Things can get on top of us all at times, but here at Smiley we love to keep positive and spread happiness wherever we can. As it’s Stress Awareness Day today, we’ve put together 6 of the best ways to overcome stress and stay happy.

1.     Positive Self Talk 

First things first: positivity is key! It’s important to keep optimistic and not let things bring you down. Positivity will help you get through the day with a smile, so talk to yourself with kindness. Surround yourself with positive people that can lift you up rather than drag you down and increase stress. 

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2.     Emergency stress stoppers

When it all gets a bit much, take it out on the stress ball not anything else! Stress balls are proven to reduce stress by physically occupying your mind with something so that your mind isn’t focusing on whatever it is stressing you out. So invest in an emergency stress stopper for the days that you need a quick fix. 

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3.     Add a splash of colour to your life 

Why not brighten up your day by adding a splash of colour to your wardrobe? As reported by The Daily Mail, scientists have found that brighter clothes make you happier. Keep your outfit fun to put a smile back on your face.  

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4.     Exercise 

Take some time out your day to get moving! When you exercise your body releases endorphins, which have been said to trigger positive feelings in the body. It has therefore been scientifically proven that regular exercise can reduce stress, anxiety and feelings of depression, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. So why not join the gym, go for an evening walk or simply get off the bus a stop earlier.  

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5.     Take a break 

When trying to reduce stress it’s essential that you give yourself time to relax. It’s important that you allow yourself to take a break from stressful things. So make sure you take time to do what you love to do, set some regular time aside to enjoy your favourite hobby or see your favourite people.

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6.     Hug it out :)

Lastly, hug it out! Apparently we need 8 hugs per day to feel happier and more relaxed… So go for it, give the next friend you see a big ol’ squeeze.