If you are having suicidal thoughts, your situation may feel overwhelming, with no end in sight. It is important to realize that you are not alone, many others have felt similar pain and the same desperation. Yet, there are ways to deal with suicidal feelings and there are people who want to help.
There are well-trodden paths to lead you out of the depths of your despair and on, to new possibilities and a brighter future. So, reach out to people who have been where you are now and have found their way past the pain and the hopelessness. You don’t need to suffer all alone, in silence.
With the right support, and given time, you can overcome your problems and leave the pain and suicidal thoughts behind. Think of the people who care about you, and how you could make a difference to someone else. Think of good times in your past where life was worth living. Unleash the inner courage we all have inside us and get yourself back to those good times.
To find your strength to face life again, embrace these thoughts:
How you feel now will definitely change as time passes, give it a chance
What you are experiencing now could change tomorrow or next week
If you leave us, your friends and loved ones would suffer unnecessary grief and loss
There are so many wonderful experiences you will miss, that you deserve
There is so much you could achieve as your life matures
You have so much to give to others less fortunate than you
There are many reasons why people suffer deep emotional pain which can lead to thoughts of suicide. It can be hard to see real solutions to your problems, and you may resist connecting with people who can help. Like other people who have been there too, you can recover and move on. Don’t be afraid to seek help through therapy, medication and support, to improve your situation and don’t give up before you’ve found the solution that suits you best.
To overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings, follow these steps:
Make a firm resolve to wait a little longer before doing anything drastic
Don’t make things worse by turning to alcohol or drugs. Your thoughts may take on exaggerated proportions and your problems seem much larger than they really are
Get rid of anything that could do you harm, like weapons or medications, or go somewhere safe where these types of things are not easily accessible or in plain view
Seek help. Share your thoughts and feelings with someone you care about or talk to someone you trust like a doctor or clergy, or teacher or coach.
People do survive such awful feelings of despair or depression, so there is plenty of hope for you, too. Give it time and don’t keep your problems to yourself, seek help and support.
Talking about your suicidal thoughts and your difficulty coping can be hard to do. But just decide to set aside your embarrassment or feelings of guilt and talk to someone who will truly listen and won’t judge you.
Tell them you are having thoughts of suicide and explain why you have come to this desperate state of mind. You could even jot it down in notes if you find talking too difficult at first. If your friends aren’t nearby, you could call a crisis helpline for immediate help.
While you may be feeling suicidal at the present, this isn’t permanent, you will feel better again over time. Give yourself the gift of life by working through your despair and chipping away at it until you see the brighter future that is just waiting for you to grasp it. Be sure to:
Talk to someone you trust, or a crisis helpline, every day.
Avoid isolation. Spend time with people you like and who care about you, as often as possible. This is reconnecting with the everyday world.
Draw up a safety plan, devise positive steps to take when things get really desperate; who to call; reassuring actions that will divert your anxiety.
Don’t do sad things, go for a walk instead and take in the beauty of a sunny day and the wonder of nature
Stick to a regular exercise routine or workout, which will help make you feel good and stimulate positive thoughts
Find the little things that bring you pleasure and joy, and embrace these things
Develop personal goals with little, achievable steps that will get you there as you persevere. Write down your goals and work out what action needs to be taken to achieve them. This will give you something concrete and positive to focus on, looking ahead to better times.
Take on a new hobby, sport or interest. Join a church choir or do some community volunteering which will make you feel good while at the same time helping others less fortunate than you.
The healing process will help you deal with stress and anxiety, and overcome your feelings of despair and suicidal thoughts. Focus on the good things in life, your new interests, your renewed faith in your ability to cope. Keep building your support network and surround yourself with positive people and worthwhile activities to help keep you on track and on the road to recovery.read more
Life is a rollercoaster ride. Sometimes you are up while at other times you are down and on occasion, you can feel so low, you do not see a way out of the situation. When you stop believing in yourself, it can be difficult to bounce back. However, it is essential that you find a way to bounce back and believe in yourself once more. Depression can take hold of you before you even realize it is happening, so here are some ways you can get back on track when you stop believing in yourself.
