16 Aug 5 Ways to Keep a Cheerful Spirit All Year
Normally when we think of keeping a Cheerful Spirit, we think of Christmastime. It can be easy to think about being cheerful when you’re visiting family, exchanging gifts, and decorating your home with tinsel and ribbon. But it’s important to extend that cheerful spirit all year. With all of the hustle and bustle of daily life, that can be hard to accomplish. Luckily we have five tips to keep you cheerful all year, no Christmas bells required.
1) Get Some Sleep!
This tip might be the most difficult one to follow but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important! Everything, even the stressful parts of our days, is a little easier to manage when you get enough rest at night. If you often have trouble falling asleep, you may want to make little changes to your routine. They don’t have to be drastic to make an impact! Even just avoiding caffeine in the evenings and taking a nice hot shower before bed can be effective.
One tip that can make a huge difference is to avoid screens as much as you can. The blue light that computers and cell phones give off can trick your eyes into thinking it’s day. Instead of scrolling through social media in the evenings, try reading or listening to mellow music as you wind down.
2) Be Generous
Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to help others! This can mean a lot of different things depending on your own circumstances. You may adore giving gifts to your friends and family and thrive on seeing their faces when you find them the perfect trinket. It can also mean acts of service such as offering to care for your nieces and nephews so their parents can have a worry free date night.
This can extend beyond your loved ones, too. Volunteering can have a wonderful impact on your spirit. Check out services in your local area like nursing homes and soup kitchens and see if they could use your help. Maybe the local elementary school could use volunteers to help supervise field trips or read with kindergarteners one on one?
3) Practice Self Care
While you’re being kind to others, don’t forget to be kind to yourself! It’s easy to get caught up in your responsibilities like work, childcare, and household chores. If you don’t take time for yourself, you may be running on empty. There’s nothing wrong with setting aside a few hours to do something that is just designed to make you happy. Self care may mean taking a long bath with your favorite bath products, going for a spa pedicure, or just a few hours of video games with your friends. Doing something just to make you happy can be great for your mental health and will go a long way to helping you keep a cheerful spirit.
4) Start A Gratitude Journal
Sometimes between world politics, work drama, and personal frustrations, it can be hard to see the positive side of things. If you’re feeling bogged down by negativity, try keeping a gratitude journal. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy — a notebook will do or even posting to social media if you’d like to talk with others about what you’re grateful for.
Set aside a little time each evening to write down what you were grateful for that day. Maybe a coworker surprised you by picking up your favorite coffee? Did you get to cook a new recipe that a friend gave you? Maybe you just had a particularly fabulous hair day? These little moments of positivity can add up and make you feel better! You can also take this time to think about big, positive changes in your life! Take this time to be grateful for promotions, new friends, and other successes!
5) Keep Your Space Tidy (And Decorated)
Clutter can be having a negative aspect on your mood and making you anxious. Sometimes it’s hard to have enough time to put away laundry fresh from the dryer or reorganize your book shelves. That said, keeping a tidy home (and office) can help you feel calm. It’s easier to work if you aren’t seeing a pile of mail stacking up and supplies from your last craft project are neatly put away. That isn’t to say that you can’t decorate your space! If you want to bring out the Christmas cheer all year, consider decorating with this Christmas Wine Bottle Decoration from Cheerful Spirit! These pretty lights will keep your spirit cheerful all year!