Get up a bit earlier, shower & quickly make yourself look nice: you will feel better. Elizabeth Hurley says it takes her 4 -5 minutes for skin care & makeup. I always got up before my eldest kids to do this because there was never time after.
Lay out your clean clothes the night before.
Throw out/give away any clothes/shoes/accessories that you actually don't like.
Wear what makes you feel good.
Stay current with your clothing...you will feel younger & happier.
Dress for your actual life. Not for your pretend life.
Make sure you (& your children if you have kids) have lunch ready for tomorrow if you're out & about, or at work. Even a cheese, marmite & lettuce sandwich, a piece of fruit, a yogurt, water & maybe a muesli bar are better than grabbing food on the run. We frequently make bad choices when we are stressed. I bought a little padded container bag for $2 at a garage sale that you can put a freezer pad in to take with me when I have to be away from home.
Write out which foods that you don't like. Don't bother even buying them. Now make a list of 5 -6 basic foods that you are happy to base your daily diet on. This is a tip from nutritionist Monica Grenfell. Mine, so far....& this is always up for change if needed, are: porridge, Lewis Rd full cream organic milk for coffee, & cheaper trim milk for the rest, Gopal's yogurt because it's natural, tins of fish, free range eggs, spinach, potatoes, lettuce, carrots. These are the basics I have always available.
Have a rough food plan & stick to it.
Be regular with your diet, what & when you eat, bedtime, getting up in the morning time, because that makes our body happy, which in turn makes us happier.
Have little routines in your life that work: getting up; when you walk in the door after work; dinner routine; before bed routine. When my youngest was at school & I was working, tossing on a load of washing when I got up each morning & then hanging it to dry, whether outside or on a drying rack, were always part of my routine.
Make your home nice to live in. Have a daily routine of dishes, loo wiping, bed making, window opening.
Have 15 minutes of extra cleaning daily, where possible. This is a tip from Flylady.com, & is totally doable without being a stressor.
Aim for a daily walk in the sunshine. Makes us happier.
Have a couple of daily affirmations that work.
Eliminate people from your life who make you just not feel good. Do it quietly, sneakily....but do it. Do it for you.
Sometimes it is actually easier to do practical things for being happier, than by trying to force it by "positive thinking". When life has some routine, when we are less stressed....we are more naturally positive. And then, it is so much easier to sort out why & what we are not feeling positive.
When you need to do something & don't actually want to...quickly "see" it as being done. This really works. You will find yourself doing it! Another trick is to clench a fist hard for a wee bit...it's like getting some determination muscle.
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