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Taking better care of your body and mind is a good way to improve the amount of happiness you experience in daily life. No matter how challenging things can get, if you take your wellbeing seriously, you can get through, and in many cases, stop them from becoming much worse.
None of us can be happy all of the time, but by doing the following things to boost your wellbeing, you can make life better for yourself so that when those challenges do come along, you can handle them better.
I often talk about wellbeing on my blog as I believe it is vital we do what we can to look after ourselves to help us manage our health and pain better. This post is a collaboration, for which for which I received a small payment.
Practising acceptance, whether it be of your emotions, your levels of pain or anything else you may be struggling with is a good way of staying healthy and keeping things in perspective.
So many people have to seek the help of an alcohol rehab service or end up comfort eating or dealing with deteriorating mental health because they try to ignore their feelings; try to suppress those things that are wrong with their lives instead of accepting they are where they are and allowing themselves to feel what they feel.
Try to learn to accept where you are and what you’re feeling. Sure, you can work to improve things, but embrace, rather than push the bad stuff away and work with it. Journalling about your feelings can help you to do this, as can meditation, but you may find that something else works for you, so feel free to experiment.
Get out of your comfort zone
When you’re experiencing a tough time, it can be hard to do the basics in life, let alone think about trying new things, but you know what? Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is one of the best things you can do for your mental health in particular.
Trying new things that you might not have considered before stops you from getting into a rut. It gives you something to look forward to and a sense of accomplishment once it’s done. This can increase your happiness levels and give you a new lease of life, and it doesn’t have to be something scary like jumping out of a plane – visiting a town you’ve never been to before, trying out an art class, or something as small as a different genre of book, are just as good. Think about something that will push you, that you would like to do and work your way towards giving it a try.
Live in the present moment
Living in the present moment, not worrying about the future or ruminating over the past is one of the best things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing. Many people who suffer from chronic pain find that it is useful for managing that too.
Of course, living in the moment is often easier said than done, but one thing that can really help you is mindfulness meditation. During mindfulness meditation, you learn how to focus your attention on a single point such as your breath or the flame of a candle. You can even focus on physical sensations such as pain if you can cope with that. By doing this, everything else melts away and you stop worrying about things you can’t change. You focus on being here now and it gives you the headspace you need to start feeling more positive.
There are lots of apps, classes and books that can teach you various techniques for everything from stress reduction to pain management and many of them are either free or extremely cheap, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a go. It could transform your life.
Setting yourself some goals gives you a reason to get up and get doing every day. It is often a good way of helping you to take your mind off poor health or troubles you are having in your life, and it can give your self-confidence a boost.
So, whether you finally want to learn to drive, you’d love to be a better cook, or you want to finally get a degree with the Open University, set yourself a few manageable goals and see your wellness levels soar. You can do it!
Laughing is such a simple thing, but there is nothing like it to lift the spirits and make a bad day seem just a little bit better. It’s sad then that adults only laugh 15 times per day on average, whereas children laugh 200 times each day.
Try to be more like a child and look for the funny side in things. Don’t be afraid to play more, watch silly shows or do the kinds of things kids do to have fun because you know what? It’s really good for your health and wellbeing.
Keeping a daily list of everything you’re grateful for, even if that is just being in slightly less pain than you were yesterday or enjoying a hot cup of tea in the garden, is a sure-fire way to feel happier from day to day. When you do this, you start to naturally shift your focus to the positives in life which not only makes you more optimistic but can also prevent rumination, depression and other mental health issues from being so debilitating. It isn’t the whole answer, but it’s an easy practice to incorporate into daily life, which has been shown to have real results.
Removing negativity from your life can have a hugely positive impact on your wellbeing. That might mean giving up toxic friendships or quitting a job you hate, for example, and that can be scary, but if the things in your life are not serving you, and worse, they are actively making you unhappy, it makes sense to do away with them if you want your life to be as happy, healthy and stress-free as it can possibly be. So, stop dedicating your time and energy to negativity and start streamlining your life for maximum positivity.
You may not be able to incorporate all of these ideas into your life, but even making one or two changes could boost your wellbeing significantly, so what are you waiting for?