5 Simple Steps for Living your Best Life
5 Simple Steps for Living your Best Life
Does #livingmybestlife apply to you? If you’re hesitant you may want to follow up with the rest of the post. Life can be tough, but so are you.
Remember back in the day when your older siblings and/or cousins would hit you on the head while exclaiming “life’s tough, get a helmet!” then they would run away laughing?
Well, I think they were on to something profoundwithout realizing it. Life isn’t always wonderful hair days and straight A’s. Sometimes I feel like running away laughing directly into my bed and never leaving. Ever.
Why is there so much pressureon us as kids to always be perfect? We have to think perfectand act perfectall while during this perfectlyoutlined timeline for school, sports, projects, clubs, finding time to sleep for two hours then waking up and doing it all over again.
I’ll tell ya the main culprit, society. They’re throwing fake news at us left and right about how exactly our lives shouldbe. Social mediaspices things up, too.
It gives us an immediateoutlet to compare ourselves to see if we’re living life better than everyone else around us. That’s not living. That’s running around exhausteduntil we die (which btw they now have seed pods that can turn us in to a treeand help the world prosper after we’re gone; which is super neat imo).
BUT SURPRISE MOFO’S! We don’t have to do exactly what people expect us to. Your life is your own, and onlyyour own. You do you, boo comes in full effect here.
We only have this one precious life of ours, so let’s make it the ultimate best. That’s where I come in to make it easy for you with five simplestrategiesto snatch full advantage of each and every day. Take it with a grain of salt, or sprinkle the salt on the rim of a margarita and drink it down.
Either way, it’s your pick.
5 simple steps for your best life:
Cliché enough? I’m sure you hear about self-lovea lot these days, but are you actually partaking in rituals for yourself? You and you only are your first and main prioritywhen it comes to love.
You may be thinking, “wow this is selfish”, but how are you supposed to love others to your highest ability if you don’t fully loveyourself first? Consider pouring a glass of water for someone when you only have an empty pitcher. Did it work? Maybe you’ve tried tolove yourselfand got stuck, or don’t even know where to begin.
It doesn’t have to be anything extreme like purchasing a one-way ticket to Bali and not return until you find yourself. As wonderful as that sounds, a simple way to start is by applying a face mask. Even if you already have perfectskin (lucky duck), it makes you feel super refreshed. Next time you have a stressful day, draw yourself a bubble bath.
Listen to musicand light somecandles, maybe even grab abath bomb, go crazy. Or, don't. Take it easy on yourself and just go to bed earlierthan usual.
If you enjoy exercising go for a run, a swim, or even a walkjust to get the blood and endorphins flowing. After a couple minutes of sweat and tears, you’ll immediatelystart to feel better.
Also, hobbiesare a great way to get in touch with who you are. Paint, draw, color, do yoga, dance around, play tenniswith friends, honestly, anything under the sun that makes you feel like a young souland lifts your spirit.
The book Heart Talk by Cleo Wade had a huge impact on me. Cleo writes in a remarkably relatable way to her readers. I highly, highly recommend picking up and reading this inspiring read.
The final self-caretip I’ll throw out today isjournaling.If you’re not the greatest at showing and/or communicating your emotions, you’re most likely bottling them up to a certain extent. AmIRight???
The great part about journaling is that it’s just talkingto your mind and/or a higher being. No one else has to read it. If you’re absolutely clueless on what to start writing about, begin with what you did that day.
Then slowly add how you felt while doing those things and soon enough your emotions will start coming out. If my mind is clutteredand I have no idea what’s wrong with me, after a few pages of writing I can start to analyze and figure out what the issue is.
Journaling= little miracles from your mind to work magic in the world.
So get out there and take care of yourselfand you’ll be able to conquer the world, honey!
2. Be Kind
Being kind is self-explanatory, but easier to do on some days than others.
The simplest form of kindness is smiling.
A smile can go a long way and make someone’s day even if you don’t realize it! I’ve found that it’s super hard not to smile back at someone who is smiling his or her pearly whitesat me.
If you’re in a bad mood try thinking what will actually matter 30 years from now. Is a customer yelling at you for something out of your control? Who cares?!I know I won’t in a few days if not even in that moment. Just throw a smileat them instead of overreacting and watch their attitude change. It’s quite entertaining.
We’re all human beings with human souls and human issues.
Let’s give each other ahelpinghand since we’re all in this world together.
