5 Quick Steps to a Happier Week
   The most important things are not usually things we can accomplish in a few days. Working towards a happier life is no different - it takes time, it takes determination, and it takes pushing through some very uncomfortable moments. 

   The good news is it’s all totally worth it. The other good news is there are things you can do, right now, to help jump start your work. I’ve created a list of 5 simple things you can do in 10 minutes or less to boost your happiness (or at least minimize your sense of discomfort or stress.) 

   Ready? Let’s go:

1. Write yourself a note of encouragement. This can be as simple as a post it note or as ornate as shimmery handmade paper with water color lettering. All that matters is that you have a little note with words that help you feel empowered, loved, and accepted. My go-to is always “You are enough,” but you can use whatever words speak to you most. Once you’ve made the note, tape it to your bathroom mirror, or any place you’re guaranteed to see it at least once or twice a day. When you do see it, take just a few little seconds to close your eyes, let the words sink in, and recognize you own worth and goodness. 

2. Move your body for 5-10 minutes. Whether this means a walk around the block, a good stretch, or just shaking your booty to some rad music, moving your body releases endorphins and serotonin, both of which boost your energy and your mood. Try to appreciate how cool it is that your body will allow you to do these things, and that it generally does its best to get you all the places you want to go. (Appreciation and gratitude are HUGE when it comes to feeling happy, so get used to hearing about that from me.)

3. Hug someone. Seriously. Find someone who you know you can hug, or just ask someone if they would be open to a hug. We are literally wired to seek human connection, and our brains reward us when we make that kind of connection. This goes back to the endorphins and serotonin, and it also just feels pretty darn good to give and receive hugs. 

4. Have a little talk with yourself. Sit or stand in front of a mirror and say the words “I love you.” If you’re able, expand on that and list some reasons you love yourself, and some things you appreciate about yourself and your life. If that’s a little too difficult at the moment, just repeat the words “I love you,” for a few minutes. It’s entirely normal to feel silly, to laugh, or even to cry while doing this. Don’t worry, no one’s watching and no one’s judging. This is just a little talk from you to you, and it’s incredibly powerful stuff.

5. Delete your social media. Just kidding! I mean, there’s great benefit to actually deleting your social media, but it isn’t something many people are willing to do. Instead, try deleting or muting any accounts that are giving you that icky, unhappy, not-good-enough feeling. Don’t think that you have to follow someone just because they’re an old friend or a coworker or an Instagram celebrity that is supposed to be sooooo uplifting. Again, this is between you and you, so if someone’s posts continually make you feel like your life just ain’t measuring up, hit unfollow and be done with it. Really. I give you permission. 

   See how many of these tips you can employ this week. Getting one or two done is good, try all five and you’re really laying a solid foundation for calmer days. Why not print this post and use it as your weekly self-care to-do list? The sooner you can build healthy choices into your routine, the sooner you can make space for the really important work you know you have ahead of you. So give these ideas a try and hit me up in the comments to let me know how that goes for you! Have an amazing week!

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