If the shorter days have you sleeping a bit longer, indulging more often in comfort food, and spending more time with your streaming service than with your friends and family focusing on happy things can help combat swift mood swings. Here are some ideas to consider to benefit you and those around you.  

Make self-care a routine. Determine what makes you happy, and be sure to make those things your daily routine. Some may feel that making one’s self a priority can be selfish. However, if you aren’t happy with yourself, you can’t make others happy. This routine can be anything from daily exercise, meditation, or as simple as reading a book. You decide. It is YOUR self-care.

Take a break from technology when you wake. Create a morning routine that allows you to be free from your phone, laptop, or tablet. Focusing on positive energy in the morning can help you feel better throughout the day.

Add fun to your to-do list. We all have lists and lists of things to do. Try adding something fun to the list every day. This exercise will help break the monotony of checking things off the list and add happiness to the day.

Celebrate your daily accomplishments. All too often, we cruise through the day doing the daily grind. How great would it be to celebrate crossing things off our list? 

Reward yourself.  Indulge in activities like going for a walk when you get that report finished, calling a friend you haven’t spoken to in months to say hi after you pay your bills, getting some ice cream with a loved one after your long-winded conference call. Anything goes.

Be patient as you introduce these new concepts. Your mood will improve gradually, but finding and focusing on happiness can be easy, welcome, and fun! 

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