Honestly, I’ve found that the days I allow anger into my soul it just makes everything around me feel miserable.
However, if I can look past the small instance in front of me and think about my future health, I can normally shake it off and make the most of my day.
Perspective is everything people. Think about other people’s feelings and they might be struggling with the same thing you are. Try connectingwith them instead of arguing with them. Kindnesscould also save someone’s life. You never know.
Be kind, be kind, BE KIND!
3. Detox from Electronics
It’s hard not to be glued to a screen. There’s always something around us, a TV, a phone, a computer, etc. the list goes on and on. I’m not saying you have to give them up completely, but make a conscious effort to notuse them for an hour a day, for one day a week, whatever works for your schedule.
Mother Earth has blessed us with a beautiful world, let’s get outsideand take advantage of the sunny days, heck maybe even playin the rain. Play sports, take a walk, bike ride, swim, anything that makes youhappy, just do it!
Don’t get me wrong, I have lazy days here and there where I could just sit and re-watch The Office all day.
Besides those days though, I barely ever even turn the TV on. Instead, I focus on things that add valueto my life. Hanging out with the people most important to me, breaking out in random danceparties with my roomies, andrunning through the parkare all examples of things I enjoyinsteadof electronics.
You just have to find something that fits your personality. Maybe you could create a scavenger huntaround town and race your friends. It could literally beanything.
How can you live your bestlife if you’re eyes are on a screen and not the world? Life should not be valued by how much money you make, or what you do throughout the day, but by the quality of what you do and how you live it.
Technology, shmology, so much in this world will pass you by if you don’t take advantage of it.
Electronics= missing out on what’s in front of you.Carpe diem, betches.
Positivity is uber duber important for me. Other people are attractedto positive vibes, so why not sprinkle positive vibes everywhere?
Just picture Nick Miller’s voice from New Girl when he repeats “You give me cookie, I give you cookie!” over and over again when he is trying to understand Schmidt. So I say, “you give me positivity, I give you positivity”.
Not as catchy, but it’ll do. If you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, counter itwith thinking of three positive thingssurrounding you at that very moment.
It is possible to train your brainto think positively most of the time. We’re made to be perfectly imperfectso we won’t be positive 24/7, but it doesn’t hurt to try.
(The positivity jar doesn't have to be anything extravagant; mines pictured above)
Another way I try to stay positive is by making a positivity jar.It’s a two-for-one cause you get to be creative and decorate a cute mug or mason jar and it holds all the secrets to positivity.
All you have to do is write something that you enjoyed that day, or last week, down on a slip of paper and throw it in the jar. Then, if you’re in a negative mood, dump out the jar and read those happy thoughts, babe. You’ll be shining like the sun in no time.
Positive vibes, positive mind, positive life.
5. Taking Control
Lastly, take control of your life!It’s your life and you only get this one (#YOLO) so you do you, boo.Know your fears, feel them, and then conquer them.
It’s more than okayto be fearful. Just do not let your fear control you. Punch fear straight in the face and skydive, or cliff jump, or even say I love you to someone and you will feel ten times better than if you hid from it.
There’sbeautyin realizing how much you’re actually capable of. Once you start taking risks it’s addicting. Your life will be LIT fo sho.
Do something you have always thought about, but never tried, like start a blog for instance (or in my case). In my opinion, the main goal in life is to be swimming in happiness and joy.
I’m gonna take a hot sec to explain the difference between happiness and joy. Did you know there’s a difference? Happiness refers to things that are fleeting and make you happy at that moment. Joy refers to things that are lasting and eternal. Do things that provide happiness in your life, and create them into overwhelming joy. You won’t regret it.
For example, shopping and buying a new shirt will bring you happiness when you wear it for the first time, but that happiness won’t last forever because a newer version of that shirt will come out; and of course, we have to stick with the trends. However, bringing your best friend on a road trip with you where you create memoriesthat you’ll remember forever, that’s joy.
If you take control of your own life, to bring yourself joy, everything else will fall into place.
There ya go, easy peasy lemon squeezy. There’re five simple ways to move your life in the right direction. There are numerous ways to make your life a fantastic one. I just gave you a few tips that have impacted my life the most. One of the best parts about it is that there is no right or wrong way, either. So promise me you won’t be too hard on yourself, dear one.
You are important. I believe in you.
Now get out in the world and Live Your Best Life! (#livingmybestlife) You got this!