Take a Break from Social Media
Social media is a great way to connect with old friends and make new ones, but there is a darker side to social media sites that rarely receive adequate attention. We scroll through social media absentmindedly at times and what we see is a lot of posts about our friends going on amazing trips, meeting cool people, and overall having a better life than we think we have. Comparisons begin to form in our minds and we can begin to doubt ourselves and what we are capable of.
We often neglect to remember that social media posts are only a small fraction of the other person’s life. They only post what they want others to see and sometimes, even the most convincing posts can turn out to be a complete fallacy. Take it all in with a grain of salt and if it becomes too much for you, you always have the option of taking a break from it all. Taking a break from social media is among the healthiest things you can do for your mental health. You will focus more on your life and your accomplishments instead of focusing on others who may or may not be giving out the whole truth.
Make Peace with Yourself
When we are young, we often have an idealized view of what our life is going to be. Unfortunately, life often has different plans. You may not have the smoking hot spouse or that amazing job that brings in piles of money and it is perfectly fine that you do not. Everyone has their own journey to take in life. Some of us are meant to be superstars while others are meant to be the supporting cast. Without everyone involved from the lighting specialist to the set designer, the show cannot go on, so even if your life is not ideal, you have a place in this world.
It is time to make peace with your life. Bumps in the road happen and sometimes, you are completely derailed from your chosen path. It all has a purpose and is what makes you who you are. Accept your current situation as it is and if you truly want to change something in your life, go after it. Make small changes in your life to help change the entire situation and remember, as long as you are living your life to the best of your ability, you are not failing.
Trust Yourself Again
With a continual barrage of negativity, it is easy to begin to distrust your abilities. Self-doubt is a common problem, but one that is easy to contend with if you try. Failure is a part of life and just because you fail at something the first time, does not mean you should give up. Find what strengths you have and invest in those. Every single person on the planet has something that they can contribute to their society or individual household. Find it, do it, and have confidence in what you are doing. You might fail, but that is ok. On the other side of the coin, you could succeed, so look on the positive side instead of the negative.
Fear is a Liar
Fear is a funny thing. It is merely a depiction of what could happen but has not happened yet. It essentially does not exist but is something that we all contend with. Fear is a liar and you must keep that in mind when you are working to achieve goals. Fear can be used in a positive way to drive you to do greater things. Use your fear to drive you to the positive instead of allowing it to cripple you.
You are not done with life. You are not failing. You can do anything you set your mind to that you are willing to work for. Hold these truths in your mind when working toward a goal. We all have an important place in the world and we all, as individuals, make up the great entity known as humanity. Even those that seem to have it all together can experience levels of self-doubt. Push those feelings aside and strive for greater things. Your life is important and where you are right now, does not have to be where you are in the very near future.read more
How To Heal When You’ve Hit Rock Bottom:
Strategies For Recovery & Moving Forward
Hitting rock bottom usually means that life has dealt you blows in a lot of ways simultaneously. Your business isn’t doing well; your spouse has left, and a loved one — perhaps a parent — died recently. It takes all your emotional resources, often, to cope with even one of those major life events, but when they hit at or around the same time, it feels like you’ve gone to the well once too often, and now it’s dry. Hitting rock bottom feels like you will never recover, never see the sunshine, metaphorically, ever again.You will, even though it seems impossible right now. We have some suggestions for how to heal, pick up the pieces and start moving forward. Try these and you’ll find that, inch by inch, moment by moment, you’ll start feeling better and see good times just over the horizon.
1) Let yourself feel, or you can’t begin to heal. If you try to deny how dreadful you feel, or how big a loss you’ve experienced, you can’t begin to recover. Spend some time alone and take real stock of what’s happened — and why — and what you might have done differently in those moments. Notice we say differently, not better, because this is not the time for self-recrimination and blame. Be honest about your role in, for example, marital breakdown, but blaming yourself constantly is not going to help. You need to recognize your part, and then come up with ways you can avoid making the same mistakes again.
2) Press pause on life for a moment. This is part of taking the time to really examine what’s happened and how deeply hurt and upset you are because of it. If you keep up a hectic schedule that allows no time for reflection, rock bottom will go on indefinitely because you will remain emotionally bruised even when you’re out rushing around being busy.
