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+ 12 ways to get happy NOW!

WEEKEND

DON’T SPEND ANOTHER DAY BEING BLUE, LIFE IS TOO SHORT

Live your life & don’t deprive yourself of  happiness…


Here are 12 {hopefully helpful} ways to get happy now…

1. start moving
Exercise is an instant mood improver! The more you stimulate your body through exercise, the more you burn up the bio-chemicals that are produced by stress and depression.

Exercise is crucial because it releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins and enkephalins. Regular exercising for around thirty minutes a day is a powerful anti-depressant. Studies have shown that exercise boosts self esteem and makes people feel better and happier than those who don’t.

Not only that, if you have something on your mind, exercising will distract you long enough to help you gain some perspective. You’ll also be in a better frame of mind for constructive ‘worrying’ afterwards.

2. look on the bright side
Seasonal Affective Disorder, (also known as SAD) is the depression triggered by a deficiency of sunlight. More common in colder climate countries, feelings of hostility, irritability and anxiety were the result of lack of sunshine. We’re luckier than our European counterparts as we have an abundance of happy rays all year through. Since SAD is, in part, caused by lack of sufficient exposure to sunlight, it has been suggested that there may be a link to vitamin D deficiency.

Humans can usually make all the vitamin D the body needs when exposed to sunlight. If your depression worsens during colder months light therapy is really helpful. Try to get 10-15 minutes of sunlight a day as sunlight stimulates the production of melatonin, a hormone which is known the prevent the seasonal blues.

3. take time out
No matter how much you love what you do, who you’re with or where you live, sometimes it’s essential to get a little perspective. Nature offers the best vacation for your mind, body and soul. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get away for more than an hour or a day. The point is to surround yourself with an environment that energises and nurtures you. Immersing ourselves in this beauty somehow helps us to reconnect with the happiness that already lies inside of us.

Drive out of the city limits for a change. It’s amazing what you’ll discover. Find a little spot in the garden, down at the beach or at the local park and just sit for a while. Take some deep breaths. Relax your shoulders and open yourself up to the whole experience. Expect to find something unexpected. Expect to be shown something new.

4.enlist flower power
Giving or receiving flowers can instantly change your mood (hint hint) but flowers have more powerful qualities. Flower essences can be traced back thousand of years with many cultures using them to treat emotional health and wellbeing.

Where the emotions go, the mind and body follows. It’s a logical equation that sees our emotions as the primary motivator to mental and physical health. Emotional wellbeing is a major component of good health in the whole person. And because happiness is an emotion, it really needs to be nourished from within.

Flower essences, unlike aromatherapy, are taken orally to help one access their higher self. Emotional care produces positive emotional outcomes. Take our combination essence called Dynamis. It helps renew our passion and enthusiasm for life. If you’re feeling a little jaded or disheartened, then this essence will help you feel more dynamic, energised and liberated.

5. eat good mood food
Poor diets often result from depression and vice versa. When we become depressed, our energy levels and drive is much lower than usual. Enthusiasm for most things, including food, is lost. Even though you may not feel like eating, you should. Skipping meals could cause your blood sugar levels to drop, making you feel shaky, irritable and grumpy.

Our food intake has a huge influence on the way we feel. Just consider how you feel when you skip a meal, eat too much sugar, or drink that extra coffee? It tips the balance.

It all comes down to a chemical in the brain called serotonin which has an important regulatory effect on your mood. Specifically, feelings of well being are heightened when serotonin is active in the brain. A diet too low in carbohydrates can cause serotonin depletion and depression. Without knowing it, depressed people may be turning to carbohydrates in an attempt to improve their mood. While there is no evidence that eating carbohydrates will cure depression, eating a diet with adequate healthy carbohydrate foods can help keep you happy.

