At the beginning of the year there is usually a bit of pressure felt to try and “sort your life out”. Some people set themselves New Year’s Resolutions ranging from eating healthier to worrying less. Generally the idea is to be a happier version of yourself, whatever happiness means to you. Happiness is extremely important for both your mental and physical health. Scientific evidence has proved that happiness and stress-free living can reduce the risk of heart disease and strengthen the immune system. It can also unlock creativity and improve memory and productivity. In order to help you become happier in 2018 here are a list of steps to reaching that goal.
Create More Balance
We all have different priorities in life and we each have interests and aspirations that make us who we are. Some people are striving for career success, some people want to have a family, others want to travel and there are many combinations of each of these goals as well as many others. However a lot of people can become unhappy when they focus too much on only one aspect of their lives. This is especially common for those working in demanding jobs. Your career is important and we all know too well we need money to live however try and dedicate time to other parts of your life too. Try and leave the office on time at least most nights and try not to take work home with you. Exhausting yourself with work is counterproductive and can have a detrimental effect on your health.
Speaking of health, it is one of the most important things in life. There are so many people who are born with long term illnesses who would give anything to lead a regular life. Although you may not be “seriously” ill, not taking care of yourself properly it could lead to poor health later in life. Eating well and exercising regularly is important for your body to function to its full capacity and many people don’t realise it until they are much older and start to feel the effects. The healthier you are, the happier you will be.
Spend Time with Friends and Family
As we get older, our social circles tend to get a lot smaller. This is due to work and family commitments taking up most of our time and energy, leaving less time for socialising with friends. Although you may not be able to keep everyone in your life that you once had, always make time for those who are important to you. Spending time with loved ones helps to relax, plus it’s important to have people in your life who care about you.
Unfortunately the consumer driven capitalist life most of us lead has taught us to always want more and to be looking for ways to improve or add to what we have. Although it is good to have goals and to always strive to be the best version of ourselves, a lot of this is based on gluttony and vanity. Living a life where nothing is ever enough is a straight path to unhappiness and anxiety. Try practising gratitude every day. Simply take a few seconds to think about things in your life you are grateful for, things that make you happy that you have achieved or that you already have. This small gesture actually reduces feelings of despondency that sprout from coveting unattainable things.
Tidy desk, tidy mind is a great idiom to live by, not just in terms of a work space but also our homes and our minds in general. If everything is constantly in chaos you can struggle to find things you are looking for and generally tasks take longer to get done. By keeping things tidy and organised you have one less thing to worry about, you know where everything is and it can help you to feel relaxed in your environment.