Work, bills, relationships, and the unexpected curve balls that life may throw at you; day in and day out, we deal with a lot. And let’s be honest, sometimes all we want to do is hit snooze on the alarm clock to escape it all (that or jet-set to a deserted tropical beach).
How can we manage it all and still maintain an optimistic outlook? How do we find balance between life’s obligations and enjoying ourselves? What are the secrets to a happy, fulfilling life?
Well, I hate to say it, but the answers to all of those questions are in the eye of the beholder. It is a personal discovery that each one of us must figure out. But along your journey to find balance between the chaos and serenity, I have 5 token pieces of advice that may help get you there.
1. A “clean” being.
Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? It is a fact that what we put into your bodies not only affects our waistline, but it influences how our skin looks, our moods, sleeping habits, motivation, and so much more. Truly! The moment I eat my weight in cheese and wine, I instantly feel lethargic and start breaking out on my face.
If we eat a clean diet, one free of processed flours, sugars and preservatives, we will open up the door to an overall, inside and out, happier and healthier self-being.
Yes, we all know doctor’s orders that we must move at least 30 minutes a day for optimal health. But, what if I told that research shows getting outside, going for a walk, taking a dance class, and merely just stepping away from your computer creates a productive, creative brain and will give you more energy!
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
On any average day, you can find me speaking with one of the following: the credit card company, Internet service provider or cable service provider, mechanic, health physician, insurance company, computer tech support, pest control, and the list goes on and on.
For every perk in our lives, doesn’t it seem that there is a support team just waiting to help us deal with a new issue? And I admit it, there are times at the end of the day the last thing I want to do is have someone walk me through a process of “fixing” something that should have not been “broken” in the first place.
But these “issues” are small. So small, they are microscopic. If this is the worst, most frustrating thing that you have that day, then you and I are blessed. I find that consciously stepping back, taking a big deep breath in, and remembering that you are fortunate to have all the “issues” is a great way to minimize the stress (and personal pity party).
Always remember that there is someone else around the world, or right next door, who is dealing with something much bigger than you. And for that, we need to be more compassionate, patient, and loving. Practice this and I bet you will find yourself being much better-off.
FOMO is the definition of anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently happening elsewhere, often provoked by posts seen on a social media feed.
Raise your hand if you’ve experienced FOMO this week? Today? Or, within the hour?
(Hand raised) Guilty! We are constantly inundated by our friends and influencers around the world escaping to another country, attending that concert, getting a promotion, getting engaged, buying a house, or going to that new club their all their friends. And here we are, in pajamas re-watching Friend’s for the 10th time.
But my friends, there is no shame in that! Social media sucks us in and we start becoming self-conscious about our own journey. If your journey is to travel the world, then great! But, if your journey is working a 9-5 still trying to figure out who you are, then that is something to be proud of too.
I encourage you to cut down or periodically turn off your social media account. Detox and disconnect from the constant consumption of others and focus on yourself and being happy with what you are doing in that very moment.
5. Find what makes you happy, and do it often! What makes you happy?
Are you a hobbyist who loves to create things with your hands? Do you love hiking? Do you want to learn a new language and go travel? Are you a baker?
Through my own personal health journey I discovered that I love to experiment in the kitchen. I truly am happy when I create a new meal for my friends and family to share. I also found that I love change. I thrive when I am put into a new environment and I have to adapt. Moving, switching jobs, and continually getting closer to where I want to be in my life is my version of success and happiness.
But maybe you aren’t sure what makes you happy yet. And sometimes that’s the best reason to go out and try as many things as you can until you find one, two, three or however many things you find that make you truly happy. Sometimes process of elimination is what you need to learn and grow.
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