1. Contact ‘old friends’ for your soul connection
Find that time! Call them and say hello. The people that have been in your life for a long time, are important to you. It will give you a feel good boost to speak to them if you can arrange to meet them as it will be even better for both of you to meet face to face and embrace.
Conditions apply. No relying on social media or text after initially contacting your friend, as that’s not a good enough soul connection. Bluetooth in the car is allowed as you actually speak and perfect for a chat on a drive somewhere.
How it helped me. I used to call my Nan (97 years old) using Bluetooth in the car, she was always home alone and she loved the thought that she was ‘on the radio’ in my car. It was a special time that I often miss now and I am so glad I made the time regularly to call her to chat about anything or nothing, because it was everything and now just a beautiful memory for me that makes me smile writing about it to you.
2. Retrospective therapy
It’s called retrospective therapy and it’s all about looking back on or remembering things that made or make you happy. It’s also where the term or word where retro comes from and it means to be imitative of a style or fashion from the recent past.
It’s why people love and appreciate old cars, clothes, movies, tea sets and why the second-hand shop is always a great place to appreciate the eras of antiques, vintage and retro items. Take note of what happens to you when you see retro things, what your reaction is and how you feel when you look at them. Guaranteed to give you a smile, take you back and you’re bound to tell or hear a story.
I have a vintage champagne glass collection and they are so pretty I can’t possibly use them, they are for looking at because they make me happy.
3. Old photos to remember the good times
Yes, look at the printed photos in the shoe box or photo album. Hold them in your hand while they bring back memories that warm your heart. Put up some favourite old photos where you can see them, admire and remember those times with a smile on your face.
You will be sure to find the silly things like I did of my babies in the 80’s looking so beautiful but what was I wearing in those photos! Oh the 80’s of G-string leotards, the big hair dos and shoulder padded clothes all so significant, I hope they don’t come back as a new fashion trend, it all makes you smile.
4. Print your Selfies
Selfie photos have only been a thing since we started taking photos on our phones.
A few years ago there was no such thing as a selfie, apart from having a camera with a timer so the photographer could run from the camera set on a tripod or wall into the scene for the photo.
I love taking a selfie that is a bit random, because while we are in an image, it’s usually only just, as we love the place where we are to be the feature or telling the story of where we are, who we’re with and what we’re doing. I believe selfies are going to be the photos we keep, the ones we will love to look back at and smile because we are usually smiling in a selfie or we delete it.
5. Let’s start a picture print movement
Let’s get some photos printed this week so that we can laugh at life caught in that moment in years to come. If you’re like me all your photos are on your mobile phone and if you back them up and store in cloud someone might hack your password one day and find a cloud full of random people that no one knows.
It doesn’t matter who with, family, friends or work colleagues, find something funny to share, maybe it’s your teenage pictures or something you saw. Laughter is great medicine, research shows over and over again that happiness and laughter are imperative to our wellness.
Go see a funny, feel good movie. A happy cry can do you so much good, releasing all the stress, sadness, anger and pent up feelings even if they don’t relate to the movie.
There are laughter therapy groups you can join where people get together and well, they just laugh.
7. Write down a few things you are grateful for.
leave your grateful list where you can read them regularly. I have a blackboard in my kitchen that I write motivational quotes etc, you know the ones people put on social media. I like them they make me stop and think. There is always something to be grateful for no matter how bad you feel or what you are going through at any given time.
Some people live without clean water or a roof over their heads and don’t know how they are going to eat their next meal. Even the smallest things we sometimes take for granted but recognising that we are grateful for the things we have or in some cases don’t have, is good for the soul.
I hope this gives you a few ideas of how you can de-stress, laugh, relax and add some happiness into your life.
What are you grateful for?