So, routine has kicked in. Everyday is the same shade of grey. You’re bored and tired and know exactly what you are going to be doing for the next weeks, it’s right there in your calendar. Are you happy?
This is a list that I know makes me a happier person. Especially in the mornings. Usually I do not feel the need to talk to anyone before I’ve had my cup of coffee. I think a lot of people can relate to this. “Just don’t talk to me for now, I’m having my coffee so please, put whatever you wanted to tell me on hold for a minute or two, thanks I appreciate it.” To step out of the grey zone of day in day out routine I decided to change a few things in my life.
1, Do five minutes of jumping jacks and squats first thing in the morning
You won’t believe what this makes for the rest of the day. It’s like I’m waking up like a zombie, stumble out of bed, rub my eyeball a little, yaaaawn and drag my feet to the living room. At this moment I do NOT feel like doing any sort of jumping jacks or squats or anything physical. BUT try it, and you will go from looking like an extra from The Walking Dead to feeling like sunshine is beaming from your entire body. This will make you accept a short dialogue before you’ve had your coffee. Pretty amazing stuff.
2, Stop watching TV
It will not make me feel any better to watch a bunch of reality TV “stars” in rehab. The only reason these shows exist is to get your attention off not doing the things you’re awesome at doing, things that makes you happy. I don’t watch the news. I have a few causes that I’m staying updated on by searching for the information myself. The rest is just noise I don’t have energy for. The only things I’m allowed to watch on TV are shows about dolphins swimming in the open sea and doing cool jumps. That’s it.
3, Eat good stuff
Fast food is pretty delish sometimes, actually most of the time to be honest. But for me it only makes me feel good for a short period of time before I get tired, sleepy and feel like a slob. Is it worth it? Well, sometimes it is, yes.. But the point is I don’t make it a habit. I have one day a week when I can eat whatever I want. During the weekdays, especially if you have an office job and sit down all day, you definitely don’t want to eat anything heavy and slide into that after lunch coma..it’s the worst! Then you have to focus on getting work done trying to keep your eyes open and focused on the screen. No good. Instead, eat a huge breakfast, even if you don’t feel like it the first few days and then a light lunch. This will make you happy.
4, Do something for someone else
This can include so many things. Helping someone cross the street, drawing a cool sketch for a kid, showing someone how to build a website or whatever it is – it will make you feel great.
5, Stay in touch with family and friends
Important one. Even though I live half way across the globe from most of my friends and family, it’s easy to stay in touch with todays technology. There are things I have in common with my siblings that only they understand and if I don’t talk with them for a long time I start to feel like something is missing. A quick Skype call can set that straight in minutes. This will make you happy.
Try these things and I guarantee you will be a happier person, even BEFORE that cup of coffee. That’s something I thought impossible but it actually works. Let me know how it works for you!