At the moment we are surrounded by sports; the world cup is on, as well as tennis, AFL and rugby, and the Commonwealth Games will soon arrive too. As scenes of players and coaches fill our screens one similarity stands out beyond the rest – strategy. Every person has an aim, and for every aim there is a clearly laid-out plan for getting there. Why don’t we do this more in our own lives?
I use the idea of strategizing and planning to manage my own mental health and wellbeing. Just as I know which of my clothes make the better outfits, I also know which foods and activities make the best opportunities for happiness.
Through research, experience and practice I have developed a go-to list of things to do to boost my mood. I reach for it in the same way I reach into my cupboard for the tried-and true outfit combinations.
When I’m feeling flat, this is my “strategy” a list of things to try to get the desired result:
1. Drink one big glass of water
2. Go for a run or swim
3. Have a hot shower
4. Read a favourite book
5. Watch a comedian on YouTube
6. Clean the clutter from my room
7. Go for a walk/get some fresh air
9. Dance wildly
I don’t need to do all of those things, but one or the other on the list is guaranteed to boost my mood.
Do you have a go-to strategy for maintaining your happiness? When you’re feeling low, is there something that instantly makes you feel better?