Health and Well-Being Month: Week Four – Day One
This week is about taking a look at your life from a broad perspective. I ask you to be honest with yourself about any changes that you feel need to happen. Sometimes just admitting something needs to change is enough. If you’re ready, make that change.
Are there areas of your life that you’re unhappy with? Do you feel that some parts of your life need improvement? The first step is realising that questions need to be asked, and the next step is taking action. Nothing will change if you don’t move and change it. Remember, it doesn’t have to be massive changes. Little changes are just as important.
This is the time to hold your life and yourself in high regard. Claim your power and tell the universe how you deserve to be treated.
Increasing Our Vitality for Life
It’s so easy to become bogged down in the happenings of daily life that it takes a while before we realise that we’re on autopilot. Life has become a series of motions rather than a conscious awareness of the joy of life. We feel as though we don’t have time for anything when in reality, we do have time, but we’re so tired and lacking in energy we can’t muster up the will to do anything.
If we don’t feel good about ourselves and our life, then this will affect our energy and vitality for life. Life will seem dull, boring, uninteresting and hopeless. To find vitality, we need to find beauty. We must start with ourselves first.
Some signs of decreased vitality include:
- Sleeping too much
- An inability to focus and concentrate on tasks
- Unable to make a clear decision
- Loss of appetite or increase in appetite
How are we able to increase our vitality?
It comes down to how we manage our moods and how much power we give our negative thoughts. When we focus on the negative, we will only see the negative. For example we may focus on a particular aspect of ourselves that we don’t like and we become that negative idea. We end up missing the positives about ourselves. If someone points out our positives we don’t believe them and think they’re just saying it. That’s something we need to change.
For every negative thought you have, I would like you to turn it on its head and make it into a positive thought. For example “Why would anyone want to talk to me? I’m so quiet.” becomes “I am an interesting person. My quietness is a sign of being a good listener.” “I’m so unattractive” becomes “I am an attractive person. My attractive qualities are…” It seems very simple – and it is. The problem is that we need to keep up with this until we believe it. It’s awkward at first, but we’re trying to create new positive pathways in our mind and have to start from somewhere. It can be done.
Next we need to devote some time to an activity that makes us feel good about ourselves. This could be painting, knitting, getting a massage, cooking, volunteering etc. We get to see a physical representation of our abilities. We prove that we can create something beautiful. To create something beautiful we must be that thing in the first place.
Finally, I’d like you to list five things you find beautiful about yourself. It can be anything. Keep this list somewhere convenient and when you’re feeling negative, look at the list and remind yourself of these qualities. They will sink into your subconscious and you’ll start noticing changes. They’re subtle at first – maybe a decrease in anxiety – but eventually you’ll notice bigger changes. It takes some time, but it is only a thought away.
Be happy. Be you.