It’s Wednesday. Time to end the week. Your head may quickly become full after three days. Your energy levels drop and you become more stressed. You will be able to manage it the rest of the week if you can clear your mind in the interim. Josje Smeets, happiness psychologist, shares five tips for doing this.
“Your head has an internal battery, just like in your telephone,” explains Smeets. “If you’re busy all the time, the battery will just run out at some point. What we as humans forget is to recharge every now and then.” If you don’t do this, you will end up in energy-saving mode, according to Smeets. “You can do everything, but secretly you are tired and irritable.”
If you don’t allow your brain to stop generating stimuli, you’ll eventually feel more depressed, less optimistic, and more absent. As a happiness psychologistSmeets makes sure that this doesn’t happen. “I prevent people from thinking ‘shit, is this my life now?’”.
You will feel less energetic, less satisfied, and less likely to have fun. There are many reasons to get your head cleared.
There are four main happiness hormones: serotonin (dopamine), endorphins (endorphins) and oxytocin. According to the happiness psychologist, movement is the only way for all four hormones to be released simultaneously in the brain. “These hormones stay in your system for up to 12 hours after your workout. That means you can handle things in life better for 12 hours.” A tip from her: so start exercising in the morning instead of in the evening, then you take that feeling with you into the day.
Smeets explains that there are two kinds of people. One group can be relaxed while sitting still, such as through meditation and yoga. One group prefers to move and relax more: they like to run. “Find out for yourself which group you belong to. What suits you better?” Though meditation is something you have to practice: “I think it’s terrible myself, but I always recommend it.” It can help against stress, improve focus and concentration, and provide better emotional balance. Meditation can help you relax.
Keep track of everything going on in your head. As long as you write, it doesn’t matter what. Although people I coach don’t often feel like it, it is a great way to help them. Smith says. You don’t know where to begin? Make a mind map. It can be viewed as a sort of brain dump. By writing down everything, you literally clear your mind. It clears your head.
The happiness hormone oxytocin can give us feelings of love, trust, and friendship. It makes us feel more social and happier. You only have to do it? Cuddle! It’s also known as the cuddlehormone. It can also be used to make eye contact with colleagues if you don’t feel like hugging them.
Smeets claims that social media has more harmful than positive effects. One example is the social comparison. You may have a great day at work but can now see what others are doing better on Instagram. Even if you don’t want your phone to be completely turned off, it is worth turning off notifications. “Those red bars are an alarm signal for your brain, which causes you to produce adrenaline.” So for you it may feel relaxed to scroll through your timeline in bed, but for your brain it feels anything but.
Are you looking to get rid of your thoughts by getting on your bicycle? There are many beautiful routes to cycle in the Netherlands.