We all want to live a happier, healthier, more productive life. But with so many different self-help, productivity and happiness blogs out there, it can be hard to keep up with how you can best achieve these goals. These blogs give us the motivation we need to get started; but what good is reading about what we need to do if we aren’t equipped with actionable advice on how to make that happen? If you’re trying to inject more positivity into your life and take steps towards your future goals then this blog post will help you find your inner optimist again. If you feel stuck or overwhelmed by all of the things you have to do then read on for practical tips you can start implementing today.
Don’t feel bad for taking time to care for yourself.
You might be surprised to hear that research shows that self-compassion and self-criticism are often associated with the same physiological, mental and emotional factors. When we are self-critical, we are often hyper-focused on our mistakes and imperfections and can be prone to feelings of shame. Conversely, when we are self-compassionate, we are more likely to take a balanced or “neutral” perspective on our missteps and shortcomings; meaning that we can be less self-conscious and have less shame associated with our flaws. These findings suggest that being kind to yourself is a crucial part of productivity and personal development. The most successful people in the world would be the first to tell you that self-compassion is one of the most important factors in their success.
Set Healthy Boundaries and Rituals
To live a healthier life and make time for the things that matter to you most, you’ll need to set some healthy boundaries in your life. Part of this process will include asking yourself what is important to you and what you can let go of to make room for what is more essential. Essential things include your health, career, relationships, and personal goals and aspirations. Healthy boundaries include time management, diet, sleep schedule and exercise routine. Once you’ve figured out where to set your boundaries you can start to develop healthy rituals that will help you stay accountable to your goals. For example, you might decide to spend a few minutes every morning visualizing your day and picturing yourself being successful and confident. Or you might decide to end every day by writing down three things that went well and reflecting on why they happened. You might even decide to participate in a weekly mindfulness class or group meditation.
Exercise for 15 Minutes a Day
Exercising for at least 15 minutes a day has been shown to improve and enhance mood, creativity, and productivity, and has even been shown to help with brain function. And even though you can reap all of these benefits from just 15 minutes a day, most people who exercise regularly will tell you that it has become an essential part of their life. Exercising for 15 minutes a day not only helps you to manage your stress levels but can also help to lift your mood and improve your self-esteem and confidence. Exercising regularly can also boost your productivity by giving you more energy, helping you to think more clearly and improving your sleep.
Meditate for 10-15 minutes a day
If you’re not familiar with meditation, it is a practice where you focus on the present moment and clear your mind of all thoughts and distractions. Different types of meditation involve different focuses, some examples include: - - Focus on your breathing: This type of meditation is very simple and easy to do. Instead of thinking about your thoughts, you focus on your breathing and the sensations in your body. - Mantra meditation: In this type of meditation, you repeat a word or phrase that has meaning to you. - Visualization: In this type- of meditation, you focus on a positive image or scene in your mind. Meditating for even 10 minutes a day has been scientifically proven to have significant benefits including: - Reduced stress - Increased focus and attention - Increased feelings of happiness and joy - Improved mental and physical health - Improved relationships and social skills - Improved productivity
Celebrate the Small Victories
By celebrating the small victories in your life, you are reminding yourself that you are capable and worthy. This can help to combat feelings of imposter syndrome that many people experience when they are trying to accomplish big goals. When you experience a small victory, take a moment to celebrate it. You can mark it in your calendar or write it down in a journal as a way of recognizing how far you’ve come. You can also create a visual reminder of your victory by creating a poster or collage with your goal, a photo of the moment you achieved it, and a quote or symbol that represents your celebration. By celebrating the small victories in your life, you are reminding yourself that you are capable and worthy. This can help to combat feelings of imposter syndrome that many people experience when they are trying to accomplish big goals.
Happiness and productivity go hand in hand. When we are feeling positive and motivated, we are more likely to be creative, productive and satisfied with our lives. When we are experiencing negative emotions like stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem, it can be harder to reach our goals because they can sap our motivation and make us feel like we aren’t good enough. To be happier, more positive and more productive, we need to make sure we are looking after our mental health by practicing self-care, setting healthy boundaries, exercising regularly, meditating, and celebrating our small victories.