21 Ways to Live a Better Life

  1. Smile and laugh as often as possible.  They are the ultimate anti-depressants and don’t cost a thing.
  2. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  3. Focus on the positive.  Invest your energy on good thoughts, positive people and what vibrates at a high level of energy.  (Avoid energy vampires.)
  4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less manufactured food.
  5. Make time to do the things that bring you joy and fulfillment.  (Coloring, writing, singing, dancing, drawing, scrap booking, painting, playing an instrument, etc…)
  6. Disconnect from all electronics and connect with nature 15 minutes a day.
  7. Take responsibility for your own happiness.  It is not up to anyone else.
  8. Spend time with people under the age of 5 and over the age of 65.
  9. Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated.
  10. Practice meditation and affirmations on a regular basis.
  11. Clear clutter from your home, your office and your car to make space for fresh new and flowing energy in your life.
  12. Let it go. Life is too short to hold onto resentments or waste time hating anyone.  Forgive and release everything!  You will feel lighter.
  13. Do at least one activity a day that gets your body moving. Take a walk. Go running. Hike. Hit the gym. Keep it moving.
  14. Be kind to yourself. (Would you treat others the same way you treat yourself?)
  15. Agree to disagree. You don’t have to win every argument.
  16. Stop comparing your life to other peoples’ lives.  Comparison robs us of our joy.
  17. Prepare for your situation to change, good or bad.  Change is constant.
  18. Stay in touch with your friends and family.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
  19. Do the right thing for the right reasons. (Check your motives before taking action.)
  20. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.  Be grateful instead of hateful.
  21. Be of Service.  Give back.  Volunteer.  Help someone.  It is beyond fulfilling.

7 Slow Down Strategies

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Do you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed? Is your schedule overloaded? Do you wonder where the energy will come from to get it all done?  You’re not alone. Taking time to slow down is a popular topic that comes up with some of my clients. After working together, many of them discover that we all need to internally slow down in our minds, slow down in our schedules and slow down in our activity.

It is usually our resistance to slowing down that causes the anxiety, fear and overwhelming feelings. When you think about slowing down, what comes up for you?  Some people have a fear that they won’t get everything done.  Others fear they will miss out on something. It is important to take a look at what slowing down really means to you. This might help to shift your perspective.  (Even the Energizer Bunny needs to change batteries at some point!) By slowing down, most of us end up feeling more energized, less stressed and a little lighter.  Doesn’t that sound nice? The good news is that it is totally possible. Here are 7 slow down strategies you might find helpful:

  • Breath. By consciously taking loooong, slooow, deeeeep breaths we can begin to slow down the heart rate and our racing thoughts as well. Control over our breathing is something that is always available to us, no matter what the circumstances might be.
  • Recognize limitations. Be gentle with yourself. Something has to give and sometimes it’s your very own expectations that apply the pressure to keep going and not slowing down.
  • Schedule time to relax. Block time on your busy calendar for YOU.  By planning a date and time on your calendar, you are making a commitment to take care of yourself.  Be sure to keep the date! Do something relaxing during your time like taking a bubble bath, getting a massage, reading, meditating or listening to soothing music.
  • Make a list. Do a brain dump and write down all of the things you have on your mind.  There’s no need to worry about writing out sentences, correcting spelling or punctuation.  Just write it out.  This will release the mental clutter and your thoughts will slow down.
  • Avoid too much caffeine. The extra energy you get from the morning cup of java can also increase anxiety.  Try ordering a decaf coffee in the afternoon or evening.  Cutting back on the energy drinks will help as well.
  • Connect with Nature.  Disconnect from the electronics and spend some time with nature.  Take a walk in a park.  Make time for a hike.  Sit outside and observe Mother Nature. What kind of trees and flowers do you see.  What the birds, squirrels and other creatures in their natural habitats.  Connecting with nature will bring a calmness to you.  In turn, it will allow you to let go of the stress and slow down.
  • Remain grateful. We all have so many blessings to be grateful for in our lives.  The universe is taking care of us all the time.  Focusing on gratitude will help you to internally slow down and reconnect with your spirit.

