If there’s one thing you desperately need more of in life, it’s balance. You’re spending every waking hour either worrying about all the things you need to get done or doing them. You’re exhausted and really needing some self-care. One helpful and simple way to start living a more balanced lifestyle is by seeking out, experiencing, and enjoying the little joys in life. This Little Joys Challenge (March Edition) will inspire you to embrace all the simple joys life has to offer.
The not-so-little joys
As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, I’ve learned that appreciation for, or simply a recognition of, the little joys in life has a profound impact on my mood and overall well-being. It has helped me see tiny sparks of light in my world that, at times, can feel consumed by darkness. And it brings me hope. It reminds me that despite what I’m going through, there is still so much to enjoy and be grateful for around me.
The truth is these little joys have a huge impact on our mind, body, and spirit. The smell of freshly baked cookies, a stranger’s smile, a puppy’s cuddle – all these tiny things that happen around us daily may seem insignificant at face value, but once you’ve tuned in to how they’re making you feel in that moment, you quickly realize how priceless they really are.
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
I can’t count how many times one of these little joys in life have made me smile, brought a calmness over my body and mind (even if just for a minute or two), pulled me from all the negativity in my brain and into the present moment, and even brought a tear to my eye (ailing grandpa mustering up the ability to smile at me for a tiny moment will do that).
Life is full of all of these tiny treasures begging us to notice them, wanting only to make us happy. And all we need to do is be present enough to see them.
This month, start noticing and experiencing these little joys in life. Follow along with my challenge below or use it as inspiration to create your very own. Make time for the bread baking and nature strolling and sunset watching. Make time for all the simple joys life has to offer. They really want you to notice them. And, even more importantly, you so deserve to see them and feel them and live them. ♡
1 – Make some pancakes in honour of Pancake Day
2 – Smile at a stranger
3 – Get outdoors and enjoy the last bit of winter
4 – Send someone an encouraging message online
5 – Dance around to a song that makes you happy
6 – Enjoy your favourite comfort food
7 – Clean out your pantry and donate goods to your local food bank
8 – Spend some quality time with your best girlfriends in honour of International Women’s Day
9 – Do something kind for someone
10 – Get creative with a spring-inspired DIY
11 – Cook a meal for someone
12 – Visit a loved one
13 – Watch the sunrise in honour of daylight savings time
14 – Add a new piece to your springtime wardrobe
15 – Check in with an old friend
16 – Enjoy brunch with a friend
17 – Make yourself a healthy green smoothie in honour of St. Patrick’s Day
18 – Watch the sunset with a warm drink in hand
19 – Spend some quality time with your fur baby
20 – Make yourself a flower arrangement to welcome in the spring season
21 – Go for a midday stroll
22 – Style your hair in a new way
23 – Read a new book
24 – Bake a spring-inspired cake
25 – Burn a spring-scented candle
26 – Polish your nails in a springy pastel colour
27 – Donate your unused clothing to a local charity
28 – Plant something
29 – Go for a bike ride
30 – Add a touch of spring to your space
31 – Enjoy a bite to eat on a park bench
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I know you’ve been overworked and exhausted and feeling like you really need a break. You’re yearning to just enjoy your life. Seeking out, experiencing, and enjoying the little joys in life is a powerful yet simple way to practice self-care. It’ll nourish your mind, body, and spirit – something you’re needing more than ever right now. And it’ll help you feel more balanced in life.
You deserve to feel joy and enjoy life, your life. Please make time for you. ♡
Follow along to the Little Joys Challenge (March Edition), or create your very own, and start living a life that feels more joyful, fulfilling, and well.
Until next time, my sweet friend!
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DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this blog is written from personal and lived experience. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health or mental health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.