Six Small Steps To Happiness

Sometimes it can be quite difficult remaining positive when facing a lot of things that life throws at you. But something we often forget is that how we are feeling, is ultimately determined by us.

That’s right.

Something that has always resonated with me since I heard it is,

“No one can make you feel anything without your permission.”Steps To HappinessYup. At the end of every day, we all have the choice on how we look back on it. We can choose to see only the negatives, or we can choose to see the small acts of understanding and kindness that we witnessed.

But I also understand that some days it can be more difficult than others to simply ‘see the good’. So I’ve compiled a little list of things that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you find it easier to remain upbeat and positive. 

Sleep | Having a somewhat fixed sleeping schedule does both your body and mind wonders. If you’re well rested, you’re less likely to feel negative, and if you’re getting up earlier in the mornings, you’re leaving yourself more time to get things done and spend a bit of time for yourself, by having a nutritious breakfast or doing your hair/makeup.

Exercise | I know, I know. Reading that word in a list like this can be really annoying and useless. BUT you’ll be surprised with just how much more uplifted you feel during the day if you started out your day by doing some gentle exercise. This can be anything from walking to school/work, doing some light yoga, or simply reaching for the sky and then your toes once you’re out of bed. Just try to keep in touch with your body, listen to how you’re feeling, and don’t overlook anything.Steps To Happiness

Water | You best believe it. Yes, exercise is always followed by water in lists like these, but trust me, it really does you the world of good. Just get into the habit of packing yourself a water bottle in your bag, or having one next to your bed. If it’s there, you’re more likely to drink it, than having to make yourself a drink of anything else. Water is proven to improve your health, hair, skin and mood. No one has ever met an upbeat dehydrated person.

Organise | This will benefit you and your life in endless ways. If you treat yourself to a cute planner, and write down all of your plans, assignments, and appointments, you’ll feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders. Not only will you become more productive because you’ll learn to prioritise your plans, but you’ll find yourself setting time aside for just you, as you can see how hard you’re working.

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embrace the tiny cloud, be the tiny happy cloud

Pamper | I know it’s cliché, and it’s not for everyone, but having a night where you don’t do anything but stay in, watch your favourite shows/movies, and pamper yourself in whatever way you deem fit, be it a bath, just doing your nails, or styling your moustache (we can’t forget the boys, they need pampering too) can be so beneficial for your mood after all of the pampering.

Embrace Change | Start out small, nothing too intimidating or useless. Just a tiny act of complimenting someone, or smiling at someone. You’ll quickly find that if you try and make a small effort of thinking kinder thoughts, it’ll affect your actions, and your actions influence how the people around you treat you, it’s one massive cycle. When you think something nice about someone, tell them. You’ll be surprised with how much it’ll mean to them, and it’ll affect your thoughts in the future.

That’s it for my Six Small Steps To Happiness! I hope this post helped you out, even if it’s only a little bit! If you’ve got any life saving tips or advice, be sure to share them below, it could really help someone else out. Thank you guys for reading, see you next time!

9 Tips For Better Sleep


We all know that sleep is important, it affects our whole lives if we encounter problems with it, so I’ve listed 9 of my top tips to help improve your sleep!

1. Relaxing smells. – Lavender is usually a great go-to scent for encouraging sleep, and you can even purchase pillow mists to really help you to drift off, as it promotes a deeper sleep.

2. Dim lights. – You can interpret this any way you choose, whether you simply don’t have any harsh lights on in your room, and only have one lamp on, or you can fully commit and reduce all artificial light. Yep, I mean that harsh light, illuminating the room, from technology. I really do recommend turning your phone onto silent about an hour before you intend to go to bed, and having an hour of turning down time. You can read a book, (great for relaxing and adjusting your eyes ready to sleep!) Anything at all, so long as it is not radiating a light onto your face.

3. Reduce caffeine. – I know this can be a difficult one, especially if you enjoy a pre-bed cup of tea, but many people forget that there is just as much caffeine in a cup of tea, as there is in a cup of coffee! Therefore it’s always best to go for a decaf, or herbal tea for your pre-bed drink.


4. Sleep only at night.  – I know a mid afternoon nap would feel amazing right now, but your body will remind you all about it when it comes to sleeping fully in the evening. If your body is really exhausted and you know that you will be unable to function without a nap during the day, aim for 30 minute sleep cycles when you can, this allows the body to fully rest and you’ll wake up feeling properly recharged instead of the usually post-nap grogginess.

5. Taking a hot shower/bath. – The heat from a bath or shower will relax any tension that you have built up in your muscles, meaning that if you are going to bed after, your body will already be relaxed and ready for sleep. If you don’t have time, or you prefer to shower in the mornings, take a minute to tense all of the muscles in your body, including your fingers. Notice how tense you feel, and inhale and hold it for 5 seconds, then release all of that tension, feel it drain out of you and exhale with it. You’ll feel less tense and it’ll trick your mind into falling asleep quicker.

6. Schedule. – I know one of the last things we want to think about doing is having a schedule when it comes to relaxing, but having a ‘usual’ time for falling asleep means our body develops its own internal routine, meaning the longer you stick to it, the quicker you’ll fall asleep.


7. Darkness. – Obviously at night, your room is pretty dark, but if you have slivers of light flooding your room, it will keep your brain awake. Sleeping in absolute darkness encourages the release of melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep.

8. Create an environment that you love, and feel relaxed in. For me, I have a huge soft blanket that serves to keep me extra warm, and provide comfort when you need it. I also highly recommend only sleeping in clothes that are comfortable and entirely non-restricting, this is obvious, but if you’re trying to sleep in something uncomfortable, you’re not going to drift off quickly.

9. And finally, if you wear makeup, make sure you’ve completely removed it, I find I can’t fully relax without taking my makeup off, part of my mind remains awake if I still have it on. Plus, it does your skin a massive favour to be free all night, so if you’re suffering with bad skin and you don’t take off your makeup at night, that’s the first thing you should change.

Those are some of the things that I would really recommend if you’re having difficulty drifting off, do you have any tips that you’ve found to be useful? Share them in the comments below!