Everyone wants to life a happy and healthy life. But, too often, we get so caught up in the day-to-day stresses of life, that we are too busy to even notice if we are actually enjoying ourselves!
Here are five simple things you can do today to improve your quality of life.
Schedule in “me-time.”
This is so important, yet something most of us neglect to do. If you really think about it, you can’t be any good to other people – nor perform at your best – if you don’t take care of yourself. Draw a bathtub of bubbles and relax. Go for a walk alone or read a good book at home to unwind. A little something for yourself each day really helps to relax you. It can make you feel so much better. You never know, it may even have a flow-on effect to those around you!
Practice being grateful
As humans, we do have a tendency to fixate on all the negative aspects of our life. Work is too stressful, I am too busy, I am so tired, the kids are driving me insane, I just don’t have time to do anything, etc.
When you practice being grateful, the mind feels safe. You become a better version of yourself. It can feel like a weight has been lifted. There are less negative thoughts cluttering up your mind, vying for space and causing you unnecessary stress.
If you hate your job, think of five things that you appreciate about your job. If the kids are stressing you out, think about why they are behaving the way they are. Maybe they just want your attention and your affection. Rather than focusing on the negative, think about all the ways they make you happy, and all the cute things they do. It can take time to switch your brain to this type of thinking, but being grateful for all that you have, can do wonders for your mood – and your quality of life!
Meditation is not just about spirituality and enlightenment. It’s actually a great way to de-stress from the chaos around you. It’s a really easy and effective way for you to free your mind of the burdens of everyday life (bills, work, kids, mortgages, etc). It can also help you to find a sense of peace.
There are some great meditation apps out there – Smiling Mind, HeadSpace and The Mindfulness App are just a few. You only need to spend 5-10 minutes a day meditating, or practicing mindfulness, for it to be effective. It could be something you do to help you unwind at night; or first thing in the morning as a way to mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead.
Ask for help
Sometimes, as adults – women especially – we think we can do it all. We place all this pressure on ourselves to be perfect and to be able to handle everything that comes our way. We are often too stubborn or too afraid to ask for help – viewing it as a sign of weakness, or even worse – failure. But, we do ourselves no favours doing this – life ends up getting on top of us, rather than us being on top of life.
If things are getting too much for you, ask for help. You will find that most people will be more than willing to lend a hand, and probably appreciate being asked. It will make them feel more valued. Ask your partner to share the load around the house, ask your parents to mind your kids for a few hours while you take some time out, speak to a colleague at work if there’s something you need help with. No one is an island, so let other people in!
Let it go
You know what they say: life is short, don’t sweat the small stuff! Before you let a person or a situation get you all emotional and clutter up your mind with negative thoughts, think about whether it’s really worth it. Is it worth all your time and energy focusing on? Will it make you feel better to get annoyed/upset/angry by something? Will getting upset actually change anything? Be it, the situation, the outcome, or how the other person reacts? If the answer is no, let it go (and no, I am not channelling Frozen here!).
At the end of the day, the way we live our life and the quality of life we have, comes down to us, and how we choose to live it.
Do you want to improve your quality of life? Why not start by looking after yourself through regular exercise and healthy eating? Get in contact with me below and we can have a chat about your health goals.
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