Given my life observations, most of the world’s population today find it a challenge, at the very least several times during any given month or several times a year, to maintain happiness. This is why I believe today’s post by Ivan Dimitrijevic is welcomed by everyone reading Live Lighter! Who doesn’t want to feel good more often?
There is a big obstacle that prevents most people from staying healthy on a physical and emotional level – we tend not to focus on improving our health until something goes terribly wrong. The problem is that, by the time you notice that something is wrong, i.e. it starts affecting your life in a big way, it is likely progressed to a point when more serious methods are needed to undo the damage.
However, if we focus on maintaining good mental health on a daily basis, we need to put in a lot less effort to get great long-term benefits. Read on to find out more about several good basic strategies you can implement to keep yourself feeling calmer, more emotionally stable and happier overall.
1. Make an Effort to Improve Your Appearance
All clichés aside, the way you look on the outside can have an effect on how you feel. Sitting around in worn and stained sweatpants and 10 year-old T-shirt, all disheveled and unshaven, puts you in a particular mood. On the other hand, imagine that you’ve had a haircut and shave in the morning, you’re fresh out of the shower, then you put on your best clothes and a nice pair of sunglasses, grab a stylish bag and spray a bit of perfume on. You immediately feel more confident and focused. The same goes for your home and work area – if everything is clean and well-organized, it can help you feel more relaxed and in control.
2. Become More Organized and Get Your Tasks in Order
A great deal of mental anguish comes from everyday stress. We tend to get upset over all manner of little things, but it is usually the same big issue that keeps making people anxious and unsatisfied – not being able to deal with our obligations efficiently. A few simple lifestyle changes can significantly reduce stress, and help us free up more time. You can do several things to become more productive:
- An effective to-do list with simple and well-defined actionable steps – it all comes down to having a separate list for projects, which involve several actionable steps, and a separate weekly to-do list with a next step in any given project, one that you can complete within 10 minutes or so. Having “visit computer store website and find three laptops that fit your needs and budget” instead of “get new laptop” makes it much easier to deal with tasks;
- An organized bag with all the things you’ll need during the day – it’s actually not that difficult to prepare your purse or man bag for the everyday challenges you will be facing, as long as you have your day planned out. With enough room and some creativity, you can make sure that your bag has anything that you might need, and even some emergency items just in case.
When you manage to prioritize your tasks, organize your work environment and focus on reaching your goals one small step at a time, you’ll find that you have a lot more time on your hands and that you are far less anxious.
3. Spend at Least 10-20 Minutes Each Day Reinforcing a Positive Mindset
No normal human being is always in a good mood. It is perfectly natural to go through emotional highs and lows, but those who have a generally positive outlook on life tend to have very good coping mechanisms in place. They are the ones who keep working on that positive mindset every day. Bad thoughts and doubts will come from time to time, but you can overcome them by taking several minutes to reflect on your goals and previous achievement, breathe a little bit and psyche yourself up. A little bit of positive reinforcement can go a long way.
4. Take Care of Your Body
As much as we feel that we are evolved beings, chemical imbalances play a huge role in how we feel on both the physical and psychological level. In fact, regular exercise can be a powerful weapon in the fight against depression and anxiety, and when combined with a fairly healthy diet and enough sleep, it can help keep you happy and energized. A few changes to your diet, 10-20 minutes of daily exercise or fun workouts several times a week, and going to bed an hour earlier can make a huge difference in how you feel.
These are just some basic guidelines that you can follow, and you should try to expand on the basic methods and find the best way of implementing them based on your lifestyle. It’s not exactly a quick and easy transition, but it’s better to work on your mental health a little bit each day then to keep bottling up anger until you boil over.
About the Author
Ivan Dimitrijevic has long been writing about the importance of staying fit and taking care of one’s body. He is husband and a father, and tries to keep himself and his family in good health. This often means reading up on the latest studies and applying proper dieting and exercise methods in real life. Ivan enjoys blogging about fitness, health and what it takes to achieve true longevity, and is always looking for ways of dispelling harmful myths and spreading good information.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us about how you maintain happiness? How about spending 10 to 15 minutes a day on doing something that gives you pleasure and joy? Like reading? Just something for YOU and nobody else.