Everyone goes through a phase where they are stuck in a rut, and not sure why or how to get out of it. The main problem is that people just do not take enough time for themselves. We are so busy focusing on work or school and being successful, that we sometimes forget all of that work does not matter if you are not happy. Of course working hard is very important, but you have to realize taking care of yourself is equally important. Here are some tips that I’ve done that has help me live a happier life.
Surrounding yourself with positive people
Why would you want to be around people who are constantly bringing you down and ruining your mood? If you have someone in your life who is not making you happy, and is just negative you need to distance yourself from that person. People say always well that’s my friend I can’t just do that to them. But what about you? Don’t you want to be around people who make you feel special and wanted? I know this can be hard but sometimes you need to just let some people go who do not help you better yourself. You are never going to be happy if your always with people who are negative. I am not saying just disappear from their lives, but meet some new people who are positive and makes you happy.
Starting a healthy lifestyle
I can not stress enough how happier I was when I started to really take care of myself. People always think that being healthy means eating fruits and vegetables for every meal. I mean of course you need incorporate them into your diet, but that does not mean you can not still enjoy the foods you love. Maybe restrict yourself a little and find healthier alternatives. Make a challenge to yourself that if you eat pretty healthy during the week you can go out to eat once during the weekend. Cutting out all your favorite foods just in one day is not going to help. You are going to end up craving these foods and just end up binging. Exercising as well is so important for not only your physical health but mental health. Studies show that exercising release endorphins which gives you a feeling of happiness. If you start to workout you will be proud of yourself and that will make you feel better as well.
Take time for yourself
Taking time for yourself everyday is very important to keep yourself happy. If you are not doing something for yourself you will get overwhelmed and stressed. We are always so busy focusing on school and work that we forget to make ourselves a priority. After a long day you can take a relaxing bath and listen to music. Read a book or go get your nails done. Just take a break from reality and escape even if it is only for 30 minutes.
Wake up earlier
When I started to wake up earlier I noticed that I was being much more productive. I am the type of the person who hates to be rushed in the morning, because it stresses me out and just throws off my whole day. If you wake up earlier you can get more stuff done, but not only that you can spend more time doing what you like. I love mornings and I like to be relaxed because it really does determine your day in my opinion. I would rather eat a homemade healthy breakfast while watching a t.v show or reading a book, rather than having to hurry and stop to get something. If you wake up earlier you can start your day off without a workout. Working out in the morning makes me feel so good, I feel like I have more energy throughout the day.
I believe in if your space is a mess you are a mess. When my room is a mess I get nothing done I just lay in my bed. I notice when I clean my room I am more motivated to do more things. Having a clean space makes you more productive and clears your mind. When there is something I should clean or chores I am constantly thinking about it until I get it done. Therefore my focus is not 100 percent on what I am doing. People who have a clutter or are not organized our more likely to be stressed.
Making goals is something that can help you feel accomplished and doing something right. For me there is no better feeling then completing a goal of mine. Setting goals can make you feel like you have a purpose in life, especially when you are stuck in a rut. You can make smaller goals and bigger goals for yourself. You do not want to have some crazy goals to accomplish in a short amount of time, or you will stress yourself. Instead try to think of smaller goals you can do to get yourself to that bigger goals. I am trying live a healthier life so I am trying to drink more water everyday because I use to not drink it enough. A bigger goal of mine is to become a personal trainer and nutritionist, so I try to learn something new everything about health. Your goals can be as small as trying to read one book every month. Just knowing that your accomplishing something adds so much more value to your life.