6. turn on the stereo
Tune out and spend some ‘you’ time listening to your favourite sounds. Studies have shown that listening to pleasurable music can enhance your body’s immune response and encourage the brain to release more endorphins, which are morphine-like substances that help your body deal with depression and ‘keep a smile on your dial’.

7. introduce vitamins
We also know that certain vitamin deficiencies are associated with our moods. Deficiencies in the B complex vitamins (especially folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and B6) have been associated with depression.

Living with stress, metabolising sugar and partying too hard all depletes the body of B group vitamins. Our nervous system requires vitamin B to function optimumly. A vitamin B complex is especially recommended for anyone who works hard and craves sugar or uses stimulants such as coffee, alcohol or cigarettes to get through your day.

8. cut out depressants
One of the biggest problems with depression is blood sugar levels. Too much sugar, coffee, alcohol or cigarettes causes an initial blood sugar surge which is followed by blood sugar low, like a roller coaster effect. This leads to fatigue, irritability and mood swings.

We usually think of alcohol as something that makes us feel “good” and tend to turn to it when we’re depressed in an attempt to feel better. This is one of the worse things you can do. Alcohol is actually a depressant that can worsen feelings of depression. Too much can also cause deficiencies in the very vitamins needed for good mental health.

Caffeine is another thing we tend to reach for when we’re depressed to help increase energy levels. But, as with alcohol, it can backfire. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. Even those who can fall asleep easily after a cup of coffee are effected. Caffeine prevents deep, restful sleep necessary for good health and well-being. Over-stimulation of the nervous system has the potential to raise anxiety levels, which goes hand-in-hand with depression.

9. don’t look back
Live in the now – don’t dwell on your problems! Dwelling on your difficulties leads to negative thinking. It interferes with your ability to solve problems and makes you less likely to take positive actions. When you find yourself going through a tough time, don’t dwell on what you should have done, it’s self-defeating. Sure life is always clearer in hindsight, but why look back when you can look forward.

10. use your nose
Aromatherapy is a non-invasive way of stimulating and inducing happiness. It helps increase blood circulation and oxygenation, assists with the removal of toxins while generally promoting a sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Essential oil aromas are also believed to activate the “pharmacy” within our brains; the neurochemicals. These neurochemicals (serotonin, endorphins, etc.) are what our brain uses to communicate with our nervous and other body systems. Studies on the effects of essential oils on brain waves have shown a rhythm exhibiting calmness was produced when a sedating oil was inhaled, and a stimulating aroma caused an alert response.

Rose is one of the most nourishing essential oils that help lift the heart, soothe the emotions and inspire a sense of contentment and calm, while Lemongrass, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary and Spearmint stimulate and increase the flow of adrenaline and energy.

The best way of using essential oils is to incorporate them in to your daily rituals. Our range of aroma shower gels, body lotions and body & bath serums have enabled people to experience the uplifting benefits while also creating a sense of consistency and familiarity with their particular lifestyle.

11. cut yourself some slack
Goals are powerful tools for moving forward in life. They’re great to have as a focus for your energy. At the same time, sometimes we get too focused on a goal and let it get out of control – instead of you having a goal, the goal has you in it’s grip.

Cut yourself some slack. Make the time to take stock of all the great things in life – focus on what you have now rather than what you don’t yet have. There’s a scientific proven fact now that, put simply, you find whatever you look for. If you focus on all the things wrong in life that’s all you’ll see. If you try to fix everything, all you see are more broken things. If you focus on all the great things, suddenly these start to open up in front of you.

Write down 50 things that you’re grateful for in life right now. It’s amazing what happens when you open your eyes to what is already working in your life.

12. be your own guru
Happiness comes from within! If you’re not happy, change it – you and only you, are in charge of your happiness! To speak negative words, you must be thinking them, so think positive.

Change your thoughts and change what you say! Make up your own personal positive mantra which you say each day. Sure you’ll feel funny at first but making a daily pledge is a reminder of your inner strength and gradually words will change the way you think, and feel.

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