Amy Willoughby, life coach, writer and creative at Be and Bloom, gives some tips on how to begin to renew, and to find potential and value in yourself and everyday life.
When we are in a state of overwhelm we can often shallow breath. Controlled deep breathing can help calm our brain, bring us back to the present moment and engages our parasympathetic nervous system which can counteract our ‘flight or fight’ response. Studies have also found it can lower blood pressure, heart rate, increase our immune response and boost our memory power.
What we focus on grows, and there’s always something to be grateful for. Gratitude instils a sense of abundance, is a fantastic tool for building resilience through difficult times, and is amazing for uplifting our state of mind, creating connection and a general feeling of wellbeing.
Getting outdoors has multiple health benefits and restorative qualities, relieving stress and serving as a natural antidepressant. We can also learn so much through observing nature; nothing in nature is rushed, and there’s enough time for everything to evolve and grow through all seasons.
4. Essential Oils
Essential oils are the perfect companion when it comes to our health and wellbeing, and there is an oil to support all ailments and emotions. If you’re wanting to indulge your senses and perhaps uplift your home or work environment, try defusing Wild Orange, Peppermint or Lemon.
It has been said colour can influence our mood, emotions and behaviour. Adding a little colour to our day to help uplift, inspire and create a sense of happiness.Yellow is often associated with clarity, optimism and joy. Find a colour that helps lift your spirits, include it in your accessories and colour your world happy.
Create a happiness anchor, an item, object, favourite quote, or picture that invokes a sense of joy when you look at it. Pop it where you will see it daily as a reminder of what happiness means to you, because in reality it’s different for each of us. Tap into what it means to you.
7. Disconnect to reconnect
Take a break from social media, get out from behind the screen and take time to reconnect with those real life relationships. So often we’re exposed to the highlight reels on social media, yet real life connections are where it’s at. Phone a friend, lean on your support networks and connect with your tribe face to face.
8. Hug a loved one
Hugging can increase our levels of oxytocin, also known as the love hormone. It’s also been found to help reduce heart rate and blood pressure and lower stress levels. One study found a 10-second hug can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in the body, which included lower risk of heart disease, boost in immunity, reduced fatigue and ease of depression.
Move in a way that feels good to you – walk, run, dance, stretch, celebrate and honour your body. Movement can act as a great pattern interrupter when we’re stuck in stagnant energy or procrastination. Create momentum through movement and shake it all out.
Take a moment to download, and I believe this is where we can allow our subconscious to talk. Often we can’t see the wood for the trees when we’re in it. I often suggest to my clients to set a 10 minute timer and let the pen talk to the paper, it’s amazing how much clarity can be created through this practice.
11. Self talk
Create consciousness around the way you’re speaking to yourself. Speak kind words, change the story, talk to yourself as you would a good friend. Find a positive mantra or affirmation to install when aware of any negative self talk or limiting beliefs. Create a new language of loving thoughts, be kind to yourself, ripple it out into the world around you.
When all else fails we always have music. Music has the ability to shift our mood and emotions. Research has shown when you listen to music you like, your brain releases dopamine, a ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter, instilling feelings of happiness, excitement and joy.
13. Trust your intuition
If it doesn’t feel right, it’s normally not. Trust your feelings to guide you to alignment. Let the nos lead you to your yeses and to your true happiness.
14. Be you
Quit comparing yourself, define success and happiness for yourself. Understand your unique value and what you bring to the table. Happiness often means following your own heart and doing what brings you joy as an individual.