Everyone wants to feel good, preferably all of the time. But for many people that feeling can be elusive. Perhaps they are so busy chasing after the feeling that they don’t notice that it has been there all the time. But, you have to choose to notice it, to look for it in the everyday. And, believe it or not, you can practice it.
Here are a few simple and practical tips on improving wellbeing, that, with practice, will make you feel good about yourself and within yourself – so that you notice that you are feeling OK, fine, hopefully good.
1. Kick start the day with a MORNING ROUTINE that you do regardless of time, place or circumstances. (Yes, even on holiday.) Choose 2 or 3 things that you can do regularly after going to the loo and before making breakfast. Try out a few things on the list below, mix and match, add in something that you do anyway or have always wanted to try, so that it is YOUR routine. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage it every day or skip one of the practices. Do the things that you want to become a habit, that will make you feel good.
• Make the bed so that you are less inclined to get back into it.
• Drink a glass of lemon juice or cider vinegar in hot water to alkalize the body.
• Do 5 minutes stretching/breathing/exercise.
• Meditate for 15 minutes: you can use an App eg Headspace or look up simple techniques on the internet or in a book. OR
• Practice a guided mindfulness routine for 10 to 15 minutes such as available on the Calm App.
2. PRACTICE GRATITUDE: Being grateful lifts our mood by emphasizing the positive, and attracts more positivity and abundance into our lives. Once a day make a list of 5 things you are grateful for on that day, so that it is specific to your recent experience. You can be grateful TO other people for eg their help; FOR eg the achievement of success/goals; THAT eg the right conditions prevail, something is benefitting you. Rhonda Byrne’s book The Magic contains a full 28 day gratitude journey that is easy to incorporate into everyday life.
3. DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY rather than what you think ought to make you happy, or what other people think should make you happy. Start with small things that give an instant lift: smell the roses; put your feet up with a tea or coffee; go for a walk; listen, dance to or singalong with your favourite song. Everyone gets better at this in time!
4. SMILE! Smiling, like laughter is infectious. Try smiling at total strangers on the street or on public transport and see how many people smile back. You will be surprised at all the smiles you collect. And even a smile that feels fake at first will soon start to feel real.
5. GET 7-9 HOURS SLEEP every night. Sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing and most people don’t get enough. I have banged on about this in a couple of recent blogs, so I won’t get on my soapbox again here. Read Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep.
Happy feelgood practice everyone!!