your body.

  4. Move, move, move.

    I can’t stress this enough. Remember a body in motion, tends to stay in motion. And science now shows how being sedentary has a lot of the same effects on your body as someone who is obese. You need to move. Even if you just move a little bit every hour, it’s better than nothing. I have some clients that have said to me, that they can’t do a 60-minute aerobic type activity. But just start where you are. Even if you can only walk to the mailbox, do that, and then slowly add more time in. Some movement is better than no movement. You can also do movement with your legs while you are sitting, so take that time to get your circulation moving.

  5. Time for you.

    Make sure every day that you take some time for you to de-stress. I would suggest either mediating, visualization or maybe giving yourself a foot massage. I personally, like to take the first few minutes in the morning and the last minutes before I go to bed. I rotate between quiet mediation and guided and then every third day, I visualize my perfect day.

  6. Have a vision or goal.

    So many people tell me they feel empty or sad. When I ask them what their goals are, I find they don’t really have any. In life we need purpose. It’s not good enough just to go to work, you need something more. So today, take a few minutes and think about what you would like. What does your perfect life look like? Then use step 5, and spend some time visualizing it.

  7. Do something you love.

    Find a hobby or something that makes you smile. It can be anything. What do you like to do? It can even be something you did as a child, like coloring. I used to tell my clients to go and get a coloring book (this was before adult coloring book were available) and just color like you did when you were younger. And you don’t need to get any of the fancy adult coloring books, you can go to the dollar store and pick up any kind or just grab a piece of paper and let your imagination go wild. Or if coloring isn’t your thing, maybe you like photography, drawing, playing tennis or golf, dancing, gardening, swimming, or something else. Just find one thing today and make plans towards doing it this week.

  8. Be Social.

    This one might be hard, especially if you are an introvert. But studies show that when people are social by having friends, they tend to not only be happy but live longer. If you don’t have any friends, you can always go to a meet up for a hobby you are interested in or join a support group. Just always make sure you put your safety first and don’t meet anywhere that can jeopardize that. Online meets are okay, but face to face contact is better. Another thing you could do is volunteer somewhere, nursing homes or hospitals are always looking for help.

  9. Schedule it.

     

    I’m sure you have heard before, but what gets scheduled gets done. I am a firm believer of scheduling the things you care about. I schedule my mediation, exercise, me time, and goal time every day. This way I make sure they don’t get overlooked. I also do a rough schedule on my day the night before, this helps guarantee that I will have a successful and productive day. Take control of your day or your day will control you. I use the Life Blueprint Planner, but you can use whatever works for you.

 

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