Daily habits can contribute to increased levels of happiness and contentment. Several have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and depression. Moreover, we can also increase our immune system functioning and our feelings of well being. Just as we pick up our toothbrush every day, we can begin to create new habits that influence the way we feel.

Self-Care 

BicyclingMany think, “If only ___________ (fill in name of person) would change, then I could be happy.” It is tempting to believe. However, it is unhealthy when we put all of our hopes solely on the shoulders of someone else.It is impossible to make another person change and will only create frustration in a relationship and we end up thinking we have no control of our ability to feel better.

The good news is that people have the ability within themselves to create higher levels of contentment and happiness. We can even enhance our relationships, when we let go of trying to change others and transfer that energy to personal daily healing practices.

Healing Practices

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Emotional and Mental Health

  • Nurture yourself regularly
  • Laugh
  • PlayEmpathetic Couple
  • Set aside time away from technology
  • Notice negative self-talk
  • Replace negative self-talk with compassionate response
  • Learn and use relaxation techniques
  • Create healthy boundaries
  • Express feelings assertively
  • Identify feelings (Share them directly if safe)
  • Talk to a friend
  • Practice Listening
  • Journal
  • Allow yourself (& others) to make mistakesChildren and Kites
  • Ask for what you want
  • Learn to say “no”
  • Use “I feel …” statements to express emotions
  • Avoid being passive, aggressive, or passive-aggressive. Be Assertive.
  • Spend time with people who make you feel good
  • Learn to accept compliments

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