With the dull grey clouds of winter and the busy lives that we lead it at work it can be hard sometimes to de-stress and find a hint of happiness in your day. It is quite common for people to still suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at this time of year, the mornings are still quite dark at the moment. Whilst we wait for spring I thought that I would jot down some simple ideas on how to de-stress and feel happy.
Write a love list
One of my favourite things to so is to make a list. I’m all about lists for keeping me on track and organised but I also think they are great to remind you of the things that you love and enjoy. Saving your love list on you phone, tablet or laptop means that you can always be remembered of the things that make you happy. The list doesn’t have to be full of major life events either, it can be full of little every day things such as your favourite bar of chocolate or lipstick.
Look through old photographs and think of happier times
Flicking through old photographs and reminiscing about older and happier times is a great way to feel happy. I was reminiscing with my family just this weekend and we were all in fits of laughter – it was such a nice feeling.
Believe it or not, something as simple as fresh air can do you the world of good and it’s free. Taking a break from a stressful day at work by going for a walk on your lunch break and getting your head out of your computer can be highly beneficial. Try and get outside for at least 10-15 minutes a day and you will really notice the difference it makes to your stress levels and general well being.
Get a good nights sleep
There is nothing like a good nights sleep to put a spring in your step. Waking up refreshed and energized makes for a much better day than waking up groggy and sleepy. I try and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night and when I do feel great and ready to attack the day. Try and turn off your phone and computer in the evening so that your brain is well rested before bed, it really helps to get a good nights sleep.
Exercise can make you feel great! Some of you may think that I am crazy, but it’s really true. Working out releases a hormone called serotonin in the brain, the bodies natural happy hormone. I personally always feel better after a workout compared to before a workout, which means when I work out in the morning it gives me a natural boost to start my day.
A restful mind makes for a restful soul – or so they say. Recently I’ve got into meditating, I generally do this unaided in the evening before bed, however there are some fabulous phone apps out there at the moment, I find meditation very relaxing and a great way to unwind after a restful day. Emptying my mind for a few minutes and getting some head space also makes for a great nights sleep.
Sing and dance
Having a jig around the kitchen or a sing-a-long at the top of your voice to your favourite song can really put you in a good mood. The movement from the dancing can make you feel awake and reenergized and who doesn’t love singing to their favourite song. I dare you to try this in your office on a grey afternoon or during an afternoon energy slump, although you may get a few odd looks!
Naturally there are many other ways to make you feel happy and plenty of ways to de-stress these are just a couple of ways that work for me and I thought I would share them on the blog. Please share any of your own ideas in the comments below.
What little things make you happy? How do you like to de-stress during or after a busy day at work?