Life is hard at times, and we all need a pick me up now and again. With all the little stresses of life, it can be easy to forget the simple beauty of life and how fulfilling it can be. There is joy in the world, if you can find time to press pause of life’s daily motion. And this is essential to taking charge your state of mind, and finding a way to create your own consistent sources of happiness and stress-relief. To get you started, here are 10 simple but effective ways to make your day brighter.
This may seem too obvious, but it is a must to remind yourself to go outside in today’s world. We are constantly on some sort of device, whether it is a computer at work, or a smartphone at home, and it can interfere with our need for sunshine and a connection with nature. Leave your phone on the coffee table, and go enjoy some of the world’s natural beauty.
Listen to music
Music is certainly a mood-lifter and can make your day brighter with just one of your favorite tracks. Find the perfect song of the day or make a go-to joy-inspiring playlist.
Drink more water
Frequently, we may feel down or low-energy when we are really just dehydrated. Drink a couple of glasses of water and watch the gloom veil lift immediately.
Call your mom
If you are tight with your mom, this can be a real life saver. There is something like having your mom tell you everything is going to be okay that makes you believe just that.
Get a massage
If you have the time, easing tension with a massage can be a nice slice of euphoria to improve your day.
Do some morning micro-meditation
With the nature of most of our days, sometimes we jump right out of bed and into our busy schedules. But giving our minds a chance to warm up with meditation can be a great way to start the day.
Stretch your body
Our minds are affected by our bodies, and tight limbs and stiff backs can make us feel rigid and inflexible. Even if it’s for 5 minutes, getting your blood flowing by stretching can give you a limber body and mind ready to launch into the day.
Give someone a compliment
Making a stranger, or even friends and family, feel good about themselves is the simplest, but easily forgotten happiness hack. You just can’t help smiling when you make another person smile.
Have your favorite treat
Take a break from that diet real quick and give yourself a moment of pampering for a quick mental boost. Pick up your favorite treat or beverage and savor the sweet indulgence.
Get more sleep
This is more of a preemptive strike, but getting more sleep daily can set up for a brighter day, every single day. We are a sleep deprived, overworked society and it undoubtedly affects moods and energies. Going to bed earlier, or taking a midday nap, can instantly make you feel better.