Real talk, life is legit like riding a roller coaster. There are highs, lows and unexpected, sharp turns - and all of this can make us feel stressed and anxious.
But we're not alone. Kourtney Kardashian recently stated on her website Poosh (which we are completely obsessed withm btw):
“It’s easy (and normal) to let the negative outweigh the positive (hello, millennial burnout), and quickly forget to appreciate the simple things in life.”
Kourt highly recommends trying out the ' Happy Not Perfect' app - a brand solely dedicated to looking after our mental wellbeing - to help us kickstart our mindfullness journey. She also got Poppy Jamie, founder of the app, to share "five small things everyone can do to live their best life". Put simply, these are tricks and tips to help us have less stress, better sleep and enjoy a calmer mind. Bring it on.
1. Belly Breathing
“When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, the best way to return to a mindful, relaxed state is to practice belly breathing. Relax your shoulders, and focus on inhaling into the lower lungs, expanding your belly as you do so. Exhale, and as all the air leaves, your belly should move towards the spine. This type of breathing is really powerful in reducing anxiety anywhere—and—at any time. If you want to learn more, head to the Happy Not Perfect app and you can watch our tutorial.”
“A recent study found that the average person only spends around five percent of their day outside. Why not drink your morning coffee and go for a little stroll down the road or in a park, taking a moment to think about what you can see, smell, and taste? That daily connection to nature will help you feel more mindful and, at the same time, you will benefit from some extra vitamin D.”
3. Eat Without Your Phone
“How many of you will grab lunch and scroll through social media at the same time? You end up eating mindlessly and usually forget to hear the signs to say that you’re full. Eating undistracted and really focusing on the taste and texture of your food will help you enjoy and appreciate the yummy nutrients so much more.”
4. Gratitude Diary
“Studies show that you can increase your happiness by 10 percent through writing a daily gratitude journal. It is a great way to practice thinking about what you have in your life, rather than what you don’t, and therefore appreciating the little things in life. Download the Happy Not Perfect app, where you’ll find a digital grateful diary that you can store daily notes in.”
5. A Happiness Workout
“Meditation is an obvious tip to feel more mindful, but if you’ve tried this and it hasn’t worked for you, do not worry. We just launched The Happiness Workout, which is a science-backed daily, multi-step tool aimed at millennials. Users are guided through a five-minute interactive ritual, and practice to relax, process thoughts, and engage in expert-led techniques to foster a little more “happiness” and a little less stress.”
We feel better already.