Daily habits that will make you happier in the long run

Being happy all of the time might seem a little more impossible for some, but the reality is we have the ability to control our own moods with the things we do on a daily basis.

There are certain habits that we can do that will make us happier over time.

Morning routine

Whether you’re a morning person or not, creating a morning routine could be the perfect way to set yourself up for the day ahead and set you in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. You could exercise first thing, do some meditation, simple stretches, or simply enjoy a cup of tea before you do anything else. Create something that is unique to you and allows you to enjoy the hours to come.

Vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to symptoms of mild depression as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder, so ensure that you get out in the sunshine when you can and if not make sure your diet is rich in foods that have vitamin D like fatty fish like salmon and tuna, egg yolks and fortified cereals.

Eat regularly

It’s important that you eat regular meals so your mood won’t be affected by a rollercoaster of blood sugar highs and lows. Instead, keep it steady with regular meals and snacks in between if needed.

Exercise regularly

When you exercise your body creates endorphins, which are known as the feel-good hormone. The great thing is, it doesn’t have to be incredibly intense or hours long, just try and incorporate it more into your daily routine. You could use your lunch break to go for a walk or try exercise routines whilst you watch the TV.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is imperative for our daily functions, so it’s important that you get enough of it for you. Some people can function on six hours a night, whilst others need eight. Find out what is best for you and stick to it as much as you can. Create an evening routine to help you wind down and get ready for a comfortable slumber.

Gratitude

It’s easy to dwell on the things that have saddened or upset us, but it’s important that we take the time to remember all of the good things we have going for ourselves too. Take just a couple of minutes each day to feel thankful and appreciate everything that we have going on.

Distract yourself

It’s easy to embrace a bad mood and let yourself get deeper into it, but just a small change or distraction could help stop the negative thoughts and get you into a better headspace. Something as simple as watching something funny, seeing a friend, or doing something nice for someone else can completely reset your mindset for the day.

Yoga

Yoga instructor, Maija Kivela says that yoga is great because it helps to calm the nervous system, it also helps to bring you back into your body.

Smile more

Your smile is an incredibly powerful tool in helping your mood. New research suggests that the emotions we feel can be driven by the facial expressions we make. So by smiling, even if we’re faking it a little, it can make you feel happier.

Re-charge

We’re all guilty of overbooking ourselves and pushing ourselves to do more and more, despite the fact that we’re tired and run down. Don’t feel guilty for booking in some time for yourself, whether it’s an hour to listen to a new podcast, an afternoon to rest and relax, or a full day of pampering yourself.

Indulge in what makes you happy

Whether it’s a weekly trip to McDonald’s, ordering from your favourite takeout or a chocolate fix, don’t deny yourself the things you love all of the time. Indulge in the foods that make you happy, and if they’re not particularly good for your health, make sure it’s a case of every so often, rather than every day.

Help other people

If you want a quick return on feeling happy today, help someone else. It could be something small like making someone a cup of tea, holding the door open, giving someone a compliment. Just something like this could make someone’s day, and that’ll make you instantly feel better about yourself.

Push past your fears

Having up barriers can stop us living our lives fully, and if you can find the courage to push past one of these fears you could make a big difference to your overall happiness. Worrying about these fears is a complete waste of your time and energy and once you break down these barriers you’ll feel lighter inside. Start with something small and once you’ve experienced the feeling of relief and happiness it can bring, you’ll want to create a snowball effect on any fears that you might have.

Switch off

Whilst technology definitely has its perks, it’s important to take time away from it too. Pay attention to the people and experiences that are in front of your, and you’ll greatly add to your level of happiness.

Try meditation

Research from Harvard states that meditation is great for helping to ease anxiety, stress and even physical pain, and you don’t have to spend hours doing it either. Try meditation apps and create a routine for doing it, you could do it first thing in the morning or last thing at night to help you wind down.

Stop comparing yourself

In order to be happier with yourself, you need to stop comparing yourself to other people. Especially those we see on social media, who are creating a perfectly curated timeline of their lives and sharing nothing but the good and best about themselves. When you stop comparing yourself to others, you lessen the chance of lowering your self-esteem.

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