Do you constantly look to the future for your dream lifestyle? In this article, I will show you how you can achieve a better quality lifestyle starting today.
Start doing the things you love again
The keyword here is START. That's all you have to do. It's easy to get stuck in the cycle of work and not give yourself the time to do the things that you really enjoy doing. But these are the things that feed our soul and ultimately make us more relaxed, happy and connected. Perhaps just start by looking into an evening class or a meetup. Big experiences grow from small seeds - nurture them and watch them grow.
Stay connected, be creative
If you work on your own and live on your own you need to make time to see other people. Human connection is so important for our wellbeing. I have a tendency to hunker down and get on with stuff but then it can really hit me when I haven't been in contact with another human being. Yesterday was one of those days. I had been working on my own for most of the day, I felt quite sad and lonely and if I'm honest, a bit sorry for myself!
Now, normally on my walk to and from work I like to find beautiful and interesting things to photograph, and I often post them on Instagram. And yesterday after my sorry afternoon, I crossed the road from my usual commute and found some lovely things to capture, I was starting to feel much better just from fueling my creativity.
As I turned into my road I saw my neighbour, she welcomed me with a big smile and we chatted for about 15 minutes. I was feeling much more human, the empty feeling was disappearing. When I got home, instead of going straight indoors I put my bag down and pottered in the front garden for half an hour. I am an outdoorsy type and that connection with nature was so therapeutic. As I pottered, my next door neighbour came outside and chatted for a good 20 minutes, I was feeling so much better.
All of these seemingly small things made the world of difference to my day. In the evening I felt lighter, content, relaxed and happy. Everything seemed to flow much more easily. I didn't feel tired any more, I stayed up late, slept really well (all the way through - unusual for me) and woke up early. The impact that social connection has on us as human beings can be immense.
Appreciate the small things in life
Writing in a gratitude journal will help you appreciate the smaller things. I have been writing daily for about a year now and I have noticed a big difference. The more I write in it the more I find to appreciate. Find yourself a beautiful notebook, one that feels good and is nice to write in. Mine is a hardback with a magnetic flap so it closes well and travels well too. If you have had a bad day, try to think about the smallest things you are grateful for, it may seem insignificant at the time but it will make a difference. Meditate on it for a few minutes.
Write down your goals
Research shows that people who write down their goals regularly are 42% more likely to achieve them. Mary Morrisey, International Speaker, wrote an article about the science behind writing down goals and dreams. She talks about research carried out by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, who found that people who regularly write down their goals and dreams are 42% more likely to achieve their desires.
With all this in mind, don't wait - start living your best life now and see how it unfolds. Do let me know how you get on, I would love to hear from you.
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Until next time, go well and be happy :)