20 Ways To Smile

A lot of my latest posts have centered around dealing with mental health, mostly because I’m trying to figure out how to deal with it and writing helps, and this one is no different.

I found a list of blog post ideas on Pinterest for mental health-centric bloggers. I, of course, can’t find it now, but it’s Pinterest, there are hundreds of options.

The first one was to write twenty things that make you smile, and let me tell you, it was harder than it should have been to get going, but when I was done, I couldn’t stop.

And that felt really good.

So, I encourage you to try it on your bad days or your good. Here’s mine for some inspiration. 🙂

20 THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE:

  1. Seeing a friend after a long time (aka a week or two)—this also includes dog friends, but I will always be excited to see a dog.
  2. Music, specifically that song of the moment (you know, the one where you’ll drop anything and everything to jam out to?), which right now is Let Me by Zayn.
  3. A tried and true goofball. This makes (hopefully) everyone smile, but man, I love a corny jokester.
  4. Writing. This is obvious, but what makes me smile about it is when I hit those goals, but at this point, if I get any writing done, I’m happy.
  5. Making other people laugh. I’m not super witty, but sometimes it’s there. 😉
  6. Singing belting in the car. Enough said.
  7. Solo dance parties
  8. Fresh air whether it’s winter, fall, spring, or summer, it doesn’t matter.
  9. Laying in the sun (preferably in the summer this time).
  10. A well written book. I run into so many books that just don’t live up to my expectations, though it does give me a boost of motivation because I’m pretty sure I can do better than that.
  11. Playing sports
  12. Winning sports (and/or games of any kind)
  13. The cabin aka Canada.
  14. My family
  15. My paycheck (because we have to remember, I’m broke and money makes me smile).
  16. Stella Cidre (it’s alcohol, guys)
  17. Tacos, Mac and cheese, pineapple
  18. Giving gifts. This one recently developed in the last few years, but I’m glad it did. There’s a whole lotta joy that comes from giving!
  19. Any and all of my story ideas (I will talk your ear off.)
  20. Women supporting women because that’s we I need and that’s what we need and it’s always a wonderful, empowering sight to see.

 

This might be all over the place, but I was stuck at five for a long time. Now, I could probably make it to 40 in a few minutes, but I think that’s the point. We need to remember to put our mindset back in a place of happiness, rather than continue to pull in down into darkness. Harder said than done, but this little exercise is a good one to help.

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Get OUT Of Your Rut

I’ve been in some sort of rut for the past couple years, which means I haven’t taken the time (or didn’t even try) to take two seconds and figure out something to get going again.

Now, that I feel like I’m on the rise, I’ve been able to analyze a little bit about the things that help my mind jump and my happiness grow.

It’s pretty standard stuff—things we probably hear all the time, but to see them in a list helps me. It gives me plenty of options and I usually gravitate towards at least one, or rather I can make myself do at least one.

GET OUT OF YOUR RUT, PLEASE

  1. Get music in your life as much as possible (aka everyday). Whether you play, write, produce, or just listen, music takes a lot of us to better places. Bonus points if you include a mini dance party for one!
  2. Take a walk outside. Fresh air does wonders for everyone, you know, unless you live in the frozen tundra, then this option might be off the board for most of the year. There are nice winter days, though!
  3. CREATE anything—good, bad, great, big, small. It doesn’t matter. The greatest of ideas can come from the poorest of projects.
  4. (For writers out there) Just start writing. Do it for at least ten, if not twenty, minutes. Write down everything that goes through your head. Eventually, you’ll find yourself writing a killer idea.
  5. Clean the house. Reorganize. Do the dishes. I either listen to a podcast or some music and get lost in the work.
  6. Exercise. Yes, it helps. #endorphins 🙂
  7. Talk to someone! It’s so easy to get excited when you’re able to bounce ideas off of someone.
  8. Drink A TON of water, but not too much because that is bad. Water gives you energy and flushes out your body of any emotional eating that I will do when I’m in the dumps.
  9. Open the windows or blinds. Get sunlight inside! Even on a rainy day, it can be inspirational to watch or hear the rain.
  10. LAST, BUT MOST IMPORTANT:

Find something to fight for, something to work for. It doesn’t have to be big. It can be as simple as drinking two water bottles a day, or writing 500 words every day. If you can focus your mind and energy on completing one task at a time, one step at a time, things will start to change.

 

So here we go.

What are you fighting for?

 

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Things Millennials Are Good At

So one day I was frustrated and then I read an article about how Millennials ruin everything and got more frustrated. Fortunately, I also saw Millennials reactions’ and the humor that spilled out of them.

The thing I love most about this generation is how we can laugh during our struggle (because the struggle is definitely real) and keep pushing through despite everyone hating us.

Okay, maybe not everyone, but we are certainly an easy target for blame-game articles.

Either way, this momentarily inspired me to make a list of my own on things we are good at.

Laptop on a wooden table

 

  1. Not eating tide pods
  2. Having an awkward stage in middle school
  3. Being polite
  4. Acceptance
  5. Drinking wine
  6. Living paycheck to paycheck
  7. Staying humorous in the face of our struggles
  8. Harry Potter
  9. Renting, not buying (except dogs, we buy dogs)
  10. Dreaming big and never settling for less

There is a lot more where this came from, but I really wanted to stick with a list of ten for no other reason than it is what people do these days. 🙂 Maybe a part two is in the works.

Anyway, Millennials have a wobbly start and end date, but from what I gather it’s all the 80s and 90s babies out there. I’m in the second half of the Millennials (aka 90s baby), so this may vary, but from what I know and can see, we’re pretty dang good at these ten things.