In the daily hustle-bustle of our hectic lives, we often forget to take time out to check up on ourselves. When was the last time you did things that made you happy? If you cannot remember – you might be neglecting your mental health. The road to happiness is paved with hurdles and not easy to walk on, but one thing is certain, taking the first step towards this road is imperative.
While it is quite tough to get rid of the daily stress and negative thoughts that intrude on our minds, with some simple steps and determination, it can be possible.
A Daily Dose of Sun
Proceed with caution, we are talking about the SPF-protected dose of Sun. Exposure to sunlight gives vital vitamin D to our bodies which is essential for the release of healthy chemicals. In addition, a quick stroll outdoors can boost your mood ten-fold. So, step out of your house and embrace the sun, but do not forget your sunscreen.
Keep a Note
What are things that bring you real joy? It could be as small as petting your neighbourhood dog while walking or eating your favourite snack. Do you do enough things a day that make you happy? Notice the small acts of joy and try to do them more. After all, your happiness is in your hands, so go all out and do things that feel right
Don’t Feel Guilty
We all have a habit of feeling guilty for cancelling plans, constantly feeling the pressure of attending every party, being a part of every social gathering. Sometimes we don’t want to meet people or talk to our friends and that’s alright. If you want to take a break and spend some quality time with yourself – do it! Your friends will and should understand this. Do not feel guilty to not always be there for people.
Do Not Be Harsh On Yourself
Even after a lot of effort, sometimes you end up feeling sad or dejected. In such situations, be a little gentler on yourself. We are our worst critics and our inner thoughts can end up worsening the situation. It is only natural to feel human emotions. Remember to be there for yourself and your body when nobody else is, as your body works just for your survival.
Encourage conversations around mental health and happiness, especially around children. Nobody should feel any shame to reach out for help if they need it. Open conversations and a positive attitude are exceptional tools of happiness.