How to feel good

How to feel good

Day to day life can leave you feeling overwhelmed and lost in the rush of work, family and obligations. Bring the focus back to you; what makes you happy, what activities do you enjoy, what do you love to do in your spare time? Creating space in your schedule for “me time” can be tricky, but with a little dedication, it can have a big impact. Try these weekly challenges and discover the impact “me” time can have on your well-being.

1) Take some alone time. Spending time alone can help declutter your mind, lower your stress level and let you breathe. Take 20 minutes every day to just be with yourself. Enjoy a relaxing bath or meditate, sit in the garden or go for a walk. Be free from media, people and pets. Enjoy the calm. If it’s possible for you to be alone, but impossible for you to unwind because of noise pollution or noisy neighbours, listen to some white noise using a pair of headphones.

2) Focus on the “can”. What do you do well? What do you bring to the table that makes you special? Set aside time to consider those things that set you apart, and see the many reasons why you are one in a million.

3) Debrief. At the end of a busy day, your head can be swimming with to-do lists, obligations, and the replaying of daily events. Take some time to talk, walk, or journal your day and debrief the day’s events. You will find this not only helps you to rid yourself of daily stress, but allows you to let go of any frustrations or anxieties the day has left behind, and reflect on the positives.

4) You deserve a treat. Go for a girl’s night out, head to a movie with your partner, or take a trip to the spa. Recognize that you work hard, and treat yourself for your efforts. Sometimes the biggest thank you comes from within.

5) Do something you love. Paint, dance, play an instrument. You don’t have to be accomplished; you just have to feel good doing it. Take some time and set it aside daily, and just do something you love.

6) Make a list. One day, one item at a time, make a list of all the great things in your life. Have a wonderful family, a great job or beautiful backyard? Jot it all down. By stepping back and looking at your list you will feel richer than you ever imagined.

7) Play mind games. Exercising your head is just as important as exercising your body. Pick up a crossword, try a Sudoku or play along with the contestants on Jeopardy. Pick up some intellectually stimulating video games and have a mental workout. You’ll feel confident when you complete such puzzles, and you’ll nourish your brain at the same time.

8) Say thank you. Mornings can be tough, but starting your day with a simple thanks — to you, to the universe, to whomever, can help you begin with a positive outlook. What are you going to be thankful for this week? Take some time to reflect on yourself, what you bring to the table, and what you love. The rewards will astound you as you open yourself to a new level of appreciation — for what you have and who you are.