how to be happy

Get a Hair Cut

There’s nothing better than a fresh cut, and I think there’s a lot to be said for the power of touch. The best part of having your hair cut is hands down the head massage when they wash your hair. I spend most of my time at work putting my energy into others so it feels so good to have someone look after me for a change. I’ve really found a hair style I love now, and while it was crazy hot I found myself pinning it all back and not really caring and I missed my hair. I missed seeing a reflection that felt true to me. That might sound superficial but ultimately we all have a go to style that’s our idea of a great hair day. If a hair cut isn’t your thing perhaps a facial or a manicure might be just the trick for a quick pick me up.

how to be happy

Make Your Bed

Start the day right, a tidy living space is one step toward a tidy mind. It’s so funny what a difference this makes, especially if you work from home and have to walk past your bedroom throughout the day. Each time I walk past my bedroom and see my bed made I feel like I’m ticking all the ‘adulating’ boxes and its the first thing to feel good about. Small things can make a big difference.

how to be happy
how to be happy

Write a letter

No one writes letters anymore. I remember the joy of being a kid and getting letters from pen pals, yes I had them. I was a nerd and I’m still a nerd and happier for it! The main person I write letters to now (not often enough I admit) is my grandma. She loves it and I love how happy it makes her. I also know I’m likely to receive a lovely handwritten letter back with some pressed flowers in from her garden. There’s something really nice about the act of writing, especially when it’s to someone else. I find it cathartic and a great stress reliever. Another idea, especially if there’s something you find yourself repeatedly challenged by, or that is causing you pain, is to try writing a letter to yourself. Perhaps its to you now with some kind words of encouragement or what you would say to a friend in the same situation. It might even be a letter to your past self to thank you for a form of behaviour you don’t need anymore.

how to be happy

Cook Something Delicious & Share it With Someone

Cooking can be stressful especially when time is an issue and the pressure is to get other people fed. I’m the first to admit if I get home late and can’t be bothered to cook for myself I will eat a bowl of cereal, but I do find when I don’t know what to do with myself I really enjoy cooking for other people, food that I can put a lot of love into, and then eat that same meal with people I care about. I find it a very mindful activity and it’s a nice element of self care that can be enjoyed with others. I love the social element of food and since I’ve moved its something I’ve come to treasure.

how to be happy

Give Someone A Squeeze

Cheeky! In all seriousness intimacy is the first thing many people avoid when they’re feeling down when in fact its the very thing that can help sooth us. It’s safe to say I am a hugger. Yep, the truth is out, now I know not everyone is into hugs, and while I don’t make a habit of running up to random strangers asking for a hug, when I feel down I know that being held really comforts me. I always think its important to give a great hug, be whole hearted, let that person know you’re there and that you got them. It doesn’t have to be your partner, it might be a family member or a friend but sometimes you just need a really decent hug ( a cup of tea is also always a good idea).

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