Finding your Joy in day-to-day life: 3 Things you can do
- Claire Hurwitz
- November 19, 2020
Everyone wants to live on a mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it – Andy Rooney.
2020 has been a challenging year for almost everyone with the coronavirus pandemic. This time of year leading up to Christmas can often bring about its own demands and anxiety. For some it might be wrapping up work for the year, and for others it might be thinking about the bigger life questions – whether one’s goals were achieved this year, or new year resolutions for 2021.
Whilst challenging circumstances and emotions can make it harder to find positivity and happiness in one’s life, the good news is that there are many things we can do to increase the joy in our lives.
Wellbeing is a process, it’s not something that we arrive at overnight without putting in time and effort. Taking small steps and connecting with different parts of ourselves and our lives is a key way to start enjoying (or enjoying more) the small or big moments in present-day experience.
Here are some ways for finding more joy in your life.
1. Engaging with your senses. Using one or more of your senses can be very comforting, nurturing, and therapeutic. For example: Cooking or baking ; Lighting a scented candle; Indulging in a hot drink and Lying outside or walking barefoot on the grass or the sand
2. Adding some colour and cosiness to your home. Our home environment plays a crucial role in our wellbeing. What fills up our home, whether it be objects, paint colour, feelings or energy… is essentially the first thing you are waking up too every day and the first thing you are coming home too. Research shows that colour can make us feel significantly happier.
Some ideas include:
Add some colour to your bedroom or living room – paint a wall, add colourful and fluffy throw cushions, hang a fun print or painting on the wall.
Get house plants – not only are leafy green plants aesthetically pleasing on the eye and make an empty corner in a room look alive… but studies show that touching, smelling, and even merely seeing an indoor plant can reduce stress.
3. Exercise for the body (and mind). It’s a well-known fact that exercise is significantly related to overall physical, emotional, and mental health. Nowadays, studies show that exercising for as little as 10 minutes per day significantly increases the odds of being happy.
1. Go for a walk on the beach – not only does this get your steps in for the day, but walking barefoot on the sand with the sound of the ocean makes our mind relax and generates endorphins, the “happiness” hormone.
2. Take yourself to a boxing class – if you’re feeling like you have lots of pent up energy or just need a release, go box it away!
3. Do a High-Intensity-Interval-Training class with a friend
4. Go to a yoga flow or yin-yoga class
5. Sound-healing – this is pure healing for the mind and body. Something you have to experience to truly understand.
Recommendations for exercise studiosv BodyMindLife yoga –Bondi Beachv This is Yoga – Bondi Junction, Clovelly, Randwickv Hustle Boxing – Potts Pointv Lean Bean Fitness female-only group exercise classes – Bondi Beachv Soul Flow Yoga sound healing – Bondi Junction
Claire Hurwitz Psychologist. The Good Mood Clinic