MIND, BODY & SOUL // 10 simple ways to boost your happiness 🤗
Scoring a new pair of togs can bring you happiness, for sure, but true happiness comes from within. Here are just 10 of the many ways you can boost your happiness by nurturing your mind, body and soul 👇
DEFINE WHAT HAPPINESS MEANS TO YOU
One of the most important tips to boost your happiness is to figure out what makes YOU truly content in life. This is different for everyone, so take the time to really think about what your version of happiness looks like. Look beyond gaining materialistic items (e.g. a new pair of togs) or achieving success based goals (e.g. making nationals), and really dive deep into what sets your soul on fire.
INVEST TIME IN YOURSELF
Make YOU TIME a priority, always. Practice mindfulness, set goals, nourish your body with good food, hydrate well, exercise regularly, create a healthy and balanced lifestyle - the list is endless! Self-investment is absolutely essential to achieve inner happiness, so if you're looking for a place to start, check out our blog posts on ways to boost your confidence and ways to look after your wellbeing!
PRIORITISE REST & RELAXATION
You're all such hardworking water-women, but sometimes slowing down is the key to success. This is where yoga and meditation can be incredibly helpful as these practices give your mind and body the opportunity to relax and let go of any stress or tension you may be holding onto. As athletes, it's easy to fall into the 'constant grind' mindset, however, you may actually benefit more from learning how to slow down and be still when necessary. It's all about getting the grind/recovery ratio right!
TAKE A DIGITAL DETOX
Become more present in the real world and create healthy habits with your devices. You'll be surprised at how much more time you have to spend on other things in your life that bring you happiness and how your mental health improves from being online less. For more ways to take a break from your tech, read these five tips to help you cut back on technology and social media usage.
PRIORITISE A HEALTHY SLEEP SCHEDULE
You know those mornings when you wake up after the dreamiest sleep ever, full of energy, feeling totally refreshed and ready to go? Yeah we wish we felt like that every morning too, but it just proves how important sleep is to help boost your mood! If you struggle to get your 7-8 hours in, have a hard time drifting off to sleep, or just don’t feel rested when you wake up, now’s the time to start improving your sleeping habits by practicing these six tips.
CONNECT WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
Enjoying life means spending time with those who make you feel GOOD and who you can be totally yourself around. Prioritise fostering relationships with important people in your life and surround yourself with positive, supportive friends who shine their light on you and bring happiness into your world! Your vibe attracts your tribe, so if you radiate positivity, you'll attract wonderful people into your life.
DON'T FORGET TO ENJOY LIFE
Life isn't about putting in work all the time. We all should prioritise fun and play too, so make sure you spend enough time doing things you enjoy outside of training, work, uni and school. Take a step back from your daily grind and remember to find joy in the little things. Go for a walk in nature, play with your pets, spend time doing the hobbies you love, live in the moment.
Practicing gratitude is a great way to connect with your thoughts and feelings. It only takes a few minutes a day, but it can give you a lasting mood boost that can take you from feeling "okay" to feeling "great" on a more regular basis. There's always something to be grateful for, so take time to reflect on your blessings! If you're new to gratitude journalling and want to make a habit of it, read our tips on practising gratitude and download our gratitude journal prompts.
BE KIND & GENEROUS TO OTHERS
Spread positivity and it'll come back to you tenfold. When you take the time to say something thoughtful or give praise to someone else, it boosts your self-worth too. Giving a compliment requires us to look for the good in others and in doing so, we also start to see more of the good in ourselves. The ultimate happiness booster! Find out three reasons why you should compliment someone every day.
To maximise your personal joy and happiness, enrich your life by trying new things and exploring the unknown. Step outside your comfort zone, challenge yourself to learn a new skill and always seek to expand your knowledge on topics you're passionate about! Happiness comes from living a fulfilling life, whatever that is for you.
These are just 10 simple ways to boost your happiness, but sometimes it's the simplest yet most important things we forget to do in amongst all the madness of our busy day to day lives! Make being happy a priority, and don't forget to enjoy life's simple pleasures.