A Light Purge

This is from Friday March 19th.

Every week, I like to focus and write about simple ways that help lift us into better mood, that doesn’t require much energy or money. I call it Feel Good Fridays. I like to think that can help others.

This week I suggest that you purge a small area in your house, whether it is a drawer, a countertop, or a night table, or something that you have been wanting to go through for a little while now. It doesn’t have to be a big area in the house. This is just something to help you spark your motivation if you wish to continue going through more areas of your house.

Really ask yourself if you have used any of those objects in the last three months. And if the answer is no, then ask yourself if you plan on using it in the next three months. If the answer is still no, then those object(s) need to get donated, or thrown out/recycled if it is beyond repair. Then reorganize the area, if needed.

This mission will help you feel so much better. Living with less things has many benefits, such as less anxiety, less stress, and more money are just a few of the many benefits of living with less. You will be able to see more clearly of what makes you happy, and what doesn’t.

Of course, minimalism can done at your pace. You can spend a few days to purge through everything, or you can spend 15 minutes every day until you are satisfied with your work. So you can keep on going to clean the room, or take a break after your small area. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to take a rest after your hard work! You earned it.

Talking Out Loud

Every week, I like to focus and write about simple ways that help lift us into better mood, that doesn’t require much energy or money. I call it Feel Good Fridays. I like to think that can help others.

What helped me get through my Grandpa’s stay at the hospital, was talking about my feelings with my aunts, and uncles. We shared a lot of our memories. I also talked about my feelings with my friends, too.

Whatever you are going through right now, it’s best to talk to someone you love and trust. If you aren’t able to talk to someone, you can always write about your feelings, too. I was thinking about setting up an email for my blog. So if you didn’t have anyone to talk to, I can be your person. I will keep you posted about that.

When I was younger, I didn’t really have many people to share my feelings with, so I often kept my feelings bottled up. I only had my journal to write about my feelings, and goals. So I have learned that it is important to release your feelings to someone you trust, and or love.

I felt a lot of sadness when my Grandpa had passed away. But I felt fortunate enough to have people that I can talk to about my feelings. I haven’t lost anyone this close to me before, so it was really hard to process my feelings, it still kind of is. But at the same time, I was so blessed to have all of these memories with him. I was fortunate enough to have said my goodbyes to him, not everyone gets that opportunity.

I also feel fortunate that I have a good support system, and my many friends in this blog universe. I appreciate everyone for the love and support.

Meditation

Every week, I talk about small ways we can boost our moods, with little to no effort. I became inspired when my second cousin was going through a slump, so I was giving her simple ideas to help boost her mood. I know at some point, we have gone through this slump trying to deal with the effects of the pandemic lockdowns.

I have been working on practicing meditation, and making it a part of my every day life. I feel like I have been able to focus better. Sometimes I felt like I have had some challenges trying to stay focus on somethings. Especially when the tasks takes me longer than it needs to complete. Which is really troubling, and sort of annoying that I had troubles focusing and getting stuff done. But I feel like that since I have been working and making meditations, I feel like I am able to get more things done. I feel like I am able to think more clearly. Meditation has a lot of other benefits, as well, such as helping you get a deeper sleep, helps release stress, and so many more.

Since this is a new practice for me, I have only been setting aside five, maybe ten minutes of meditation every day. I have been working on it, for almost two weeks now. I am definitely proud of myself for keeping up with this habit. I feel like it has been keeping me calm through my the situation with my Grandpa, since he is currently at the hospital.

The five minutes I have been setting aside for a meditation has been so easy, and the effects that it has on my body, mind, and soul have been game changer. I am so happy, and definitely encourage everyone to try meditating. There are so many videos on meditating on YouTube, which is a free service. If you are new to meditating, try looking for a beginner video to start out, and get comfortable with. You would be glad you did.

Giving Tokens of Love

Every week, I like to think of small ways that can help us boost our energy levels, without having to break the bank. I know it must be difficult to keep your spirits up. But I like to think that things can only go up from here. I was first inspired when I was talking to my cousin, and I was giving her suggestions to help her feel more happier, without having to put forth so much effort. I call it Feel Good Fridays.

This week my suggestion to help you feel better, is by making something for someone else. It can be anything from a simple drawing, or a poem, or just by writing, or expressing your love for them. This is part of my Happiness Project resolutions for February which was to give tokens of my love to others. I feel like I could have given more tokens of love away this month.

But being able to give your love away to others, is such an amazing feeling. I helped my niece make a little craft for Valentine’s Day so she could give to her parents. I adore seeing people happy when they are given gifts of love.

Yoga

Every week I like to write small ways we can boost our happiness. I know that some people, like me, are still in their winter. Going through winter can be really difficult, because the majority of the days are dark, without a lot of sun. Although I realize that it can be worse if you are in Alaska, since they go months without sunshine. Winter can just be unbearable. So I have thought of ways that can boost our happiness, with very little effort, and mostly at a cost of nothing. I like to call it Feel Good Fridays. I was inspired by talking to one of my cousins because she was going through life, and came to me, looking for ideas to help boost her energy and motivation. Which is basically how this blog idea was inspired.

