How I stay Happy, Healthy and positive
We all get a bit down sometimes its normal, so don’t be too harsh on yourself, its just a bad day not a bad life!
Here’s some helpful tips on how I stay healthy, happy and positive.
A practise I really like to do for staying positive is having a “gratitude token”, for me it’s a family photo I have as my lock screen on my phone. Whenever I feel down I just pull out my phone and look at the photo and realise everything I am truly grateful for and why I’m doing what I do. Everything gets put back into perspective and I usually realise that my problems or whatever I am worrying about is in my control and by thinking about what matters most to me I found the drive to take control and be positive.
Trying to stay happy… now I’m going to take some pressure off you and tell you that “Happiness is not a place where you stay!” Yes read that again! We don’t have to stay happy and sometimes the pressure in itself of thinking we do is what drives us to being unhappy in the first place. Realise that being happy is a journey and not a destination, eb and flow, as a move so below. Life is a constant shift of internal and external flow, joy wouldn’t feel so good if it wasn’t for pain and the sunshine wouldn’t feel so good if it wasn’t for rain. When you are feeling down, it’s a good time to revisit your “gratitude token” and remind yourself of all the things you have in life to be grateful for. The most important thing to do is realise that this time of sadness will pass and to not beat yourself up about feeling down.
Another thing I wanted to talk about was how to stop using food as a reward… I have had a lot of you all messaging me asking about how to cope with this so here’s some tips that I have used to help me with that.
Learn to practise mindful eating - Are you hungry enough to eat a apple? If not, then you’re probably not really hungry.
Avoid labelling foods as good or bad - by using ‘bad foods’ as a way to reward ourselves for being ‘good’ we form an emotional relationship with food.
Treat yourself to non-food rewards - Reward yourself with something related to your behaviour change. For example, if you are trying to improve your diet you could buy a new blender to make smoothies or a new cookbook filled with healthy recipes.
Try these little tips and let me know how you go, Remember we are all stronger together, so if you have any tips that worked for you share them with the community or let me know if any of these worked for you, I love hearing from you all!
Quote - “If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer's day.”