Happiness is an abstract concept. It’s different for different people. Some people feel happy and content after listening to their favorite songs, while others feel happy by being close to nature.
But there’s something that’s common for everybody in terms of happiness- a healthy body and mind. Now the burning question is how can you achieve a happier and healthier body and mind?
Well, the answer is to tweak your daily routine, and you’ll be good to go. Yes, you read that right. Your everyday habits play a crucial role in keeping your body happier and healthier.
Here we have listed some habits for you to add into your daily routine to kickstart your quest.
Before we start: We can’t stress this enough that happiness is a feeling that’s different for everyone. So, if you feel that any habits listed below aren’t a right fit for you, consider ditching them immediately. Don’t worry! With time and little practice, you’ll realize what makes you feel joyful and what doesn’t.
Let’s start with the habits that are going to bring a positive change in your life.
- Try to smile more often.
It’s a misconception that you only smile only when you are feeling happy. But what you might be missing out on is that it is actually a two-way street.
Medically speaking, smiling sends a message to the brain receptors to release dopamine- a hormone that makes us happy. So, when you feel that you’ve hit rock bottom in life, try to crack a smile and see what happens next. But with this, we don’t mean that you have to walk around wearing a fake or plastered smile on your face. Because that’s creepy. Try to look for things that make you smile, such as a baby’s laugh or a certain memory or stand-up comedy, or anything for that matter.
Start your day by smiling at yourself in front of the mirror, and you won’t have to worry about having a bad day.
- Give back to nature.
Spending time with nature helps in relieving stress and adds positive energy to the body. Nature is definitely the best gift to mankind. And that makes it our responsibility to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.
Doing your part for the environment will add a sense of achievement to your soul and make you feel happier than ever.
For this, you need to build compassion towards Mother Nature and do whatever it takes to help her thrive. So, make sure that you avoid using plastic stuff or adopt fast fashion. Consider swapping your chemical-based products with zero waste cleaning products in your daily routine to minimize the risk of toxins. Not to mention that organic products are also a good friend of your skin and overall health. You can also consider spending time with nature by planting trees and plants in your backyard.
- Prioritize your physical fitness
A body that’s healthy from the outside stays happy on the inside.
Do you feel happy when you are sick or tired? Obviously, not. That’s precisely why you need to build a schedule that allows you to exercise regularly. Not to mention that exercising regularly acts as a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, depression, and boosts self-esteem.
Believe it or not, even a ten-minute workout session can also make a huge difference. Yes, that’s right! You don’t have to transform yourself into a gym enthusiast for it.
Try to go for a walk or have a dog; for that matter, he’ll definitely take care of your exercising schedule. You can also go for some adventurous activities such as hiking, playing golf, or dancing your heart out.
- Stop running from your stress.
Stress is inevitable and is an unavoidable part of life. The more you run from it, the more it keeps on finding ways to catch up to you. According to psychologists, stress isn’t a bad thing as it is often perceived to be. All you need to do is change your attitude towards it.
First of all, you need to stop running from stress and try your best to deal with it for good. There’s a good chance that you might be stronger and courageous than you give yourself credit for. This means that you might have to go for some awkward conversations but don’t worry, it’ll be for the best.
As soon as you start tackling your issues, you’ll feel like a load has been taken off from your chest. And the feeling is inexplicable. Not to mention that you’ll be doing your mental health a huge favor by dealing with stress. And once you feel you have nothing to worry about, you’ll automatically start feeling better with every passing minute.
- Start decluttering your home and life.
According to psychologists, people feel distressed and sad because they often cling to things and memories they don’t even need. Plus, you can’t feel good and content in an untidy and disorganized home.
Look around, are there any things that make you feel you are better off without them? If yes, then get rid of them as soon as possible. Start by decluttering every single room in your house. Put away things that remind you of dark things in your past. These things may include picture frames or any other gift items from the person who isn’t there in your life anymore.
Replace your old and weary bedsheets with new ones and add fresh flowers in your living room to attract positive vibes. Take a hard look at your closet and dump the clothes and junk you don’t use anymore. Consider giving them away to the less fortunate. Remember, someone’s junk can be a treasure for someone else. It is also better to keep a designated box of giveaways to avoid more clutter. Once you are done with the decluttering and the cleaning part, you’ll notice that you feel alive every time you enter your home.
You don’t have to move a mountain just so you can feel happy. All you have to do is start appreciating what you have, connect with nature, and deal with your insecurities. And there you are- no one can stop you from leading a happy, fulfilling, and healthier life.