Happiness Habit Challenge

The Happiness Challenge
 
Tomorrow will be July 1st and a new month to start the Happiness challenge. We know that when we add happiness habits to our daily routine, we can see increase levels of happiness and health.
Each month I will give you a new happiness habit that you will add into your daily routine for a month. For most of my clients as well as myself somewhere around the third week of doing the habit we notice an increase in happiness and self-esteem. The key to success with these habits is consistency.  I do each of the habits every day and they have made a huge difference in my life.
A few years ago, I got really sick and ended up with third degree burns on my throat. I couldn’t eat  for months. I became very depressed. As a therapist and life coach, I knew these habits worked but never really used them myself till my illness. The results were huge. Within a few weeks, I was noticing a difference. The great part about these habits – they are easy to do and they didn’t change my routine. I  do my happiness habits every morning but you can do them whenever you want.
 
The first happiness habit will cover self-care. Start off with the question: Are your basic needs met?
If our basic needs aren’t met we will feel irritable, snappy, low energy, fatigued and off balanced. Its a great first step towards self-care. If your basic need are met, you will feel so much happier and healthier.
For one week keep a “Journal of truth”
This journal will consist of four things to keep track of.
 
1. How much water did you drink today? This does not include coffee, tea or soda. The only other drink would be decaffeinated herbal tea or broth – when we don’t drink enough water we become dehydrated which causes low energy and fatigue.
I had a client who was feeling tired between 3-4pm at work each day. She would normally go grab a cup of coffee or a sugary snack. Instead, we added a bottle of water and she felt great. It helped her feel more energized while lowering her sugar and caffeine intake.
 
2. How much sleep did you get? We need about 8 hours of sleep but most Americans only get 4-6 hours. After 3 days of sleeping 6 hour or less, we feel the effects cognitively- it affects our memory, moods, attention span, focus, concentration,etc.
 
3. Did you exercise today? The only way to naturally de-stress is meditation and exercise is a form of meditation. Taking a walk for 30 minutes four times a week gives similar benefits as an anti-anxiety pill.
 
4. What did you eat and when? Most of our foods are processed. So, start off by de -cluttering your diet by looking through your pantry and refrigerator and remove foods that:
Expired
First ingredient (or even first 3 ingredients) are sugar or other forms of sugar such as glucose, evaporated cane juice, sucrose,high fructose corn,etc.
If you cant pronounce the ingredients its processed
 
 
By the end of the week through the journal of truth, you will see why you feel blah, fatigued, low energy and what changes you need to make. By making these changes, you will be adding self-care into your life and start feeling better.

 

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About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang is a Therapist, educator, author and life coach. Diane has two books: Baby steps the path from motherhood to Career and Creating balance & finding happiness. Diane works as a Therapist and also is an adjunct at Montclair State University. This blog will help educate and empower you to live your best life! For more information please visit her website: www.dlcounseling.com
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