Family Support Blog #10


Feeling happier in one’s self

This month our family Support blog focuses on happiness. We all have factors in our life that affect our happiness, and may make us feel out of control. Genetics do play a role in how we feel as do current life circumstances.

Although we may feel down in the dumps and stressed, there are always actions we can take to boost up our good vibes. Think about giving a few of these ideas below or all of them! – and I bet you will give your day a little boost.

Don’t wait to be happy, feeling happy is a now thing. Don’t wait until later to be happy.

Take a break – At times you just need to walk away from something you’re doing for a while, this can make you feel less stressed, overworked, exhausted, or burnt out. Step away and think about something else for a moment.

Go for a walk – Walking is good for you and trying to get at least 20 minutes a day is good for your physical health, and is also a great way for you to feel better in the here and now.

Pump up those tunes – Put your favourite tunes on to get that feel good feeling. This can help your emotional wellbeing.

Write things down – Writing things down helps to release what your feeling inside. Try to write down 3 positive things each day, that could be about what your grateful for. Writing 3 positive things down each day will make you feel more optimistic and less stressed.writing journal

Do something nice for someone else – Doing something nice for others can make you feel good. Whether it’s helping out a friend, assisting a neighbour or volunteering for an organization, doing good for others can create positive emotions, giving you a “warm glow.”

Talk to a friend – When you’re in a negative place, sometimes spending some time talking to close friend is enough to put you in a better mind set. Having a social network can be a key factor in your emotional well-being.

Social support is more about quality rather than quantity. Having people close to you, who will have your back and support you, is a great!

So when feeling low and want to feel better, reach out to a close friend or loved one who can listen, offer advice or just have a good old fashioned belly laugh.

Do something you enjoy – Do something you enjoy can be really good for your emotional well-being. Plan some simple activities like watching a good box set, having a pamper session, or meeting up with friends for a coffee or a fun evening out can improve your mind-set.

Increase your self-esteem – Self-esteem is the way you feel about yourself. A great way to boost your self-esteem is to treat yourself in a positive way, as you would a valued friend or loved one.

When you find that your putting yourself down and thinking negative thoughts and thinking, “You’re so stupid for messing up that job interview”, turn it around and think would you say that to a friend. Tell yourself something positive instead, such as: “I can do this next time round, this wasn’t the job for me”.

Have a healthy lifestyle – Try to eat healthier and choose a well-balanced diet, do some exercise and get enough sleep.Balanced Diet

Don’t compare yourself – Sometimes you may be guilty of comparing yourself to others, which in-turn can lead you to feel like you’ve come up short! Instead of focusing and comparing yourself to others, look at the things you have accomplished, as this is a more productive way of thinking.

Easy ways to feel better quicker

  • Bake a cake
  • Dance
  • Listen to music
  • Read a book
  • Do a hobby
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Watch your favourite TV show
  • Write a gratitude diary
  • Meditate
  • Exercise
  • Eat a healthy, tasty meal
  • Smile

Being happy promotes a healthy lifestyle. It can help relieve stress and improve your emotional well-being. Being happy and creating a happy home environment can have a positive impact on your whole family, this can really shape the way your children develop and learn to cope with life in the future and their future relationships.

Our Family Support Team are here to offer support and advice and are running workshops in your school throughout the year so please get in touch if you would like more information contact

We are #hereforyou if you need advice, guidance or support – you can contact us via the contact information on our Team page.

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