8 tips to be happier and healthier

Let’s be honest, life is hard. But, it’s the little things in life that make us happy and appreciate how lucky we are to be here. And so, I want to share with you some things that help boost my mood and improve my physical and mental health.

Meditation. Mediation is great for your mental health. Meditating for just a few minutes each day can relieve stress, improve your mood and reduce anxiety.

Yoga/exercise. Practicing yoga will help you unwind and relax. On the other hand, an intensive workout will boost your mood by releasing happy chemicals, and can also ease stress and anxiety.

Gratitude diary. Keep track of the things that you’re grateful for by writing them in a diary. This will help you learn to be appreciative of what you have, and so will improve your mood and make you a more positive person.

Clean eating. There’s nothing more rewarding than making your own meals from scratch. You get to experiment with new ingredients to make something delicious and at the same time be proud of yourself for eating healthily.

Give up drinking alcohol. Alcohol can cause your physical and mental health to deteriorate. Too much alcohol can cause high blood pressure, liver disease, dementia and depression. So stop drinking alcohol and be kind to your mind and your body.

Essential oils. There are many essential oils out there each with their own therapeutic benefits. Use lavender to help relieve stress, anxiety and help you sleep. Bergamot helps to ease stress, anxiety and depression. Try out some yourself and see what works best for you.

Play with pets. Get some fresh air by taking your dog for a walk. Feel amused by your cat’s playfulness while they chase a piece of string. Show your pet how much you love them by giving them a cuddle and relish in the love that they return.

Talk to your friends and family and really listen. With technology constantly around us we’re often too easily distracted and let potentially special moments slip by. Next time you’re talking to a friend, don’t look at your phone. Instead, be present and live in the moment.

Life’s too short to be unhappy so find time everyday to focus on you and do something that you love.

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