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Busy, busy, busy. That’s the word that encapsulates our 21st-century lives. It often feels like we’re so busy working that we don’t have a chance to relax properly, let alone experience some real joy in our lives.
However, it’s important to make time to enjoy some happiness – and the good news is, you don’t have to spend loads to do so. Here are some great tips.
Going on a ‘joy-ride’ – the budget-friendly way
Do something crazy
Okay, so sky-diving or bungee-jumping might not be for everyone, but that doesn’t matter. Do something unexpected and exciting that’s tailored to you. This might be visiting a new place, or hanging out with friends you haven’t seen in years. It may even be taking a day off work to sit around in your pyjamas and watch your favourite childhood movies. Sometimes, doing something different is enough to remove the sense of ‘groundhog day’.
Support a charity
Helping to raise money for an important cause not only supports others, but it also boosts your mood. In fact, arranging an event for charity can be a whole lot of fun. Whether it’s a cake-sale in your local village hall or running a marathon, you’ll feel a real sense of achievement once you’ve done it – not to mention the warm glow of knowing you made other people’s lives better.
Start something new
There’s something really exciting about picking up a new hobby or pastime. It could be anything; from watercolour painting to hiking around your neighbourhood. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you set aside some regular time to do it in; and don’t feel guilty about it. You deserve some time for yourself!
Keep track of your thoughts
Allowing some time for reflection and contemplation can be really valuable. It helps to get life in perspective; not to mention offers a chance to sit down and relax for a while. Journalling is a great habit to get into, and best of all, it hardly costs a thing. It can even be done in the form of an online blog or just as a Word document – whatever works best for you.
Listen to music
There’s something really therapeutic about listening to music. Make sure you do it your way. If you like calming, ambient tracks, light a few candles, lie on the bed and get the headphones on. Alternatively, if you love upbeat pop songs, crank the volume up and dance around the kitchen. Whatever gives you joy, make sure you go for it.
Create the right mood
Use scent and visuals to transform your home into a happier place. For example, if the living room is looking cluttered, ask your partner (or friend) to help you organise the space; as this will make it instantly more relaxing to spend time in. Likewise, scented candles can also make a big difference. Even a spray of a favourite perfume does the trick – evocative scents like Tweed perfume capture the great outdoors, in the comfort of your own home.
Until next time ♡