10 Tips Designed to Keep You Happy

Country Girl by Cherie Roe Dirsken

With so much going on in the daily life of the average Joe, it is hard to stay motivated.  We sometimes feel beaten down by society and all the things we occupy ourselves with, voluntary or involuntary.

This can range from commuting, work, school runs, to housework, helping the kids with homework, cooking and finding precious time to unwind — which usually ends  up with us watching TV. But how can we manage our time better to incorporate the things we long to do but feel we have no time for?

Here are 10 tips to get you excited and keep you motivated to enjoy living another day:

1. Quality Sleep

This is one of the most important things you can gift yourself and your family with.  Make space in your night-time schedule to start winding down at least 1 hour prior to going to bed.  You can light some calming, soothing essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile — will assist in good, sound sleep.  You can have a warm, milky drink or some herbal tea.  Switch off all radios and TV’s that are keeping you engaged in noise and ‘action’.  Instead, you can read that book you’ve been promising yourself or listen to some relaxing music.  All of these things can aid you into an alpha brain wave state, which allows your mind to relax and disconnect.  You must avoid falling asleep on a full stomach or, even worse, falling asleep with the TV on.  Your mind still takes in everything it hears, even whilst asleep, and having the TV on will not only disrupt your sleep but possibly cause you to have nightmares.

2. Berry Boost

With a good nights sleep tucked safely under your belt, what better way to start your morning off with than a berry smoothie?  This is quick and easy to make and will give your system a boost of sustainable energy.  These smoothies keep me going for about 4-5 hours.  They are great for your skin too, berries have anti-aging properties and the calcium is good for your bones, ladies!  A quick recipe I use is (for one 500ml serving):  Take 2 handfuls of mixed, frozen berries (or fresh if you like, I like the frozen ones because they give a kind of ‘crushed ice’ effect), 2 squirts of Stevia, 4 tablespoons of plain yoghurt and top up with some milk.  Blend and drink your way to vitality and well-being!

3. Time Productivity

Use your time wisely.  If you commute to work by public service, take this opportunity to meditate or read.  Make it ‘you’ time.  If you can, it is great to shut your eyes in the morning and the evening (could be on your way to or from work  if you are traveling by public service) — for just 10-20 minutes at a time — to meditate and clear your mind.  This will benefit you in more ways than you can imagine.  It also gives you a break from the mind chatter or what I like to call ‘white noise’.  This allows more productive thoughts through instead of the useless and incessant worry that can clog up the mind.

4. Breathing

Huh?  Don’t I do this automatically?  Yes, but most people are in the habit of shallow breathing.  You need to oxygenate your body for optimum productivity and chi (vital force).  Try to, at least every hour, breath in to the count of 5, hold it to the count of 5 and exhale to the count of 5.  This will give you a boost during the day.

5. Let Loose

This is an integral step for you to de-stress after a long day. Explore an activity that is tantamount to letting the ‘inner child’ out to play.  I find it really helpful to put on some upbeat music and have a sing-song and dance around the house.  Get your groove on and invite your family to join in.  You can do this for just 30 minutes and it is a really fun way to get moving and to unwind.  The best part is you also get a great workout — physically and vocally!  Let your inner diva shine!

6. Keep it Clean

This is a macrocosm/microcosm thing — it affects the inside and the outside world.  When you have a neat, tidy and clean home and/or office, you are happier.  When you have a clean, refreshed body, you are happier.  I have to tell you about my dog.  She hates her bath, as do so many of our canine counterparts, but after she has been through this torturous activity, she runs around the garden like a dog-reborn — smiling, barking and just generally frolicking like a pup.  Bath-time also equates to going for a walk (which she does regularly) but when she walks after her bath, she has a spring in her step and a wag in her tail that is much more noticeable.  This is a great metaphor for how we feel when our bodies are bathed (make your bath-time a treat too — get some nice smelly soaps and bubble-bath and make it an event) and our houses or offices are spic-and-span and organized.

7. Eat Well

Another part of keeping it clean, is keeping the inside of your sacred body clean and invest in a detox every now and again.  Or better still, make it a daily habit to eat healthy fresh foods.  You know the kind I’m talking about so I’m not going to go into detail.  This is a no-brainer, you are what you eat.  Keep it fresh, colourful and simple and your system will be alive and vibrant, leaving you feeling energized and ready to take on the world.  Have you noticed how sluggish you feel when you’ve pigged out on a burger and chips?  Yeah?  Well, you need to get real about what you are putting in and perhaps compare that to what you are getting out!  You may have a Porsche but you can’t run it on horse manure.

8. Creative Space

This is really important.  We all need to express ourselves creatively, no matter if it takes the form of art, writing, decorating, drawing, constructing/ building, etc.  It is hugely beneficial to give yourself some time and a quiet space to be creative.  If it is once a day, that is great.  If you can’t fit it in daily then at least allocate yourself a good few days of the week to squeeze in 2-3 hours of creative expression time.  You can even make this a family activity where everyone gets time out to do something fun.  It will teach you and your family the benefit of taking care of your own needs in an unselfish and productive way.

9. Gratitude

Take time out, especially with your family, to give thanks for all that you  do have in your life right now.  This can be over a meal, as is commonly practiced in the saying of Grace.  I am not a religious person but I do see the benefits of giving thanks.  This could also be done in your quiet time in the bath, or whilst you are commuting, etc.  You can explain the benefits to your family and encourage them to also find a quiet minute or two to reflect on being grateful.  This feeds positivity and will nurture your good feelings ratio.

