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10 Things You Should Give Up To Become Happy

1. Expectations: Stop setting yourself up for failure by lowering some of the expectations you put upon yourself. Don’t expect to pick up the kids from school, go to yoga, prepare a three course dinner, help the kids with homework, get them to bed by 8:00 and still have free time for your husband; you are not superwoman, you cannot do it all! By letting go of expectations of what you are supposed to be able to do, what you need to look like, and how you need to act, you’ll give yourself a chance to be at peace with who you are.

2. Regrets: One of my favorite people once told me, “You can’t live your life in regret” and I have carried that sentiment with me ever since. When I look back on my life there have been so many things I wish I would have done differently, but where does that get me? Don’t live your life wondering what if, because every decision has brought you to where you are now, and your ‘now’ is exactly where you’re supposed to be.

3. Toxic People: We all have those people in our life that constantly bring us down. Maybe they bring an excess amount of drama to your life, or maybe being around them turns your day into chaos. Take some time to assess the people around you and see which ones may be more harmful than helpful to you.

4. Control: That perfect afternoon summer pool party, might just end up getting rained out. That killer outfit that you ordered online, might end up looking better online than in person. Try to give up control over the things that you have no control over, such as the weather and other people’s actions. By releasing this control, you’ll definitely begin to see more happiness creep into your life.

5. Negativity: We all have that friend that complains about everything {or maybe that friend is you}. Negativity is a sure way to take the joy out of your life. Instead of thinking about everything that went wrong during your day, try making a list at the end of the day of five things you’re thankful for.

6. Comparison: Is the grass always greener in someone else’s yard? The saying goes that “Comparison is the thief of joy” and as cliché as it sounds, I definitely believe it’s true, especially on social media. On social media we tend to compare everyone else’s high points posted on social media to our failures that we keep hidden away. Someone is always going to have it better than you, but on the flip side, someone is always going to have it worse than you. Be thankful for what you have, and where you are in your journey and don’t worry about anyone else’s path.

7. Screen Time: I’m not saying that you need to take a break from all electronics, but think about cutting down your screen time. Do you really need that third hour on Facebook? Instead of staring at a lit screen, try doing some yoga, going for a walk outside, or reading a book. Too much screen time can also have a negative effect on your sleep.

8. Fear: We’re all afraid of something, afraid of embarrassing ourselves, afraid of letting down the people we love, afraid of failure, but the questions is do we let those fears affect our actions? We can’t live our life in fear or else we’ll miss out on once in a lifetime opportunities.

9. Hate: Maya Angelou once said, “Hate has caused a lot of problems in the world, but it has not solved one yet.” There are going to be some people and situations throughout your life that you dislike, and there are going to be some people and situations that you don’t need to have in your life, but that doesn’t mean that you have to hate them. Hate is such a strong word; try to take it out of your vocabulary.

10. Perfection: Nobody is perfect; even though some people may seem perfect, they’re not. Stop trying to be perfect because you’re just setting yourself up for failure. People will still love you in the midst of your beautiful imperfection, I promise!

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