I used to see life through a very blurry lens. I was confused, lost, depressed, anxious and insecure. It took me almost five years to master these five wellness habits and find myself. It was not an easy road, but one worth embarking on. All the soul-searching and wellness practices I tried are now paying off.

Unlike five years ago, I now look forward to waking up everyday and challenging myself to stay positive. Although my daily activities are the same as five years ago, my mindset has changed. I see life from a different perspective. As a result, I am a happier person.

Here are five wellness habits that have enabled me to change my life for the better, so you can take a shortcut to happiness.

1. Practice self-awareness

First, let’s define self-awareness since it can sometimes be misunderstood. Self-awareness is an awareness of one’s own personality and individuality. To achieve a high level of self-awareness you must be willing to analyze yourself to become aware of your strengths and weaknesses. So ask yourself questions and when you don’t have the answers, look for them

I would also recommend taking a personality test. It will give you some great insight into why you think and behave the way you do. Here is a reliable resource for that.

2. Practice mindfulness

Make an effort to focus on the present moment without judgement, and pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness practice helps relieve stress, anxiety and it enables you to make better decisions while letting go of negative emotions.

Before the thought of practicing mindfulness overwhelms you, I would like to clarify that I am not talking about mindful meditation. If you have the ability to meditate daily, that is great, but it is not required to practice mindfulness. All you need is a few minutes a day to get in touch with yourself and your feelings. Here is an article I wrote which can guide you through mindfulness practice.

3. Practice self-acceptance

You want to focus on the things you can change rather than on those you cannot. There are no benefits to complaining about your features or personality type. So you might as well accept them and turn your imperfections into your superpowers.

As you attempt to practice self-acceptance, take into consideration to stage of life you are in. If you are very young, or you are going through a difficult time in your life, it may take you longer to achieve it. But remember, self-acceptance is a skill you perfect over time. The more you practice, the better you get at it. So start now!

4. Adopt a positive mindset

Choose to focus on the good things that happened to you daily rather than dwell on what went wrong. Over time, you will train your mind to search for the positive in any situation. You will also have an easier time snapping out of a negative mindset whenever you find yourself in one.

Do not underestimate the power of your thoughts. They shape your life. Therefore, remind yourself, you are in control of your thoughts and not the other way around.

5. Practice tolerance

I cannot overstate the power of forgiveness and compassion, both towards yourself and others. Tolerance will enable you to let go of past hurts, and prevent new grudges from forming. Which leaves more room for positivity and happiness in your life.

We tend to be so harsh on ourselves, we forget we are humans. Mistakes are natural, regardless of who makes them. So do your best to be compassionate and let little mistakes slide. It will improve all of your relationships, but most importantly the one you have with yourself.

Make these habits a part of your daily routine so you can enjoy the instant rewards. And to help you along the way, I have created a downloadable emotional wellness template to guide you through your daily practice.

Daily Emotional Wellness Practice PDF

Daily Emotional Wellness Practice

I hope you find these five wellness habits as helpful as I did.

Read next: Become A More Mindful Person: 5 Easy Steps

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