Truth is no one is every going to feel content with their life 100% of the time. It’s just not possible. We have outside influence and daily distraction.
What’s important is that you have the tools and skills that you need to get yourself “un-stuck” whenever you need to and that you don’t stay in a place of sadness or discontent.
I’m a firm believer in taking care of your mind, body, and soul. Not just every now and again but every single day. I’ve been actively focusing on my techniques and I wanted to share with you. If you give your mind, body, and soul the attention they deserve, you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and overall more content with your life.
I’m sure you’d like to know how does one do this? Well, if you’re in a funk and feel like you just need to press the re-start button. Here’s how to get your mind, body, and soul back on track!
1. Get your body moving every morning.
Start your mornings off with with movement. If you aren’t ready to start a exercise routine take a walk. Do some stretching. Why would moving your body benefit your emotional state? There are several possible reasons. Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, may boost levels of neurotransmitters—notably dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin—that influence mood. Psychology also comes into play. Any type of exercise can provide a sense of control and accomplishment. It also can serve as a distraction or time-out from daily anxieties and concerns.
This can be done in many different forms. You can digitally journal in your phone or computer. Sometimes I’ll even talk to text my thoughts while I’m driving. You can paper journal in a notebook or on sheets of paper. Journaling helps control your symptoms and improve your mood by: Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns. Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them. Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors
3. Indulge in some retail therapy
Browsing your favorite store can help ease mild depression and make us more confident, according to research. Another study suggests that purchasing new clothes or Makeup can lift a person’s mood. Science aside, treating yourself to something pretty, or special (it doesn’t have to be expensive!) is a surefire way to put a smile on your face.
4. Get some fresh air
Go outside on your lunch break or whenever you have 10 minutes to spare without your phone, and take some time to notice your surroundings, feel the air on your skin, and take in some long, deep, and reflective breaths.
5. Declutter your digital life
Give yourself fewer options for distraction by deleting apps you don’t use, emails you don’t need, and bookmarks you aren’t going to read. Delete numbers of people who are toxic or your no longer need. There is something so freeing about this.
6. Up your fruit and veggie intake.
Maybe you’ve been feeling a little lethargic from your food choices lately. If so, try adding in more of the good stuff into your diet. Sometimes we immediately try to cut things out when we’re trying to get healthier, but adding things in is a much better approach in my opinion.
7. Try positive affirmations
Give yourself some words of encouragement, even if it feels silly. I like to write mine out in a notebook and read them each morning. Think about what you struggle with and turn them into positive statements.
Here are some ideas:
* I am safe and secure
* I have everything I already need
* I am enough
Drink a big ol’ glass of water! I aim to stay hydrated and drink 100 ounces of water a day but sometimes life happens. I can tell a difference in my mood when I’m lacking water. While most understand that dehydration can have medical complications, studies shows that even mild dehydration can influence mood, energy levels and the ability to think clearly.
9. Focus on one thing at a time
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, get serious about your priorities and figure out what you can set aside for now. Focus on one thing at a time, even if you’re afraid of forgetting something. You can do it all, just not all at once!
10. Explore somewhere new
Even if you can’t get very far, explore a town or area near you that you’ve never been to. Maybe find a new trail to walk on. Pick up coffee from a different coffee shop. You can even just take a different route to work to switch things up. Once you change your routine a little, you’ll be out of that slump in no time.