One of my New Year resolutions is to lead a happier life, to appreciate the small things, to stop comparing myself to other people, and to live my life to the fullest. I’ve always found myself getting stuck in the same boring routines, wanting to spice my life up a bit and wishing it would change, but it’ll only change if I make the effort. I am in complete control of my life and my happiness, so here are seven ways you can lead a more fulfilling life.
Take care of your body and mind.
I used to suffer with severe anxiety and depression and, although they aren’t completely gone, taking time to meditate and relax really helps keep my mind healthy. Banishing all negativity and trying not to stress over things I can’t control has helped me become a much happier person. I take my time with things, always taking a step back whenever I find myself getting worked up, whether that’s in life or university, giving myself the chance to breathe really helps.
I love going on walks, especially around the countryside although, since it is VERY cold, I haven’t managed to go on many walks recently. Exercising regularly definitely makes me feel a lot better about myself and it’s nice to stay in tune with nature. During my first year at university, I was known for eating pasta and anything else that was easy to make. My body clearly wasn’t getting what it needed so I started cooking more. I’m no chef, but my dishes now are healthy and full of flavour, something that can improve my mood no matter what.
Cut out all negativity.
Negative thoughts and negative people are always going to plague your life, it’s just the way it is. Sometimes we can’t help but think negative things so I’ve started to notice when my mind spirals, taking the time to take some deep breathes and really calm myself down. As for negative people, it’s difficult to keep happy when people are jealous or constantly causing drama in your life, so the best thing to do it to remove them or, if that’s not the case, try and limit the time you spend with them. For me, I’ve stopped talking to people who cause me stress and feel a lot better about myself and my life because of it.
Do more things you love.
Working or studying 24/7 can be draining, especially if you aren’t enjoying what you are doing. I’ve found that it’s so important to give yourself time to do more of what you love, even if it’s sitting down and binging Netflix. Finding this time will help you relax and be a lot more happier as it can’t all just be work.
It can be really hard to think positive, especially when things aren’t going very well in life. I’m typing this one handed as I broke my hand last week, but I’m learning to become more positive and thankful about what I do have rather than what I don’t. I complain quite a lot but, in reality, I should really be more positive as I have a good life, especially compared to other people. It can be hard to think positive and an arrogant mindset it difficult to get out of but, once you do, you’ll find yourself faced with a lot less problems, as the majority of problems I believe are down to your own perspective of things.
Have goals and work towards them.
Nothing makes me happier than when I hit a goal, whether that’s finishing a good book or hitting a follower count on Instagram, having goals keeps you motivated and makes you feel incredible and confident in yourself. Having goals will give you a purpose, even if it’s the goal of making your bed every morning or drinking more water each day, achieving what you aim for will improve your happiness.
Take it one day at a time.
In those difficult times, it’s important to remain positive and take each day as it comes. Don’t worry about things in the future and focus on the present. You’ll worry a lot less and cause yourself less stress this way. I used to worry about things WAY into the future, stressing myself out and leaving myself in a huge mess of emotions.
Be unapologetically yourself.
We all have different personalities and sometimes we try and alter ourselves to how we think we should be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pretended to be someone else. It’s exhausting. Being yourself will increase your confidence and make you feel so much more free.