We all have times when we feel a bit down in the dumps, perhaps something has happened to trigger this emotional state, such as stress at work or home, financial issues or relationships problems. At times, you can feel so stuck you may wonder if will ever be able to get back on track. This post offers four suggestions that may help you feel better and be more productive in the days ahead.
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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
There is a popular expression about how you can become just like the people you spend the most time with. Attitudes are contagious. So if you surround yourself with negative people, you will start incorporating that negative energy into your own life. This can be extremely draining on your emotional and mental state. The way to rectify this is to seek out the positive people in your life, the people who will encourage, support, and empower you. If you are in a position where you don’t have access to such people, look to inspiring books, motivational videos, and empowering audio programs to uplift your spirits and your mood. A happy mood and a positive frame of mind come from within yourself after all. Immerse yourself in the spirit of success and happiness in order to build a better life. Steer clear of dream stealers who make you feel like your dreams and ambitions are impossible. And when no one else believes in you, believe in yourself.
EXERCISE & FITNESS
If you are currently feeling out of shape and unhappy with your body and your energy levels, beginning an exercise routine is very important. But it can also be quite daunting. Getting started, taking the first action step, is the hardest, yet the most crucial. Positive self-talk is the key. And then as Nike suggests…“Just Do It”. Once you begin, you just need to be consistent in your routine and you will quickly start to build momentum.
Whenever you add exercise into your daily regimen, you need to allow for an adjustment period. At first, your body will ache. But as you acclimate to your fitness program, it gets easier. And the endorphins that are released by your body during exercise also have an addictive effect which makes you crave more. Thereby, making it that much simpler to be motivated to exercise. Be sure, however, that you are stretching properly before every workout. Proper stretching helps to receive muscle soreness and can prevent injuries. And remember, there is power in progress. The more progress you make, the better you feel. The better you feel, the more progress you will make. It is a positive upward spiral.
GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Getting a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis has several well established advantages. How many hours of solid sleep a person needs is very specific to each individual, however, a healthy range is 6 to 8 hours a night. Many of us tend to lead very busy lives and sacrifice sleep in order to jam as much as we can into every single day. We are not robots and we need sleep in order for our bodies and minds to rejuvenate and be as efficient and productive as possible. Proper rest makes for a more productive person.
KEEP A FEELING JOURNAL
As humans, we are thinking beings, and we all too often dwell on things a little too much allowing our thoughts to run away with us. In the field of psychology, rumination is a term used to describe the process of chronically replaying things in our minds to the point that it causes anxiety. Rumination can be exhausting and is usually not very productive. Sometimes a purging process is required to clear our minds of the thoughts that are causing anxiety. One great way to purge our thoughts is to write them down. You can use a journal to do this, either a paper journal or a digital document. The process of journaling can be very cathartic as it is good for cleansing the mind and soul. It will also help you to recognize patterns and triggers for any anxiety you may be experiencing.
It is so easy to forget to our own well-being especially with the chaos of the holidays right upon us. So now is the perfect time to take the opportunity for some very important self-care. I hope you have found these tips helpful!
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