Finding Happiness in Life

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Everyone feels a little down now and then. It’s time to find happiness. Here are some ideas on how to improve your mood and change your outlook on life.

The first step in working to improve your mood is to figure out what’s wrong. Is there something specific that’s bothering you? Are you having trouble at work, with a friend, or other relationship? Maybe you can’t identify the specific problem, you just know that you’re not feeling very happy. Here are some ideas to add a little cheer into your life.

relationship Happiness problems

If you’re having a problem with any relationship – romantic or platonic – then you’re probably not going to be able to solve the problem by yourself. You’re going to have to talk to the other half of the relationship and try to figure out what’s wrong. Many relationship problems stem from not nurturing the relationship, not spending enough quality time together. Maybe you could help the relationship by spending some quality time together.

work Happiness problems

I don’t have any real answers if your unhappiness comes from work. However, I can tell you something important that I learned when I was a temp worker being shuttled from one office to the next – you’re there to work, not to make friends. It really doesn’t matter if the girl from three cubicles down doesn’t like you and gives you dirty looks when you walk by. Get your work done, be polite, go home.

Just feeling “blah”

If you’re feeling a little down and have no idea why maybe you just need a little pampering and “me time.” If you’re a busy mom and are in need of some serious me time then the best plan is to get your partner to take the kids out (or you go out!) on a regularly scheduled time.

Scheduling me time is a must for a couple of reasons. First, if your me time isn’t scheduled then it’s likely to get pushed to the side and won’t end up happening. Second, having a set time to look forward to can help get you through the week. If you don’t have a partner, or if they are not able to take the kids for you then you could hire a babysitter, or even swap babysitting with another mom so you can both get some “Me time” in, and not have to pay for a babysitter.

I hope that you found this blog helpful. If you need more suggestions on taking some me time for yourself be sure to check out my blog article Time To Relax. If you’re feeling sad and blah more than a couple times per week then you might want to talk to your doctor about it. I hope you feel better soon!

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Time to Relax

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If you’re feeling stressed out from the holidays, work, your kids, or whatever else is bothering you, you need to take some time to relax.

How do you unwind? If you’re like most adults I know you’re tired and stressed out daily. It’s very important for your mental well-being and even your physical health to figure out ways to help yourself unwind after a long, hard day (or week!). Here are some ideas to help you figure out your perfect strategy to unwind.

If you’re in dire need to unwind, if stress is literally making you sick – take a day off! If it’s not possible to get a day off of work then plan out a weekend day to do…absolutely nothing. If you need to get your spouse, a relative, or a babysitter to help you with the kids for a day then do it! Don’t feel guilty or embarrassed that you need to ask for help – everyone needs a day that they can be a little selfish and do exactly what they would like to do.

If don’t feel the need to take an entire day off, and feel like a few hours here and there will do the trick, then schedule yourself in some “me time” daily. Your me time can be just an hour here or there where you can fit it in, or perhaps you want to make it a set time every day so that you know exactly when your free time is coming and can look forward to it on a regular basis. Now, what you do in that  time is up to you, but here are some suggestions:

  • Make yourself a blog! You can get one here on WordPress for free.
  • Start a new hobby. Try knitting or crochet, drawing, drone flying, you choose!
  • Go bowling. It’s great exercise, inexpensive, and lots of fun.
  • Puzzles! It can even be a family activity if you want to invite them to join you.
  • Get a pet. You can spend your free time cuddling it.
  • Take a class – cooking, painting, whatever you’re interested in
  • Go exercise – cardio, yoga, sports
  • Go to the coffee shop – if you don’t like coffee, drink hot chocolate!
  • Volunteer – some people find helping others helps them relax
  • Bake cookies – yum yum!
  • Read a book – I prefer paper, but ebooks are good, too.

I hope that you found this article on relaxing helpful. If you have any other ideas for me time activities please feel free to comment down below.

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Life Too Busy?

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Is your life extra busy? Here are some suggestions on how to chill out and get the most out of your time.

If you have kids, especially more than one, you are probably in the car for about 20% of your time each week. They kids need to be taken to school, playdates, the library, sports, etc. Not only that, you are probably doing their laundry, cleaning the house, and then cooking dinner. That isn’t even including if you have a full-time job! It’s important to stay calm even when you feel like you don’t have a moment for yourself. Here are some ideas to keep you sane.

Keep a Tight Schedule

One of the most important ways to maximize your time is to have a set schedule. You obviously know when you need to drop-off/pick-up the kids, but what about all of the extra-curricular activities that they participate in? How about the re-occurring doctor’s appointments?  Try to schedule your errands such as Target runs, grocery shopping, and the gym on the same days each week as well. It might not give you extra free time, but at least you know what you have on your plate for the upcoming week, and you might even be able to schedule yourself some “me time” in there somewhere.

“Me Time” is Important

It’s easy to get burned out when you have a full schedule, especially if most of the things on your schedule are doing things for other people. You need to schedule in some down time in your calendar as well. Getting through a crazy week is much easier if you know that you know that you are going to have a few hours of “me time” on Sunday afternoon. If you aren’t able to schedule yourself a large chunk of time every week, try scheduling in smaller half-hour bites of time every day.

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