When I took a break from this blog, I wasn`t in my best place. I was tired of the same beauty posts and feeling uninspired. I was angry with myself for spending hard earned money just so I can keep up with the latest launches. I was also working full-time then, and the thought of maintaining two blogs was stressful. Fast forward to August 2017, I work part-time and have a different approach towards blogging. I`m not trying to write about the products that are in anymore. I want to talk about subjects that I`m passionate about, from mental health to travelling (
the pics from this post are from my beautiful country;;) ). I might do a beauty post every now and then, but I’m not fretting if it`s not focused on the latest mascara.
Mental health is a subject that has always interested me. I suffered from depression in high-school and I get some bad moments even now (
might do a post soon, if I am brave enough). Happiness is not something that you achieve lightly. Because it has nothing to do with material possessions or even the ones around you. I am grateful for many things, from my husband to the roof above my head. I know I have it good compared to others. But that does not mean I`m smiling 24/7. Happiness is a state of mind and I think that you can achieve that with practice. That`s why I`ve decided to create Happiness 101, a series of posts aimed at making you a joyful person.
Like I said earlier, happiness is a state of mind (
and hormones, but let`s not get too technical). A compliment puts a smile on our faces. A day out with the family brings pure glee. But the tricky part is maintaining that euphoria after those moments pass. Truth be told, once a moment it`s gone, it stays that way. But we can get to a point where we`re at peace with ourselves and happiness comes from withing. I know it sounds like a bunch of hippies non-sense, but the power of the mind can achieve big things. Adopting some good habits will make you a cheerful person.
Sadly, this might be easier said than done. Before you do it, you should have an honest discussion with yourself and check the following:
- The motivation behind the habit
- The satisfaction it will bring
Confused? Let me explain! For instance, take the clean eating movement. Will I adopt it just because that`s the trend? How will it help me? While I have nothing against it, clean eating is not for me. I like my salmon and my chicken. If I wanted to do it just because it`s the latest fashion, it wouldn`t have made me happier. But if the motivation behind it was my desire to become healthier, I could adapt it to my own needs. Have 3 vegan days for instance.
When you`re trying to embrace good habits, it`s also crucial to give yourself time and monitor your progress. I`m you`re a couch potato, you`re not going to run 10k the next day. But you can give yourself small tasks in order to achieve your goal. You can`t change your life over night, and wishing that will only put you in a miserable state of mind. My main good habits are focused on being more active and eating healthier. Because if you have a healthy body, it`s easier to work on your peace of mind. After that, I want to work on my confidence. But I`m well aware that it will be a long process.
Below I have listed 10 good habits that I want to adopt. Who knows, maybe you`ll like some as well.
- Have only one coffee per day
- Wake up at 7 AM and go to sleep before 11 PM
- Have 3 vegan days
- Exercise 30 minutes before work
- Leave daily complimentary post-its on my mirror (not narcissistic, therapeutic)
- Sketch daily
- Never go to sleep angry or stressed
- Spend 10 minutes daily being grateful for what I have(or have a journal where I highlight the good parts of my day)
- Compliment 5 people daily (
good vibes only)
- Meditate for 15 minutes daily