Emotional Health, Happiness

🌷 It Has Never Been More Important to β™₯ Be Happy β™₯ 9 Ways to Cultivate More Happiness In Your Life πŸŒ·

Happiness and Emotional Health

When your mind is continuously focused on negative thoughts or when you spend all day under stress or in worry and fret, it influences how you think, feel, and act.

When you are happy and have JOY in your life, this also influences how you think, feel, and act.

One of the biggest reasons to shoot for happiness and JOY when it comes to your health, is that you will protect and support your emotional health and well-being. When we feel supported in life, it can make a huge difference, even if that support is coming from ourselves!

Happiness is an indicator that things are going well for you and that your emotional health is stable. Your emotions not only affect how you feel and your behaviors, but they also influence your physical health. So, if you are unhappy and your emotional health is low, then your physical health will suffer, too.

Your emotions can influence your blood pressure, your blood sugar level, your heart rate, your immune system, and much more. When you allow your emotions to control your choices, you might end up making unhealthy choices in what you eat or drink as well as other lifestyle decisions that influence your health. Allowing negative feelings or stress to dominate your emotional health can lead to a lack of self-care and influences everything in your life, including your well-being.

This can also affect all of those around you and it can become very emotionally stressful for everyone as a by-product. The happier and more JOYful we can be, helps not only us to feel, act, and think better, but it helps everyone around us as well… even our pets, believe it or not πŸ™‚

Find ways everyday to cultivate more happiness in your life. Here are a few tips:

  1. Allow yourself to be happy. Many people, because they are feeling low or blue, believe that they are not worthy of happiness. Command and declare out loud to yourself that you indeed deserve and are worthy of happiness.
  2. Work on building your self-esteem. The more confident you are in yourself, the more likely you are to be happy and make positive choices for your health and well-being.
  3. Be flexible and adaptable to change. When you resist change, you will find yourself frustrated and unhappy and still having to deal with your new reality. Choosing to go with the flow helps you accept change and move forward. This one is especially important at this time.
  4. Live in the present. Thinking too much about past mistakes or worrying about the future will not improve your happiness and will only lower your sense of well-being. Learn to appreciate what is currently going well in your life.
  5. Learn to cope with stress. Finding ways to reduce or minimize stress is excellent, but stressful things will inevitably happen. Be sure you have strategies for dealing with stress in your life.
  6. Maintain relationships. Having a support system and people you care about will help increase your happiness and improve your well-being. And remember YOU can be a support system to yourself. Never forget that. It starts at home πŸ˜‰
  7. Get outside. Your body needs sunlight for Vitamin D, which helps with your mood, and spending time outside lowers stress and improves your outlook. I have written many posts about the healing power of the sun and you can read those here: https://maggieholbik.blog/category/sunshine/
  8. Get regular exercise. Exercise not only improves your physical health but helps you reduce stress and allows you to feel emotionally more balanced. And it always just ‘feels good’ to move your body and to clear your mind.
  9. Learn to recognize and process your emotions. Neglecting your feelings can lead to extremely negative consequences for your health, so be sure you are paying attention to how you feel. The secret is to acknowledge your feelings or the feeling you are feeling, but to not stay ‘stuck’ in it. Feel it, address it and move through it. In my many years of my Life Coaching practice this one tip has been monumental in helping people when working with their emotions.

Final Thoughts

Just engaging in these simple, daily routines and habits can help improve your outlook and allow you to feel happier in life, which will enhance your emotional health immensely. And always remember to be kind to yourself. If you need help practicing kindness for yourself and others, I have some posts on that too. Here is the link to those.


7 Ways to Add in More Gratitude in Your Life

Being grateful is one of the most beneficial strategies you can use to improve your overall health. It helps with well-being of body, mind and spirit.

When you are grateful for something… anything at all, it sends a powerful message to everyone of the cells in your body that all is well.

Here Are 7 Ways to Help

  1. Keep a Gratitude Journal – One of the ways to become more grateful involves practicing intentional gratefulness by writing down the things you are grateful for each day. You don’t have to be super detailed, just write bullets about your day and the things that brought you that feeling. Almost everyone these days has a smart phone so you can use that too by using your Note section to jot down the things that you are grateful for as they appear in your day.
  • Remember What You’ve Overcome – One way to elicit grateful thoughts is to think about when you overcome something in your life. When you see how far you’ve come, you cannot help but feel good about it. Sometimes we forget about the struggles that we have been through and that we have survived them. Here you are in a new day and in a new time and that is something to be grateful for.
  • Count Your Blessings – Each day take some time to actively count your blessings. You can do this by adding to your list and also observing everything around you from the moment you get up in the morning until the moment you retire at night. Ex. gratitude for the bed you sleep in, your comfy pillow, the smell of hot coffee etc. etc.
  • Keep Track of Those Things That Make You Feel Grateful – When you are living your life if you get a sudden feeling of gratitude, instead of letting it pass, note it. Write it down so that you can think about it more often. Think back also to other times that you have been grateful and get back into that feeling. For example, maybe somebody gave you a ride when you needed it but didn’t expect it and you were so grateful. You can activate the feelings of gratitude even by reflecting on past situations! πŸ™‚
  • Tell People Thank You & Do It Often – When people help you, are good to you, polite, and do things for you always tell them thank you. Even if it’s their job to do it, be the type of person that is a bright light in their day too by verbally telling them thanks. You can never say thank you enough πŸ™‚
  • Speak Positively – Always speak positively and use phrases that are positive and hopeful. When you speak as though things are going well they will go well and things will flow much easier in your life because you expect it to be that way and you also declare it so through your words. Most people do not realize just how powerful their words are!
  • Be Persistent – sure there will be some days that are better then others and things are not always rosy but as a long term plan, keep going through the motions by saying thanks, keeping your journal up, meditating, using prayers of thanks, and being hopeful… all will go a long way to triggering the right feelings of gratitude that you can conjure up whenever you need them.

As you focus on gratitude, I am sure you will find more and more things to be grateful for. It is as though the Universe ‘brings it on’ as per your request. You may notice things like enjoying the sound of rain, the smell of freshly cut grass, the smile on your child’s face as they work on their art project… These moments begin to fill you with grace and gratitude and life takes on a whole new depth.

I wish you many moments of gratitude throughout your days and your life.