Welcome to January 2017
How many of you reading this will have embarked on noble New Year’s resolutions with all good intentions and already fallen by the wayside? January is always a rather bleak month if you ask me, with people giving up alcohol or chocolate, taking up exercise, or heaven forbid, embarking on all three! So this year, why not change that? Instead, why not embark on making changes at a more fundamental level – that of improving your global well-being. Viewing it not as “all or nothing,” but instead seeing it as “work in progress.”
Make a conscious effort at the start of each day to begin with a positive thought. In my bathroom I have a small quote that I read before I do anything. “I’ve seen better days, but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want, but I do have all that I need. I woke up with a few aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect, but I am blessed.”
Strive to get your life in balance. Remember that there is more to life than work. Build some relaxation into your weekends so you can relax and recharge. Take time to have fun and be fun. Learn to laugh at yourself and see the funny side of things. Try to take life “less seriously. “ Smile more, after all, its proven to make you happier.
Set yourself small tasks instead of huge projects. Embrace your failures as opportunities to learn. Take on new challenges such as learning to belly dance, salsa or paint. Get involved in the local community, this will really help foster a sense of belonging. Take action on something you feel strongly about and rally your friends in support.
As you go through your day stop comparing yourself to others. You will nearly always home in on their strengths and that will make you feel worse about yourself. Stop putting yourself down. Every time you do that, it will erode your self-esteem. Instead, listen out for compliments, learn to accept them and learn to say “thank you.”
Make this the year to be less critical of others. Remember, they are trying to do their best and just like you, they may get it wrong sometimes. Care for yourself as you would a friend you care about. Listen to your inner compassionate voice, not your inner critic!
Eat well and take regular exercise to release endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifting hormones. Walk a little more each day, get vitamin D as you do, and start saying hello to people you meet along the way.
Avoid people who are negative and put you down, instead mix with people who are positive, confident and supportive. Try to do more of the things you love, rather than the things you think you ought to do. Finally, be true to yourself. Respect yourself, live your life, not a life dictated to you by others.
Written by Steve Clifford.