Contentment is often thought of as the ultimate aim of mental health. Unlike happiness, which is often fleeting and unsustainable, contentment is a strong foundation of feeling good; it’s a feeling of acceptance of who you are and where you are; it’s being basically okay come what may. It doesn’t stop you from experiencing difficulties in life, but it helps you to bear them with more ease.
Sound good? Here are a few things you can do to find more contentment in your life:
Do something you love
Doing something you love every day is a great way to build a greater sense of contentment in your life. Whether it’s your dream job or a hobby like writing or photography that makes you feel happier and more alive. Practicing at least one thing you truly enjoy each day will make all the difference, so make time for the good stuff in life.
Take a pause
When you find yourself being unhappy, dissatisfied, or annoyed, pause what you’re doing, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that you are basically a good person and you accept yourself. Also try to accept the situation, while also, if necessary, thinking calmly about what you can do to change the situation.
Meditation is like taking a prolonged pause. It enables you to quiet your mind, teach yourself that thoughts are simply thoughts and not facts – they come and go – and enable you to find more peace and contentment in the simple act of being alive,. It’s easy to learn and all you need to practice is a little time, so why not make it a part of your routine?
You don’t have to wait until there is a major problem in your life to seek therapy. Therapy from an award winning interventionist is available anytime anywhere (even over the web) and it can be a very good way of sorting out who you are, what you think, and why you think and feel a certain way. Talking things through enables you to better understand yourself and make changes for the better in your life, which can lead to a serious feeling of contentment.
Stop mindlessly consuming
Buying more and more stuff in a bid to make yourself feel happy and boost your status is a fool’s game. The things you purchase won’t bring you everlasting happiness and you’ll just keep repeating the cycle over and over again. Stop spending and start appreciating the things you do have. Chances are you’ll realize you’re a lot luckier than you think and you’ll be more content than you’ve ever been. That’s not to say you can never buy anything superfluous again, but before you do, think about why you want it and whether you really need it or if it will really make you happier. This will put you better in touch with your feelings and help you to build a far more meaningful life, not just in the store, but in your whole life.
Contentment really is within reach.