I’ve always considered myself a fairly happy and confident person. But just like everyone else, I have my down moments. As I’ve gotten older and gone through more lows I’ve learned ways to make myself feel my best regardless of the situation. And today I’m going to share them with you.
This one is the easiest, most simple ways to boost your mood and motivation. This routine is not meant to be an hourly play by-play of your day, but a general idea of how your basic tasks will happen. For instance, waking up and going to bed at roughly the same time. Or even getting up in the morning and eating breakfast and getting ready for your day right away instead of lying around for hours. Maybe you want to take 30 minutes after lunch to relax. Knowing whats ahead and how the day will go motivates you and also creates a less stressful and anxious mental state. So go ahead and try it! Something I am trying (I say trying because I am still working on it) is to wake up and get ready for my day. This helps me procrastinate less and actually get work done in a timely fashion.
Through out my life I have found being physically active to be one of the biggest mental reliefs. When I was younger, it was dance. It still is dance in some ways, but now it is more yoga. I can sit here all day and ramble on about how great it is, but it is scientifically proven that physical activity makes you happy! As Elle Woods would say, “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t”
But on a serious note, endorphins really do make you happy! And for those that don’t know, endorphins are a hormone released in the brain during strenuous physical activity, which in return makes you happy. Some consider them the body’s natural pain-killer.
No, this does not mean go on a diet. This means change your diet! It is fairly well-known that eating crap is going to make you feel like crap. So why do we still eat it?
At the end of this past summer, I became more conscious of what I was fueling my body with. Since changing what I eat I have found both my mind and body feeling so much better. This is all coming from a girl who has a passion for eating. So if I can do it, you can too! And yes there are days when all I want to do is eat cake, and trust me I do, but on days where I am eating good foods, I have never felt better.
The biggest thing I want you guys to take from this is: Eat good things and eat a lot of them! Please do not take this as me telling you to diet. Diets are, for lack of a better word, stupid. Don’t eat to lose weight. Eat to nourish your body, it needs it! The number on the scale means nothing. What does matter is that you are feeding your body the nourishment it needs. A healthy you is a happy you.
4. DO YOU
This is probably one of my favorite little sayings in life, “do you.” One thing you have to remember is to do what you want in life. Do not live your life to please others. At the end of the day it is your life, not theirs.
Even if you think you may not succeed, you’ll never know if you don’t try. So go for it. Do the things you want to do. No matter how crazy they seem in your head.
Moral of the story: Do what you want, be your authentic self, and don’t be afraid put yourself out there; you never know what might come of it.
I hope you can take something from this little post.
Thanks for reading.
Love, Hannah Lee