17 Easy Ways To Become A Happier And Calmer Person In 2017

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Akarsz változtatni az életeden 2017-ben? Ilyen könnyen is el lehet kezdeni. Olvasásértés should és shouldn't használatát gyakorló feladattal.

If you’re looking for 2017 resolutions here are a few simple tips and techniques that will help you be a calmer and happier human being.

1. Just breathe.

Your body already has a built-in stress fighter: Your mind and your lungs. So find time just to breathe. The deeper the better.  

2. Go for a walk outside at least once a week.

Exercise ― even if it’s just walking ― can affect your mental and physical health in profound ways. But you may be missing out on a few added perks by keeping your workout indoors. Research shows taking a walk in nature can alleviate depressive symptoms and significantly increase your mood. There’s something to be said for a little sunshine with your stroll.

3. Try new experiences.

Forget retail therapy ― try adventure therapy. Studies show that spending money on experiences o ver material items will bring greater joy. Make 2017 the year you see your favorite band live or try zip lining. You’ll be happier for it.

4. Keep a gratitude journal.

Or any journal, for that matter. Research suggests writing down negative thoughts can help clear your mind and jotting the things you appreciate can help improve your mental well-being. And, bonus, it’ll allow you to go back and reflect on your year come next December. You may be amazed by the progress.

5. Talk to your friends.

There’s nothing better than sitting down with a friend and have a long talk. Social media platforms and chatting can never be a substitute for that.

6. Take a media break.

If you’re feeling down from all the horrible news of 2016, you’re not alone. Research shows that constant exposure to negative news can have a detrimental impact on mental health. If the cycle is weighing down on you, try unplugging or cutting back your media consumption for a period of time.

7. Make a mental health playlist.

When you’re feeling anxious, just press play. Research indicates that a specific tune may reduce your anxiety by up to 65 percent, Inc. reported. Anxiety specialists clinically identified “the most relaxing song in the world,” “Weightless” by Marconi Union, based on measures like brain activity and heart rates of participants in the study. Here are some additional options to add to your de-stress list.

8. Go to bed an hour earlier.

Sleep is a magical elixir when it comes to mental health. Research shows that losing Zs can make it difficult to regulate emotions and make you more irritable. Not to mention too little rest can lead to physical health setbacks.

9. Try cutting down on alcohol.

Sure, a good glass of red wine at the end of a long day is one thing. But too many gin and tonics after a rough work week ― and the subsequent hangover ― may not be doing anyone any favors when it comes to psychological health. Some research suggests that heavy drinking can lead to an increase in anxiety.

10. Cut out toxic people.

It’s one thing if your good pal is going through a rough time and you’re there to help them through it. It’s another thing to be around someone who is constantly stressed over every single situation. It could be hurting your well-being: Research shows stress is contagious. The good news? So is happiness. Choose your squad wisely.

11. Tell people when you’re feeling anxious.

There’s power in sharing your emotions, as Sarah Jessica Parker discovered. And experts agree: Talking about your anxiety is key to managing and abating it.

“I used to not ever tell anybody because I thought that too many people were reliant on me to not be anxious, like they were all looking at me to make them feel better,” Parker told The Coveteur earlier this year. “Like anything, until the minute you talk about something it feels as if you are a balloon that’s been blown up and you have too much air in you. You just need somebody to let a little out.”

12. Donate time or money to a meaningful organization.

“In addition to improving the lives of others, there is compelling evidence that volunteering can really improve the mental health of the volunteer by increasing a sense of purpose and strengthening social connections,” Srijan Sen, a professor at the University of Michigan Depression Center, told The Huffington Post.

13. Or just perform a random act of kindness.

Paying it forward can go a long way. Purchase a stranger’s coffee, take somebody out to lunch or just hold the door open for someone who clearly needs a little help. Research even shows that it can boost your mood and compel you perform more acts of kindness.

“Putting love out in the world is an amazing way to help someone else ― and you ― feel happy,” Liz Eddy, director of communications at the Crisis Text Line, told HuffPost.

14. Allow yourself to feel sad.

Yep, you read that correctly. Human beings experience a spectrum of emotions and each one deserves attention. Research shows that crying can be cathartic and allows you to process whatever is upsetting you better. Grab those tissues and let it flow.

