LIFECOACH

Get more hap­pi­ness - here’s how

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - HE­LEN HAWKES

Joy is an es­sen­tial part of well­ness but our own ex­pec­ta­tions of our­selves can some­times make it hard to be happy. At the same time, most of us over­load our bod­ies with stress, an emo­tion or ef­fect that de­pletes nu­tri­ents from our body at five times the nor­mal rate and brings our mood down.

What we end up with is a lack of en­thu­si­asm and an on­go­ing fa­tigue, as well as a to-do list that never gets much shorter.

So, this year, why not let go of a lit­tle re­spon­si­bil­ity and self-crit­i­cism and fo­cus on cre­at­ing more joy in your life.

First of all, de­ter­mine what makes you happy. You’ll need to write a list. Then sched­ule “me” time. Be self­ish about it. A hap­pier and health­ier you will ben­e­fit every­one in the long run.

Joy, or hap­pi­ness, is an in­di­vid­ual thing but here are some things other peo­ple say makes them happy and don’t have to cost a cent:

A walk or a hike in na­ture es­pe­cially some­where flow­ers are in bloom or it’s quiet enough to hear bird song; a pic­nic out­doors, with a rug to have a nap on af­ter­wards; ex­er­cise, es­pe­cially dance; mak­ing or grow­ing some­thing; and time spent with friends. Have a col­lec­tive din­ner, start a book or phi­los­o­phy club, go kayak­ing.

Med­i­ta­tion shrinks the stress/worry part of our brain so, ul­ti­mately, can make us hap­pier. In fact time to be alone, to re­flect, and to sim­ply breathe out stress and think about some of the things that might make a grat­i­tude list, is es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing good men­tal health.

A reg­u­lar hol­i­day is crit­i­cal to long-term hap­pi­ness, al­though statis­tics show more and more of us don’t take one. If you can’t get away for a long time, put some mini breaks in the di­ary or sched­ule “play time”.

Credit: www.he­len­hawkes.org

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