Okay, I’m certain you’ve heard it all before.
“I can’t sleep.”
“I hit a wall after lunch.”
“I can’t get motivated to exercise.”
“I’m just not happy… I’m not sure what I want… I’m just not feeling it…”
Hell, maybe you’ve even caught yourself saying something like that…
These are common things I hear when I ask people “what brought you in today?” when they first meet with me to undergo a lifestyle overhaul.
I’ve noticed happiness and living stress-free go hand in hand, so I thought “who doesn’t wanna feel awesome?!”
Here are my three and a half pro tips for reducing stress and feeling happy, for most of your awake time in life.
1. Get moving. Get outside. Get moving outside.
It’s science. Exercise improves mood. Sunlight also improves mood. Put them together for a smorgasbord of awesome. If you wanna be happy, forget about the deadline of that project for ten minutes and just tune out, go be with nature and take a stroll. It’ll be great. Come back at it harder with a fresh take. It also helps if you have a rad dog in your life. They make everything better.
2. Speak in positive, “architecture” language.
Instead of saying things like “can’t”, “don’t”, “won’t”… try affirming what you “can” do, “do” want and “will” get.
It’s amazing how much more energy you reserve at the end of the day when you only focus on the positives. That starts with language. (For more on this, check with my buddy, Mark England of Procabulary.org)
3. Breathe and Meditate
Breathing is easy. We all just suck at it. Try this when you’re feeling anxious. It’ll surely calm you down. Inhale for 7 seconds, exhale for 7 seconds. Repeat 7 times. Namasteyin’ chill?
For meditation, it’s not some voodoo crazy shit. It’s just focusing your intent. There’s a sweet app I use called Headspace if you’re looking for a gentle introduction to meditation. Dig it.
Try it out. If that’s not your jam, pick up a book, a pen and paper and write, draw, build something, create… sometimes that’s the best way to get those thoughts out into the universe.
Or try active meditation. Get your gym bag and hit some weights or get on the bike. I have my greatest ideas on long bike rides.
3.5 Alright, this one is tough. Live with intent.
For everything from waking up, eating, playing on your phone. If you find yourself distracted with many things, your focus will stray…take control of your life! Put the phone down. Be with yourself and just chill. Everyone will hit the like button for your witty post tomorrow. Be intentional.
That’s is from me. As always, thanks for reading. ‘Til next time, namaste sweet!