Many of us spend hours every day doing things we hate just to try to trick ourselves into feeling better. Getting up early in the morning to exercise before going to work, reading large amounts of text after work, and writing to develop our writing a little more, are just excuses to feel more productive, however, you only manage to go to bed tired and thinking about all the work that still needs to be done.

Your life is nothing but work, you stop working to live and start living to work!

After years of this routine, you will realize that it doesn’t have to be this way, the rules of society are not written in stone and each of us can forge our own path to success as we see fit. We just need to make ourselves happy. Therefore I have listed some simple practices that have helped me to improve my life without big sacrifices and that I hope will help you to be happier!

Practices To Be Happier

Start your day slowly

As crazy as it may sound to most readers, not waking up in the early hours of the day has made a huge change in my life and especially in my mood. I have learned over time that starting my days slowly helps me deal with stress and day-to-day problems.

Of course, this is not an easy task for everyone, as most people have a work schedule that they have to keep in order to get paid at the end of the month. However, it is possible to set aside a little time each week to invest in yourself and what you enjoy most.

Have a reading routine

I understand that this isn’t something that will catch the attention of many people, in fact, to be honest, I voluntarily stopped reading the day I entered the University, I felt too busy with my studies and the truth is that I wasn’t interested in adding more reading to my day at all.

But, eventually, I returned to the few to reading, with books on self-improvement, motivation, and even science fiction reading! Which has certainly helped me not only to disconnect from the routine but also to have great candidates for conversation teams and quite a lot of general knowledge.

Live your feelings

It’s hard for me to feel negative emotions. When I get angry, I just want to run away from them. However, if you don’t feel your feelings when they come up, it can lead to a buildup of unprocessed trauma that can cause anger, feelings of unworthiness, and unhealthy ways of coping with stress.

Learning to be present with my feelings has allowed me to overcome some past issues that I didn’t know I was carrying around. Crying is one of the most therapeutic things we can do for ourselves.

Follow a morning routine

My old morning routine, which took me up to three whole hours, wasn’t sustainable at all. It felt more like an obligation than anything else. My morning ritual usually lasts about an hour from the time I wake up. First I brush my teeth, then I take care of my skin, ice myself, free-write in my journal for 10 minutes and finally have breakfast. Find something that works for you!

Listen to classical music

This will help you relax and focus. Sure, like any normal person, I enjoy everything from EDM (electronic dance music) to pop, however, there is not much music I listen to that is relaxing. When I sit down to write, work or read, I play classical music in the background.

There are a lot of playlists on Spotify or YouTube to choose from, which is really useful, so I don’t have to go searching for artist’s favorites or anything like that! Try it yourself too, just click play on a classic playlist and sit back to work in peace and total productivity!