UR LIFE: 4 Ways To Create Your Own Happiness
Written By Katie Robinson
Emerging adults can be bogged down by the daily routine. It can be easy to lose a sense of happiness. There are things in life no one can control, but there are also areas that you can control. These areas you do control can even trump those that you don’t. In order to be and stay happy, here are four areas you can control to overcome the negative obstacles that come your way.
1. Sleep- Drowsiness can easily put you in a funk. Using additives like coffee and 5 hour energy to perk up with caffeine can’t give you the same “ready-to-go-ness” as actual sleep can. Try going to sleep earlier. Your mother was right, nothing good happens after midnight, so take advantage of that time to sleep! On the other hand, too much sleep can be detrimental as well. Mornings provide a time of being productive before you slam into that 3 o’clock wall. (Hint: Going to bed early should help soften that 3 o’clock wall.) Sleeping in can cause you to rush, leading to a more stressful morning and upsetting the rest of your day’s schedule. A simple solution can be waking up just 5 minutes early to make sure you start your day on time.
2. Diet- A happy attitude is a natural reaction to a well-rounded healthy diet. A bad diet can consist of healthy foods, but when you leave an entire food group out, like vegetables you will wind up feeling pretty lousy. Try living off of only pasta and 5 minute microwave meals for a week or two, and then tell me how you feel. Be more attentive to what you’re eating, splurge when you can for a real home cooked meal, your stomach will be thankful and you’ll be feeling much happier. Another great way to keep you feeling good and full of energy is drinking water. The rule used to be a strict 8 glasses of water a day, now scientists are being more lenient. Considering how many other ways we consume water there is no exact 8 glasses requirement, but I know I personally feel a difference when I’m drinking more water. Just like with your healthy diet, a balance between water, juicy fruits like water melon, and even sodas will help you stay hydrated. Hydrated people are happy people.
3. Surroundings-Your surroundings are an area you control that allows for creativity. It’s important to surround yourself with positivity visually and socially. Visually you can try framing quotes on your desk and hanging inspiring pictures in your room. Socially you can stay in touch with your family, create new like-minded friendships, and find a mentor to help guide you. A positive supportive environment will make it easier to be happy on the day to day.
4. Thoughts-Thoughts and worries can quickly override your mood. Don’t let the worries of the uncontrollable future dictate your mood. It feels better to be happy. You work better when you’re happy too, so remind yourself of how awesome you are. Think happy thoughts.There’s also no shame in seeking help if you find it difficult to control your thoughts on your own. It can be overwhelming at times. It’s okay to talk to a counselor. It’s not only okay; it’s healthy and completely normal.
Make the effort to start controlling your happy with these four areas. Take note of things you let affect your mood, then try to find ways to control or overcome them. You’ll feel better about yourself when you know how to make yourself happy and control it.
Can you think of more areas where you can control your happy?
Katie Robinson organizes, plans and collaborates with creative minds to turn multiple ideas into one creation. Currently she works as a Production Assistant at Sesame Street where she works with Production Management and Talent. In her spare time she runs Ask the Young Professional where she shares advice on career, finance and personal life to succeed as a savvy young professional. In her passion for video production and event planning Katie has produced over 10 short videos and a two night $100,000 college concert series. You can contact her directly email@example.com. Follow her story and advice on Ask the Young Professional with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.