3) Channel your energy into a creative endeavor. It’s amazing just how restorative the arts can be when you’re depressed. Take up painting, or pound some clay and make a sculpture or take up the piano or guitar. These activities get you out of your own head and refocus your attention elsewhere, and eventually, the sense of accomplishment that comes with, say, knowing how to strum your favorite song is exhilarating. You don’t have to become great at it — this is a way for you to heal the hurt in your soul, not a way for you to become a professional performer. To quote William Shakespeare, “music soothes the savage breast,” and he knew what he was talking about.
4) Get outside and explore nature. Like taking up an art form, going outside is a great way to get out of your own head. Taking long walks, going for a run or even just exploring a local park is a terrific way to expend pent up energy and restore a feeling of calm. There is a reason doctors recommend regular exercise to depressed people — it helps!
5) Talk to people who believe in you. It’s easy to be your harshest critic, so call up someone who thinks highly of you, someone you are comfortable confiding in, and tell them how you’re feeling. Chances are, they will do their best to console you, and may offer insights and experiences that can help you cope. Perhaps they’ve experienced a job loss or a marriage breakup, and have come through the other side of it healthy and whole. Don’t be afraid to be honest about how badly you feel; human connection and consolation is one of the best, most fundamental tools of recovery you have at your disposal. If you are truly feeling hopeless and that feeling persists, consider talking with a therapist. But following these guidelines can go a long way toward healing your sense of gloom, and begin lifting you out of rock bottom, and get you on your way to a better, brighter, and more productive day.
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This title might actually scare you a little, but don’t worry, you do not have to be super human to get all of this accomplished. We see people that seem to have it all. The money, awesome bodies, amazing relationships, and have their lives truly in order. How do they do it? How do they keep everything together long enough to get it all done? The answer is, they did not do everything at once. We will take each one of these entities on individually so you can see how it can all be brought together in your own life.
Work to Be Healthier
It can be difficult to be truly happy with your life when you are out of shape. Although we are not speaking of mere vanity, eating right and exercising can have a severely positive effect on your mind and body as well. In order to begin to take control of your life, you must first learn to control your own body and your urges.
We all love a good calorie filled meal from time to time. Filling ourselves with foods we love can make us feel great in the short term, but the effects never last. Changing habits you have in regard to food is the best way to begin reshaping your life. Include more healthy options than unhealthy ones by finding food you can enjoy that will not make you regret your decisions. Invest in fresh fruits and vegetables while reducing your intake of carbs. Choose lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, and fish, as opposed to a big juicy steak or pork chops. Change happens through seemingly insignificant changes over the course of your life.
As for exercise, start slowly. Taking on an intensive exercise routine too fast can lead to burnout. Start by walking a little more each day, starting a once per week fitness class, or playing sports with your kids outside more. Slowly build your exercise routine from there.
Creating High Quality Relationships
When people say relationship, they often think of the romantic variety, but you have to remember, the best romantic relationships start out as friendships. Focus on finding friends that enjoy the same activities you do. Attend gatherings of like minded people. Join a hiking club, religious organization, or social events that meet your specific desires of what you want to accomplish in life. Invest in friends that build you up without dragging you down. Friends with negative habits should be avoided and distancing yourself from these people is essential for your overall happiness.
Once you have found what you love and have invested time with friends that love the same things, you will find the friendships made there are worthy of your affections. You can find a deeper relationship with someone who likes the same activities as you do as opposed to someone you are just physically attracted to. The deepest relationships have intimacy on all levels, not just the physical and it all starts with a deep rooted friendship.
This aspect is at the bottom of the list, because it is ultimately, the least important. Although everyone seems to claim money is the most important thing, it is essential that you work on yourself and your relationship with others before making significant money. People are far more important than monetary gain, but once you have established relationships with others and invested in your own wellbeing, making money can be your next step.
Take some time to examine those that already have money and see what they did to get it. What you will find, is that each of these wealthy individuals, unless they were already heir to a fortune, started out by solving a problem. Some have gained wealth by creating an essential app or computer program. Others have created accessories. Still, there are some that create never before seen inventions. The point is to find a problem and solve it.
