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Actions to help bring happiness and joy

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If there is one thing everyone in the entire world can relate to, it is the emotional rollercoaster caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. It has been challenging emotionally, physically and economically for millions of people around the world. 

This year I realized life is too short to be unhappy. It’s okay to seek help. It’s okay to not be okay – but not for a long period of time. My family and friends are my biggest blessings. My priorities are my children, husband, family and of course, me. Over the last few months, I have had many conversations with friends asking me how I manage work, family, kids while living in a place hundreds of miles away from family and close friends. Truth is, I don’t. Not even close.  There are many areas in my life where I need help. 

It has taken me years to finally seek the help and guidance I needed to stay focused and…well…happy. 

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If you can accomplish a few from the list below, I believe this will help you navigate through finding inner peace and happiness.

  1. Seek help from a therapist or speak with your family doctor. Many clinics offer counselling services covered under the public health system. 

  2. Prioritize physical health and nutrition. I hired an exercise and nutrition coach. I admit I lack motivation and knowledge in this area and knew I needed to improve my eating habits. I also wanted someone to hold me accountable to exercise weekly and reach my fitness goals.

  3. Talk with your friends and family. Understand everyone is going through something. Sometimes they have the same fear as you and need someone to have an open conversation with.

  4. Pray. Praying gives inner peace. Finding inner peace can be challenging, especially during hardships. My therapist said to me “Think of God as a friend you can always turn to. The more time you spend with God, the better your heart feels”. I truly find it easier to navigate through tough situations by praying, remembering God and reciting prayers. So much inner peace comes from this action. 

  5. Do activities that make you happy. Go back to doing things you used to love doing. I love making jewelry and painting. As far as I can remember, I have always made my own jewelry. This activity makes me feel so happy and accomplished. After having children and working full time, I stopped prioritizing the activities that truly brought me joy. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Prioritize your mental health. Be a good listener during conversations with your family and friends. Search for inner peace. Do things that bring you joy.

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