As we enter a brand new year, many of us will be penning a list of those famous New Year resolutions which sadly we often end up tearing up and binning before January is even finished! Some of the science behind this failure is that our brains are naturally wired up to be negative and we need to find ways to turn our mental wellbeing back in a positive direction which is easier to achieve than you may think.
The bad days
We often wake up feeling like everyday is groundhog day and our mood can be low, but you can make a small improvement if you try to engage in happiness. Only you know what things can make you feel happy such simple things as memories, cooking and baking, walking, socialising, writing a journal, taking a long bath etc, so make yourself a list of things that you know will lift you and pick a few to try on those low days and see how you feel.
The good days
How many times have you had a day where you have made a list of things to achieve but ended up not ticking off as many as you had hoped and then spent the rest of the day feeling like you have failed? You really haven’t, you just need to turn the negative thinking back to a positive and congratulate yourself on the things you have managed, ticking something off your list is always better than nothing!!
I will leave you with a quote from the Greek philospher, Epicurus “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.” This is so easy to forget but we need to give credit to ourselves. Look for the simple and small things that make you feel happy, fulfilled and grateful on a daily basis, we all have the power to do this and I hope you all find some happiness in every day of 2020.
Love Jane xo