Create a happy headspace
Do you feel like your mind is constantly whirling from one thing to the next? Do I need to pick up the kids, pick up dinner, wash the car...call a client back? If so, it may be time to create some happier headspace. We offer five easy steps to help calm the noise in your brain.
1. Practice mindfulness
One of the fastest ways to feel happier is to focus on what is happening in the moment—not the past or the future. Practice the art of mindfulness by devoting time to breathing or meditation exercises. Getting out for a little yoga or practicing relaxed breathing at your desk can make your headspace feel a lot less crazy.
When you are active, your brain releases endorphins that make you feel better and improve your outlook. Many reputable studies show that just 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise improves information processing and memory functions—and can also elevate your mood.
3. Take care of you
If you are constantly doing for others, it will eventually take a toll on you—and your happiness. Take some time each day to do something you enjoy and that will help you recharge (maybe going to bed a little earlier or exercising). Having a regular self-care practice helps cultivate a happier headspace.
4. Let your creative out
Even if you don’t think you are the “creative type,” try expressing your feelings through activities such as writing, drawing, painting, dancing, gardening or even putting puzzles together. This offers a little time to let your feelings flow and your mind wander in a relaxed state.
5. Make time for conversation
For many of us, talking to a trusted friend or family member can be soothing. However, striking up a conversation and connecting with people you may not know as well can also be rewarding and lift your spirits. So, challenge yourself to strike up a conversation with someone at your child’s soccer game or in line at the store. These little talks can do you a world of good from a happiness perspective.
Following these tips can help clear the noise in your headspace...and they don’t take a lot of time. They do, however, require some discipline to implement. Get your good vibes going and make some more room for happy in your headspace.