We live in a quick-fix kind of world, where instant gratification is the norm and stress levels are record high. It’s nearly impossible to find the time to radiate a permanent state of happiness. But in actuality there exists a lot of easy hacks to instantly reduce stress levels and plant some blissful vibes.
1. Smell some citrus
In a study by The Journal of Chemical Senses, the aroma of citrusy fruit was shown to immediately act as a mood booster. Citrus notes found in our euterpe [cool] Natural Perfume help to alleviate stress and curb anxiety, while imparting some much-needed cheer. Think: lemon, grapefruit, lemon myrtle and mandarin.
- Express Gratitude
Nothing is more powerful than the simple act of counting your blessings. In moments of stress or just as a part of your everyday routine, try to feel gratitude for all things in your life. Whether this means saying them out loud, or taking a moment to think about them or even keeping a journal documenting what you are grateful for, no doubt your mood will improve and you’ll instantly feel uplifted when you turn your attention away from what’s wrong to what’s right.
- Head outdoors for a walk
There’s something undoubtedly bliss-inducing about being amongst nature. The beautiful, lush scenery coupled with active movement is enough to get natural endorphins pumping through the blood stream to induce a happy state of mind. Appreciate the trees. Appreciate the air on your skin. Practice a little ‘earthing’ – take your shoes off, go for a walk and just feel. Appreciate the moment.
- Give back
There’s plenty of research proving that spending your time doing affluent endeavours like helping others or giving back can help you feel more positive and purposeful. Even if you feel you don’t have enough time to volunteer, doing one small gesture for someone else is always worth it. What you give out, you get back in some way – it’s the universal law. Oh, and the IME Collections Pack make a perfect gift 😉
Meditation isn’t some new age mumbo jumbo, but rather a way to connect back to life force – back to breath, back to the present moment. When you focus your attention on the now and increase your awareness on what is (removing yourself from the past and future) you may find yourself experiencing a deep sense of euphoria or plain and simple ‘being’ devoid of toxic emotions. When we start to let go of the madness of our ego, our world starts to unfold in miraculous ways. It can be as simple as closing your eyes and just breathing. Adding a single spritz of your favourite IME Muse to this practice is a sure way to centre you in your happy place.
Try these techniques sometime. You might just find they’re the happiness antidotes you’ve been waiting for!
How do you like to get your happy on? Leave a comment below!