These seven daily habits will help you take control of your happiness.
You have control over what you think and feel. Being intentional about focusing on positivity in your life can help you cultivate your daily happiness. It's as easy as making yourself laugh and coordinating plans with people you love.
Nourishing your mental health will help you connect more deeply with others, reduce anxiety and boost your confidence. There are plenty of small things you can do right now that will make a difference. And it won't cost a thing. Start with these seven happiness hacks today.
Also, see how to naturally relieve anxiety without medication, and check out these tips for improving your mental health without therapy.
Very few things in life are promised, but stress-free times are unfortunately guaranteed. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed or stressed out. However, you can control how you respond to the strain. Implementing relaxation techniques into your daily routine can help you manage stress.
Meditation is a popular way to relax as it can help reach a state of calm, decrease stress and improve your mood. Some people even use music to guide them through their meditation sessions. If meditation isn't your thing, deep breathing, reading or taking a bubble bath are also popular relaxation techniques. No matter how you choose to relax, just make it a habit.
Including gratitude in your life is a way to create a positive outlook on your life. More than that, it has tangible benefits for your mental health, including reducing stress, lessening depression symptoms and boosting your mood.
Gratitude is a simple concept, but sometimes difficult to keep up with. In 2023, take time for self-reflection and share your gratitude with the people around you. If you like to journal, regularly write down a list of things you're grateful for.
Sharing our time with others is sometimes just what we need to boost our mood or change our perspective on things. By making time for friends and family, you will decrease feelings of loneliness and ensure you have an emotional support system at your fingertips. If you can't regularly meet in person, text messages and zoom calls are all meaningful ways to connect with others without actually seeing each other.
The other side of valuing social interaction is knowing when you've had enough. Boundaries are an essential part of mental health that help you from pushing yourself too far. Feel empowered to say no or move plans around when your body tells you to.
Mental health is directly tied to physical health -- one cannot flourish without the other. The three main areas to target for 2023 are sleep, nutrition and exercise.
Let's dig into each target area:
Our phones are our lifelines. Most of the time, they're beside us, keeping us connected to the outside world through calls, texts and social media. The hours spent scrolling through social media, comparing ourselves to the snapshot of perfection people post, can seriously impact our self-view and stain our mental health. Constant social media use has been linked to worsened anxiety and depression symptoms, feelings of inadequacy and unhealthy sleeping habits.
You can use social media in a way that doesn't deplete your mental health. Use these tactics to make social media work for you:
Journaling is a powerful tool to cope with mental health disorders by working through emotions and channeling thoughts. A 2018 study found that journaling for 15 minutes each day significantly reduced stress and feelings of anxiety. Other research has linked it to helping work through PTSD symptoms or depression.
There is no right or wrong way to journal. Many people journal daily. Others may only journal when stressed or need to work through something. No matter how you use it, journaling is a way you can track your progress and growth throughout the year.
Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine. When you're feeling stressed or down, do things that will make you laugh to reduce anxiety and stress. Watch your favorite TV show or movie to give your mood a boost. Or find the source within yourself. Sing while you're in the shower or dance while cleaning your home. Dancing reduces the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
Improving your mental health is a journey; it doesn't happen overnight. You can make lasting tweaks to your well-being by intentionally adding habits to your routine.