When funds are low and limited, carefree feelings and happy thoughts can sometimes be few and far between.
You spend your time dreaming of a life of wealth and what you would do if you had all the money and time in the world, and then get yourself depressed because you are not living that lifestyle and you don’t have those things.
We all know the saying ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ but it’s often hard to remember that when all around you are magazines, TV shows, blogs and more are all focusing on celebs and high-society with their expensive shoes, bags, hairstyles, cars, holidays and homes – a world and lifestyle most of us can only dream of.
Maybe my lottery ticket will win this week, maybe I’ll receive some inheritance from a long-lost distant relative, perhaps I’ll win that competition I entered last week, or those bets I put on will come through; whatever way you dream of getting that lucky windfall, it’s stopping you from living in the now.
Here’s a few tips that I hope will help you to stop and look around and see things properly again, so things can feel a bit easier to cope with once more:
- Literally stop. Sit down in a quiet place, if you can, take a few deep breaths and ask yourself, ‘how do I feel?’ What strong feelings do you have at this moment? Is there a particular overwhelming feeling? Mentally scan through your body and notice how you feel. Listen to what you are feeling – we know how good it feels when we have someone just listen to us and our problems – so listen to your body, let it know you’re there. You don’t need to have the answers you just need to be there.
- Have no money to see your friends or family? Going out for a walk with them costs nothing. You’ll get some exercise, fresh air in your lungs, a new scene to look at and a good gossip all the way around.
- Exercise. Even just 7 minutes of high intensity exercise is said to release endorphins – the chemical in our brains that makes us happy. Exercise can relax you, increase brain power and generally make you feel better about yourself. Are you really telling me you can;t find 7 minutes in your day?
- Have a nap. 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes – no more, no less. This is the optimum time for giving yourself a refreshing boost that may help to re-set your brain if you’re feeling a little down. Any more than 10 minutes and you’re getting into proper sleep time and will have to have a full 90 minutes sleep to get through the cycle; otherwise you’ll just feel groggy when you wake up.
- Do a good deed every day. It could be for someone you know, a stranger you pass on the street, someone half-way across the world, whomever you like. Hold a door open for someone, smile at someone as you walk past them – simple, small things (or big things – whatever strikes you in the moment) that it doesn’t matter how the other person reacts, as you know you’re doing a good thing.
These are just simple things that could do you a world of good if you adopt them into your everyday life; after all, you’ve got to start somewhere, and there’s no overnight miracle cure for getting yourself in a happy place.
I hope these will help you to promote a bit of stability back into your thoughts!
Till next time.