There Are More Paths to Wealth
Solving a problem for humanity and making a product to sell is considered the big dream and it can happen for some if they are willing to invest the time and attention into marketing their idea and it is truly unique. However, there are other ways to make money without having a product. Many have invested in stocks to help bring about wealth. This option is for those who are analytically minded and understand stocks that will take off. Investing in stocks can be risky and the best way to do it is to be versatile in your investments. Never invest all your savings in one stock.
When evaluating your life, do not compare it to others. There are some that seem to have it all, but no one is perfect. Always keep that in mind. Even the wealthiest and seemingly most successful people have a few flaws. Your life is important and it is time to take hold of it, so invest in getting into shape while eating better, find friends that meet your personality, and then take time to make some money.read more
We all have those moments when we wonder whether or not we are going to make it, are we on the right track, have we done the right thing? This is essentially human and could be turned into a force for good if we harness it correctly. We are talking about self-doubt.
Sooner or later we are all going to be confronted with some degree of self-doubt over a stance we have taken, something we said, or actions we have put in motion. Was it the right thing to do? Doubting yourself can be self-destructive. The worst enemy of getting ahead in life is self-doubt. It will hold you back and make you lose good opportunities that you should otherwise have embraced. It can also adversely affect your ability to build rewarding social relationships.
Anyone who claims they don’t experience moments of self-doubt is surely fooling themselves. Some people have very confident personalities and may not often concede that they have concerns about themselves. On the other hand, people who are timid and lack self-confidence may doubt themselves a lot more often.
So, in part, the degree of self-doubt you experience in your life can be a personality trait. Alternatively, it may be a result of your environment. If people are constantly put down and belittled, either by an overbearing partner or perhaps at work, they may begin to doubt themselves and their validity, more and more.
Ask yourself why? Once you understand where your self-doubt comes from and why it affects you the way it does, you are already on the path to overcoming this state of mind. So, go ahead, ask those searching questions, dig deep and gain a better understanding of why you are letting self-doubt affect your mental wellbeing and diminish your self-image.
Next, you need to actively develop a positive response and set up steps to overcome your lack of self-assurance and your insecurities.
Stop comparing yourself to others, celebrate the fact that you’re different.
Overcome your fear of failure
Start to believe in yourself
Rely on your own innate wisdom and your instincts to guide you
Don’t dwell on mistakes of the past, just learn from them and move on
Don’t fear the risk of failure, instead, fear the absence of progress
If you are feeling negative, tell yourself to get over it and move on
Don’t worry that people might judge your performance harshly, just do your best and be proud of yourself
Write down a Pros and Cons list when conflicting over a good opportunity that has come your way. If you go for the opportunity, what is the worst that could happen? What is the best that could happen? Rein in your self-doubt by logically exploring the best and worst scenarios to discover that in fact, often there is more in the gains column than there is in the loss column.
Confide in a friend or someone you love. Tell them your doubts and fears and get some dispassionate feedback. Talking about it and gaining new insight from someone else’s perspective can be invaluable.
Turn your negative thoughts and insecurities into something positive. Go to seminars and workshops on how to harness positive thoughts and optimism to power you forward into a more successful life. Learn how to dispel negativity and focus on the positive.
Use failures and setbacks as lessons to guide you on how to avoid the same mistakes. This is how we all gain experience and become more successful in the future.
When you have achieved a milestone that you wanted, make sure you celebrate your success. This will boost your motivation to grasp other challenges and it will improve your confidence.
When you have learned to embrace your own strengths and good qualities your insecurities and self-doubt are able to fade into the background.
None of us are perfect, so you are not alone. When you start to recognize your better qualities and learn to love yourself despite a few imperfections, you are on the path to a more positive and more fulfilling life.read more
Five Key Techniques For Coping With Bad Times
Sometimes it feels like the universe has given us everything we’ve ever asked for. But other times we get so down and exhausted by the hurdles thrown at us we feel like crawling into bed and pulling the covers over our heads.
It may sound trite, but there’s no escaping adversity — everyone, sooner or later, has to face it. The secret is how some people cope with seemingly endless difficulties — illness, the death of a loved one, job loss or divorce — or all four — and somehow get through it and end up smiling. How do they do it, you ask? We’re here to offer a few tips for coping with the profound trouble’s life tosses your way. Next time, think of these suggestions and you’ll see your way out of adversity more easily.
