How To Be Happier and Stress Less Everyday




Your entire outlook on life changes when you feel good. When you feel happy you don’t let stress get to you as much, and you feel better about yourself and your life. There are many things you can do on a daily basis to keep stress low and feel happier.

Below lists things to do daily to be happy and keep stress low:




Meditate

Practicing meditation is one of the best ways to combat stress and to get your mind to a healthy and happy mindset. It helps to shift your focus to the meditation rather than on the stressor you have encountered. Check out our chatbot MeditateBot on Facebook Messenger which gives you all different types of meditations to follow. Individuals who take time to meditate daily report feeling happier in their life and less stressed.



Start coloring

Adult coloring has been around for a while and has been used by psychologists and psychiatrists as a treatment modality for years, but only recently has it become more mainstream. One of our favorite ways to relieve stress is coloring, which is why we developed the Mindful Coloring App. It focuses your attention on the picture you are coloring and prevents your mind from ruminating over stress and worry. Click the image below to get it today and start coloring!

Break a sweat daily

If exercise came as a pill, it would be the most prescribed medication out there! That’s because exercise helps with just about everything. It is especially beneficial for keeping stress low and making you feel happy. Exercise makes you feel happy and less stressed because it activates hormones that boost your mood and decreases the hormones that cause stress. Make a point to break a sweat daily with exercise – you will feel the effects immediately!



Read fiction

Reading is an excellent way to decrease stress, boost creativity, and make you feel good. Reading is a way to distract your mind from worrying about the past or future, and helps for you to focus on the present. Start a book club with your friends or partner and make a point to read everyday.



Listen to music

Listening to your favorite music (and even dancing to it) is a great mood booster. Try listening to music on your commute or even at work to keep your mood up and your stress levels low.



Phone a friend

Keeping in touch with friends and family – who are positive and make you happy –  is a great way to keep your stress levels low. Make a point of calling a friend or family member daily or most days of the week to increase the feel good hormones and decrease stress hormones in your body from building up.



Walk more

Make a point to walk more throughout the day. Walking is one of the easiest and best ways to relieve stress because it gets you breathing deeper and the physical activity helps to decrease stress hormones and increase the feel good hormones in your body. I advise walking for at least ten minutes in the morning before work, at lunch time, and  after dinner. Walking at different points of the day allows for a boost in feel good hormones each time, while at the same time decreasing stress hormones.



Get a good sleep

It seems like we are always writing about the benefits of sleep, and that’s because sleep is so important for just about everything! Sleep is especially important for keeping your stress low and keeping your mood good because hormones are regulated during sleep and they can go haywire if they don’t have time to reset. Make a point of going to bed at a reasonable hour so that you are able to get enough sleep. Read more about how to get a good sleep here



Smile more

The simple act of smiling can make you feel happier instantly – pretty cool right! Studies have shown that the physical act of smiling causes changes in the brain that make you feel better. Read more about the benefits of smiling here and here. One more note, a smile is contagious and if you smile at your colleague, partner, or even a stranger, it is almost a guarantee that you will get a smile back 🙂



Avoid sugar

Avoiding sugar helps to keep your mood stable, preventing anxiety and stress in your brain and body. Sugar causes highs and lows of blood sugar, and when your blood sugar goes low this causes irritability, fatigue, extreme hunger, dizziness, and anxiousness. Prevent this from happening by keeping your total sugar for the day under 25 grams, and sticking with whole foods such as vegetables, fish, nuts, and seeds – your mind and body will thank you!




Main takeaway…

Life’s too short to not be happy. Try incorporating one or more of the above to be happier and to live your best life.



References

  1. http://www.apa.org/action/resources/research-in-action/sleep-deprivation.aspx
  2. https://academic.oup.com/scan/article/10/10/1316/1646200
  3. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/the-psychological-study-of-smiling
  4. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smile-it-could-make-you-happier/




About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab

 

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