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How To Be Happier | The Basics



The sun is starting to come out and everyone is smiling. Over the Easter weekend I’ve noticed that people seem friendlier and I definitely have a newly positive from of mind. It could be that everyone is refreshed after a few days off, or just on a sugar rush. As part of a How to be Happier series I have a few tips to turn that found upside down! For when the chocolate runs out...

Hydrate


I start the day with a tall glass of water with fresh lemon slices. Lemon is a great way to alkalise the body, neutralising acids from things like alcohol and sugar. After a few weeks I’ve found that this really gives me an energy boost first thing in the morning. And we all know that keeping hydrated helps to banish breakouts, that’s got to put a smile on your face!

Sleep


This is a no brainer, sleep is essential! I have had problems sleeping for a while now and getting a solid eight hours has seriously changed my life. Sleep supports us with enough energy to focus for the following day. Good nights sleep, good day. 

Exercise


I know, It’s the hardest thing to stick to. I started going on evening walks to get back into the swing of things. No one expects you to hit the gym five days a week but the simple things really make a difference. During exercise our brains produce Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that relates to happiness and positive feelings. The best way to create it is to get moving! 

Get Outside


Have you ever stepped outside in the morning and a suddenly smiled? That’s Mother Nature! Even in the city I found that just being outside lifted my mood. The sunlight, fresh air and even the sounds can make you happier. I find that going for a short walk is just what I need if I’m trying to make a decision or sort out a problem.



After noting down a few of these points on my phone I tried to improve on one each day. By the end of the week I looked back and couldn’t believe the changes. Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes in the comments below! 



How do you keep yourself feeling positive? Does sleep affect your mood? 


Gem. x