Take Back Control of Your Happiness
There are times in everyone’s lives when at best we feel caught up in the mundane routines of everyday life and at worst, feel like we’re giving way to anxiety and depression.
It’s perfectly natural of course and often these feelings ebb and flow like tides. They feel like they’re going to stick around forever before drifting away and we are feel like we can accomplish anything.
I've had my share of anxiety and have come to notice when it's happening and to try and take conscious breaks and focus on my breathing and small stuff like that to try and break the swirling feeling going on inside. For everyone it's a little different but for me, I notice my breathing gets tight and heavy and I start messing with my nails and pulling at the skin around them. Sometimes I don't notice it until my nails start hurting from the continuous pressure of digging my nails into my finger beads. But, when I do I know what it is and the things I can to do combat the feelings.
So, if you have ever noticed having some of these feelings that make you feel just a little bit not-quite-happy, then take a look at some of these techniques you can use to bring a little more positivity into your life.
Often cited as the answer to everything but quite honestly a walk, run or cycle somewhere beautiful and picturesque really can make you feel so much better. At the very least your brain will release some helpful chemicals during exercise that will give you an emotional boost and your body will feel refreshed. If you’re having trouble sleeping, then some exercise can help prepare your body for the rest that it needs to recover from the physical exertion.
Exercise doesn't only have to the physical part. Mentally exercising your mind and visualizing positive thoughts is also a great way to get your mind set in a more positive direction. You'll be able to notice the negative thoughts and "destroy" them in a sense. If you want to research some specific techniques that will help you maximize the power of positive thinking check out the link.
Easier said than done if you’re feeling a little anxious but make sleep a priority as sleeplessness can enhance the effects of anxiety and depression and catch you in a vicious circle. There are plenty of things you can do to try and make falling asleep a little easier, one of which is putting down your cell phone an hour before you head to bed. I fail at this but I am trying to be better.
What I do almost every night is let my brain calm down and unwind by taking a bath and more recently getting lost in a good book while doing so. I just finished reading, "Her One Mistake", and I LOVED it so give that one a try if you're looking for a recommendation.
Another great option is finding strength in numbers. Almost all of us struggle with some form of feeling down. Look to the internet, social media, blogs anything to find advice on positivity and becoming more mindful.
You can also check out a lot of self help book types. I've read a few and they always feel like a breath of fresh air afterwards. Some good ones are: Lao Tzu, Living Beautifully, You Are Here and Uninvited.
Regardless of your situation it is tome to take back your happiness today! And look, if you ever need someone to talk to I'm always here!
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