1) Remember That Everything Passes: Even the worst. It may sound like cold comfort, but the worst issue you face will, in fact and eventually, pass. You’ve lost your job — you will get another, and in the meantime make economic adjustments at home. No matter how much adversity tries to knock you down, once you really understand the problem, get on with the business of finding solutions. And don’t forget: ask for help when you need it.
2) Discover Your Sense of Humour: Finding reasons to laugh, even simple ones, puts a smile on everyone’s face. Watch cat videos online. Spend time with a special friend who makes you laugh. There may be no humor to find in the problem you’re facing, but there is humor in life. Distract yourself even temporarily by laughing, and you’ll feel better instantly.
3) Take Inventory Of Where You Are: By that we mean you need to take stock of your life, of your strengths, weaknesses, talents and other qualities. Adversity gives you the chance to employ your life skills, and develop them further. When we think about problems in the abstract, we imagine we would never be able to deal with them: a breakup, perhaps, or the death of a favourite pet. But then it happens, and somehow, you cope. Maybe not well at first, but eventually you figure out how to live, and live well, in spite of what’s happened. And that helps brace you for the next hurdle.
4) Seize The Chance For Change: Okay, so your partner dumped you. It’s tough, but no matter how long you two were together, your new status presents the opportunity to embrace change. Think of all that’s available to you in your new circumstances, and go for it. Do some silly things, like get a new haircut or take up a hobby — anything you couldn’t do as part of a couple. Just don’t sit at home stewing.
5) Never, Ever Give Up: Especially on yourself. Adversity comes to everyone, so understand it’s not something you did, or asked for, or are to blame for. Think of all your qualities that people love, and have helped you get where are today.
Every successful person on the planet has faced adversity — try reading about Oprah’s childhood, then think of all she’s overcome. Or Walt Disney. Did you know he was let go from a job early in his career for lack of creativity? Can you imagine!?
Our point is that adversity comes to us all. Now it’s time to handle it, and get on with the business of living your most fabulous life. You can do it!read more
Remember when you were a child and people told you, you could be anything you wanted to be when you grew up? That was a great feeling in knowing that if you worked hard enough, you could be awesome. The problem is that as we grow older, we begin to doubt ourselves. We seem to put ourselves in a second class of citizen in which we will never measure up to those that have achieved greatness. It is not the fact that we cannot achieve our goals and live an awesome life. It is the mere fact that we doubt our abilities for too long and begin to believe we will never amount to anything. It is time to shed those negative thoughts and begin to live the life you have always wanted.
Tell Yourself You Can Do It
Positive thinking is a powerful tool you can employ to help you achieve greatness and stop doubting yourself. You deserve a chance to live the awesome life you want and negative thinking will only drag your down. Remember that little human that was so amazed at the thought of becoming anything they want to be. Recapture that imagination and begin to dream once again. You still have goals, dreams, and aspirations no matter what age you are, so tell yourself you can do it and even if no one else believes in you, believe in yourself.
Never Compare Your Journey To Anyone Else’s
Comparing yourself to another is the quickest way to drain your confidence. It is so easy to look at another successful person and make comparisons. However, you must remember, you are merely seeing what that person wants you to see. You cannot see into their lives apart from the surface. You do not know what they have gone through to get to where they are. You cannot fathom the challenges they may have had to overcome, so it is irrelevant to compare your journey with theirs. We all have our own personal setbacks and obstacles we have to overcome, so avoid comparisons at all costs.
Goals are not met all at once. For instance, if you intend on losing 20 pounds for better health, you will not simply exercise once, jump on the scale, and hope that 20 pounds will be there. The goal of losing weight is not measured in one setting, but by achieving small goals throughout the journey.
Set small goals for yourself that are easier to achieve than the ultimate larger goal at the end. Consider your journey to an awesome like as a set of stairs. You cannot possibly jump up an entire flight of stairs, but by taking each stair one at a time, you will reach the top no matter how many stairs you have to climb to get there.
Document and Celebrate Those Achievements
Write down what you want to achieve as an ultimate goal along with your small goals along the way. A great way to do this is along a time line. Use a marker to fill in the time line as you go and when you reach a small goal, have a little celebration. Do something just for you and enjoy being in the moment of accomplishment.
