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5 Tips on How to Find More Joy in The Everyday

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With over 8,000 monthly searches for “how to be happier” it seems many people are looking for ways to improve their mood and outlook on day-to-day life, which with everything going on in the world, can be challenging.

After setting up her beauty business, Look Fabulous Forever age 65 after struggling to find products that worked well for older women, Tricia has been advocating for women to be confident in older age and encouraging people to continue to live life to the full. For those wanting to help find happiness in the little things, Tricia gives five top tips for how people can be happier and find joy in the everyday.
Tricia explains how “I am happier now than I have been since I was about 20 years old. The happiness-age phenomenon that I am experiencing would appear to be universal, as I seem to be in the company of millions of others around the world who have found that, with age, has come a welcome level of peace, contentment, and real happiness. So, I’d like to impart some of what I have learned when it comes to how I find joy and happiness in every day.”

1. Learn the art of delegation

Whether in work or in your personal life, a lot of us try to take too much on at once. With Look Fabulous Forever, I didn’t want to let anyone down, whether they were customers, employees or investors. There were times of stress and worry but as the business grew, it became clear to me that I needed to recruit and promote certain people and delegate more of the day-to-day running of the business to them. Improving your ability to delegate can allow you to focus on what you love and do best, boosting your sense of accomplishment and enjoyment. It can also strengthen relationships and the sense of teamwork, creating a more balanced and supportive life for you and the people around you.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

“By my age, most women have had some tough times. I have had my fair share of grief, money worries, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. During these times, it is very hard to be sanguine about the suffering; you just want it to end. These bigger events that impact you really put the small stuff into perspective, and it is exactly that ‘small stuff’ . Letting go of minor worries frees up your mind and energy for what truly matters, making you happier and more at peace.”

Worrying too much about your weight

“The preoccupation with how you weigh can have a serious impact on your life and happiness, it can stop you from doing things you love, from exercise to enjoying family time. I got it into my head that I was fat at 10 stone and 5’ 7” tall and that I should weigh no more than 9 stone. Cue twenty-five wasted years of binge-starving eating. My relationship with my scales completely determined how happy I was. My advice would be to focus on health, not numbers on the scale, and avoid comparison at all costs, everybody is unique. Find joy in movement and most of all, be kind to yourself. Eventually, I stopped punishing myself for my abject failure to reach a weight my body could never attain and threw away my scales. Now,  I consider myself to be neither fat nor thin. I am just me-shaped.”

Try to manage any anxiety

Anxiety can have a profound impact on your day-to-day life so try to find solutions that work best for you. One thing you can do to manage anxiety is to have a specific ‘worry’ session every day. Choose a time and set a timer for five minutes. Keep a ‘worry journal’ to record your daily concerns. Check back regularly to see which worries have dissipated and which worries are constant. After five minutes, put your worries in a drawer and forget them until the same time tomorrow.

Another thing is to ask yourself, Can I change or control this? If the answer is “No”, then the anxiety is entirely futile. Tactics might include limiting exposure to the news and including the worry in your daily worry journal. You really don’t have to bear the weight of the world on your shoulders every day.

Learn to say no

I have been reading a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying and one of them is: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself.” Considering your own needs and being less open to the demands of others can make you much happier. By not overcommitting, you can be more present and attentive in your relationships, leading to deeper and more meaningful connections. It can also reduce stress, protect your time, and enhance self-respect by setting clear boundaries. If you’re not overpromising and people-pleasing, you have much more time to enjoy the little joys in life.

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