We’ve been working with the nice folks in Mental Health Ireland and thought you might find their top tips to feel happy useful.
The research shows people with good social relationships tend to be happier. This is n’t about spending time on social media but actually meeting people face to face.
So try to make time every day to chat to people you know- even if it’s just a 15 minute chat with a work colleague away from your work desk.
If you’re finding it difficult to connect to people, because in Ireland it always seems to involve drinking you can find out about alcohol free events here.
You’ don’t have to get all sweaty to be active. A daily walk to the shop instead of taking a car is great. Even better is a relaxing walk in nature- such as the beach or country side. It really does help me to feel happy and more grounded. Exercise is also great for filling the wine shaped bottle hole as Lucy explains here.
You can find lots of help on getting more active here.
Life is so busy, it’s easy to just rush from one thing to another. Actually stopping for a moment and paying attention to our own thoughts, feelings and the world around us can make a big difference.
4. Keep Learning
Learning new ‘things’ can boost our self-confidence, self-esteem, build a sense of purpose and help us connect with others. It does not have to be classroom type learning, even trying out a new cooking recipe helps.
From small acts of kindness to volunteering, giving can give us a sense of purpose, community and connection to others. Giving can be a simple as saying thanks to the bus driver.
We would add a caution, on giving though. Sometimes people who are drinking too much or in relationships where the other person is drinking too much can be “co-dependent”.
Co-dependent is a word used to describe people who give too much. So if this is you, giving more will not help you feel better. You can find out more about co-dependency here.
One final tip from us.
Stay within the low risk drinking limits shown below and you’ll start feeling better. It may take a while, but even moving towards one day a week without alcohol will make a difference.
If you would like more information on safer drinking click here.
Interested in more stuff which will help you feel happy?
If you liked these tips, Mental health Ireland run free “mind your mental health” courses nationwide which you might enjoy. Find out more here