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.

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.

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.

Buy A Houseplant

This is a super late edition of Feel Good Friday. I apologize, I just have been working on getting my house clean and ready for 2021.

I recommend you buy a plant. Buying a houseplant is known to improve your mood. And it also improves your air quality in the room. Talk about something giving you twice the wonder for you. Best part is houseplants don’t cost a lot of money. The benefits are totally worth the few dollars that they cost, at least that’s just my opinion.

Electronic Detox

On this edition of Feel Good Fridays, I am going to talk about the importance of stepping away from electronics (TV, phone, laptop, anything else). Keep mind, I am just talking about a short break, nothing permanent, since there are benefits of technology.

When we have so much exposure to various electronics, it can become overwhelming. The thing that we can learn from technology, is that whenever our devices are getting a low battery life, we plug them in, so they don’t die. And we often to forget to charge ourselves. When our phones, or other devices “die”, they just turn off, but when our energy levels are low, we keep on pushing ourselves. This results in a burnout. It’s good to step back, and do something for awhile.

Even if we take a 15 minute break. It would wonders for the body. In this time, we can make a cup of tea, or coffee, and just really enjoy it. Or we can stretch, or write in a journal. The possibilities are endless. Something else that is beneficial is to turn off electronics an hour (at least) before bed. This will help you fall asleep faster, because your body will become aware that it is bedtime.

Any time spent away from technology will help you relax, and relieve stress throughout your day.

Dance it Out!

It’s another edition of Feel Good Fridays. I actually used to do this, before I saw it on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s called “Dance it Out!”. Whenever you are stressed, it’s best to dance away your stresses. When in doubt, dance it out.

I love dancing to my favourite music, I find that I always feel better.

So, play your favourite tunes, and create your mini dancing party. Dancing makes you brave.

Cleaning Up

When I was cleaning, I came up with a whole new post I can write about it. I feel like I have moved into a different direction of my blog. I want to write more posts about being positive, and ways you can better your life.

So I have come up with Feel Good Fridays. It’s about doing things that will help you feel better.

Today’s mission is about spending as little as 15 minutes, (or more, depending on how you are feeling) tidying up, it can be dusting, making your bed, cleaning your mug, maybe clean your bathroom.

You will not believe how much better you will feel when you clean your surroundings areas. It makes a big difference. I’m glad that I cleaned my bathroom, swept and mopped my bedroom floor.

My mind instantly became calmer, and more relaxed. It was one less for me to do on my to-do list. You can start small with something like making your bed, and let yourself become inspired by doing other tasks, too.