Stressed about the global pandemic, economic instability, unemployment, or civil unrest? You will find joy in your daily life even in these difficult times and boost your outlook.
Now, more than ever, it can improve your quality of life and improve and preserve your mental health by finding joy in your everyday experiences. Because many of us are mired in intense and heavy news and social media content, potential long-term shelter-in-place orders, financial turmoil, and political and civil unrest, it is becoming increasingly difficult, both internally and externally, to find peace. In addition, there is a newfound tension in the household for many parents who work from home while taking on additional tasks and obligations for the academic needs of their children. How can we "spark joy" both individually and as a group, to raise our own and the spirits of each other to get through this global crisis?
Tips on how to find joy in your life
To give you a pick me up, here are some ideas:
Listen to the music you like. It will help you remember happy memories, offering an escape from the everyday struggles that you may face. By listening to music, remembering these memories is a simple and passive way to improve your mood when you are working, cleaning, or just hanging out at home. Research has shown that listening to your favorite jams can decrease anxiety, decrease blood pressure, boost the quality of sleep, and even increase mood.
Establish a practice of everyday appreciation. It doesn't have to be a huge ordeal; just think of one to three basic statements a day, such as, "I'm grateful that I have a roof over my head," "I'm grateful for the sun rising every morning that I feel on my skin," or "I'm grateful for the delicious strawberries I had today." Write in a journal at the end of each day or say aloud the things you were grateful for, as simple as they may be. Through doing this, your appreciation practice will help to put your situations into perspective, implicitly generate joy, and keep you grounded, even at the most stressful or distressing times.
Spend time practicing for a vision. Close your eyes and concentrate on your favourite place, guy, mantra, prayer, or even your holiday. In this space or circumstance, relax into the moment and imagine yourself. Take the colors, tastes, textures, and conversations into consideration. Try to drink in the moment for five minutes, slow down your breathing and calm your body. Some people think that this activity is strengthened either by lying down on top of the body with bolsters under the legs and a weighted blanket or sitting in a chair behind the back and under the feet with a cushion. Regularly meditating in this way will help remind you that elements of the COVID-19 situation are temporary, such as loneliness, depression, and desperation. Once again, you will have more meaningful memories, and these brief meditations may also help build new ones for you.
"Find the moment of "awe" every day. "Awe" is the idea of wonder and amazement being witnessed. The image of something "big" as snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris is always conjured up by Awe. Researchers, however, are discovering that we can reap the same benefits if we take the time to appreciate small, pleasurable moments every day. Moments of wonder can be found, for instance, in seeing the sun rise or seeing ants march. By reading beautiful poetry or hiking on a new route and seeing fascinating rocks or flowers, we can also feel 'awe'. Take the time to consider things that you might have taken for granted around you. You will gain more value from your life by loving them and their place in the world (and yours), becoming more connected to the world at large, and having more joy every day.
Tips to make others achieve happiness
The following thoughts will enable others to achieve happiness. Since helping others is one of the best ways to make yourself feel happier and healthier, you will, too, when they feel joy.
Send letters, poetry, or sketches to first responders, key staff, or elderly individuals who are sheltered on-site. You offer a sense of comfort and joy to others by participating in this activity, and give yourself a sense of satisfaction for having passed on some happiness to others. In addition, it will help turn the mind away from your own everyday challenges and the heaviness that you can experience.
With the intention of donating it to a charity of your choosing, start collecting spare change or a small sum of money every day. Write a letter to the charity at the end of a specified period of time (one to three months), letting them know what you did, why, and the purpose behind the donation. It will spark joy to save your money and see the fruits of your work that you have been able to accomplish a goal. Moreover, you'll be able to communicate your wishes of goodwill to another by writing a letter. Oftentimes, we will feel more joy in our soul when we voice our positivity instead of holding it inside.
For a neighbor, run an errand or order food for them. Helping others with even anything tiny may right now be a major reducer of stress. They'll be so grateful. And you will feel a sense of joy from their appreciation, just as they will.
My neighbour was positive to covid19. Because of that he was quarantined at home and can't go out. I volunteered myself to buy him food to eat while he is on quarantine. A simple help will be a big help. Let us bring love to the world.