We can all agree that the past few years were a blur, a complete mess, and a lot of inflicted traumas to humanity. So how is 2023 going to be?
For me, I am finally able to convince my mind to slow down…that it will be ok. I have managed to effectively ground myself to help in decreasing my stress and anxiety. I am working on my fitness by competing again in athletics, and involved myself more socially, making a few friends along the way. My mindset has positively evolved, and I am willing to work harder on my goals. Seeing these changes has already been a vast improvement from the past 3 painful years…and that’s good enough for me!
Towards the end of last year, there was a reoccurring thought constantly coming up for me. It was the need to brush aside everything that truly did not matter and put myself first and foremost. Venturing into this new year, I promised I would work on myself on a deeper level. The idea was to leave behind all the people pleasing habits, pent up guilt and concerns about what people thought of me. Let’s face it, not everyone is going to like me for who I am. I can’t control what others think, and even when you do what you think is right, it is never enough.
So what are the ways I made sure I kept on track? Well below is a list of a few of the methods I used. Perhaps you could implement some of the following if you’re finding yourself on a similar path.
Meditation allows you to give your attention to your mind, body and soul. This tool promotes relaxation and has many proven health benefits. It personally helps me connect and realise things I have been saying to myself and readjusting those thoughts as needed. I love using the app ‘insight timer’. They have so many amazing meditative guides on there. My personal favourite is Sarah Blondin. Check her out!
Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, but they also help with realignment, spiritual awareness and self-love, amongst many other benefits. When I am having a full-on week, I turn to Black tourmaline and Smoky quartz for grounding and clearing any negative energy. This help for clarity and to allow the mind to wonder away and escape from life’s issues.
You may be surprised to learn that one of your best wellness tools is simply a journal. Journaling helps you to prioritize concerns, thoughts and track the activities of any given day. I have been journaling ever since I was 12. My first journal was very 90’s style, with a lock & key. I would sit every night in bed and write about my day…and 25 years later, I am still journaling to this very day. Your journal isn’t judgemental, it is here to listen to you and help you reflect. If you’re looking for a way to express yourself, try journaling.
Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Put aside 20 minutes a few times a week to go for a walk, and you will gradually notice an improvement to your overall health. If you want to take it further, look around your area for a sports club or fitness group that you can join. Not only will it get the body moving, but you could also gain some friendships. Your body will thank you for it!
Expressing gratitude is associated with a host of mental and physical benefits. Studies have shown that feeling thankful can improve sleep, mood, and immunity. Gratitude can decrease depression, anxiety, difficulties with chronic pain and risk of disease. It is a tool we often forget to use. However, if we open ourselves to the positivity we encounter every day, the sky will become brighter, your mood will shift and you will start to notice a skip in your step. That alone shows enough proof that it works.
Sending everyone so much love.