1. Think positively.
- To start this difficult step, focus on gratitude. When you start thinking about the bad thing swirling around you, stop. Cut it out. Think of two things you’re grateful for. Eventually, your mind will notice the pattern and stop the negativity before you have to consciously do it.
2. Be satisfied.
- Your happiness is invaluable, but so is your health. If you’re not healthy, you’re not fully happy. It’s when we’ve got our mind and body in top shape that we can attack everything else. If work, family, friends, a relationship, and money are wearing you down, making a small choice like opting for that whole wheat bagel instead of a hot pocket can build the foundation for a long-term difference in your health. Then, when the going gets tough, you’ll be ready to take on your challenges with a healthy body, mind, and conscience.
3. Think small.
- Being emotionally healthy (and happy) is easier to attain when you focus on the steps of your journey as opposed to the destination. If you want to make it on Broadway, focus on getting your next audition. Then focus on becoming equity, then focus on moving, etc. Now will always come before the future—focus on them in order!
4. Manage stress.
- A very healthy way of managing stress is doing yoga. If that doesn’t sound appealing, how about meditating? No? Then simply make sure to take ten minutes out of your day to just power down. Sit with yourself and just breathe. Make a point to get centered every day.
- When you feel stressed, do breathing exercises or breathe deeply to calm yourself and relax your body.
5. Choose your friends wisely.
- Not sure how to recognize a toxic friend? How to end a toxic friendship? We’ve got you covered.
- Spending time with your friends can improve your life. Be social as often as possible with the people who enrich your life.
6. Be productive.
- Start by creating a to-do list. A calendar or planner is a good idea, too. And remember: think small. Attack a few small things to get you going. You’ll get on a roll before you even realize it.
- Incorporate learning into your day so that you’re always learning something new. This will help prevent cognitive decline.
7. Take a break.
- This goes for exercise too. If you do the same thing over and over, your muscles get used to it, you get bored, and you end up plateauing. So instead of pounding the pavement on Wednesday, go hit the pool. You’re not being lazy—you’re being logical.
8. Find emotional balance.
- Once you have worked on yourself, you should work on your approach to interpersonal relationships. Learn how to recognize a manipulative or controlling relationship and, if necessary, deal with emotional abuse so that you can have a healthy relationship.
9. Include the arts in your life, such as music, theater, and visual arts.
- Start a creative hobby or take a class.
- Enjoy the arts with friends.
10. Travel as much as you can.
- Traveling is often difficult if you’re living on a budget. If this is the case for you, try going on a day trip or a short road trip.