I’m starting to learn more about what actually makes me happy and the little things that lend themselves to having a good day. I think it’s different for everyone, but for me it’s always simple things like waking up early and having a bit of time to eat my breakfast properly, or even crack on with emails if I want to. Or getting organised the night before and writing a to-do list for the following day so I don’t feel over-whelmed first thing. Putting these things into place makes focusing on the positive stuff a whole lot easier.
I know it sounds obvious, but when you make an effort to focus on the good, after a matter of time without even realising you continue to do it. Being naturally quite pessimistic I never in a million years thought I could look at a bad situation with optimism. I didn’t even believe it was possible! This mindset has definitely helped me get through times where I would have otherwise felt low, especially in the winter. The bitter cold and dark early mornings aren’t something I dwell on anymore, I can’t change them (unless I move to a hot country which I definitely considered when it was -4 last week!), so instead I’m focusing on all the good stuff, down to the simple things. It could literally be something as small as going for a coffee with a friend, but remembering that and feeling grateful for it some how manages to counteract anything that could make me feel down.
There are a couple of books/ podcasts that definitely deserve a mention. Spending more time reading in January felt pretty bloody amazing so I want to keep it up. Fearne Cotton Happy has been plastered all over my Instagram stories this month, so you know I’m loving that! It’s just so uplifting and has so many practical tips on how to be happy, the podcast is really good too! To understand more about gratitude The Magic and The Secret both by Rhonda Byrne are really good, I don’t follow everything they suggest but it’s a good start to understanding how much of a positive impact it can have.
Also, I can’t not mention An Edited Life. I’m actually really grateful for this sudden trend of cleaning and organisation, I definitely fall into the category of tidy space tidy mind and picking up some tips from An Edited Life has made my life easier, and “more edited”…
If January has taught me anything it’s do what makes me happiest and be grateful for what I have in life, it’s almost like a buffer to some of the shit life throws at you and helps me feel as good as possible every day.
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