- Relax in a warm bath once a week.Try adding Epsom salts to soothe aches and pains and help boost magnesium levels, which can be depleted by stress.
- Has something been bothering you? Let it all out…on paper.Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression.
- Spend some time with a furry friend.Time with animals lowers the stress hormone – cortisol, and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter.
- “What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.”– Henry David Thoreau
Practice mindfulness by staying “in the present.” Trythese tips.
- Be a tourist in your own town.Often times people only explore attractions on trips, but you may be surprised what cool things are in your own backyard.
- Try prepping your lunches or picking out your clothes for the work week.You’ll save some time in the mornings and have a sense of control about the week ahead.
- Work some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet–they are linked to decreased rates of depression and schizophrenia among their many benefits. Fish oil supplements work, but eating your omega-3s in foods like wild salmon, flaxseeds or walnuts also helps build healthy gut bacteria.
- Practice forgiveness– even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.
- “What appear to be calamities are often the sources of fortune.”– Disraeli
Try to find the silver lining in something kind of cruddy that happened recently.
- Feeling stressed? Smile.It may not be the easiest thing to do, but smiling can help to lower your heart rate and calm you down.
- Send a thank you note– not for a material item, but to let someone know why you appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increased happiness.
- Do something with friends and family– have a cookout, go to a park, or play a game. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days that they spend 6-7 hours with friends and family.
- Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature– it could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
- Do your best to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine, and apply sunscreen. Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts believe is a mood elevator.
- “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”-Albert Einstein
Try something outside of your comfort zone to make room for adventure and excitement in your life.