You’ve seen them around, pondered over them from a distance. Those people that are relentlessly calm, cheerful even, no matter what chaos surrounds them.
While others crack under pressure, cry over bad news, and watch in horror as their lives run a muck before them, these people are the calm and happy ones. They remain standing, firmly rooted, resilient and unwavering.
But it’s not just about putting on a cool and collected outer shell. Calm and happy people learn to develop a sense of peace that radiates from within, resulting in a calm composure and stability through the hardest of times.
And that’s not to say their lives are any easier or even drastically better than most. But, their experience of it, the way they perceive and interact with the world around them is clearer. They’re left with a sense of tranquility, confident that they’ll be prepared for whatever comes. A happier, calmer you awaits, you just have to be willing to nurture it with the right habits.
1. Eat well.
Your diet is an important part of building a solid daily routine. When you eat poorly, you feel it in the way you move, your bowel movements, even in your energy when interacting with others. Don’t worry, no one’s asking you to give up all of life’s pleasures in one sitting. Be conscious of what you’re putting into your body and take note of how it affects your mood, health and happiness.
2. Exercise on the regular.
Exercise releases endorphins, which makes us feel good. Cue: one step closer to happiness. When we move our bodies, we stimulate our minds and boost our energy. Not to mention it’s a great stress reliever. Been out of the workout routine for a while? Jump back into it with a light walk. Make a point to move about daily and say bye bye to the blues.
3. Get enough shut eye.
To keep our minds and bodies working optimally, it’s important to get enough sleep. During sleep the body has time to rest, rejuvenate and rebuild. Getting enough sleep helps us function optimally. Not one of those people that can just doze off into a relaxing night of sleep? Listen to a guided meditation, let yourself relax and before you know it you’ll be snoozing.
4. Have a mindfulness practice.
Meditate, reflect, take a moment to yourself, however that may look to you. But be mindful. Mindful of thoughts, your emotions and your physical body. Be mindful of those around you. Of how you interact and most importantly, react to the world around you. Try this simple daily routine and begin your day with purpose.
5. Surround yourself with positive people.
When we repeat a behavior, such as complaining, our neurons branch out to each other to ease the flow of information. This makes it easy to repeat the behaviour in the future, even without even realizing you’re doing it. Nobody likes a negative Nancy. Not to mention studies show that complaining shrinks the hippocampus, an area of the brain that’s critical to problem solving and intelligent thought. Damage to the hippocampus is scary, especially when you consider that it’s one of the primary brain areas destroyed by Alzheimer’s. Avoid negative folks and learn to recognize–and correct!– your own negative behavior.
6. Express gratitude.
Has a simple smile or kind gesture from a stranger ever lit up your day? Take note of how it feels and pay it forward. Sending good vibes out into the universe will return them back to you. Kindness starts from within. When we take the time to be kind to ourselves first, it’s a lot easier to spread gratitude and positivity with those around us.
7. Learn to do nothing.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is nothing at all. Take a break from time to time. And mind your own business! What? Yes, we’re serious. You have enough to worry about in your own life, don’t take on everyone else’s problems, too.
8. Accept what you cannot change.
When we accept, we can let go. Letting go opens us up to peace, joy and life. It’s difficult to accept that we are not and cannot always be in control but flexibility allows for resilience. When things come up, observe them like a river flowing past you, rather than reacting. Stay present and allow for them to pass.
9. Disconnect from tech.
Nowadays, the average person generally loses concentration after eight seconds. This highlights the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain. Don’t get us wrong, technology is great and opens doors of opportunity that would otherwise remain closed. But, sometimes you just need to turn of the computer screen and take a break.
10. Get some sunshine.
When all else fails, get outside. Lighting greatly impacts our moods and natural light has a calm and peaceful effect on our moods and emotions. The soothing brain chemical serotonin plummets on dark days, causing negative changes in our mood and emotions. Get out, take a moment to feel the air on your face, the sun on your skin, breathe, smile and enjoy. Be present.
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Our Brainnasium training is the perfect compliment to building your healthy and happy habits. A session is only 30 minutes long and completely non-invasive. Our software detects brainwave patterns associated with optimal performance as you lie back and relax – listening to pleasant ocean and stream sounds. Through our training, your brain is taught how to optimize brainwaves associated with peak performance. Balance is restored, taking you down the calm and happy path, away from anxiety and stress.
In life stress will always be there, waiting for you just around the corner. But, it’s how we confront and deal with that stress that determines how happy we’ll be. It’s a difficult but worthy journey. And the only one we’ve got.
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A happier, calmer you awaits.