“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
It’s been said that people change for two reasons–because they seek gratification or because they are in some kind of pain.While that double shot of espresso and second layer of concealer might help you look refreshed, deep, fundamental change takes time. It’s a lifelong investment in yourself and should be treated like one. That’s why we decided to share with you these 10 powerful ways to take charge of your destiny and transform your life.
1. Get (and stay) active
Movement is a powerful mood-booster and stress-reducer, and has been shown to protect memory and thinking skills. Whether you hop on your bike, go for a short run or do a few minutes of yoga, learn to use movement as a way to relieve stress when you feel it building. Exercising in the morning can help set the pace for the rest of your day — and sharpen your focus. Not to mention, super successful people tend to work out in the morning. Try getting just 10 extra minutes of moderate activity each day, and slowly work your way up to the recommended 30 minutes daily.
2. Take comfort in silence
Yeah, we know. Every life transformation article out there preaches the healing powers of meditation, but that’s because it really works. Around 80 percent of doctor’s visits are for stress-related problems. That’s a lot of time and money spent treating issues that could be prevented if we all practiced a little self care through meditation. Meditation can reduce stress, boost immunity, improve sleep and possibly increase happiness. Even just 5 minutes of meditation can brighten your day. Plus, people who meditate actually are more rational and less anxious when confronted with challenges
3. “Starve your ego, feed your soul.”
This one is simple: Do things that make you happy. Just because something brings you a sense of achievement doesn’t necessarily mean it fills you with joy. Sure, staying late at work might be productive, but powering through burn out can sometimes prove less constructive than taking some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing, treat yourself to ice cream on your lunch break, or spend all weekend marathoning classic movies. Whatever you choose, do it because it makes you happy, not because it’s something else to mark off your to-do list.
4. Listen to your intuition
That gut feeling you have when making big decisions? Start listening to it. Our bodies often tell us what we need before we know we need it. Take a nap when you’re tired. Go on a trip if you’re suffering from wanderlust. Ask yourself why something doesn’t quite feel right. Unless you’re a highly intuitive person, listening to your gut takes practice. Step away from whatever is challenging you, get some breathing room and be honest with yourself about your feelings. Chances are you already know what you need — you just have to slow down to hear it.
5. Think while you eat
Mindful eating takes practice. Lots of practice. Especially if you’re the kind of person who snarfs down lunch with one hand while responding to emails and phone calls with the other. Mindful eating challenges you to consider the essence of everything you consume — where it came from, what value it adds to your body, and how it got to your plate. Mindful eating helps you build a healthy, sustainable relationship with food that goes beyond just satisfying hunger. And, studies show that mindful eating can lift your mood, decrease stress, and lead to healthy weight loss and eating behaviours
6. Invest in the positives around you.
Building healthy relationships starts with being mindful of whom and what you fill your life with. It can seem daunting to transform toxic relationships in which you’ve grown comfortable, whether they relate to friends or family, food, work, or even yourself. Reassess your relationships and be mindful about the value they add to your life and well-being. Plus, people who are mindful of their relationships tend to be more confident in their own judgement
7. Learn something new
Learning makes us happy. It could also help us live longer, open-minded, and more fulfilling lives. If you want to start small, try something like learning to knit by watching YouTube clips from the comfort of your bed. If you’re thinking big, join a three-month long web design course. Whatever you decide to learn, your brain will thank you for keeping it sharp and young.
8. Sleep like there’s no tomorrow
Your body is a machine. A beautiful, authentic and insanely complex machine that needs care and rest. Just like you shut your computer down at the end of each day, so too you should recharge your body and mind each night. Studies show that a good night’s sleep literally cleans your brain of toxins that build up during the day, which is why a full seven-to-eight hours is critical to your physical and mental well-being. Work your way up to a full eight hours by getting just 30 minutes more sleep than you’re getting now, whether that’s at nighttime or a midday nap.
9. Skip the caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that directly affects your central nervous system. That’s why an excess of coffee can make your heart race and your head pound. If you’re already feeling anxious, stressed or burned out, a double shot of espresso isn’t a long term fix. Instead, try more natural, long-term solutions like exercise and meditation to feel energized and awake. If you just can’t imagine life without your morning cup of coffee, try building a more mindful relationship with coffee. Savour the intense smell and flavour while enjoying it from your favorite mug. Over time you might find the ritual more necessary than the coffee itself.
10. Take comfort in silence
Yeah, we know. Every life transformation article out there preaches the healing powers of meditation, but that’s because it really works. Around 80 percent of doctor’s visits are for stress-related problems. That’s a lot of time and money spent treating issues that could be prevented if we all practiced a little self care through meditation. Meditation can reduce stress, boost immunity, improve sleep and possibly increase happiness. Even just 5 minutes of meditation can brighten your day. Plus, people who meditate actually are more rational and less anxious when confronted with challenge
Based on materials from huffingtonpost