5 Useful Tips on How To Stay Happy Naturally
In this post, we will list the 5 most popular holistic activities that people (based all around the globe) use to ward off anxiety, melancholy and depression – and to achieve a sense of elation. These will range from certain exercises, to taking advantage of natural supplements/nutrients, to consciously choosing the people you surround yourself with – and both their individual and collective deployment (in your daily routine) is guaranteed to help you feel better about yourself.
1.) Indulge in an Exercising Activity that You Enjoy
A regular exercising regimen (even if it lasts only for 15 to 30 minutes each day) can significantly increase the level of endorphins circulating within your blood. Endorphins constitute the body’s natural pain-relieving and anxiety-alleviating chemicals, and their endogenous secretions correlate directly with the levels of physical activity that one engages in.
Most medical authorities recommend at least 20 minutes of constant physical aerobic and/or resistance exercise everyday – and this prescription can include plain walking at a reasonable pace. Many patient sufferers of depression have reported reaping a noticeable diminishment in their gloomy ‘down time’ through exercise, which constitutes one of the most effective, immediate & inexpensive ways to stay happy.
If you remain in a constant state of unhappiness, and cannot fathom the thought of getting off of your couch and going into the neighborhood park, then attempting to walk indoors is a good alternative.
Investing in a quality pedometer watch is, again, also a good option, as this implement allows its wearers to keep track of the number of steps that they walk in a 24-hour period – thereby providing further motivation to keep on lifting those stubborn feet day after day!
2.) Make Attainable Goals
Setting attainable goals (no matter how feeble and transitory they may seem at the outset) can have a decisive impact on one’s state of mind – and can help to counter unhappiness in often surprising ways.
Accomplishing a planned feat, be it tidying up your room just after waking up, cleaning the cat’s used utensils/litter box before leaving for work, or simply watering the plants in your garden’s flower bed, helps you gain a personal sense of satisfaction. This ultimately provides you with the strength and motivation to tackle even more complex and trying tasks, and is centered on the ‘one step at a time’ principle of social interaction & commitment.
Choosing to shift between these kinds of goals can stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine, like serotonin, is an important neurotransmitter that leads to the attainment of pleasurable feelings and overall emotional-psychological satiety.
3.) Ensure Adequacy of Sleep
Chronic sleep deprivation arising as a result of insomnia or hectic work routines has been known to further compound the problem of depression, and lead to the establishment of a debilitating vicious cycle with grave consequences for a person’s overall health dynamics.
The National Sleep Foundation (a non-profit initiative that seeks to provide updated sleep-time recommendations to different categories of individuals – based on their sex, physical exertion rates, existing disease conditions, and other such factors) prescribes between 7 to 9 hours of sleep for adults between the ages of 26 and 64.
Although every individual has his/her own sleep requirements to determine (through personal analysis and introspection), these guidelines should generally be adhered to in order to attain a fully relaxed psychological state.
A well-rested mind is a happy mind, and one that is significantly more productive than its ill-kept fatigued polar opposite. And you don’t need extensive research studies to validate this point – one’s personal experiences with sleep are enough.
4.) Load Up on Some Beneficial Nutrients
Several clinical trials have shown that a diet rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) proves effective in reducing the severity of depression-symptoms in patient sufferers of the illness.
Omega 3’s, instead of being taken in their supplemental pill form, are naturally found loaded in animal products such as eggs and organic meat, and the seeds derived from several plant species. Folate, similarly, can be acquired from a number of vegetable sources like spinach and avocado (among others).
By incorporating these nutrients in one’s daily diet, an individual has a good chance of bolstering his/her inner state of satiety from within the bloodstream. If taking these edibles by way of a healthy eating regimen is not an option (on account of some food allergy or intolerance), resorting to O.T.C supplements may present itself to be a good working alternative.
5.) Avoid Negative Company
In today’s world, a large number of people (who may not have acquired good coping skills while growing up) – and due to the difficult circumstances that they may face on a seemingly existential basis – tend to become unrelenting cynics and pessimists. These individuals can only ever manage to see everything in the proverbial ‘glass half empty’ manner, which is not only unhealthy but toxic to be around.
In order to stay happy, it is absolutely vital to distance oneself from such people, to as large a degree as manageable. This is because they foster a debilitating type of mindset, which is contagious in close quarters.
That said, it is much better to keep the company of happy and optimistic people, that help build you up, instead of tearing you down.
My name is Rosie Harman (formerly Rosalie Glubbons), and I am a relationship coach, Yoga maestro and blogger. I write for Spectrum Cable Services, and try to present my critical take on the latest sociocultural trends that dominate the blogosphere.
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