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Practice mindful living be happier (and be a better person)
With a new season comes new goals and aspirations, here are some simple tips to get you where you wanna be.
Visualise where you want to be
Most people scoff at the thought of a vision board, chances are those are the people that aren't achieving their goals.
Adding pictures that represent what you want to come to fruition in your life can make attaining those goals easier than just writing them down. You can make a goal board or even give hypnotherapy a try, by adding the element of guided relaxation to help tune in to your subconscious mind. I find that it helps to try visualising your ideal life five years from now.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
–William Arthur Ward
Show gratitude to people who love you - if you're like me and expressing gratitude doesn't come easy to you, here are some ideas:
- Share a specific example of something they did for you and how it made a difference in your life.
- Do something little but thoughtful for them.
- Give a long, intimate hug; or if you know they don’t like hugs, stick out your hand for a handshake to cater to their preferences and make them smile.
- Tell them you’re there if they have anything they want to talk about—and let them know they have your full attention.
Surround yourself with items you love and you will feel happier. You won’t have to search through lots of items that you don’t like, favourite items won’t get lost at the back of the cupboard or the bottom of the drawer.
The list of benefits goes on and on here are just a few:
- Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
- Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
- Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
- Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
- Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
For more on planning and mindful living checkout our post - Planning for your best year yet