Brooke Cagle

Everyone has their ups and downs and some days are definitely going to be better than others. Not only that, we’re always so busy trying to take care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves!

Happiness isn’t always as easy as one-two-three, but with a few tweaks, you’ll be on your way to nurturing your own well-being.

Take care of your body. You’ve heard it before. Exercise regularly, eat clean, and sleep more. We know, we know — it’s all easier said than done, but looking after your physical health is the first step to a happy you.

Disconnect to reconnect. Social media is a great way to keep up with old friends, but more times than not, we lose ourselves in our Instagram feed and end up cutting ourselves off from the real world. Set time aside to unplug and spend some quality time with your college friend you’ve been Insta-stalking.

Surround yourself with good vibes only. Negative environments and cynical people are only going to bring you down. Don’t waste your time dwelling in the negative energy. For example, the next time the news headlines are just too depressing to watch, turn off the TV, and read an uplifting book instead.

Declutter your life. From your desktop to the bathroom shelf, purge your life of any excess. An overabundance of material things tend to distract you from the important things in life. Instead, invest in experiences and memories that you’ll be able to look back on for years to come.

 Set goals and measure your success. Define and make a list of things you want to accomplish, whether it’s a lifelong dream or just a daily to-do list. Reward yourself for your accomplishments by celebrating little milestones along the way.

Give back. Offer your time, money, or influence to help others. Doing your part to make a positive difference in the world can be very rewarding. Pay it forward and you’ll get some back in return.

Remember to recharge. Slow down for a hot second and just take a breath. Meditation or yoga can be incredibly beneficial for reducing stress and encouraging a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Practice gratitude. Try to recall something you’re thankful for at least once a day. The science behind this is simple — the second we start focusing on the good things, the second we change our perception for the better.

Ignite your passion. Once you find something or someone you’re passionate about, don’t let it go. Work at it every day and enjoy the parts that made you excited about it in the first place.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Nothing is perfect and not everything works out. See things from the brighter side and don’t be afraid to get silly. Life is way more fun when there’s laughter along the way.

xx, The FabFitFun Team