Is your year off to a good start, or are you bemoaning the fact that your New Year’s resolutions have already slipped beyond your reach?
According to an article at Sun Life Financial’s Brighter Life blog, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 2% of Canadians, and another 3-5% suffer from a milder form.
The article takes a look at common symptoms of SAD, as well as tips for fooling the body into thinking it’s spring or summer, including “a dawn simulator, a half-globe lamp that slowly lights up to simulate the dawn. It turns on solely in the period before a person wakes up to reset the body’s clock, only on the darkest days of winter.”
Read more: Weathering the Winter Blues.
2. Be kinder and more awesome to others
YouTube sensation Kid President (Robby Novak) has an infectious way of inspiring happiness and goodwill, with his simple mission to “make the internet better” and his YouTube videos on the Soul Pancake channel.
In a new book reviewed at Fast Company, Novak and his brother-in-law Brad Montague compiled 100 tips on how to be awesome.
A common theme throughout his videos and book is helping others, and spending even the smallest amount of time with Kid President will inspire you to do just that.
Read more: 5 Tips for Being More Awesome from Kid President and Rainn Wilson.
3. Give up work-life balance and aim for total integration
In an article at Lifehacker Australia, we read that the key to achieving happiness and quality of life may be to give up the quest for work-life balance completely, and aim for integration instead.
They explain that the ultimate goal of work-life integration is to “optimise how you use your time so you can fulfil all of your daily needs, both in your work and in your personal life.” They outline several ways you can accomplish goals from different areas of your life, all through the day.
Read more: How to Master Work-Life Integration.
4. Be nicer to your body
Whether you’re working at a desk, driving from place to place, or relaxing in front of a screen, chances are you spend a good part of your day sitting down. Unfortunately, this can lead to postural problems as well as some very serious health issues linked to a sedentary lifestyle.
In an article for Mind Body Green, Nikki Naab-Levy comes to the rescue with five ways to reduce these harmful effects. She suggests alterations to how you’re sitting, as well as ideas for deliberate breaks throughout your day.
Read more: 5 Ways to Beat Your Desk Sentence.
5. Take small, meaningful actions
When you feel too busy to tackle bucket list items or more substantial goals, you can still fit in things to improve your life. Eric Barker of Barking up the Wrong Tree takes a common source of stress, frustration and distraction (email) and turns it into a quick and simple way to make your life better.
He suggests sending five emails, and explains how these will impact your happiness, job, growth, friendship and career.
“Send an email to someone you know (but don’t know very well) and check in,” for example, because, “These ‘weak ties’ are the primary source of future career opportunities.”
Read more: How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails