1.Meditate for just ten minutes
People who have never meditated before are often put off by the concept but meditation can be so easy and has been proven to still your thoughts, calm your mind and in turn give you clarity over anything that may be bothering you that day. Sit in a quiet place set a timer and focus on your breathing. Focus on your in breaths and your out breaths. You will get distracted but keep bringing yourself back to focussing on your breath. You'll be amazed with a little practice how easy this becomes and how beneficial it is. There are also many helpful apps available to download that give you short guided meditations. So give it a go and happy meditating.
For years many thought that exercise was just about the body but studies have shown the impact that regular exercise also has on the brain. Healthy body, healthy mind. Regular exercise produces the hormone serotonin which is often called the happy hormone. Try and make it an outdoor exercise. Spending time in nature organically lifts your spirits. Just a half hour exercise everyday can have a positive impact on how you feel, how you sleep and in turn how happy you are so get those trainers on and go for it.
3. Write a list of things you need to do and do one of them
We all have that never ending list of things to do that we never seem to get to the end of. Sometimes it's in our head taking up unnecessary headspace so take some time to write the list down and commit to doing the first thing on your list today. You'll feel so much better when you do it and action always propels action so chances are you might even get number two done as well. So get writing.
4. Think positively about someone you are struggling with
We all have that person in our lives that we have difficulty with and thinking about them produces negative feelings within us. Try thinking about that persons good points today and trigger good emotions instead of bad. And remember the great Buddhist saying; “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; instead you are the one who gets burned”.
5. Get to bed early
Never underestimate the power of a good nights sleep. It replenishes both the body and the mind. In this age of technology many of us go to bed with our smartphones and laptops but many don't realise that the ‘blue light’ from these devices prevents the release of melatonin from the pineal gland, melatonin being the hormone that induces sleep. Also blue light emitted from energy saving light bulbs will stimulate us so try to use softened bulbs in your bedroom and if possible don't turn on the light if you wake during the night. Reading a good book before bedtime is the best way to naturally allow your body to produce the necessary seratonin so leave your devices downstairs and get a good nights sleep.