It is important to give yourself permission to slow down. I challenge you to pick a few slow down strategies from the above list to practice on a regular basis. There are many other ways to slow down, so feel free to do whatever works best for you.  The goal is to slow down. After you start slowing down, make sure you recognize the positive difference it makes in your life.

Which slow down strategies will you focus on today?

Relaxation Techniques

 

Yesterday, I met a couple friends for lunch.  One of the topics we talked about was how most people seem to be in such a rush all of the time.  Day in and day out there is a never ending list of things to do and more things to squeeze into our packed schedules.   Some people are so busy running around that they rarely slow down long enough to relax and recharge.  After a while it takes an unhealthy toll in our quality of life.

If you can relate and would like some relaxation techniques and ideas, see below:

 

  • The relaxation response
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Deep breathing
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Massage therapy
  • Self-Improvement Tips

    Self improvement tips are a great way to kick start your personal growth and to push yourself to new levels of achievement and fulfillment. If you’re someone who’s interested in personal development and personal growth, you’re probably always in search of effective strategies for stimulating growth. You’re probably also looking for strategies which will ensure your personal growth and help you to achieve results.

    So after spending over a decade studying personal achievement, I’ve decided to provide these seven easy self improvement tips as a way of giving back and helping people like you to achieve greater success in their life.

    Daily Journaling

    If you study the great achievers of history, you’ll find that almost all of them were avid writers. Keeping a daily journal helps you to clarify your thoughts and develop a sense of self-awareness which will give you the ability to reinvent yourself on a moment’s notice and help you to develop unshakable self-confidence.

    Meditation

    This is probably the most commonly neglected of these seven self improvement tips …it’s also one of the most important. Meditation is the most effective means of reducing stress and clearing out your mind from “junk thoughts” which lead to worry and anxiety. Daily meditation also helps to slow your heart rate and regulate your digestion among dozens of other health benefits. It also makes your sleep more restful and helps your body to recover faster. Basically, the practice of meditation is the one thing which can make the other six of these self improvement tips effective.

    Expecting to Win

    People who achieve great things in life aren’t normally anymore intelligent or capable than the average person. But they do one thing different which many intelligent people have a hard time doing: they expect to win, even before they know how they’re going to do it.

    Having expectations doesn’t require knowledge of how those expectations are going to be, and if you start from a foundation of bold expectancy, the rest is just a matter of perseverance.

    Writing Goals and Plans of Actions

    The habit of writing down clear and specific goals and plans of action for achieving those goals is a must if you want to accomplish anything. This is because writing down your goals clarifies them and begins building an expectation in your mind. Also, having written plans gives you a specific set of actions to take each day towards the realization of your long-term goal.

    Be Well Rounded

    The process of personal development must be holistic in nature. Every single area of your life affects every other area either directly or indirectly. If your relationships are out of order, it’s going to affect your health and your financial life. If your health is out of order it’s going to start your personal growth and make it more difficult for you to find the energy to achieve any of your goals.

    So no matter what you’re trying to achieve, being well-rounded is the key to living a balanced life and for building the physical stamina, the emotional fortitude, the financial security and the social support system required in order to achieve great things.

    Positive Affirmations

    Positive affirmations have the power to change your inner dialogue which can literally change your personality, your character, your actions and your life. For best results, write one positive affirmation for each of the key areas of your life (health, relationships, finances and career) and make a commitment to rehearsing them out loud twice daily.

    Teach to Learn

    This is the most important of any of the seven self improvement tips. The more you teach other people the principles of personal growth, the clearer your understanding will be of them and the more effective you’ll be able to make them in your own life. Even if you have no one to teach, you can write about the principles of personal development and how they are helping you. You can even begin by writing a short paragraph about each of these simple self improvement tips. Write each one as if you were teaching the principles to someone else and your understanding of them will deepen.

    Article from the site http://www.positive-thinking-center.com/self-improvement-tips.html