Post-Christmas blues? 10 simple ways to feel happier in an instant
Christmas has come and gone.
All that prep work, all the shopping, all the cooking, all the doing and sorting and sending and managing.
Now it is all over for another year and although most of us often do breathe a little sigh of relief when Christmas arrives and we can finally lower our December-tense shoulders, there is also this slight tint of sadness that our favourite season has come and gone.
And now we are facing into January, February and March, and a whole lot of cold, rain and empty bank accounts before the warm air of spring arrives to lift our moods again.
But don't feel blue. Happiness, as they say, is not a destination – it is a journey, and there are plenty of things you can do to trick yourself into feeling happier – in an instant.
And guess what, making sure you feel happy might just be the single most important thing you can do for your health, both physical and mental, making it just as necessary as diet and physical activity.
And while the reward is a happier you, of course, know that everyone around you will also benefit from you being your happiest, most positive self.
Want to start feeling happier this very moment? Here are ten easy, yet instantly effective ways to start:
1. Make a list of things you’re grateful for
Stopping for a minute and thinking of all the great things and amazing people in your life will probably put any silly complaints you had to rest.
2. Buy a green plant
Plants are proven to make you both happier and healthier!
3. Meet a friend
Grab a coffee, go to a yoga class together, or just take a walk in the park. Life is happier when we spend it with people we care about. Especially after this year, when we have all spent so much time apart from those we love.
4. Cook something
Even if you're not the best chef, cooking or baking a great stress relief, and also, if you cook something for someone else, the happiness effect will be double!
5. Make a list
Take a few minutes to jot down your day's or week’s to-do lists. Focusing on your priorities will leave you feeling in control of your day, which again will lead to less stress.
6. Clean up
Time to get organized. Pack away the festive decor, do an edit of your wardrobe, clean the kitchen – the point is, getting rid of the clutter and rearranging your space will make it feel new.
7. Learn to rest
A power nap is the perfect way to reset yourself. A short snooze will help you approach things differently when you wake.
8. Stop complaining
If something is troubling you, either fix it or accept that nothing can be done right now, so why complain? Complaining is a passive activity. Change that complaining into action to solve the problem or simply accept it and give your mind something else to focus on.
9. Turn off the tech
Unplug and clear your mind by turning off your phone. Escaping social media for a while is proven to be good for your mental health and wellbeing.
10. Take care of yourself
Stress and a busy lifestyle can often take over our lives and break down anyone’s positive spirit. Take time out from your life for just you. Take a hot bath, head to your yoga class, get a manicure, go for a run, plan your summer holiday, make a mood board, it doesn't really matter what it is, just make sure you do whatever relaxes and energizes you.
What makes YOU feel happier when you are in a bit of a slump? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @herfamilydotie