We love our family and friends and try to spread love around us, but how often do we think about loving ourselves? We need to be positive about ourselves and our abilities. A recent study suggests that people who practise self-compassion are less at risk of developing depression.
It’s easy to lament about everything that goes wrong. However by looking around at your gains rather than your losses, and by being grateful for all those that give you joy, no matter how small they are, you will be able to see increased levels of happiness.
Go on walks, go hiking, or just exercise outdoors. Apart from getting much needed Vitamin D, exercise also helps release endorphins – the feel good chemical that gives you a mental boost.
Go on a Digital Detox
Numerous studies have shown that people who are constantly on social media have lesser levels of satisfaction in life. That’s why it’s important to go on a complete digital detox once in a while.
Get More Sleep
According to studies, people who are sleep deprived are four times more likely to develop depression within three years. In 2020, why not resolve to get your required eight hours of sleep a night, and try to follow a set routine which might involve some light breathing exercises to help calm down after a busy day.
Meditation gives us those moments to recognise who we are and understand the emotions we go through, thereby helping us to control them better. Mindfulness meditation is known to reduce the levels of cortisol, the hormone released during stress. Just 20 minutes a day will help you face the new day with a positive frame of mind.
Give Yourself a Break
Learn to say ‘no’ and prioritise yourself over everything.
Along with the above tips, make sure that you do not wait for things to get out of hand if you feel troubled. Talk to someone you trust and seek professional help.