Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Here is a casual blog about what I personally do to keep myself energised and 'feeling okay'! Please remember I am no expert, I just want to share these with you because my life has changed since I have made these small changes.
1. Communicate and connect with people - go to local events; libraries or pubs often do quizzers. This gives you a chance to get out and be social, and also find people who share the same interests as you! Many people do these things alone so remember - you aren't the only one. Love your own company!
Another brilliant way is to look for groups on Facebook or Instagram and join in on post interactions and live videos. This way you can engage with other people and chat about something you both like, so (hopefully) you won’t get bored too easy! And you can do this without leaving your comfort zone, a great way to build your confidence from indoors.
Catch up with friends and family or neighbours, just have a chat with someone about their day and their plans. Sometimes a 10 minute chat can lift your mood. Human interaction is vital to our survival. So don’t hide! You never know when you might be making someone’s day and vice versa.
2. Be active and stay hydrated - one thing I have been doing since September 2019 is making sure I am active every day. I gym 3 days a week and try to get in my 10,000 steps a day. Whether it be walking to the local shops, or climbing the stairs instead of taking the lift or moving stairs, getting your blood pumping will lift your spirits. Exercise can boost your self-esteem, better your sleep and give you a stronger resilience. So give it a go! And again, don't be nervous about going to the gym, at first I hated it because I thought everyone was going to look at me because I was a newbie, truth is; no one actually cares, everyone starts somewhere! Drink plenty of water whilst your on the go!
3. Be mindful and collect your thoughts - now some people are completely put off by ‘meditation’ but I live by having a ‘time out’ or ‘me’ time, whenever I get the chance. Sometimes in my car on the way home, in the bath or shower, at the gym on the treadmill, wherever really. I list in my mind all the things I am grateful for, and all the things I want to happen in my life, and I then list what I have to do to get there. This keeps your mind clear and focused and can put things into perspective. At first it was forced and I rolled my eyes a lot because I didn’t think I had anything to be grateful for, but now I thoroughly enjoy being grateful, sometimes so thankful I get a little bit emotional. And be grateful for everything in your life, focus on what you DO have and what you DO want. Being mindful and refuelling is very important, not just physically recharging, but mentally.
4. Doing your bit for society - over Christmas I had a massive clear out, I sorted through a pile of toys as tall as my nearly 3 year old, and a pile of clothes taller than me! And I gave a number of items to charity. It’s important to be conscious of how those items can help someone else and the world. If someone else could be getting use out of the items - perfect, recycle people! It isn't about you feeling good because you have given to charity. It’s about being selfless. Then, I sorted through my kitchen and any in-date non-perishable foods from Christmas that I wasn’t going to use, I gave to a local food bank. Local supermarkets often have food bank sections for contributions.
Key words from this blog; I would love for you to research altruistic and let me know what you think about it.
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