Pointers to get you back to feeling happy.
It’s that time of year – the cold is slowly creeping in and so is the misery. Many of us suffer from the dreaded S.A.D.
Are you one of those unlucky people? Do you feel tired? Have you lost enthusiasm for everything all of the sudden? Do you dread the alarm clock going off in the morning? Do you hide your head under the pillow and think, another day of the same ol’ ….!
We can change it!
I know how you feel. I have been there! You start asking yourself, ‘what is the point of all this!?’ You feel hopeless and your spirits are flatter than a pancake.
It doesn’t have to be this way! YOU get to decide how tomorrow is going to pan out! And here are seven guaranteed ways to help you start feeling good!
STEP ONE: I’m sure you have all heard the saying, ‘the early bird catches the worm’. The bird wouldn’t catch the worm if he stumbled out of his nest at midday! Start your day early and with enthusiasm! Choose a time to wake up and stick to it! My suggestion is to get up between 6am and 7.30am. If you are like me, you struggle to get out of bed and press the snooze button half a dozen times. There’s a simple solution. Get a radio alarm, or program your sound system to the time you want to get up. Waking up to an upbeat song rather than a “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP,” is a lot easier!
My song list is: ‘We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off,’ ‘Walking on Sunshine,’ or ‘I Feel Good’. Once you’re up, have a lavish breakfast (e.g. orange juice, cereal, wholemeal toast and eggs, etc.) – a car doesn’t go far without sufficient fuel.
STEP TWO: This step is a follow on from step one. Listen to your favourite music often and sing along! If you can dande, even better. Music has been proven, time and time again, to lift our spirits. So wear out that iPod or sound system!
STEP THREE: Have a makeover – whether you think you need it or not! Spice up your wardrobe – go out with a friend and buy a couple of new items of clothing. Perhaps let your friend choose something that they think will suit you. Try not to buy the ‘same old’ things. Also, try changing your hairstyle. One feels as good as one looks!
STEP FOUR: Change your environment – paint your room a different colour, buy new bedding, or simply move your bed and furniture to another position. Open all your curtains (or blinds) and let the light in! Mark this new phase in your life in as many ways as you can!
STEP FIVE: Fill up each day with things you want to do and achieve. Figure out how you can reach your goals and go about taking daily steps to do so. Place your new, brimming calendar where you can see it. Sit down every evening and write down a to-do-list for the next day. There is no better time to do something than the NOW! Stop dreaming and start making those dreams come true!
STEP SIX: De-stress – meditate and set aside some quiet time everyday. If you have never meditated or find the idea daunting, just use this time to relax and reflect. Sit back and listen to a nice piece of music for 10 –15 minutes a day, and during that time, avoid thinking about ANY problems or concerns, just listen to the music.
STEP SEVEN: Last but not least, make the people around you feel good. Each day attempt to make at least three people feel good. How you ask? The gesture doesn’t have to be big to make a difference. You could help an elderly lady with her shopping; give a colleague or friend a box of their favourite chocolates to thank them for their support, or you could simply tell someone how fantastic they look. Be creative and go as far out as you can! You will feel good for doing it!
I know that your first thought after reading this, is probably this is going to take a lot of effort. How bad do you want the change? Life is as difficult or as easy as you make it! What are you going to make it?
I encourage all of you to keep at it! I know how difficult it is to break old habits, but until you do, dear readers, life won’t change. Until we change our inner-perception of life, things will continue to be the same.