6 Tiny Steps to a Happier You Right Now

Tip 1- 3 Good Things a Day

Various studies have made positive links between focussing on gratitude and general well being. Some days it’s easy to think of 3 things you’re grateful for and some days it can feel really hard. The hard days are the ones where this practice is most valuable – the days when you really have to look for tiny diamonds among the rough. If you think you might forget to do this each day, you may find an app like this one​ helpful to nudge you to take usually less than a minute each day, to do this very beneficial exercise.

Tip 2 – Being Nice Makes you Happier

An Oxford University Study found that an acts of kindness make a small but significant difference to your own well being. Acts of kindness don’t have to be huge or time consuming, it can be as simple as sending a text to someone to let them know you’re thinking of them, or giving your partner the bigger half of the chocolate bar. Can you think of a tiny kindness you could do today?

Tip 3 – Music Can Lift your Mood

A study carried out by the University of Missouri showed that listening to upbeat music improved mood both in the moment, and over a period of weeks if it’s done consistently. So why not dig out a song that you know lifts your spirits and give it a spin now? Other studies showed that if you get involved with the song (say, by singing or playing along) it will have an even greater effect on your mood. Listening (or singing) to one tiny 3 minute song a day could do wonders for you. So grab your hairbrush and belt it out like Whitney.

Tip 4 – Feed Your Mind​

Psychologists have proven​​ that eating fruit and veg directly helps your mental health. In fact, they say that “Nearly two thirds of those who do not report daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit or fruit juice every day​.” ​Those are the kinds of stats to take notice of. So how can you make a tiny ​​change towards this? Why not start with ONE more piece of fruit a day. Make it easy by picking something you know you like. Chop it up and eat it from a bowl if it helps to make it feel less boring. Start with one piece of fruit, and go from there.

Tip 5 – Your Body & Mind are Connected

In the West we often treat the body and mind as if they have no effect on one another. This couldn’t be further from the truth – what we do with our bodies has a direct impact on our psychological health. The Royal College of Psychiatrists tell us​ that ​being more active helps with: depression​, anxiety​, self esteem​, concentration, sleep, addiction, independence and memory. So it’s worth it. But that doesn’t mean you have to join a gym and sweat there five times a week. Doing something that raises your heart rate for 30 minutes a day is enough to make a difference. It doesn’t even have to all be in one go. So three, 10 minute brisk walks around the block spread out in your day could be the ​​tiny ​​change you make to help your brain.

Tip 6 – Everybody Needs a Helping Hand Sometimes ​

Sometimes you might need a ​​tiny ​​bit more to help you out of a rut. There’s never any shame in asking for help – whether your problems feel big or small, counselling from a non-judgemental, caring professional can give you what you need to get back on your feet. These days you don’t even need to leave your house to do it, with online counsellors​ available to see you from the comfort of your own home, you’re only a click away.​​​

Counselling Anywhere​ is a directory of online counsellors and therapists who have been individually verified as qualified members of professional bodies. Just search for the issue that’s bothering you, and you’ll be matched up with the counsellors who specialise in your issue.