Do you feel really and truly fulfilled with your life? Hopefully, the answer is ‘yes’, but if you are like many of us, it sadly might be ‘not always’ or even ‘no.’ If you feel that your life has gone off track, there are steps you can take to feel more centered in your day-to-day activities.
Do you often find yourself trying frantically to please everyone in your life, only to feel that you are failing to tend to your own mental health in the process? It is only natural to want to make those around us happy, but when we do it at the expense of our own well-being, being a people pleaser can become problematic.
Practice saying no when you feel overwhelmed – this may be one of the best gifts you can give yourself. If saying no is too difficult, try saying something like “let me think about that and get back to you on it” – often, giving yourself a little space can help you truly evaluate if this is something that you can take on at this point in your life.
It can be very easy to let your work problems spill over into your personal life. As much as you possibly can, make every effort to leave your work where it belongs – at work! You will be a far more effective employee if you are able to develop a solid and fulfilled life separate from your job, so take the steps you need to to disentangle your work life from your personal life. Resist the temptation to bring work projects home with you, and try not to work through lunch. Take a full lunch, and use the time to mentally refresh yourself.
Make sure that your home is a place of peace and solace to you. Fill your house with decorations that help you feel centered and grounded; when you think about your house, you should feel a sense of satisfaction and comfort. You can likely find several magazines on interior decorating at your local library if you need some inspiration.
It is amazing what regular exercise can do for your overall well-being! Just thirty short minutes of exercise a day several times a week can have tremendous benefits for your mental health. Grab a buddy or family member and take a walk around the neighborhood, or take your dog for a nice hike at a local park. Your local rec center additionally likely offers a variety of fitness classes that you might enjoy. You will find that you manage stress better and can sleep better at night if you start a regular exercise program.
You can indeed take simple, basic steps towards having a happier, healthier life. If you take the time to develop an inner sense of peace and well-being, you will see the effects spill over into all areas of your life. This is the only life you have got to live – make the most of it!