LIFE can be stressful, negative and energy zapping. Most people have grueling and demanding jobs, financial issues and more often than not, relationship issues. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negatives of life and let it take over your mind. When we allow so much negativity to surround us and infiltrate our thoughts, we tend to become negative, sometimes even depressed. It’s super important to remember to take care of your self, not just physically but mentally too.
Over the years I’ve had my share of negativity and depression. I’ve faced a lot of obstacles and battles letting it drain me and zap my energy. As a result I suffered many medical issues. I felt like my medicine cabinet was a drugstore. One day I realized that I had to take back my own life and restore my energy. Only I could control myself. I had to learn from all of my mistakes and apply the lessons in a positive manner, rather than continually making the same mistakes over and over again. Let me share with you a few things I do on a daily basis that have helped to restore balance, peace, happiness and harmony in my own life.
1 – Mindful meditation: Every day before work or after work, I meditate. I didn’t automatically know how to do this, so I download an amazing app on my phone called, “CALM”. It has wonderful teachings about gratitude, thankfulness, mindfulness and even has a sleep section to help me sleep more peacefully. Once I learned how to release my mind of all the random garbage thoughts, I was able to sit still and calm. It’s such a refreshing way to start your day or drift off to sleep. You allow yourself to live in the moment and appreciate the here and now.
2 – Daily positive affirmations: Every day I make a point of giving thanks for at least 3 things in the morning and 3 things at night. No matter how bad you THINK your life is, there is always something to be grateful for. It could be as easy as saying you are grateful to be alive, grateful for a smile, grateful for something that happened. You chose what’s meaningful to you.
3 – Get out: Don’t allow yourself to be locked up in the house or office all day. Fresh air does wonders for the soul. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside, step out for a little walk, inhale the air, take in the view surrounding you. Turn your cellphone off and just enjoy life’s simple pleasures by sensing what’s around you.
4 – Exercise: Exercise doesn’t always mean going to the gym. Find an activity you enjoy that gets your blood circulating. Walking, hiking, yoga, weight lifting, dance class. You find it and incorporate it into your day. This will make a world of difference for you. Exercise gets your endorphins moving. You’ll feel stronger and sleep better.
5 – Me time: Finding time for yourself is so important. A lot of times we give so much time and energy to other people and other obligations. We have jobs, relationships, kids, life duties….we forget about ourselves. When you do that, it can take a toll on your body and physical well being. Stress is one of the major contributors to illness. It’s so important to find time for yourself. Put aside an hour a day to take care of you. If you like to read, curl up with a good book before bed. If you like movies, pop in something fun and lighthearted. Get a massage. Do something that makes you feel calm and happy.
Self – care is so important. Our minds are very powerful tools that influence our way of life. If you consistently think negatively, you start to act negatively. Teach yourself to think positive then practice being positive. You’ll feel wonderful! All of life is a lesson. It’s up to us to utilize those lessons in a positive manner. We tend to repeat the mistakes we make over and over again until we actually learn the lesson. Once we learn, it’s like a light bulb going off in your head. Practicing self-care is not being selfish. It’s being responsible. You need to be responsible for your own well being. If you aren’t, then how will you be able to be present and positive for others? Take care of you.