Sunday, 17 August 2014

Three simple steps to bring joy into your life!

We all go through times when we feel a bit low. It’s just a normal part of life. There are many reasons why we may feel this way such as negative life circumstances, hormones, poor diet or poor sleeping habits. I know personally when I haven’t slept well for a few nights I get sad, irritable and even the smallest thing can make me cry. However, when these feelings are occurring regularly then it is important you do something about it. Life is meant to be enjoyed!
There are three things that if incorporated into daily life can really help to create positivity. They are so simple and yet so effective.
1.     Make sure you allow some time every day for things you enjoy or that nourish you as a person. It is so easy in our hectic lives to be running around from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall into bed at the end of the day. If you don’t make a conscious effort to look after yourself, each day just flies by without any time dedicated to you. This can leave you feeling disconnected and just not quite right. I understand we are all busy but just allowing yourself half an hour each day will make a huge difference. I personally love walking so I make time to go for a short walk and I always feel much more relaxed and clear headed afterwards. It can be anything that brings you joy such as taking a bath, creating a painting, doing a puzzle, writing, reading…Really absolutely anything as long as it is something that you feel nourishes you as a person.
2.     Surround yourself with positive people who make you feel good about yourself. Obviously there are times when we have to interact with people who are negative or that we don’t see eye to eye with. There is nothing we can do about that. But we can chose who our friends are and who we spend most of our social time with. Making sure you spend time with like-minded individuals and people who lift your spirits rather than drag you down is of utmost importance. I am sure we can all relate to those times when we feel fine and then we go to a party and get stuck talking to the person who is complaining the whole time about what a bore this party its and how much life sucks! Well you know what, the party does become boring and we are no longer able to enjoy ourselves. By simply excusing yourself and going to have a chat with the individual standing nearby with that huge smile can all of a sudden make that party a blast! It is simply all about perception and every single circumstance can either be horrible or exceptional depending on how we view it. Those around us can definitely have a huge influence on how we perceive things.
3.     GRATITUDE! Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools in existence to help make our lives positive and meaningful. It is simply too easy to forget what we are grateful for in this high pace society when everyone is constantly striving for something more. But simply taking 5 minutes every day to think about what we are grateful for has time and again proven to be so powerful a tool for creating happiness. Everyone has something to be grateful for whether it is to be living in this beautiful country, to having a roof over our heads, food to eat, family and friends who love us or simply our own unique personality. EVERYONE has something to be grateful for we just sometimes forget. Thinking about gratitude is the best way to create positivity and purpose. It is so simple yet so powerful!

So it is that easy. Do something you enjoy DAILY, spend time with people who make you feel POSSITIVE and experience GRATITUDE!

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