Are you excited that we’re heading into the summer months? While this time of year brings excitement, happiness and outdoor time, it also presents an amazing opportunity to take stock of your life, and put a little bit more focus on self-care and personal happiness. If your work finds you busier than usual during the summer months, you aren’t alone! Read on for three simple strategies to try that help your happiness soar.
3 Ways to Prioritize Happiness in the Summertime
- Try Meditation
If you don’t have tons of time to yourself, luckily a quick ten minutes of meditation can rejuvenate your body in a similar way to an hour-long nap. Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and helps you tackle the rest of the day with a clutter-free head and “can do” attitude. Simply sit quietly for a few minutes each morning and reflect on the day ahead. If you’re new to meditation, check out this article for some great advice.
- Eat Nutritious Foods
The old adage, “You are what you eat,” has a lot of weight behind it; feeling happy begins with fueling your body with excellent nutrition. While eating well goes hand in hand with exercise for encouraging happiness, foods like walnuts, yogurt, fish, mushrooms and leafy greens are a great place to start.
- Take Time for Reading
Even if all the time you have for reading is a few minutes each evening or on the bus while you commute to work, I encourage you to take the opportunity! Believe it or not, there are tangible health benefits to reading, including improved mental stimulation, reduced stress and increased knowledge about the world. You’ll find you even gain self-confidence when you begin reading every day!
What steps to you take to encourage better self-care and increase the happiness in your life? I would love to hear about your strategies in the comments below. In the meantime, pick up a copy of my books for more inspiration. I wish you a happy, healthy and safe summer!