Be kind to yourself. . . .
Relationships full of love, respect and kindness are the ones that we cherish the most and make us the happiest, so why would you not develop that same type of relationship with yourself?
Go easy on yourself and try not to judge yourself too much. Make sure you engage in activities you love regularly, surround yourself with positive things and positive people who make you feel good, who respect you and who make you laugh. Re-think the relationships you have with those people around you who have a negative effect on you, who suck your energy and make you feel down.
Find the time and do at least one nice thing for yourself each day. Do something that makes you feel really good. Why not? you deserve it!
Be kind to others. . . .
Think about a time when you have demonstrated an act of kindness toward another person. Can you remember how you felt afterwards? My bets are that you felt pretty good. Yes, I know, at times being kind to some people can be difficult! Especially when we are not feeling so good within ourselves. However, this is how I look at it. What you put out there, you will receive in return. It's true! Try it! It is not hard to smile at someone or say hello. When you smile you project positive energy. You may never know how powerful the impact of your smile can be on someone else's life. You have the potential to turn their whole day around - and yours! It is a win win situation.
Set goals that are meaningful to you. . . .
Set goals for yourself and visualize them. Goals come in all sizes, levels and quantities. By setting a goal you are giving yourself something to look forward to. It can be a small as a goal to go to your favorite lunch spot today or as large as buying your own home one day. It can be a goal to run for an extra two minutes tomorrow, to read your favorite book on the weekend or to travel overseas by the end of the year. Relish and praise your goals when you achieve them, no matter how big or small they are. Reflect on your achievements regularly too. When you think of and visualize achieving your goals, embrace that great feeling you receive and remember it. Visit that feeling often, it will re-energize and re-motivate you.
It is important to set goals for yourself that are meaningful, are in line with your passions and values and the journey toward them is not going to cause unhappiness. Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination!
Believe in yourself. . . .
Believing in yourself is very important. In fact, it is SO important. Why? Because if you want the life that you have dreamt of, believing in yourself is the first step. Never mind those people who doubt or criticize or the thoughts in your head that tell you that you can't do it - They will only get in the way. You have the power to take control of your life, it's yours! Make the decision to make the most out of it by getting whatever you want out of it! Once that belief is there, create a goal and a positive mind and develop strategies to put you on the journey to make it happen!
Maintain an open mind. . . .
Maintain an open mind. Step out of your comfort zone every now and then. It's the place where we develop and grow. Challenge yourself on a regular basis. Try something new, whether it is a new food, a new activity, a new career. Learn something new. Never stop learning. You never know what you may find. Start saying yes to things rather than no. If you have a “not so good" experience with something new, then learn from it, turn it into a positive. You might as well. What good does negative thinking do, apart from making you unhappy? Make your life so rich with experience that you will look back when you are in your 90's and say “what a fabulous life I led!"
Avoid comparing yourself to others. . . .
Everybody is different and you are your own person. Sure, a bit of competition is healthy. It is motivating and inspiring and makes us strive to be better. However, it is important to remember that everybody has different shapes, sizes, life experiences, levels of fitness, levels of intelligence and knowledge, different financial situations. I have never come across any one person who is exactly the same so why is it that we often compare ourselves to others? Chances are if you are feeling a bit down, you are likely to be looking at other people and how much “better" their lives are than yours. Don't do it! Ask yourself what it is achieving? Live to be the best YOU can be - that is all that matters.
Send those negative thoughts packing. . . .
Your mind is a very powerful thing. Negative thoughts are toxic and do not achieve much. Sure, they are a natural part of thought processes and at times they can be justified and constructive; however, it is important that we do not dwell on them for too long. Acknowledge them, take what you need from them and allow them to leave.
You have the ability to channel your negative thoughts in whatever way you want. Train your mind to think more positive in situations, no matter how bad they may seem. More often than not it is easier to think negatively about something or a situation, rather than learning from it in a positive way. Train your mind to think about the positives in your life, express gratuity regularly and appreciate the good things that you have. Develop a positive philosophy for life and live by it. Negative thinking produces negative energy. Negative energy attracts negative things. It is a vicious cycle; however, it is a cycle that you have the power to change, for the better.
Stay active, eat well and meditate. . . .
Exercise is so important and a necessity to every day life. It has so many wonderful benefits. It keeps you fit and healthy, it clears your mind, reduces stress and stimulates your endorphins - those little biochemical compounds that produce feelings of well-being! Frequent exercise not only assists you to feel good, but the physical benefits allow you to look good too!
Eat well! Think of your body as your car and food as your fuel. Food makes our bodies run. You would not put bad fuel in your car because then it would not run so well, so why would you put bad fuel in your body? A diet rich with vegetables, fruit, good fats and protein is ideal. Try and cut out processed and sugary foods where possible; however, keep in mind that small indulgences every now and then are also good for you, but the key word is, now and then!
Try meditating too. I used to think of meditating as being a little bit “hippy-ish" until I was introduced to it - now I can't get enough. You can do it anywhere. You don't have to find a quiet room (although it is recommended). Meditate when you are out exercising, when you are alone at work - even if it is just 5 minutes. Meditating not only clears the mind and relives tension and stress but it increases energy and enlarges your energy body/aura. The bigger your energy body, the more likely you are to attract more positive things in your life.
Meditating is easy. Concentrate on deep breathing. Breath through the nose, fill up the stomach and release your breath through your nose or mouth. Repeat this for as long as you feel is necessary. Whilst breathing, close your eyes and recall times when you felt happy, joy, elation or fulfillment, re-experience how you felt at that time.
Start your day with a positive thought and an open heart. . . .
Start each day with a positive thought. As soon as you wake up, look in the mirror smile at yourself and say your favorite inspirational quote or affirmation. It could be as simple as “today is going to be a good day". What this does is creates positive energy, opens your heart and gets you ready for a positive day.
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