April Happiness Challenge

The challenge this month is about finding PEACE.

As a mom of two preschoolers and an infant, my days are often so hectic and stressful that I can feel myself getting overwhelmed.  Anxiety, stress, worry, exhaustion… and on top of it, it’s Spring and everyone seems to be sick.

It can be hard to do more than just get through the day.

So to keep it simple, I’ve made a list of ways you can bring more peace into your life, even if it’s just a little bit a day.

1. Go outside.  Get a breath of fresh air!  If you’re like me and the pollen is screwing with your allergies, you might want to keep it brief.

2.  Play.  Tickle fight with the kids.  Dance party.  Car wash with your hubby.  Just take a few minutes to have fun, even if it’s doing every day things.

3.  Pause electronics.  Spend less time on your phone, and turn off the TV sometimes.  Same goes for the kids.  Spend some time in the real world, without the stimulating and distracting screens we all seem to have in front of our faces all the time, almost like the people in Wall-E.

4.  Sing.  I know it sounds crazy, but it can lift your mood and relax you.

5.  Find time for yourself… even if it’s just a 5 minute break where you paint your toenails.  Take the time when you can.  It really helps.

6.  Take a break from cleaning.  This one can be hard for us moms to hear… but I’m not saying live in a totally messy house.  Just stop worrying about perfection.  Leave the freaking dishes for now.  Vacuum later.

7.  Appreciate the little things.  I know everyone says that but it’s important.  Appreciate how the sun shines after a storm, how your little ones just hug you.  Just notice the details of life.

8.  Let go of ideals of perfection.  Right now.

9.  Forgive yourself, and forgive anyone you’re upset with.

10. Let go of fear and worry.  The Bible says do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Worrying will not add a day onto your life.

11. Remove yourself from drama and negativity.

There are so many other ways to find peace; these are just a few!  Check out my Pinterest board for all of my lifestyle and happiness stuff here. I would love to hear any ideas you may have!  Just leave a comment below, and I might even add yours to this list.  Please subscribe to my emails to get updates whenever I post – which isn’t TOO often since I have three preschoolers, but often enough that you won’t miss me.  🙂

January Happiness Challenge

 

So, for 2017 I’ve decided to start something new… I’m going to try to start focusing more on being happy.  Right now.

No more waiting until tomorrow, when the rain goes away.  No more waiting until things are less stressful and we have more money.  No more waiting, no more guilt and no more excuses!

That’s why I started the Happiness Challenge.  I’m not just going to talk about being happy.  I’m going to challenge myself every month in new ways to make small, positive changes in my life.  You can do it with me!  You deserve to be happy, too.

One thing that’s been on my mind a lot lately is GRATITUDE.  Tragedy has surrounded so many of us, not just in 2016.  I’ve been thinking more about how incredibly blessed I am.  And in some ways, how ungrateful I’ve been.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.  Nothing is permanent.

So here is the #HappinessChallenge for January… Focus on being grateful, counting your blessings, and not taking things for granted.

  1.  Every morning for 30 days, start the day off by thinking of 3 things you’re grateful for.  It can be anything.  Write them in a notebook or your phone to keep track!
  2.  No complaining!  Replace every complaint with gratitude.  Even in your head.  The point of this is to catch yourself every time you want to complain.  Do this consistently for 30 days.
  3.  Every time you buy something you don’t need, take the time to appreciate it and be grateful you were able to buy it.  No matter what it is.
  4.  Donate something.  Part of being grateful is realizing that there are others who need what you might be taking for granted.

Keep in mind that you can do this all year.  Just challenge yourself for 30 days and when it’s over you can go from there!

Bonus:  Challenge your loved ones!  Share this post to friends and family.  You never know who might benefit from it!  We all want the people we care about to be happy.  That’s what love is.  You could even get your kids involved in each one of these steps, no matter what age they are.  The earlier you teach them about gratitude and happiness, the better.

Please feel free to comment below!  I would love to hear about your journey for happiness and some things you are grateful for in your life.