Friday, February 27, 2015

Let's Start at the Beginning... of Happy

For most of my life, both adult and child, I've struggled to be "happy".  It's not that I'm not okay or that I'm depressed.  Life just seems a bit incomplete to me.

Most people throughout my life have told me to just "be positive" and think of all of the blessings I have and... I don't remember because it isn't that easy for me.  And I think a lot of people can relate to that.  I'm not saying it's okay to have a "whoa is me" attitude, I'm just saying that those people who think that living a good life is all about thinking positively, don't understand.

Anyway, I'm rambling and the whole point of this post is to talk about REAL ways to get happier.  The reason I renamed this blog "The Beginning of Happy" was to share the things I'm doing to help with this happiness conundrum.  And the things I've implemented work but I have to do them consistently or I fall back into grey... and not 50 Shades.

I can't promise that you will have the personality of a psychotic cheerleader but I can tell you that the following tips will help.  It's all about getting back to the beginning.  The beginning of eating, thinking, breathing, moving, all in order to find a greater sense of happiness.

1. Food, obviously I was going there.  What we consume (food and drink) greatly affects our mood.  There are so many things I can say here, but the most important thing to remember is that serotonin is made in our guts, which is why what we put in our bodies can have such a great affect on how we feel.

2. Movement.  So many of us sit all day, and we don't even know how catastrophic this behavior is going to be toward our longevity since we haven't seen it's full effects.  We  need to move.  Do enough cardio to get your heart rate elevated.  Strengthen your muscles.  Muscle mass is important to keep us young, thin, and healthy.  And just move around.  Every hour. Just move.

3. Meditation.  I know, this is tough.  Maybe you are freaked out by the idea or maybe you tried and couldn't concentrate.  That's okay. Ease into it.  Take five minutes, three times a day and just breathe.  When thoughts come into your mind, send them away.  Rinse. Repeat.

4. Sleep.  I am so sick of the "motivational" and "successful" people telling us that we have to deal with little to no sleep.  Yes, if you want to get rich quick and live like Donald Trump, than maybe so.  If you just want to live a long, healthy life in your terms of success, get your sleep. My doctor recommended that I get a least one night of 9 hours (my preferred number) of sleep a week.

5. Play. Laugh.  Bring out the kid inside you a little everyday.

Start with these simple things, and let me know how you feel.  I think you will enjoy the results:)

Oh, and DISCLAIMER consult your doctor before making any major changes!