There are simple things we can take and do every day to boost our happiness. However, a lot of this takes time as we need to change how and what we think about and may need to make some lifestyle changes. Ultimately, your happiness is your choice. People may imprint on you, but it’s your choice to allow that. My number one recommendation to do first is to remove anyone in your life causing you stress and negatively imprinting or projecting on you. This energy is draining to your life force and to start healing, those people need to be set apart. This doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Just let them know that you need time for yourself and for healing.
It’s important to understand why our moods can take a turn for the worst. Sometimes just changing the way we think about a particular situation can have huge impacts on our mental state. It’s a good idea to have a moment of self-reflection to fully understand why we are feeling a particular way and to correct our thoughts. I find journaling helps to write out my thoughts and then reflect on whether these are negative or positive thoughts. Are these thoughts helping me to grow or holding me back? By recognizing when we are negative, we can change these into positive. This also helps us to re-wire our brains so that ultimately we start to become more positive and when we are positive, we can begin to help the healing process.
It’s important in self-reflection that we begin these moments with gratitude. After writing down your thoughts, journal everything you are grateful for today. Reflect on those good moments of your life or people in your life that bring you happiness.
Begin to reflect why you feel a certain way about a particular situation, what you know for sure (because our minds like to make up things that aren’t necessarily true), and what you can do to help make it more positive. If nothing, then admit that you can only do what you can do and give up control of the situation. We can only control our thoughts, not the thoughts of others. We must always be looking for the positives in the negatives and it’s those that we need to focus our energy on. There is always light in the dark. We just need to find it.
Then, end your journaling session by writing out your intention for the day with gratitude and love. This is a great practice to reset your mood and find balance.
Food is medicine and a lot of our plant food is herbal – dandelion greens, mustard greens, rosemary, etc. (just to name a few). Our ancestors ate food to provide nourishment, not because they were bored (as we do today), they ate natural, and they honored their food. They had to work for their food and knew that the earth provided this nourishment for them. There is a sacred connection to what we eat and what we take on from what we eat as we are all connected. Therefore, it makes sense that what you eat has a lot to do with how you are feeling. It’s very important to make sure that we are eating high vibration foods. These are your organic fruits and vegetables. You operate at your higher self when you take in high vibrational foods. All processed foods and poisoned foods such as genetically modified foods are low vibration. Just notice how you feel after eating these foods. There’s an exchange of energy there. Change your diet, you change your mood.
Herbs are not only medicine but great mood boosters! There are a lot of herbs to choose from, but the following is a list of my favorite mood-boosting herbs:
Despite its name, passionflower is amazing at alleviating anxiety, depression, and calming the central nervous system. So much so it’s proven to get rid of insomnia. In a trial published in Phytotherapy Research, the herb appeared to boost the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. This compound is responsible for brain activity helping you relax and sleep better. 1-2 tsp per cup of boiling water is all it takes for a nice tea and the flavor isn’t bitter at all. I’ll usually boil a quart jar of this, strain, and enjoy before bedtime.
This is a great herb for the adrenals! If you are suffering from any thyroid issue, such as hypothyroidism, you should be taking this herb. It not only helps fight fatigue but is amazing at eliminating stress. I boil about 1-2 tsp of the root of this herb (make sure it’s a rolling boil), simmer for 20-25 minutes, strain, and add some fresh lemon juice for a nice tea, but I’ve also taken this in supplement form. This is a fat-soluble herb so make sure to take with food so it is better absorbed. This can be taken during the day as it won’t make you sleepy at all. You will feel relaxed and stress-free!
I love love love lavender! Not only does it smell great, but it SO relaxing. You can eat the flowers, but I typically boil 1-2 tsp of dried flower per cup of boiling water (slight boil, not rolling and let steep 15 minutes), strain, and enjoy as is. I really like the flowery taste and find the smell and taste of this tea very soothing. An uplifting herb for the spirit and incredibly mood-boosting.
Last, but not least – Kava Kava! There are different strains and varieties of Kava so it’s good to do some research on these prior to buying this, but Kava Kava is known for reducing stress, calming the mind, treating anxiety, and boosting overall positivity. It is extremely relaxing. White Sumatra is my favorite, but again – do a little bit more research on this before you buy!
It’s important to note that the supplement form has been linked to liver damage so never buy supplement – always powder, and do not use over an extended period of time. You’ll want to alternate this herb – take it for a week, off two weeks, on one week, etc. I alternate this herb with the others above every few weeks.
It’s easier to show you how to prepare this herb rather than explain it here so I’ve included a few videos below on how to prepare Kava Kava. The first video will show you how to make Kava Tea the traditional way and the second is preparing Kava with the AluBall, which acts similar to a blender bottle. The AluBall method has been gaining more popularity over the years, but I still prefer the traditional way.
The last item I wanted to mention as a key to happiness is to start incorporating prayer. Prayer is so powerful. When you can hand all your worries over to God (YWHW), our Creator, and trust He knows what is good for you and He is with you and He will never leave you – that is so powerful. I do a mind dump every night with prayer and lay before Abba all of my worries and concerns and if I’m experiencing anxiety during the day, I say a quick prayer to Him. In doing this, I relinquish my control over the situation and admit the fact that I cannot control all and I cannot do this alone or without Him. Peace of mind over the things of this world is so essential to happiness. This world can feel heavy sometimes and it’s not only beautiful but wonderful that we have a God who loves us and a Savior in Christ Yeshua Hamashiach, who will never forsake us.
As Paul told the Philippians in a letter he wrote to them, “for nothing be anxious [do not worry], but in everything by prayer, and by supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God; and the peace of God, that is surpassing all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Be mindful, be present and learn to enjoy the small things that make life great.
So in summary; start eating high vibration foods, journaling with an attitude of gratitude and love, praying, and make sure to enjoy some herbal tea. 😉
Unless I can’t get it organic in my local health food store, which is typically Frontier Pioneer Co-Op, I recommend buying herbs from any of the following: Global Healing Center – Dr. Group’s Organic, Herbal Health Supplements, Health Ranger Store – nonGMO and Organic Herbal Supplements and more, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Starwest Botanicals – Organic Bulk Herbs, Spices, Oils and more. These are really good herbal suppliers and they quality test the products they sell for contaminants.