Focusing on what makes you happy can give you the tools you need to turn any bad day around for good. Bad days will come, but your response to them will determine just how long they stay.
There are undoubtedly many things in your life that make you happy. It can be as simple as sleeping on freshly cleaned sheets, or as deeply meaningful as a long phone conversation with your beloved grandmother.
I want you to make a list of 10 things that make you happy. When your list is complete, put it on your refrigerator so you can easily access it when needed. Try to incorporate at least one thing from your list in your life on a daily basis.
Do You Crave Creativity
There’s something curious and playful about feeling creative. If you have children or are around children often, being in their presence can often remind us just how imaginative and creative we all start off as. Exploring our creativity connects us to a special part of us that may have been dormant for a long time, and can awaken a whimsical side of us that can breathe new, fresh life into us.
One of the best ways to ignite your creativity is to spend time outside, unplugged. Choose an afternoon this weekend to explore in your own unique way. This could be an outside experience, exploring a neighboring town, an art gallery, whatever lights you up. Exploring new things wakes up that part of our brain and unleashes our creativity, so find somewhere new to explore and connect fully to the experience.
Savor the Small Stuff
This is certainly not standard practice, so it’s something that requires extreme mindfulness. We wake up in the morning already wishing for 5pm — we pass by the tiny moments in our day with great speed. Our culture doesn’t naturally gravitate toward slowness, so it’s something we have to consciously work at.
Focus today on savoring small moments that would typically pass by unnoticed. Find each moment to pause and soak in the feelings, sounds, smells. Look up at the sky instead of down at your phone. Try it just for today and see how it feels — I promise you’ll want to continue.
What moves you to action?
Think of something that’s important to you.
Something that lights a fire in you… what is it?
How can you dedicate a part of yourself to the cause?
It could be raising money, donating monthly, raising awareness, or giving your time as a volunteer. When we connect to this part of ourselves, filling this well in our soul to do good, it makes a tremendous shift within us.
Commit to this growth and how you can make it a part of your life. Drop your thoughts below, I love to hear what makes you feel deeply!
It’s Not All or Nothing
Do you find yourself having an all or nothing mindset about your health? It’s either salad every meal, or you’re doing it “wrong” — and don’t even think about having that cupcake on your birthday. That officially means you’ve fallen off track, and you’re down in the dumps for a few days before you can muster the courage to pull yourself back up.
I want to let you know you can feel freedom from this way of thinking. Wellness isn’t all or nothing, and as a matter of fact, it’s a balancing act.
So how do you feel when you eat something less healthy than you think you “should” — how do you treat yourself?
Re-Evaluate Your Priorities
What have you noticed lately that may be slipping from your grasp? Have you been so busy you’ve spent less time with your kids, friends, family than you are comfortable with? Are you working on a deadline and you’ve been cooped up in your office for weeks, with no free time?
It may not be that extreme, but chances are, there’s something out of line in your priorities that you’ve been hoping to change. What is that?
Let’s just start with that first thing that popped into your mind. The very first thing you thought of when you read this post.
How can you begin motion on changing that, starting tomorrow?
It doesn’t have to be some huge overhaul, which can feel very overwhelming. But what can you start to do to make some changes that will last?
Don’t Wait Until Spring
Somewhere along the way, the need to spring clean was ingrained in us. After the hibernation of a frigid winter, we start fresh with a deep cleaning of our living space. Hopefully going deeper than that, also an adjustment of our routines, attitudes, schedule, relationships and more.
But I think to start that now before spring officially arrives has its benefits. We just started a new year, which inevitably brings new resolutions and new ideas of what you want your life to look like.
How is that going for you so far? What needs tweaking? Start with that, and you’ll be on a spree by the time spring arrives, where you can tackle the rest of your list it full force.
If we arrive in the spring with our failed resolutions still in tow, we will likely put off the spring cleaning as well. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, and your growing to-do list doesn’t have to feel like a failure. Start with jumpstarting those resolutions you may have neglected from January and start a fresh track with one or two of those. Your confidence will compound, and you’ll be ready to tackle more in the coming weeks with that momentum.
What’s the first thing you want to change in your life?
No matter how hard we try, curveballs will always find a way to sneak in. It’s an inevitability of life, and that’s perfectly fine — if we are prepared to handle them!
This season especially can feel hectic, rushed, overbooked and anxiety-ridden. So it’s the perfect time to put your focus on how you handle these stressors of life and make some tweaks to improve any areas that need a pick-me-up.
The thing about a worrisome mind is that it’s typically worrying about the future. This makes it extremely hard to be present, so being conscious of this is crucial. Practice being present and mindful of your current moment, the day you’re in right now, and with practice, you’ll notice the stress of tomorrow will dissipate over time.
Sometimes, when I feel particularly anxious, I focus on each of my senses. What do I smell right now? What do I see right now? What do I hear right now?
This brings you to the present moment and helps snap you out of your anxious thoughts.
Try it, it really works! What are your favorite ways to overcome anxious thoughts?
June is National Safety Month
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages — and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.
During National Safety Month, let’s do our part to reduce the risk of injuries. This June, I encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.
- Prescription painkiller abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose — more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
- Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving — like texting or eating — distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
- Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.
You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues.
Each Tuesday in June I will be posting some tips and information related to safety. Stop by and share the posts. Let’s be safe!
Health & happiness,
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, I challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet many don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:
- Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
- Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.
Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May!
On Tuesdays in the month of May I will be posting some tips and suggestions for getting active. Stop by and share with your friends and family. You can also check out my workout board on Pinterest. There are tons of different exercise ideas there!
Health & happiness,