As the silly season fast approaches us, it can be so easy to forget the importance of taking time to look after ourselves because we are just too busy. Practicing self care isn’t always easy at the best of times and often last on the list of things to do. However, there are a number of simple things you can do that will make a big impact on your overall well-being, according to psychologists. Here are three small things that you can do every day (not just pre Christmas either) in order to keep your happiness levels up and which don’t take up too much of your time.

Calm

Taking time out to create some calm in your life, helps you to feel more in control of your emotions and your life. It could be 5 minutes of meditation, a short stroll in nature, lighting a calming candle, taking some deep breaths, putting on some calming music, keeping a daily gratitude diary. “Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.” ~Remez Sasson

Pleasure

As human beings, we crave pleasure and doing things we enjoy. Taking the time to acknowledge this, dramatically increases your happiness levels. Often times though, we are too busy to notice the little things and opportunities that give us pleasure. These things could be as simple as taking a walk in nature, enjoying a quiet moment alone with a coffee, playing with your dog, singing in the car.

Connection

Studies report that as we are social animals, humans need each other. Connection has a huge impact on our mental health and improves our self worth and purpose. Connect with a friend, your partner or a family member every day. There is power in a meaningful connection, even if it’s a quick “good morning” to your local barista.

Self care is important as it encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. It is very personal and your idea of what motivates and inspires you will be different to others. Make a commitment to yourself today and every day and feel the difference these small things can do to enhance your happiness levels and wellbeing.

Further reading:

4 Simple ways to create inner peace

How to survive the holiday season!