Exercise and healthy eating - I cannot over-estimate the power of exercise resulting in both mental and physical benefits. We all know what we should be avoiding food wise so try and be more mindful at each meal.
• Gratitude practice. At the end of each day outline a minimum of 3 positives from your day. This will automatically elevate your happiness levels.
We know all occupations will have some level of stress and it’s normally when we have demands on us, that exceed what we feel we can cope with. So when my client wants to talk about workplace stress, I generally try to establish the volume of workload (and the amount of control they have) to check if they are in a ‘subordinate’ role. Because having a limited sense of control over what is happening, will induce stress. Especially if they have to submit to orders, they do not always agree with
Choosing a clear goal that excites you and stretches you even if it scares you.
• To gain control of your thoughts and become very clear on your desire/goal.
• The opportunity to develop the attitude of how I Can rather than how I Cannot.
• A change in attitude in dealing with Fear and moving past our road blocks.
• To become more confident in our own ability to take responsibility for where we are right now.
So, first thing as we wake, our to-do lists and worries download quickly. This is the time to shift the internal narrative and change your thought patterns. Consider the wonderful things you would like to experience during the coming day and affirm to yourself. "Things have worked out for me in the past and there's no reason to think they will not work out for me today, I look forward to a wonderful day no matter what it brings". Try this for the coming week and be prepared for positive results!
I suggested not to stress about New Year resolutions. It’s been well known that by the end of January for various reasons resolutions very often fall by the wayside.
Getting back on track is the key. By recalling the reason Why such activities did not work in the past can be the new learning. E.g., every January in the past if you invested in gym membership. Did you discontinue with attendance towards end of first month? If so, the reason Why may necessitate a review on the aspects of gym activities that did not entice or excite you.
It can be easy to revert to old ways of 2021 and keep going, pushing through each day, without allowing yourself a few moments to stop and digest where you are at. Whatever part of the day allows you to have at least five to ten minutes of stillness, quiet and peace, plan that time into your schedule and use it to focus on your breathing.
We must always realize and accept that we cannot time travel immediately to our destination. This is where patience comes in. We must take it step by step, day by day, small action by action. I read a quote recently “A better version of you is on the other side of action”. Think about it…
Always remember you are not on your own with whatever issue you have right now. You share challenges and imperfections with your fellow human beings. We all make mistakes, but always keep in mind worse things happen to others. You need to mind yourself and not beat yourself up.
As a Professional Life Coach and Author of “Charting Your Life’s Roadmap in an Uncertain World” – Choose Happiness Daily, my Life Coaching practice evolved from a passion for positivity in my own and other people’s lives.
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