Put Yourself Out There
You can do a lot of good in the world, but first, you must climb over the hurdle that tells you to stay inside and not talk to anyone about it. The world is a big place and it is full of amazing people. Going out and finding those like-minded people is essential for you to reach your goals. Networking with those who have similar goals will allow you to have more opportunity to achieve your overall goals and become the person you want to be.
Do Something Out of the Ordinary
A routine is a great thing to have, but when that routine leads you into a rut, there is a problem. In order to make your goals and live your awesome life, you need to get out of the ordinary and make it happen. Do something you have never done before. Go on that vacation of a lifetime, drive a racecar, or try bungee jumping. Anything you can do to shake up the routine will help you live a more fulfilled life.
You are an amazing person. Keep repeating that to yourself until you believe it. We are all amazing if we let ourselves be. Remember, you are truly unique. No one in the world has your exact look, fingerprints, eyes, nose, or any other attribute that makes you. It is time to celebrate who you are and go after that awesome life. You are amazing and you can do great things. It just takes you believing that to achieve your ultimate goals.read more
Every new human being comes with a hidden talent or some special skill – they just need the opportunity to discover what that is. We are all special in one way or another. With some children, their talent is quickly revealed when they demonstrate great passion for something and quickly excel at it. For other children, though, lack of opportunity can mean it takes much longer to discover their special ability or interest.
A child who can be involved in something they are passionate about experiences a great sense of satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. This positive feeling of achievement bolsters their self-confidence, promotes a sense of inner peace and increases their level of contentment with their little world. With a robust level of mental well-being, children can do better in other aspects of their lives and it helps build rewarding relationships with family and friends.
It is important to discover what activities stimulate your child’s involvement the most. They don’t even have to be superstars to experience the benefits gained by actively pursuing their interests. Participation itself is what is important. Being involved in a favorite sport, singing along with the choir, learning a new instrument, collecting stamps, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. All these activities demand the child’s full attention and make them happy and engaged. Happy kids are calm, more relaxed and cooperative. Anxieties are diminished and often their schoolwork and their sleep patterns can benefit.
Childhood activities can flow on to adulthood vocations. Expose your kids to all kinds of activities and learning experiences while they are growing up – who knew little Johnny would be a brilliant guitarist? How surprising when little Wendy became a surfing champion? How amazing that little Phillipe grew up to be a celebrated chef. And what about Georgia? Where were the clues that she would become a gardening host on a successful television series?
Parents often have a sense of what might capture their children’s interest and should expose them to activities that might resonate with their personalities. Understandably, an expensive hobby may out of reach for many families. Not everyone can afford years of music or singing lessons and a grand piano in the salon! But the parent can consider their budget and guide their child to suitable interests within their reach.
Despite parents saying they know their child and what he might enjoy doing, yet the little fellow can still surprise everyone. A chance experience with a new sport or unusual activity can quickly become a passion that the child can become very excited over. For the well-being it promotes, it is great if the parent is in a position to support the child’s new interest and enable his participation.
With success in pursuit of their passion, youngsters can benefit from the positives it brings to their lives. It fortifies their self-image and develops their feelings of self-worth. This can translate to success in other aspects of their lives and helps promote better interpersonal relationships right into their adult lives.read more
When we find time hanging heavy on our hands, we can feel discontented and restless. Many of us head for the fridge to find something stimulating to eat. After all, boredom is simply a lack of stimulation, so a tasty snack provides a momentary lift. This reaction to stave off boredom, however, can lead to long-term health issues if it happens too often and contributes to an increase in weight.
So, what is boredom? It’s a state of mind that arises when there is idle time with nothing interesting to do to help pass the time. We can feel listless and unenergetic. The best solution when we’re in this situation is to channel that lethargy into something productive. We should find something interesting to engage in, to make ourselves busy.
For some people, a downtime when there’s nothing going on is very welcome. They grasp the opportunity to just relax. Relaxation is an activity in itself, that helps us de-stress and chill out. Their relaxation may include enjoyable passive activities like meditation, watching TV, reading or just resting. Relaxing and embracing some quiet time without demands besetting us from all sides can have positive results on your health and can foster a positive state of mind.
However, for others, downtime and periods of inactivity are just plain boring. Many people have a higher need to keep their minds stimulated and busy to maintain their sense of wellbeing. For these individuals, the best thing to do when boredom looms is to get active.
