Make Today the Day You Choose to Be Your Best
If you’ve been feeling run down, self-conscious, and just blah in general, it may be time to give yourself permission to change your behaviors so that you can live your very best life. It’s not hard, and all you need is a new mindset and a few healthy habits. Today, Meditation Informs Healing Facilitation has some tips to help you get started.
Focus on Feeling
Before you get to work changing your routines, it’s important to remember that you have to prioritize how you feel. In other words, each time you make a change, ask yourself if it truly makes you happy or if you’re altering your appearance, schedule, or activities to appease others.
Getting into a new routine of self-care and self-love sounds easy, right? It isn’t. We have to get out of the mindset that taking care of ourselves means neglecting our responsibilities. Start small. For example, give yourself a manicure, which My Best Choice Today explains is less expensive than going to the salon. Your nails will look great, and your bank account won’t dwindle.
Another small change you can make is to prioritize eating breakfast every morning. Fueling yourself up before you get going for the day gives you more energy, and eating high-protein foods, such as eggs and Greek yogurt, can stave off hunger. You’ll be less likely to overindulge at the snack machine before lunch. Not sure you have time to cook? You can quickly whip up a healthy and delicious breakfast in less time than you think.
If your wardrobe is out of date, spend an afternoon shopping (or a few hours online) to look for clothes that keep you comfortable but that are more appropriate in public than those worn-out leggings you’ve been sporting for the last six months. A cute new dress, stretchy jeans, or a pair of flats will go a long way toward helping you look as good as you feel. Whether you’re out and about or just relaxing at home, give yourself permission to prioritize comfort and style once in a while.
Major Changes in Life and Business
Once you get comfortable treating yourself right in small ways, it’s time to turn your attention to the bigger picture. Since we’ve just talked about work, let’s start there. Are you happy? Is there too much gossip going on in the break room? Do you think you’re destined for more? (Payscale reports that nearly half of all women think they are underemployed) The idea of walking away from a job that you’ve had for any length of time is frightening. But there is nothing stopping you from pursuing your passions, whether that’s business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, accounting, or something completely different than what you do now. You can easily earn your bachelor’s or master’s from an online, accredited, and, importantly, affordable online college while you continue to earn a paycheck and take care of your family.
There are many benefits to starting a small business. Not only can it provide you with a source of income, but it can also give you the chance to be your own boss and control your own work schedule. In addition, starting a small business can be a great way to build up your resume and gain valuable experience in the business world. However, before you start a small business, there are a few things you need to do first. For example, you will need to write a business plan, select a business structure, and find funding.
Another life change that you might make is being more physically active. We often don’t realize that we spend more time sitting than we do actively engaged in exercise, and the stagnancy can be detrimental to our health. Commit to yourself and your family to start exercising together, and you may find that many issues that plague you, such as insomnia, fatigue, and muscle stiffness, fade away with each sweat session.
Work with a Professional
Depression and anxiety can be debilitating mental health conditions that make it difficult to function in day-to-day life. If all of the above efforts aren’t helping, it may be time to work with a therapist. A professional can help you to better understand your condition and learn how to manage your symptoms. In addition, therapy can provide a safe space for you to process your thoughts and feelings, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, consider reaching out to professionals. With the right support, you can start to feel better and live a fuller life.
When you open your eyes each morning, do you feel good about the day ahead? If not, it’s time to make changes that help you put your best foot forward. The above ideas can get you started, even if you want to start small — or start a small business! If you don’t do anything we’ve suggested this far, make a point to do something good just for yourself. You deserve it.
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