5 Habits I Adopted to Be Happy
Starting this blog is the outcome of a decision I made earlier this year to quit a corporate job and pursue a huge passion of mine - yoga, wellness and just about everything related to it. It was easily one of the boldest and scariest decisions I’ve had to make, one that is still being written and not fully clear, but one that has led to a lot of realisations and learnings.
After many sleepless nights, anxiety attacks and an unhealthy dose of negative thoughts, I’ve picked up a couple tricks up my sleeves that has kept me sane in times of uncertainty and allowed me to find happiness and peace amongst chaos.
My 5 Tips to Happiness
1. Nobody really cares what you’re doing
I can truly say, 100% that my anxiety is all mental. It’s all in my head and the saying that “you are your worst critic” is absolutely true. It’s been so liberating to finally understand the full extent of that, and be able to make decisions based on myself as opposed to what I think others want or expect from me.
2. Trust yourself, and trust the process
So I quit my job, got certified to teach yoga and am studying nutrition.. now what?
That’s a question I ask myself all the time, I have no idea if I want to teach yoga full-time, how and in what capacity I want to share my knowledge of nutrition and healthy living - all I know is that I enjoy what I’m learning and doing, so isn’t that the most important thing? I don’t have it all figured out, and even if I did, my fickle mind will probably want to change it up again and again. Enjoy the process, and things will all fall into place.
3. Look at the bigger picture
Whenever I’m worried or stressed, I ask myself, “Will this thing that’s causing me distress matter in 6 months time?” If the answer is no, there’s no point sweating it. I’m not saying you should ditch your responsibilities, but be reasonable with your mind and take care of your mental health. Another question I like to answer myself is “What is the worst case scenario?” If I can mentally prepare for the worst, any other outcome will seem minor in comparison.
Alternate nostril breathing has changed my life. When I’m stuck in a situation that I know will make me want to lose it (think rude/ arrogant people or stuck in traffic), I close my eyes and do three rounds of breathing. It’s real simple, but it has the magically power of calming my nerves and keeping me afloat.
Here’s how it works:
How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing
i. Rest your index and middle finger of your right hand toward the palm. Place your thumb on your right nostril; place your ring and pinky fingers gentle on your left nostril.
ii. Close your eyes and begin by closing your right nostril. Slowly and deeply inhale through your left nostril.
iii. Close your left nostril and release your right nostril, exhaling through it slowly. Now take a long, deep inhale through your right nostril.
iii. Close your right nostril, and release your left nostril, exhaling through it slowly. Do this at least 3-4 times before opening your eyes.
5. End the day with gratitude
Something that my boyfriend and I have started doing is sharing 3 things we’re grateful for before we go to bed. It can be something as simple as catching up with family over dinner or spending time in the comfort of our home. Similar to gratitude journalling, this is an approach that strengthens our relationship and remind us to be grateful for all that we have as opposed to focus on what we don’t have.