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Five Ways To Maintain Happiness

Five Ways To Maintain Happiness

Happiness isn’t necessarily challenging, but many people make it out to be. Anybody who is reading this post has free access to knowledge, which is absolutely free. Sure, we experience hardships and adversity, but if you compare it to children who have no access to clean water to bathe or drink, food to eat, clothing or shelter, then you’ll realize your problems always have a defined solution. Learn how to rationalize and use deductive logic; these tools will help you overcome any adversity that you may face. When misfortunes fall upon us, they are due to our wrongdoings; they don’t apply to anybody else. Be held accountable for what you do and only blame yourself.

Handle Your Responsibilities

Bills are a part of life, and we all wish they paid for themselves–but they won’t. These tasks mentioned are small potatoes on the scale of responsibilities. Handling your labor is important, but looking after your health is number one. The first path on the way to being disciplined is being conscious of what you put into your body. Dietary habits play a huge part in your emotional stability. The quote you are what you eat is one of the truest statements of life. You could be aesthetically pleasing to others eyes, but eat horribly, which may cause you to be irritable and moody.

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Love Yourself More Every Single Day

Sometimes you need to be a little selfish–which implies you aren’t considering others; this isn’t true. Everyone needs to dedicate time to themselves. Solitude doesn’t only increase productivity and focus, but it helps you reflect on what’s happening in your life. Self-discovery is a resource you need to tap into every day. And if you aren’t willing to love yourself, then you won’t be capable of discovering yourself. Enjoy who you are, and devote the same amount of love you give to others to yourself. Happiness is only achieved by being sure of yourself, and recognizing when things are starting to go sour. Once the warning signs are addressed, you will alleviate your stress.

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Be Honest With Yourself

It’s commendable and respectable not to lie to others. What is that even worth if you’re constantly lying to yourself? The answer is absolutely nothing. Face the reality of what you’re going up against and fight. And when you aren’t experiencing adversity or turmoil, be thankful for the peaceful times, and understand your mentality is what makes or breaks you. If you’re truly happy, then being at peace during the rough times is possible with the correct perspective. Just ensure you’re well aware of your environment and love the good times and the bad. For a rainbow to exude its beauty, the storm must pass.

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Live In The Moment

Every moment is fleeting, and our time on this earth is short. Everything that we experience is only temporary; nothing lasts forever. Focus on the now, and what you can do to enhance the situation to workout in your favor. Getting comfortable during times of peace isn’t a suitable practice. Letting your guard down isn’t necessary. Always ascertain the beauty of every moment, and build for the future today.

Honor Your Family

These individuals don’t have to be blood-related. This really means anyone who genuinely cares about your well-being (which won’t be a lot of people), because those who truly care have to know who you are. And most people won’t truly know you, they just have an opinion and know about you. Look after them at all costs, spend time with them, and enjoy each others company. This level of companionship is insurmountable and infinitely precious.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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