It’s a new decade, so what better time than now to really invest in yourself? There are so many ways that you can boost your mood, and doing so can help you be more successful in all areas of your life. If you want to feel like you have more control over your life, here are six different things to try.
Find a job you love.
When it comes to having a satisfying life, finding a job that you can truly thrive in is one of the most important things you can do. An article in the New York Times describes finding a good job as providing incalculable value. In fact, according to the writer Robert H. Frank, one of the most satisfying psychological states humans can experience is a state called “flow,” which you can only get if you’re working in a job you truly love.
Change your hairstyle.
More and more people are discovering that hair therapy (changing your hairstyle) can bring new confidence to their lives. When you think about it, it makes sense, since your hair is often a reflection of your internal emotional state. For example, if your hair is frizzy or tangled, you may feel like you lack control. If you want to change your hairstyle from day to day, clip-in hair extensions and wigs give you an easy out without actually changing your own hair.
See your doctor.
Getting an annual check-up can be a great way to stay in control of your health. When you’re visiting your doctor regularly, you can have bloodwork performed that checks for health issues like Vitamin D deficiency or high cholesterol which could be contributing to moodiness or decreased energy. Whether you’re on Medicare insurance or use PPO or HMO coverage, it’s crucial that you see your doctor regularly in order to prevent future health issues.
Make great friendships.
If you’re surrounded by toxic relationships, you can easily feel drained. With strong friendships, however, you feel supported and like you aren’t always the one giving while your friend takes. Having a more balanced relationship ensures that you have someone you can go to when you need to. That kind of support goes a long way in feeling like you can face any obstacle that might come your way.
Find fashion you love.
Fashion plays a large role in how comfortable you feel in our identity. In fact, recent research has shown that the colors that you wear can impact your mood in a variety of ways. For example, wearing yellow may make you feel happier, while wearing purple may make you feel more confident. Even including these pops of color as accessories can go a long way in feeling like you have more control over your life.
Take up a meaningful hobby.
If you’re looking for a simple way to provide structure and purpose to your life, the right hobby can go a long way. From social hobbies like intramural sports in recreational leagues to solo hobbies like weight lifting, it’s easy to find a hobby that aligns with other goals you might have such as making new friends or getting healthier. Not all hobbies have to cost an extravagant amount of money, either, so if you’re also trying to keep your finances in order it’s worth looking at cheap hobbies, too.
With the right approach, you can change your life in truly incredible ways. Finding things to fill your life with that give it meaning and bring it joy can have so many benefits that it’s important to work to find what makes you happy. Try some of the above tips and tricks and you might be surprised by how your life improves.