It’s okay to feel…
- not quite okay.
- concerned about the future.
- a desire to be alone.
- weirded out.
These feelings are all valid and okay. You should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about how you feel nor should you ever have to explain or justify your emotions. However, life is beautiful and precious and my hope for you is that you have more happy days than sad, more positive days then negative. Having trouble finding joy? Check out the challenge list below to incorporate more happiness into your life:
- Start a gratitude journal. When you focus on your blessings each day, the bad stuff becomes less important.
- Pump up your favourite music and sing along. Even break out into a dance if the mood strikes you. I always play my favourite songs if I have to do chores I don’t particularly enjoy or feel like doing. Music helps to make things more fun and gives me energy to get things accomplished.
- Call a friend. Reach out to someone who makes you laugh or you know is a guarantee for a good time and a smile.
- Try a new recipe. This is especially important if you’re feeling like you’re in a rut when it comes to meal preparation. Try a new ingredient, spice things up or cater to your sweet tooth.
- Watch a favourite movie or TV show. Thanks to Netflix, you can enjoy a binge of a series and never leave the couch, lol! Seriously, leave the couch every now and then.
- Do a good deed. Showing kindness where it’s especially needed will cheer you up while helping to cheer someone else up too.
- Donate stuff you don’t need or want. Again, you’re helping people in need. Kindness is especially important right now to help everyone feel better.
- Buy yourself some fresh flowers. The smell and beautiful colours will brighten your home even on the gloomiest of days.
- Go outside for some fresh air. Listen for the sounds of nature and focus your eyes on the beauty of the season, whatever it may be or wherever you may live.
- Visit the library. Check out some books and authors that may be new or unfamiliar to you. Now in lockdown, is the perfect time to return to a love of reading good old-fashioned, hold in your hand books. If your library is closed right now, look up local borrow a book sites in your neighbourhood. Someone down the street from me built a little house enclosure on their lawn and filled it with books of all different genres and suitable for all different ages. People can borrow from and contribute to the collection. Check out online second hand sales for cheap reads or call up a friend for a porch pickup borrow or book exchange.
- Try an exercise video from YouTube. I especially enjoy looking up yoga videos that are suitable for people with disabilities and cater to my needs as someone with MS.
- Take a long, hot soak in the bath with your favourite bubble bath, a candle, music and/or a good book.
- Surprise someone with a treat. Pay for someone’s order behind you in the drive through. Bring flowers to a neighbour. Buy a new mom a cup of coffee and a muffin.
- Make a list of things that make you happy and start doing them.
- Smile or say hello to people. Be friendly, hold the door for someone, help carry groceries to someone’s car, let someone in line ahead of you or pass out a few compliments.
Another great list of ideas to find happiness!
Happiness can be found in every day if you take some time to look for it or make it happen. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and I hope today, tomorrow and all your days ahead have many moments of happiness!
Finding happiness can be as simple as you want to make it. Just do what you can! Life is meant to be enjoyed and you are worth the investment!