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Joint Living Tips

We know it’s hard sometimes to pause and allow yourself a little care. A few tips here and there, with advice on how to eat healthy, live healthy, exercise and take a break, should help.

Our first ever house was in Brighton, we now have 32 lovely houses throughout the city, in 8 different areas . All with transport links to universities and throughout the city of Brighton & Hove. Despite its city status Brighton has a small foot print and cycling throughout the city is often the easiest way to get around.  We have bike sheds in all our houses to encourage cycling. Brighton & Hove Buses offer safe, reliable, and sustainable alternative travel throughout the city.

10 Ways to be Happy

We don’t know about you, but the recent rain is getting us down a little, so here is to better days outside and, for now, enjoying being cosy inside.

1. Take 10 Deep Breaths

In the rush of everyday life, we can forget to slow down and take a moment to relax. Remember why you’re doing those things that make you feel stressed, whether that be study obligations or something else; it is crucial to achieving that ‘inner zen’ we all crave. All you need is two minutes in a quiet space where you can take the time to breathe, let go of all your worries, and we guarantee you’ll feel rejuvenated for the day ahead. Deep breathing sends a message to the brain to calm down, which loosens tense muscles and allows positive free thinking. Taking a moment to breathe can influence your productivity and allow ideas to formulate naturally rather than by force.

2. Smile

It’s a cliche for a reason. A smile can spread like wildfire. If you take the time to smile every day, you may just find that small moment of positivity affects your entire day and even the way others see you. Similar to taking deep breaths, smiling induces a chemical reaction which helps lift your mood. It can even boost your immune system and relieve stress.

Take a positive outlook on those small daily struggles, and you might just find they’re not as stress-inducing as you first thought. Smiling can be a trick to the brain into thinking you’re happy. It spreads positivity to those around you and can affect your entire day. You’ve probably done it yourself without realising, but most humans’ perceptions and reactions of a person happen the moment they see them. If you start the day with a smile, you’re more likely to encourage others to react in a similar fashion. Who knew the simple act of smiling could create so much change?

3. Appreciate Yourself

The one piece of advice we all can take is to appreciate ourselves more. As a society, we no longer wait for others to appreciate us but rather appreciate ourselves and acknowledge how far we’ve come. Many of us remain stuck in the mindset of personal or professional competition with others, not recognising the achievements we’ve made but measuring our own successes against others.

Appreciating yourself can be as simple as deciding you are worth being valued. It’s easier said than done, but continuing to think positively about yourself will slowly create a different mentality and outlook about yourself. Another excellent way to appreciate yourself is remembering how far you’ve come. Thinking back to a year ago, five years ago, or ten – did you ever think you’d be where you are now?

4. Meditate

Similar to the previous advice, meditating is one of the key ways of helping to reset your mind. It allows you to sort through your thoughts in a calm and non-judgemental manner and even helps you leave your problems at the door for a short while. Meditation has also been said to inspire your creative side and problem-solving skills, as well as allowing you to sleep easier without those intrusive thoughts keeping you awake at night.

It provides mental clarity for solving those everyday problems, whether that be personal or work-related. Spending 20 minutes a day in a quiet space focusing on your breathing will help negative thoughts dissolve and encourage you to focus better when returning to the tasks at hand.

5. Connect with Loved Ones

Task yourself with connecting with loved ones at least once a week. It’s important to have meaningful relationships. Maintaining a strong relationship with friends and family is much more likely to help you achieve ultimate happiness.

It can be as simple as going over to a friend’s house or taking a walk through the park for a few hours, and we guarantee it’ll have you feeling much better in no time at all. Remember – there’s always time to enjoy having a lazy day in bed, but time with loved ones is priceless.

6. Go Outside

With so many things being accessible at the touch of a button, it’s easy to take advantage of what’s at your fingertips. Take a day to leave the confines of your house and go outside by spending the day with a friend. Or simply take a walk through the park and enjoy the sights. Even just a few minutes of fresh air has been proven to brighten your day. It even has physical benefits by improving blood pressure and boosting your mental health.

It not only encourages more exercise into your daily routine, but many find it incredibly beneficial to their concentration and productivity at other times of the day. It can be suffocating to stay in one place all the time, therefore going outside allows you to physically take yourself away from those stressful situations until you’re in a better frame of mind to deal with them.

7. Put Your Phone Down

With everything becoming so available on mobiles in recent years, it can be easy to sink into those obligations and create more stress for yourself. Answering work or university emails is made all the easier with smartphones, therefore, it’s important to spend time away from temptations and unplug. Are you the type that finds themselves worrying when you can’t find your phone after five minutes of no use? Worrying you’re missing notifications or texts from loved ones?

Then it’s all the more important to choose a hobby that doesn’t include any form of technology, even if it’s just for an afternoon a week. Focusing on something other than your phone helps you leave all those stresses and worries behind and focus on relaxing.

8. Exercise

Whether you’re the type of person who’d enjoy hiking up mount Snowdon or a short walk through the streets on your lunch hour, we completely recommend exercise as the fuel for your overall happiness. You’ve probably heard it all before, but even 30 minutes of exercise in the morning will increase your mood and set you up well for the day ahead. Exercising isn’t just for the physical benefits of maintaining a healthy body, but it also affects your mental health. By raising your pulse, exercise allows more oxygen to reach your brain, which helps to reduce anxiety, depression and boost your overall happiness.

We’ve all felt it. Achieving something you never wanted to do in the first place is bound to make you feel as if you’ve achieved something, and exercise is a good example of this. Most of us would rather not do it, but you can’t deny the feeling of complete satisfaction knowing you’ve spent half an hour or an hour sweating it out.

9. Learn Something New

Learning isn’t just for school or university. We’re all constantly learning new things whether we realise it or not. It’s just a part of life, and it shouldn’t be something to shy away from. Learning a new skill or subject is always beneficial, and you never know when it might be of use. When we learn something new, our brains get a rush of dopamine which helps to motivate us to complete a task, usually in search of some kind of reward. That reward could just be the satisfaction of having finished.

This not only helps you feel accomplished but gives you more skills and knowledge which could relate to the interests of those around you and help you better socialise. There’s nothing that gets a friendship off to a great start like a common interest. You’ll naturally build more self-esteem, relate to those around you and empower yourself to achieve more with your life.

10. Help Others

Sometimes this can be as simple as getting your colleague a cup of tea. A little kindness can go a long way to achieving that happiness we all crave. Think about it for a second. If you’re having the worst day and a colleague or friend complimented a piece of work you did or brought you a drink when you felt too busy to make one yourself- you’d feel so grateful your day may even brighten just that little bit.

Spreading a positive attitude is equally as rewarding as receiving it. You never know what goes on in the lives of those around you, and your kindness could be exactly the thing that person needed to restore their faith in humanity. Even faith in themselves and the work they’re doing. Whenever you get the chance, we advise helping others to achieve their goals and desires.

5 Ways to improve your day


Listen to your favourite song


Eat some cake


Look up at the sky and listen to the birds


Start a new book


Get outside, let the sun hit your skin

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