10. Reflect

When you find the space to reflect on your life, your goals and your dreams, you can keep the picture of your destiny clear and precise.  When you don’t take time out to ponder and to re-align with your intentions, you may lose sight of where you are headed.  You can sometimes slip into a stream that does not fit the destination of your dream.  Make a vision board where you can pin all the things you desire and all that you would like to manifest in your life experience.  Make sure you hold yourself accountable for taking action towards your goals and keep this board somewhere where you will see it every day.

What is most important of all is that you enjoy your journey, this life is precious and special and you can make each day an enjoyable experience.

If you catch yourself falling into boredom or despair, simply remind yourself that you can make a choice to re-align to a more joyful outlook — run through this checklist and see if there is anything you can do or improve on to bring you into a state of balance and fulfillment.

In the wise words of Eckhart Tolle, you can either be enthusiastic about what you are doing, enjoy what you are doing or accept what you are doing.  When you do not fall into any of these 3 categories you set yourself up for feeling resentment or frustration.

What do you find lifts your spirits?  Please share it in the comment box below. :D

Original article was written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Purpose Fairy: 10 Tips Designed to Keep You on Your Toes.

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17 thoughts on “10 Tips Designed to Keep You Happy

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  3. I forgot to mention that I compiled a blog a while ago with things that you can do for free (for those who lack the funds to do something exciting)…here’s the link: http://cherieroedirksen.com/2012/03/13/how-to-get-genuinely-free-stuff/. And for those of you living in freezing conditions, I can strongly recommend putting on some lively music — full-tilt — and having a good dance around the house. It worked for me when I was living in the UK!

    If you feel a lack of inspiration, download Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, I guarantee you will want to do the fandango after listening to that!

  4. Excellent article, Cherie. Really enjoyed it. I had to really laugh at the example of the dog with a spring in his step, as this is so true! Keeping clean also extends to the internal areas of our lives, which is why eating healthy is also so important. It keeps us clean inside, reduces the toxics and helps maintain a healthy functioning of our internal organs, etc.

    Many people may read this article and say, “Well I wish it were that simple, but my health is in a bad state, which prevents me from doing things I enjoy. Also, I don’t have the funds to really do something joyful or exciting”. This is a very valid fact, you know. Some of us live in countries where the winters are long and absolutely freezing, which also makes many things impossible to do.

    But you know, I think it’s then about also thinking consciously (which is what I believe your article is all about) and planning ahead.

    So invest in your health. Find out what you can do to improve it. Many illnesses or even handicaps CAN be healed (in contradiction to what conventional medical professionals will tell you!). Diet and exercise are paramount to getting your body’s healing capacity into action. So invest in some research and act upon it. This is doing something for yourself and also becomes part of your goals and destiny. Another thing to do is to meditate on health and envision yourself as the way you would like to feel again. Literally FEEL it in those affected areas. When you open your eyes again, you’ll actually feel invigorated, like a dog with a spring in its step. By doing this, you’ve “cleaned” some of the programming your being as decided to accept as fate! And you’ll also instigate the healing processes! It’s about CONSCIOUSLY making a step as a proactive, creating being who takes charge of one’s own life!

    And money, money, money. How many things we’d do if we only had the money. Gosh, I can imagine a LOT of things to do if I had a limitless wallet! (Do you really think I’d be sitting in front of my computer right now instead of water-skiing the lagoons in Bora Bora!?). Seriously though, there are a lot of things to do that create joy, if you take the time to simply become conscious about it.

    Here is a secret: We humans THRIVE on giving and creating. Giving can mean anything from material things to time, joy, motivation, happiness and attention to those that need it. NOTHING one can do in one’s life will reward you with a greater sense of joy than giving. And ANYONE can give, no matter how much money one has. And in fact, if one does take some time off earning those precious coins to give, one is able to then concentrate better and more easily cope those times when one is slaving away to pay the bills. And creating is very easy and barely costs a cent either. There are many things one can create, and if it is combined with the element if giving (e.g. taking time to cook a special meal for one’s family or friends), then feeling of self-satisfaction is immense. And the great thing about giving and creating is that it’s totally independent on the current weather forecast!

    TIP FOR CHERIE: Is it possible to create a link in your blog that opens another window or tab in the viewer’s browser instead of sending them away from your blog onto the other site? One should never ever send people away from one’s own sight when referencing others!

    • I’m so glad my pooch brought a smile to your lips

      Thank you for sharing your many wise insights. I think that when you master belief you can achieve anything, be it healing yourself to creating the abundance you may crave. Our limiting belief structure is the only thing that restricts our personal development. And you are so right, we are the ones responsible for our own happiness — being proactive is the only way out.

      I couldn’t agree more with the act of giving. This I learnt a long time ago through Deepak Chopra’s books. He stated that you should never visit anyone without a gift. And if you can’t afford one, a simple flower, poem, compliment or prayer will do. Obviously practicing this also boomerangs positivity and abundance back to you — so it’s a win-win situation.

      I usually do have links open up in a new page however I ‘word-pressed’ this article and can’t seem to make it do that — but thanks for pointing that out to me, I shall persevere until I figure it out!

    • Thanks for the post. After a busy year of my 10.5 hour day-job, completing my scenod novel and sending it off to publisher, writing blog posts and articles, I simply look forward to actually reading again. I’m hoping to work through a list of some of our own along the blogosphere: Carole Gill’s The House on Blackstone Moor , Erin Cole’s Grave Echoes , Marissa Farrar’s The Dark Road and Talli Roland’s The Hating Game .I love the photo at the top of your post, by the way. It makes me want to grab those books and pull up a chair before the fire.-JamesJames Garcia Jr recently posted..

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