If you do a lot of things at once with few resources, need to deal with negativity and at the same time, need to keep your energy levels up, these strategies might help you too to keep balanced and happy.
Here it goes*:
1. Take stock.
What do you like doing? What is frustrating you? Focus on the bigger issues. Which of the things that frustrate you can you change and which are beyond your control? Don’t waste time on the latter. Identify and remind yourself of your goals and values. Be honest.
2. Eat well and set exercise goals.
If you are a meat eater and wine lover, commit to 2 or 3 meat & alcohol free evenings and walk at least 10,000 steps each day. You mind and body will love you for it!
3. Make sure to sleep enough.
Most of us need 7 to 8 hours sleep per night. Sleeplessness can have all sorts of side effects like depression, loss of concentration and weight gain.
4. Be kind!
Being kind to others (altruism) and giving money away to good causes actually makes us feel happy and boosts the immune system! So not only is it the right thing to do, but now there is a health reason to be kind.
5. Focus on solutions rather than problems and unimportant detail.
Solution focused thinking – setting goals, disengaging from problems and using personal resources – is strongly associated with happiness and well-being.
6. Be grateful.
The more we exercise gratitude, the more we align ourselves with good. To appreciate the good things is a subjective experience and according to research can , the more we will notice the good things? The opposite is also true.
7. Connect with others and participate in your community.
We now know that feelings of isolation and loneliness can have negative health impacts and chronic loneliness can lead to physical and mental health problems.
8. Slow down and be mindful.
We often hurry through life and don’t allow time for experiences to settle. Take time to reset your ‘inner clock’ at least once a day instead of rushing from one thing to the next.
Why not try it out and let me know what you think! Or maybe you have your own strategies to keep mentally and physically well.
* This list has been adapted from one I came across years ago and I don’t know its author. Otherwise I would have linked to the original or credited the person who inspired this post.