As the weather warms up and nature blooms, now is a great time to prioritise your mind, body, and spirit. Want to dive into a state of bliss this season? Here are 20 ways to find joy this May.
- Leave yourself little “happiness” notes: Whether they are little post-its with just a word like, “smile” or “breathe”, or affirmations such as, “I am at peace”, or “I am loved”, exposure to positive thinking can literally change the way we think through neuroplasticity.
- Practice kindness: Do you know what the opposite of stress is? It’s kindness. When we are kind to others and to ourselves, we produce hormones that counteract stress and make us feel the opposite of stressed out, so we are more happy, calm and at peace.
- Soak up the sunshine: Get outside and soak up some sunshine! Take a walk in the park, have a picnic with friends, or simply sit outside and read a book. The warmth of the sun can do wonders for your mood and overall well-being.
Learn something new: Whether you download Duolingo on your phone (great motivation for planning a little holiday!) or signup for a local cooking class or book club, learning is surely one of the best tools for not just finding joy, but for staying young and healthy.
Find joyful movement: If you’ve grown tired of your daily workout, why not try something fresh and exciting? Explore all of the ways that moving your body can bring you bliss – it is so much fun! As adults, we often forget about having fun in the way that we used to when we were young. So why not challenge yourself to find joyful movement and discover new activities, from hiking to maybe taking a dance class or joining a running group – there is so much fun to be had!
Laugh often: Laughter is truly the best medicine! Make time to watch a funny comedy skit, listen to a comedian’s podcast, or simply spend time with friends who make you laugh. Laughter can reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve your overall well-being.
Light it up: The next time you’re preparing dinner or reading, light some candles. Start making every moment a celebration of being alive, and feel the serenity that comes with having such an warming element illuminate your space.
Get creative: Engage in a creative activity that brings you joy. Whether it’s painting, writing, or knitting, make time to indulge in your creative pursuits this month. It’s a great way to unwind, reduce stress, and tap into your inner childlike joy.
9. Connect with nature: Spend time in nature by going on a walk, camping trip, or simply taking a walk outside. Connecting with nature can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health, and bring a sense of peace and harmony to your life.
10. Try a new recipe: Experiment in the kitchen by trying a new healthy recipe or creating your own dish. Cooking can be a fun and creative way to nourish your body and mind, and trying out new foods can be a joyful adventure. Look to my recipe section here for a little inspiration!
11. Practice gratitude: Take time to appreciate the good things in your life. Make a list of things you’re grateful for and focus on the positive. Practicing gratitude can help you feel happier and more content.
12. Unplug: Take a break from technology by disconnecting from your phone, computer, and other devices. Unplugging can help you recharge and be more present in the moment, allowing you to fully experience the joys of life.
13. Get a good night’s sleep: Prioritize your sleep by creating a bedtime routine and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. A good night’s sleep can improve your mood, energy levels, and overall well-being, setting you up for a joyful and productive day ahead.
14. Treat yourself: Indulge in something that brings you joy, whether it’s fresh flowers, a delicious treat, a new outfit, or a relaxing spa day.
15. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and other health issues, so make sure you’re getting enough fluids to keep your body and mind in top shape. Try adding some fruit or cucumbers into a pitcher of water to flavour it more.