At your busiest moments when you’re running around trying to keep up with life, it can be rather difficult to remember that your time and your happiness is valuable and worth prioritizing above anything else. I’m talking about happiness in today’s post by sharing tips for taking yours into your own hands and maintaining a driver’s seat position when it comes to your daily mood and overall quality of life — because after all, happiness is an inside job.
I felt compelled to write about this topic because this is something I’ve been striving to do more and more lately, and felt that you too may benefit from coaching in this area — let’s get into it!
Make more time for yourself.
This seems like a no-brainier, but when you have a busy schedule focused on helping and working for others, it can be hard to remember that you are important too. If your schedule is tight, I suggest waking up a bit earlier than usual to do something solely for you. Blogging is what I absolutely love to do, and I’ve noticed giving myself time to work on my blog in the morning before going to work (which I’m actually doing right now!) makes my days brighter. I also have a clearer head when I feel like my life is organized and put together, so having extra time to clean up my apartment before work or run errands during my lunch break helps me feel like my personal life is progressing with my professional life, creating a better balance.
Don’t neglect your own needs.
This seems obvious, but when you really stop and think about it, you probably neglect your own needs more than you think. Although “needs” can be a loose term in this case, refrain from putting your own hobbies and desires on the back burner. If you need more short breaks throughout the day to take a breather and regroup, take them. If pausing your work to go on a short walk helps you come back feeling more productive and level-headed, then do it. Evaluate the areas of your life that are lacking and begin making adjustments to better them.
Take note of the little things that brighten your day.
If sipping on your favorite drink, wearing a cute outfit, listening to your favorite songs on your commute to work or chatting with a friend boosts your mood, incorporate those things into your daily routine. Routine within itself can make life feel mundane sometimes, so incorporating little, new things into each day will make you feel refreshed and excited to start and finish of your day strong.
Eliminate the negative.
Though I don’t recommend dwelling on the negative, take a look at the elements of your life that don’t make you happy and consider your options for eliminating those things. As I mentioned in my post from last week on making changes, remember that you have far more options than you think when it comes to making both small and big life changes. Begin easing away from the situations, people and circumstances in your life that don’t contribute to your happiness and you’ll be amazed by how much better you’ll start to feel!
What makes you feel the most in control of your own happiness? Have any of these tips worked for you in the past? If you have any additional ideas, please share them by leaving a comment! Remember your happiness is the most important job you have — enjoy the rest of your week and look for a new post from me on Friday! 🙂