Life today is more stressful than ever. Between longer work hours, feeling like you need to hustle with a side project after work, and social media, it’s no wonder that we all seem more tired, stressed, and anxious than ever before.
That’s no way to live! You deserve to enjoy your life! You probably aren’t able to quit your job, and you may need that money from a side project, but there are plenty of other things you can do to enjoy more of your daily life.
Find Your Perfect High
We mean this both literally and figuratively. There’s nothing like experiencing a high to make you relax and see life from a different perspective.
You can literally find your perfect high by finding the right product if it’s legal where you live. It’s a good idea to stop into a professional shop and they can help you find the right product for you.
If getting a literal high isn’t really your thing, you can find other ways to give your brain a happiness boost. A few quick ideas include:
- Listening to your favorite music
- Dancing alone or with a friend
- Going for a walk or exercising
- Volunteering to help others
- Going on a trip
Finding a way to get a natural high is different for everyone. You’ll have to try a few different things until you discover what gives your brain a happiness boost.
Schedule Breaks Throughout the Day
Modern society has us working nonstop. It’s easy to feel like a failure if you aren’t being productive every minute of the day. Nothing could be further from the truth.
If you want to enjoy life more, you have to slow down and stop seeing productivity as the ultimate goal. For those who are really busy, that means scheduling breaks throughout the day.
Schedule at least five or ten minutes in the morning, in the afternoon, and the evening to ensure you’re getting the breaks you need to slow down, but more time is better. Just make sure you aren’t tempted to use your break to browse social media. It’s a happiness buzzkill!
Spend Time Doing a Hobby Every Day
If you’re looking for a natural high, and you’re wondering what you’re supposed to do with a break when you can’t hop on your phone, it’s time to get a hobby!
Getting a hobby is a great way to spend your time, and when you find the right one, it promotes a state of flow. It’s a great way to help you cope with stress, and it can help you meet new people.
The challenge is finding a hobby that works for you, and also making time to regularly pursue it. There are so many to choose from! If you can’t seem to get started or often leave something a few days right after, we suggest you follow these easy tips to form a habit for your hobby.
Something as simple as reading books can be a great hobby, as can painting, woodworking, knitting, and cooking. Find something you enjoy doing and practice getting better at it every day.
Use Thought Stopping Techniques
If you’re experiencing challenges in your life, it’s important that you work through them. If, on the other hand, you are just ruminating about things that make you anxious when there’s nothing to solve, it’s time to take control of your thoughts.
Thought stopping can be an effective way to retrain your brain to think of other things when your thoughts drift to a topic that is stressful. For example, if feeling anxious about checking your email all the time is causing stress, find something else to think about or do every time that thought pops into your head. With enough practice, it will no longer be your brains’ go-to thought.
Spend Time Outdoors
There are so many reasons to spend more time outside. It can boost your energy, and it’s an easy way to get a little exercise, but it turns out it’s good for your mood too.
It has been shown to help with seasonal affective disorder, and it provides you with your daily dose of vitamin D. Sitting in the park is a great way to force yourself to slow down, and the sounds and smells can be relaxing.
Make a little time in your day to head outdoors for a quick walk, pack a picnic, or simply sit in the backyard.
If you aren’t very happy, you don’t have to make any drastic changes in your life. There are simple, actionable things you can do to add a little more happiness to each day.
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