If you are looking to make some lifestyle changes that lead to increased happiness and a more optimistic outlook, there are many ways to do so naturally. Here are some tips and tricks to feel better, faster.
Establish an Exercise Regimen
It is common knowledge that exercising even a few times a week can have the effect of producing endorphins, which improve mood and outlook. Serotonin is one type of endorphin and the most well known, which is the classic mood elevating chemical. Anandamide is less known, but provides the important benefit of managing stress levels. Because exercise increases both of these types of endorphins, it has the result of a better mood and less stress, a double advantage.
Learn How to Use Essential Oils
Utilizing essential oils can have a wonderful impact on your life. These oils are derived from natural ingredients and their use spans thousands of years, from traditional herbal medicine. For example, ginger essential oil offers help with nausea and digestion, and can also provide numerous benefits to your immune system. Essential oils are most popular when used with diffusers, which can give your home a pleasant scent that can be therapeutic, but they are also able to be applied topically and some even internally.
Wake up With the Sun
Not everyone is a morning person, but there are numerous advantages to getting out of bed before or as the sun is rising. Waking up earlier gives you an extra window of time before work or school to introduce positive habits, such as exercise or meditation, which can get your day started on the right note. Additionally, this can increase your productivity and work output throughout the rest of the day by putting you in a better mood and encouraging the completion of tasks after you have accomplished so much in the morning hours.
Boost Your Immune System
A positive attitude has been shown to also have positive effects on your immune system. A study showed that people who think more negative thoughts on a daily basis had less immune system functionality, as compared to those who pictured positive images. A good immune system will prevent you from experiencing illness, and therefore, you will be able to continue to accomplish your goals without worrying about getting sick. Furthermore, research suggests that positivity later in life can prolong lifespan and could possibly be a result of evolution.
Practice Mindfulness Regularly
Mindfulness is commonly defined as slowing down and being more aware of your thoughts and feelings in order to improve yourself. Practicing mindfulness can help you reap the benefits on both mental and physical levels. Not only can it ease stress and anxiety to improve your mental health, but it also has been shown to relieve symptoms of high blood pressure, digestion issues, and chronic pain and inflammation. Methods of mindfulness vary, from simple meditation to keeping track of and acknowledging the sensory details around you, such as sight, touch, and taste. Improving mindfulness comes with practice, so it is important to implement this type of thinking into your everyday life as often as possible.
Read More and Often
With the advent of technology that serves as a huge distraction in this day and age, it may seem like reading is sadly dying as a hobby. However, for those that still want to pick up a book, the benefits are numerous. Not only do you gain more knowledge and increase your vocabulary from reading, but losing yourself in a book can be a major stress reliever, as well as help improve your memory and cognitive function. Even better, the more you read, the faster and easier it will be to read, so you are cumulatively improving your skills whenever you trade your phone or television for a book. Books provide virtually endless entertainment as well.
Surround Yourself With Good People
The old adage that you are a culmination of the people you spend the most time with is true, to an extent. Consistently having happy and positive people in your life is one of the keys to achieving a positive life of your own. Seeing people who make you laugh is a stress reliever, especially if you have had a long or rough day, and mutual happiness produces a strong bond. Keeping a few good friends rather than dozens of acquaintances will ensure that you have only those in your life that care about your best interest, as well as the other way around. Being with friends and finding fun activities to do together can be a great step in achieving a positive lifestyle.
If you are stuck in a negative or depressed space, it can be difficult to see the path to a better life. However, with these tips, a great lifestyle is both possible and achievable.
Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach, Teacher and author of Self Esteem Secrets. His qualifications include Masters and DipLC. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run More-SelfEsteem.com since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Development.