Lisa Turner shares 7 quick-fixes that’ll make your day seem a little brighter – we could all do with a little more happiness in our lives, couldn’t we?
1 Let go of shame
Shame and guilt are powerfully destructive emotions, often arising when you judge yourself (or those around you) too harshly. Make a conscious effort to remove them from your life each day. View yourself and your actions less critically. Remember, harbouring emotions like anger, resentment and fear towards others only gives them power. To reclaim it, release their hold over you by forgiving yourself (and others) for the past.
2 Get support
When you’re not on top form, it can be tempting to isolate yourself from your friends or family. But it’s during these times, you need their support most. Use this time to reconnect with the people you trust most, and take advantage of e very opportunity to broaden your social circle – whether it’s by taking an evening course, or simply striking up a conversation with someone you see regularly, but don’t usually interact with.
3 Keep faith
Whether you’re religious or not, keeping (or forming) your own connection with Spirit (or some form of higher power) is essential when seeking to overcome a particularly difficult time. Simply praying for support, and genuinely believing you’re being heard, can give you a huge amount of strength.
4 Don’t let the past define you
Whatever you’ve been through, it isn’t your identity. It’s simply something that’s happened, and not what (or who) you are. Everyone makes mistakes. For instance, we’ve all worn hideous outfits in the past. But you wouldn’t label a friend as a ‘bad dresser’ because of one fashion faux pas would you? So don’t do it to yourself over a past misdemeanor.
5 Empower yourself
Kickstart your new mental attitude by doing something positive and empowering. Anything that’ll cultivate a feeling of satisfaction or achievement would be ideal. Set yourself small challenges to begin with, and move on to bigger ones as you become more confident. It’ll help you move from being a victim, to a survivor (and then thriver) in no time!
6 Love your body
Nurture, love and really value your body. Start exercising, and eat healthier foods. Increasing your physical strength (and health) will have a knock-on effect on your emotions, leaving you feeling (and looking) fab.
7 Lose the guilt
Stop blaming yourself for the difficulties of your past. It wasn’t your fault, and you aren’t too blame. Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s never too late to start again. You can (and will!) reclaim your sense of power.