Last week was International Day of Happiness, so what better time for us to share six of our top tips on how to make ourselves feel more positive every single day?
When you spend all day staring at a computer screen or rushing from A to B, it can be easy to forget that there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Getting out and about does wonders for your mental health, so why not make a pledge with yourself to spend some more time in the great outdoors?
Did you know that the simple act of stretching releases a tonne of chemicals that help reduce stress levels and boost mood? Well, now you do! Supercharge your day by committing to a five-minute stretching sesh every morning. It’ll give your muscles a much-needed workout and put you in the right frame of mind to start your day.
Take long, deep breaths
If you’ve never done it before, focusing on your breath can seem like a bit of a weird concept. The initial discomfort is totally worth it though because doing just a few minutes of deep breathing every day can lower your blood pressure and make you feel more relaxed. Give it a go with the 4-7-8 breathing method by inhaling for four counts, holding your breath for seven, then exhaling for eight.
Say thank you
It might sound cheesy, but practising gratitude is a great way to boost self-esteem and improve relationships with the people around you. The more often you do it, the better you’ll get, so why not start right now by making a list of five things you’re grateful for today? Here’s a little something to get you started.
Laugh at your own jokes
At Team Misfits, we LOVE a good pun, but sadly the rest of the world doesn’t always share our enthusiasm. If you’re like us, the great news is that you don’t have to make other people laugh to find your own joke funny. So, next time you come up with a witty one-liner, be your own biggest cheerleader and give it the laugh it deserves. We promise it’ll make you feel better.
Own your ‘guilty’ pleasures
Nigella Lawson thinks it’s time for us to stop feeling guilty about doing the things we enjoy, and who are we to disagree with her? Being honest about what makes you happy is a sure-fire way to boost your mood, so why not make it your goal for the rest of the year to stop feeling bad about the things that bring you pleasure?