You drag your feet. You procrastinate. Perhaps you have a big job to complete and you feel overwhelmed, unsure of how to get started. Perhaps you have an unpleasant task before you and you would simply rather not deal with it.
Then there are those times when the task you're facing is neither all that big, nor particularly difficult or unpleasant. Nevertheless, you still find yourself putting it off day after day.
When it comes to improving your health and well-being, it doesn't matter what your starting place is; there's always something you can do to get yourself moving in the right direction. And those initial steps you take don't need to be extreme or overwhelming.
In fact, it's better to start off with small, manageable changes. As you follow through with taking small steps consistently, you'll see and feel the effects both physically and mentally. Over time, these healthy behaviours will solidify into long term habits that become second nature to you.
Here are five small changes you can make that will yield big results for your physical health and mental well-being.
Why is it some people seem to have much better luck than others? We've all met people like that; those fortunate individuals who seem to draw good luck to themselves like a magnet. Wherever they go, good things happen to them. How do they do it? What's their secret?
Even though good luck is partly a matter of chance, it is indeed possible for anyone (including you) to attract more of it. You might not be able to control exactly when, where, and how good luck will strike. But with a few simple changes in behaviour, you can increase the likelihood more good luck will find its way to you.
“Do not be embarrassed by your mistakes. Nothing can teach us better than an understanding of our mistakes. This is one of the most effective forms of self-education.”
Thomas Carlyle, 19th Century Philosopher
Some people seem to have a natural gift for dealing with mistakes and setbacks in life. No matter what happens, they bounce back quickly, eager to move on to whatever comes next. For others, recovering from mistakes is a struggle. They come down hard on themselves when they mess up even slightly, often leading to a downward spiral that can be hard to get out of.
If you tend to view your mistakes with shame or embarrassment, it's time to shift your mindset. Reframing these events as a learning opportunity is one of the most empowering things you do for yourself.
If you're not naturally a morning person, getting your day off to a good start can be a challenge. You wake up groggy and scramble to get ready, only to find yourself running late as you rush out of the house. The day is thrown off, and you're left feeling scattered, off-balance, and out-of-sorts.
Your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you feel calm, relaxed and energized, you're better prepared to deal with whatever comes your way.
Here are 10 tips for building your perfect morning routine.
A common maxim is that it takes 30 days to form a new habit. If true, it should be fairly easy to get new behaviours to stick. After all, if you can stick with something for 30 days, supposedly you're all set after that. But is it really true? Is 30 days all it takes to form new habits and turn things around?
While there is indeed some truth to this, the reality is a little more complicated.
We've all been at that place where we need a little bit of inspiration, something to breathe fresh life into us and lift our spirits. A bit of inspiration at the right time can leave you feeling refreshed and renewed, focused and ready to tackle whatever lies ahead.
Here are some tried-and-true ways to find inspiration when you need it most.
Have you ever spent time online, only to find afterwards that you couldn't recall most of what you read? That's what happens when you consume large amounts of disparate information all in one go. You take a lot in, but you wind up retaining very little of it..
Think about this: by heading online, many of us will consume more information in a day than our ancient ancestors would have consumed over several weeks or months! This steady stream of incoming information can become mentally exhausting after a while. And much of the time, it distracts us while providing little in the way of real substance and lasting value.
Leaving the online world and spending time in a book can do wonders for your mental health and well-being. Here are three compelling reasons to get offline and into a good book.
Imagine someone coming away from a serious car crash with a major leg injury. While the crash only lasted a few seconds, the effects of the injury are long lasting. Months of rehabilitative work will be needed as the leg heals, to bring it back to its original condition.
Getting back to full functionality takes time.
Getting back to a place of full functionality after a physical injury takes time, effort, and support; we have no problem accepting this. Yet when it comes to emotional injuries, we often expect much more of ourselves. We can be incredibly hard on ourselves, thinking we should be able to recover quickly and easily, all on our own.
There's a stability and inner calm that comes with feeling like you're on top of things. Who wouldn't want to feel this way? Yet so many people don't feel this way at all. Instead, they're busy, rushed, and stressed, as they struggle to keep up with everything going on.
When you're already stretched, it doesn't take much to knock you off balance and throw you off course. Even something minor can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with.
Here are three reasons why you're feeling busy, rushed, and stressed; and how you can start turning things around.
Tips for achieving optimal wellness, inside and out.