The other night, I couldn’t fall asleep, so I thought I would practice doing some yoga. There are various types of yoga, there is calming yoga, and there can be workouts, like core strengthening added to yoga poses, too. I am slowly starting to get into a yoga routine again because of the other night.

If you are new to yoga you can find lots of beginners videos on YouTube. Since this might be a new habit for everyone. But if you like yoga, and would like to practice yoga every day. I suggest starting small. You can find 10 minutes videos. Then before you know you will like to do more. I find it’s easy to start a habit by starting out and taking baby steps, and then you will be able to add more to it.

Yoga has a ton of benefits, aside from the obvious of making you more flexible, but it has other benefits, too. Yoga can help you with digestion, it can strengthen your immune system, it can also help you sleep better.

I have always loved practicing yoga, so I am glad that I am starting to get into a habit again.

Clean Sheets

A few months ago, I thought of the idea of writing about little things we can do to be happy. I know that times like these, it may seem a bit challenging to feel happy. Every week, I write about small activities that can boost our happiness, without much effort. I like to call it Feel Good Fridays.

If you had a long day, this is the perfect way to end a stressful day, is by curling up in bed with clean sheets. To experience the feelings of happiness, take a shower before going into bed. I love cleaning and changing my sheets. It feels amazing. It definitely boosts my happiness, and it helps eases my anxiety from the day.

Watching Something Funny

Every week, I talk about small little things that we can do to embrace happiness. I get that somedays we have these days where we aren’t happy. And that’s okay, too. But what matters is how we get ourselves out of the slumps of unhappiness, and feeling unmotivated to do something about it.

This week’s suggestion for Feel Good Fridays is watching something funny, it can be standup comedy, a funny movie, a show, bloopers, or whatever else. Since it is Super Bowl Weekend, and I am a huge fan of watching football. I am watching past Super Bowl commercials on TV. I love those commercials. I feel like those commercials are the best.

What is something that you do that helps boost your happiness?

Make Your Bed

In this edition of Feel Good Fridays, let’s try to work on improving ourselves for the better. We don’t have to spend a lot of time making ourselves feel good, even if it’s just 15 minutes, or even five minutes a day. The idea of Feel Good Fridays is help us become happier without much effort.

Today’s suggestion is make your bed. I feel that if you start the day with making your bed, you will accomplished something, and by completing that task, you would want to complete another task, and then before you know it, you would have completed your entire to-do list, or just feel accomplished about what you have accomplished. When you accomplish more things on your to-do list, you begin to feel less stressed about it. Which also helps you to feel better.

What I normally like to do, is when I get out of bed, I fold the sheets over to the foot of the bed, so my fitted sheet has time to breathe. During that time, I make and eat breakfast, and then I get dressed. Once I finish those things, I then make my bed.

Body Lotion

On this edition of Feel Good Fridays, I am going to talk about how amazing body lotion is. Every Friday (usually, Fridays, but as of lately I have been really busy), I talk about small habits that we can in a matter of minutes to help make us feel better. Some days we find it difficult to do some of the easiest tasks, and we spend all of this energy on avoiding the task. Or maybe we have just ran out of energy, or didn’t have any at all. I have come up with simple solutions to help you feel good, and feel better about whatever your situation may be.

Never underestimate the power of applying body lotion. Not only does it hydrate your skin, but the beautiful scents and the ability to relax you.

I love applying body lotion after my shower, and before bed. It really makes me feel good about myself. It’s important that we take care of our skin, especially since the skin is the biggest organ in our body.

Write Down Your Goals

Every Friday, I write ways we can try to boost our moods. These are fairly simple things to do like in the previous posts I suggest making a bed. It’s part of my Feel Good Fridays post. I love writing these posts as well.

I know that maybe people may have written resolutions for the year. Some of us may or may not have have given up on these resolutions already. Which it is okay if you have, there’s still time to spring back into action. But what if we try a different approach? What if we make a list of things that we want to do, or can achieve by the end of the year. We can make them as hard or as easy as we like, how much fun, or personal growth we would like to have for the year. You can write about anything your heart desires. We can write about 21 things we wish to accomplish this year.

This idea crossed my mind, but I finally put the idea to action when I see that Gretchen Rubin did this idea, too. Her and I have great ideas. Her idea for last year was 20 minutes of walking.

Perhaps one of them is reading a certain number of books, or pages. Or you can talk about writing a novel, or at least the first draft, or even just write about an idea. Or maybe you want to save up a certain amount of money. Or it could be to start a family, or move out. There are so many things that you can work towards. Never settle for less. And never doubt how truly great you are.

You don’t have to have all 21 ideas right now, but even if you spend some time thinking about what you would like to accomplish this year, than that would be great, too. There are still 350 days left of the year to accomplish whatever you like to accomplish.