Updated: Oct 16, 2018
Maybe you don’t feel like it yet but honey you’re metaphorically bulletproof! Maybe some days you feel like a superhuman – a super mom or a super friend or even just a superwoman – while other days you feel super unmotivated. The feeling of drowning is normal – trust me.
For a while I thought that I wasn’t normal because for some reason I couldn’t overcome the feeling of emptiness. Something felt missing. So much to the point that I researched different pharmaceutical drugs to see if something, ANYTHING could make me feel better.
Nothing worked. I was tired, unmotivated, and left with a feeling of emptiness and at that point in time, I was sure there was no cure.
There is a cure. No – I’m not going to give you a list of prescription pills that will make you “feel happy,” besides, temporary happiness isn’t what we’re going for here alright.
Your goal? Permanent happiness. Happiness that you don’t have to pay for.
1. Redirect your attention to the positive.
It’s so easy for us to see the negative parts in life and I get it – seeing the glass half full is one of the biggest cliche sayings of all time. My question for you is, how serious do you take this statement? As cliche as it sounds, it’s one of the best lessons in life.
Take a moment when you’re in a not-so-great situation to find some clarity and redirect your focus. Count to ten, go grab a glass of water or just take a cool down break. Focus on the positive things that are going good in your life at the moment and write them down. Seeing them on paper will give you a little bit more solitude and appreciation.
2. Look into meditation
Meditation will help you regain calmness and focus. Studies show that meditating reduces the brain’s beta waves which ultimately put you in a more relaxed state of mind.
There are two types of meditation – Focused attention or mindfulness meditation. Focused attention is where you focus on one point and continually bring your attention back to that focal point when it wanders. Open-monitoring meditation is where you pay attention to all of the things happening around you—meaning that you notice everything without reacting.
3. Get outside – more
Studies have shown that sunlight increases serotonin levels which in turn may make you happier. You may have your window open but have you stepped outside to smell the fresh fall air? Take yourself for a mini walk… a few times a day. Step outside and enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Just get out.
Another way to possibly feeling like you’re outside would be to put some nice plants in your workspace. Spruce it up with something natural to make you feel more at ease.
4. Exercise – more
So maybe you do have daily routine included with exercise as well as stretching. It doesn’t hurt to exercise more. Maybe you’re thinking, “are you kidding me?” No actually I’m not! Break up your exercise routine to little snippets throughout the day.
This not only trains your body to be healthier but it also will give you the breaks that you need during a stressful day. Set some goals for yourself for different times of the day. Change your workouts and switch things up, you’ll feel so much better.
5. Eat brain food
I’m sure you’ve heard of sooo many diets out there that “work” and what-not and I’m not here to be your dietician. However, eating a balanced diet and staying away from too much caffeine or too much sugar will actually help you to feel happier. When you feel good you look good and when you look good you feel good!
Try and add just a little bit more greens, a little less caffeine, definitely more water and some healthy snacks in between. Take care of your temple and your temple will take care of your brain.
Combining some redirection of positive thinking, meditation, sunlight, exercise and a well balanced diet, I believe you’ll be right on your way to a more healthier and happier life – without pharmaceuticals.
What natural remedies have helped you to feel happier?