I have experienced mood swings since the longest time, and I realize that a lot of us do. To be happy everyday is actually not that common.
The worst is, we don’t know what overcomes us! We succumb to these emotional swings and by the end of the day, we feel drained, unhappy and just want to laze around in bed, like a panda.
Oftentimes, we are not really lazy. We are just very unaware of where and how our energy has been hemorrhaging from the day. It can be anything from internalizing stress, to external factors like toxic relationships or unforeseen circumstances.
Thankfully, this is the year I’ve actually been a lot less lazy, and a lot less in my emotions. Did I do something? Yes! Plenty. But none of it is too ‘tough’. It just requires experiencing for yourself, and being consistent to a degree.
#1 – Balance Your Chakras
Chakras are energy centres in our body which when unbalanced, can make us behave in unbalanced ways.
For example, not being able to feel compassion is a sign of a blocked Heart Chakra. And not being able to speak up (or speaking too much) are signs of an imbalanced Throat Chakra.
An effective starting point to practice balancing your chakras is in Meditation. I personally enjoy this quick guided meditation a lot!
If you’re interested in studying more about how our chakras work and ways to balance them, here’s a dedicated series called Chakras Explained.
#2 – Use Happy Crystals
I was apprehensive for a couple years, until I saw a giant crystal as a decoration piece at someone’s house. My first thought – that looks really beautiful! And ever since, I’ve been hooked.
No expert here, but I do find that being in the presence of Quartz (clear, rose) and Amethyst crystals makes me happy. Black Tourmaline is also a crystal that I work with, to ground and protect my energy. But as they say, you should go for the crystal that you’re most attracted to.
Personally, I like to sit with my crystals during meditation, and sometimes I carry a few in my purse when I’m out in public. This keeps my energies protected and balanced. If you’re like me and don’t like being around buzzing markets, crystals help!
The easiest crystal healing ritual I recommend is to ask permission from each crystal before working with them. My understanding is that crystals are pure consciousness, serving us in the most selfless way through their solid form. Also be sure to say a heartfelt thank you, once you’re done!
My trusted source is a vendor on Amazon called R. R. Sheikh at Amazon. I have 3 different crystals from them, and the crystals have done wonders for my energy and environment around me.
#3 – Establish Holistic Self-care Practices
Whatever you like to do out of self-love, just keep three perspectives in mind for a holistic experience – Mind, Body & Spirit.
This trinity is the real make or break of a balanced and happy life. Here’s what I do.
- For my mind, I try to read everyday. I also try to do something stimulating like craft work, a different recipe, or anything that takes me off autopilot for at least 30 minutes. Here are my latest non-fiction recommendations if you need some ideas.
- For my body, yoga and jogging do wonders. Sometimes we have too much energy and it can frustrate us or make us restless. It then gets wasted in the wrong way. So it’s important to channel your energy physically. Dancing could be another great option!
- And for my soul, well, beyond the things mentioned in this post I love Chanting, Meditating, Mindfulness and a bunch of other stuff which I’ve detailed in 10 Ways to be Spiritual without Meditation.
#4 – Clear Your Un-happy Energy
Though I had been Meditating for years, I wasn’t always feeling my best (as we’ve already established). Then, when I joined the Heartfulness program, they explained why cleaning our energy is also important.
They used a great analogy, saying that imagine yourself to be a glass of water. Due to the events and problems, we can become muddy water.
Meditation still helps this muddy water. Once the mud settles down, it’s important to clean it out as well. And that makes complete sense! No wonder we can feel better after meditation but not necessarily stay in that state of bliss soon after. We haven’t cleared up the mud.
But, how? They introduced a very simple cleaning technique. In short, it’s about using our intention single-pointedly during visualisation, to release the heaviness within us from our body.
I think that their whole 3-step process of meditation, cleaning and prayer work great together as a complete healing experience. So you should try that, not just the cleaning! Here are the 3 steps :
#5 – Invest Your Time in a Journal
I find journaling to be a fool-proof way to express yourself without getting judged. It is also the space where many new thoughts and inspirations come from; from where many solutions arise.
I do have a dedicated post, on the different kinds of journaling I like to practice. But for this post, I want to keep it short and sweet, by saying that you can write as little as 5 sentences about how GOOD your day was (gratitude writing), or write 3-pages of emotional venting (Morning Pages).
They all work wonders, if only you can love yourself enough to sit down for this heart-to-heart with yourself!
These are just some of the things that make a lot of difference in making me happy, lately. How many of these do you already do? And what are some other ways you experience joy?
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