As a sufferer of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a few years ago (since recovered!), I was not a happy person. I tried everything to keep myself positive. I tried surrounding myself with positive quotes and sayings, I looked for affirmation from friends and social media, but nothing worked. Understandably, because that kind of encouragement was empty and not fulfilling (but that’s a topic for another day). What I really needed was a couple of realistic goals that would help me to keep going daily.
If you are going through something, whether you have severe depression or mild symptoms like I had, you’ll know how hard it is to just “cheer up” or “be happy”.
Joel did some research for me (out of desperation to hear me stop my whining about how negative I was, I think) and compiled this encouraging little list of happiness tips which had lived ever since in the front pocket of my Filofax. Today, I’d like to share them with you.
1. Eat healthily little and often // This will occupy your brain and keep your body running more efficiently. If you love food as much as I do, scheduling foodie treats throughout the day will always give you something to look forward to.
2. Do at least 10-15 minutes of light exercise everyday // You will feel happier in your body thanks to endorphins and it means you can eat more cake without feeling guilty! This could also include going for a walk in the fresh air. That’s something I really value doing when I’m feeling really down or angry.
3. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day // This flushes out impurities and hydration improves your energy levels and concentration. I’m awful at keeping hydrated, but back in the summer when I was doing this, I was feeling a lot better in myself. Plus, it helped to keep me feeling full, so I wasn’t snacking as much.
4. Do something you enjoy during the day // Whether that’s baking a cake, having a bath or watching a film. This one is especially important if you’ve got a lot of things on your to-do list; scheduling time to unwind will help you destress. I’m all for a bubble bath or an episode of Sherlock!
5. When you wake up, plan your day out and decided when you are going to do the above, making it slightly different each day // Keep your routine interesting and keep yourself motivated. For example, if one day you went to the gym, why don’t you go on a run the next? That way, you’re still exercising, but your routine is exciting.
6. Listen to music as soon as you wake up // A favourite song will really get you going and put you in a good mood. I love putting on a worship playlist in the mornings, but I rarely actually do this and I’d love to get back into that habit because the songs would be on my mind all day.
7. Remember that people love you so very very much // This one speaks for itself and serves as a great daily reminder.
Please remember that this list serves as personal positive daily reminders; they will not cure depression, and they will not guarantee happiness. If you are suffering from a mental health illness, or if you don’t know if you are, please tell someone and visit a doctor. You don’t have to go about it alone.
I hope you were encouraged! How do you keep positive? Do we share any of the same goals? Remember, if there’s anything you would like to chat about, feel free to send me a message via the contact form. Ciao!