We all want to live what people call ‘our best lives,’ but sometimes that takes time and work. We have to understand ourselves a bit better before we make significant changes. Think about what it is we want to achieve, what makes us happy – and how we want to do it.
Building healthy habits are also great for periods of high stress. While some people do turn to alcohol or drugs, there are other options. Of course, if you are in the latter category, or you know someone who is, now is the perfect time to reach out to a heroin addiction rehab center or support group for help.
Write It Down
No matter the goal that you want to achieve. Write it down. Our brains try to find a way to make what we have written a reality – even if it is all in the background. Then after setting your goals, keep a record of how you are doing. You can do this is a journaling style, diary-style, or simply write down the crucial details. Writing does a few things for us, and one of them is being able to work through things. It is mentally great for us.
We can get into bad habits with food. Restricting as a means of punishing ourselves or gaining control over situations. Eating as a means of comfort. Or simply having a really poorly balanced diet. Think of food like a delicious fuel that your body deserves. Add extra fruits and veggies into your diet, drink more water, and learn to create delicious meals.
Stress can be pretty sneaky. Over time, when it isn’t dealt with, it can become a chronic issue. Try to begin to identify your stressors. Once you learn what triggers your stress reaction, you can begin to take steps to manage it.
It might be hypnotherapy, it could be as simple as breathing exercises, or finding a way to make the stressor more positive.
It isn’t just about the sleep you get at night, it is about the rest you are getting overall. High-quality sleep leaves us relaxed and refreshed. Most people, however, are not sleeping enough, getting poor quality sleep, and having significant dips of energy throughout the day. If this sounds like you, then you should take a look at your bedtime routine.
If you like to push it to as late a possible in the day, scroll on your phone, watch TV, and didn’t have time to wind down – your sleep won’t be as good as you think. The Calm app has a vast range of sleep stories that will help you drift off into a relaxing sleep in no time at all.
Something that many people do is being hard on themselves about small things. Being our biggest critic can be harmful to our mental and emotional health over time. Give yourself a break, and try to reframe much of what you do as positively as possible. Be gentle with yourself, and when negative thoughts creep in – check them and reject them.
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