15. Plan a vacation.

The act of anticipation is just as much of a reward as the vacation itself. Research suggests that planning a trip can increase your happiness. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend adventure or an excuse to use up your vacation days, start looking into hitting the road.

16. Recite self affirmations.

Inner dialogues can be incredibly brutal. But promising research shows that self affirmations ― or the act of focusing on your strengths and what you value ― can help combat some of the negativity your brain tends to churn out.

For example, are you a creative type? Think about how you discovered that and the ways you’ve expressed your creativity in the past. Experts say this technique has a way of buffering you against stress and gets you thinking about items that feed into a positive sense of self.

17. Give yourself a break.

So often human beings put pressure on themselves to “do it all,” which can lead to burnout and guilt. You’re your own worst critic. Cut yourself some slack next year and start accepting yourself wholly (research shows it’s the key to a happier life, but a habit many rarely practice). Sooner or later you’ll be on your way to being more exuberant and tranquil.

Cheers to 2017!

source: Huffington Post

Should or shouldn’t? Fill in the gaps in the sentences.

1. You …… find time to breathe.

2. You …… work out only indooors. Outdoors exercise has its perks.

3. You …… stick to retail therapy, try adventure therapy instead.

4. You …… jot down in a journal what you appreciate in your life.

5. You …… take a media break if the always negative news saddens you.

6. You …… more to be able to regulate your emotions more effectively.

7. You …… cut down on alcohol.

8. You …… let other people continuously dampen your mood with their depression.

9. You …… be ashamed of feeling sad and showing it.

10. You …… find some charity and start volunteering.

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Vocabulary

resolution

fogadalom

to breathe

lélegezni

built-in

beépített

mind

agy

lung

tüdő

exercise

testgyakorlás, edzés

to affect

befolyásolni

in profound ways

mélyreható módon

to miss out on sg

kihagyni valamit

perk

extra

to alleviate

enyhíteni

stroll

séta

retail therapy

azért vásárolni, hogy jobb legyen a hangulatunk

adventure

kaland

material items

anyagi dolgok

zip lining

drótkötélpálya

gratitude

hála

journal

napló

to jot

feljegyezni

to appreciate

becsülni, értékelni

to reflect on

visszagondolni

progress

haladás

substitute

pótlék, helyettesítő

to feel down

rosszul érezni magát

exposure

kitettség

detrimental

káros

impact

hatás

to weigh down on sy

teherként nehezedni valakire

to unplug

kihúzni a dugót, távol tartani magunkat a dolgoktól

to cut back

csökkenteni, visszavenni

consumption

fogyasztás

anxious

ideges, feszült

to reduce

csökkenteni

heart rate

pulzusszám

magical

bűvös

to regulate

szabályozni

irritable

ingerlékeny

not to mention

azt nem is említve, hogy…

setback

hanyatlás

to cut down on sg

csökkenteni, visszafogni

rough

nehéz

subsequent

rákövetkező

hangover

másnaposság

to cut out

kizárni

toxic

mérgező

contagious

ragályos, fertőző

squad

csapat

wisely

bölcsen

expert

szakértő

to abate

csökkenni

to be reliant on

függni valamitől

to blow up

felfújni

compelling evidence

kétségbevonhatatlan bizonyíték

volunteering

önkénteskedés

to strengthen

megerősíteni

random

véletlenszerű

act of kindness

kedvesség, kedveskedés

to purchase

vásárolni, venni

to boost

fellendíteni, javítani

to compel

késztetni

to deserve

megérdemelni, kiérdemelni

attention

figyelem

to process

feldolgozni

to upset

elkeseríteni, elszomorítani

to grab

megragadni

anticipation

várakozás valami pozitív dologra

reward

jutalom

to hit the road

útra kelni

to recite

mondani, mondogatni

affirmation

megerősítés

to combat

leküzdeni

to churn out

termelni

to buffer

felvértezni

to give sy a break

békén hagyni

pressure

nyomás

burnout

kiégés

guilt

bűntudat

exuberant

kirobbanó

tranquil

nyugodt

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