4 Tips to Improve Your Happiness and Well-Being

4 Tips to Improve Your Happiness and Well-Being

Does the feeling of happiness and well-being surpass financial achievements? Unfortunately, wealth is exactly what a majority of people, the younger generation especially, associate happiness with. People rarely think to explore happiness or well-being and what constructs these phenomena. If you do, you’ll be surprised at the multitude of things you’ll find out. 

We discussed happiness and wellbeing in one of our podcasts with four experts and it was an eye-opening experience. So, we thought we would share their rich opinions on the constructs of happiness with you. Here are the 5 tips we gathered from the discussion.

  1. Invest in your relationships

As humans, we’re naturally social. In fact, people have a deep need to interact and maintain strong interpersonal relationships. This, of course, means that our relationships can have strong effects on our happiness. Byron Dempsey, a Podcast host and founder of Stream Digital Marketing, shares that “happiness is a big factor of who you’re surrounded by”.

Neuropsychotherapist and Relationship expert, Joanne Wilson explains that relationships thrive when both parties learn to communicate effectively. As you seek to connect, it’s important to maintain a balance, even when connecting with others, learn to create your “you” time.

  1. Create a Worksheet for Prompting Positive Emotions 

“Without some sort of positive emotion I believe that you can’t really be truly happy,” says Anna Block, a nutritionist coach and founder of Anna Block. This reveals that happiness has close ties with our emotions. Knowing this, how can you make yourself feel positive emotions as often as possible?

Joanne explained that maintaining a mindset of gratitude and creating a worksheet for promoting positive emotions can help. This worksheet can answer questions such as “who are two people that I can call on if I’m worried about something? … What are five things that make me laugh? … What’s the five things I want to do to keep my heart rate up? 

Referring to all these when you’re feeling down can help redirect your thoughts towards positive things.

  1. Activate the State of Flow through Practice

The state of flow is the mental position of being totally immersed in an activity. Anytime a person is in the “zone” or “flow” that person is totally involved in a certain activity and is enjoying it completely. When this is the case for you, your overall levels of achievement, satisfaction and happiness increase.

Anna Block advises that, to get into a state of flow, you should “identify what we call your character and then your highest strengths and talents…usually, the things you enjoy doing that naturally come to you” 

Benny Wallington, a performance coach and founder of 101 tokens, says “the thing with flow, though, is that it’s all about practice and daily practice…If you’re not getting sleep because you’re worried, maybe there’s a form of practise that you can try – getting those practices in and making them simple enough that you can do anywhere and anytime is super crucial”

  1. Get Adequate Sleep 

When your body fails to get as much rest and sleep as it needs, stress kicks in. This stress begins to tamper with your mood. Apart from affecting your mood, depriving yourself of sleep can lead to health complications which makes it even harder to achieve optimal happiness or well-being. Therefore, to sleep better, avoid exposing yourself to bright lights a few hours before your bedtime. Leave strenuous activities and exercise for earlier in the day as well as avoiding drinks that contain caffeine in the afternoon.

Happiness and overall well-being can affect you in ways you wouldn’t imagine. It can motivate you to pursue your individual goals, and help you live a more qualitative life. Invest in your happiness today by practising these 4 tips. What gives you a sense of happiness? Share your practices with us on instagram by tagging @dermhealth.co

Meet Me: Marnina

Meet Me: Marnina

Marnina is a Dermal Clinician, Dermatoscopist, University Supervisor, Tech Geek and founder of Dermhealth.co

Calling for industry-wide transparency about unregulated treatments and true skin health, Marnina is committed to helping people make informed choices about how they can heal their skin, be empowered on their skin health journey and helping cut through the marketing hype so they can make decisions based on an evidence based approach.

Since her early teens, Marnina has envisioned creating a hub of specialists and leading health practitioners, offering education and support to the community in a tranquil and beautiful atmosphere. In early 2018 after several years of freelancing Marnina decided it was time to breath her passion of technology and skin health into Dermhealth.co, an online platform educating about true skin health and offering support for those experiencing skin disease, trauma and injury (and there may even be future dreams of a face to face workshop space!)

When our skin is damaged or impaired due to inflammation, disease, injury or trauma it not only disrupts our skin barrier but it can also have a significant impact on our health and mental state. Marnina believes that everyone deserves to have the opportunity to specialised consult and treatment no matter what their skin concern is.

Ultimately Marnina wishes to bring patients and practitioners together to help people face the world faster.

Whether you are a patient seeking advice on a a treatment, a mother concerned with a scar on their child or a practitioner that strives to do their very best for each client, Marnina insists there is a place for you at dermhealth.co