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10 Ways to Be Happier in Your Everyday Life


February 1, 2015 Feeling a bit of the winter blues? Or, maybe the weight of juggling your Herculean schedule has star http://www.southuniversity.edu/whoweare/newsroom/blog/10-ways-to-be-happier-in-your-everyday-life

Feeling a bit of the winter blues? Or, maybe the weight of juggling your Herculean schedule has started to catch up with you. Either way, it's time to fight back with these proactive methods that will make every day a little happier.

1. Work Out

Even a short workout can boost your mood, and it'll boost your creativity, too.

2. Eat

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Low blood sugar can wreak havoc with your moods, but so can an unhealthy diet. Eat regular meals, even if they're just quick snacks of vegetables or fruit. Choose brightly colored, minimally processed foods when you can, and don't skip breakfast.

3. Breathe

Stress will sap your energy, your motivation and your mood. A few minutes of deep breathing or meditation can drastically improve your day.

4. Prioritize Sleep

Sleeping poorly, or not getting enough sleep, is a sure recipe for feeling down. If you can't get a full night's sleep, schedule short naps into your day. They'll improve your mood, too.

5. Go Toward the Light

Make a point to get out in the sun, or at least sit by a window with natural light, as much as possible. Invest in full-spectrum light bulbs or a SAD light if you don't get enough natural light exposure.

6. Spend Time Outside

Spending time in green spaces is a great way to boost your mood. Head straight for your favorite park when it's warm outside, and visit a nearby greenhouse in the winter.

7. De-Clutter

Being surrounded by clutter robs you of time, energy and motivation. Clear out the mess to boost your mood immediately.

8. Focus on the Positive

A gratitude journal can help you find the silver lining when you feeling things start to feeling like they’re falling to pieces.

9. Unplug

Spending time in front of a brightly lit computer screen can throw off your sleep cycle. Get away from the computer or at least turn it off a few hours before bedtime.

10. Connect With Friends

Spending time with friends and like-minded acquaintances is one of the surest, fastest ways to boost your mood.

If you're juggling school life with work or a family (or both), it's perfectly natural to feel stressed out on occasion. But remember, you undertook this challenge for a reason. Keep up your hard work, stay focused on your end goal, and graduation could be here before you know it!

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