When you find yourself with time on your hands and nothing to do, ask yourself what you would like to be doing? What is something you‘ve always wanted to do and never got around to? Was it learning a new language? Was it building children’s wooden toys? Did you always have a flair for sketching or painting but never got a chance to explore this talent and learn more? Did you always want to establish a vegetable garden? Is now the time to develop your own keep-fit routine, join a gym or take up a sport?
You could consider the idea of taking up volunteering. The benefits here are for both the cause you are volunteering for and the good feeling you experience in being involved in something worthwhile in your spare time.
Search your mind for activities that have eluded you in your busy life and make a quiet determination to give it a try. Try not to plunge headlong into something new with great expectations and impossibly high goals right at the outset. You are more likely to develop a new interest if you ease into it slowly and sensibly. Dip your toe in the water to get started. Set small targets and you will be encouraged to continue when you reach more modest milestones as you continue to meet your new challenge.
Turn boredom from a problem into an opportunity. When people develop new skills or embrace new activities when spare time hangs heavy on their hands, they can open up new, unexpected opportunities for themselves. Many people develop whole new careers from hobbies or activities that they have developed a passion for.
If you take up volunteering when you have too much time on your hands, maybe because you are unemployed, people notice your involvement and when a paid role opens up you could be the first person they turn to for recruitment. If your artistry skills develop well in your downtime, you may end up in an exciting new career. If you wrote a book, you might become famous.
It’s always a benefit to both your physical and mental health if you can dispel negativity in your life. Boredom is a state of negativity. Your newfound activity may prove very therapeutic, contributing to a healthier state of mind and a more positive outlook on life. This will translate to better performance in your working environment and more positive interpersonal relationships.read more
Leaping out of bed and boldly embracing the new day may not be how we all start our morning. Yet, a positive start to the day is a good omen for how your day will unfold. If we crawl out from under the covers and drag our way around the kitchen and bathroom, reluctantly preparing to confront the coming hours ahead, how can we expect to get the most out of our day?
On the other hand, starting out in a positive frame of mind will help ensure the rest of your day will continue to be pleasant and fulfilling. How can we shift our outlook from reluctance to enthusiasm?
First and foremost, a good night’s sleep is a great foundation for a feeling of well-being to get us through the day. People can turn to tried and tested methods of ensuring a better chance of gaining a good night’s sleep.
Try practicing meditation before bedtime. It will settle you down, bring on a feeling of calmness and a sense of equilibrium. It will help you relax and empty your mind of the day’s clutter and help you let go of any traces of negativity or anxiety.
Also, first thing in the morning or at odd moments during the day, an ideal way to encourage calmness and improve focus is to relax and practice a little meditation. Another strategy to improve the enjoyment of your day is, if you can find a few minutes in your busy schedule, to pause and relax in quietness and reflection. The stillness of these precious moments will instill a greater sense of appreciation and improve your capacity to cope with the daily demands of living.
Another excellent strategy to own your day is to prepare a schedule that incorporates everything that you need to achieve that day but still allows room for some leisure time. Working your way through your planned schedule can provide a sense of accomplishment when you achieve your daily objectives and the time set aside for leisure helps make the day enjoyable. Running your day to a sensibly planned schedule can help dispel any chance of that depressing grind you feel when you procrastinate. Get stuck into the tasks on your list and at the end of the day, feel great about your accomplishments!
Many people increase the pleasure they experience during their day when they pat their pets. This is a sneaky spot of leisure time that you can easily slot into your busy timetable. Interacting with an animal companion is a scientifically proven method of encouraging feelings of relaxation, pleasure and a sense of calm.
To liven up your day with positive experiences, take the time to explore your senses. Spend time in a garden enjoying the perfumed smells, hearing birdcalls, and taking in the sensory blast of colorful foliage and flowers. Time outside can really make you feel more alive.
Be sure to actively discard, expel or avoid any aspects of negativity during your life. Always think positive and only associate with like-minded companions. To feel great during your day, practice random acts of kindness. Think of someone else and do something to brighten up their day, even if they are a complete stranger. It may be just a small gesture but it will be deeply appreciated and both of you will feel good.read more