In the previous blog posts, we covered
- how to accept your situation
- change your mindset to become more positive
- the benefits of scaling back your technology use
- how to declutter your physical surroundings
- the benefits of practicing meditation and gratitude daily
- how your diet can affect your well-being
- and how to recognise toxic people and remove them from your life
Now, it’s up to you to put all of these factors into action and make the essential changes to enable you to become more at peace with yourself. To get you started, here is an example action plan – in no particular order – which you may like to use as a guide.
Step one is to assess your life as it currently is. Be honest with yourself and appraise things that could be better.
- Look at what is taking up the most of your time and energy
- Make a note of failures you’ve made in the past that are taking up your time
- Assess the main things that are causing you stress
- Identify your goals and the things you want to achieve
- Look at what makes you happiest and what you want to do more of
Start to Prioritise
Now you know what it is that you want to do less of and what you want to do more of. Now it’s time to prioritize and ensure that that happens!
- Cut out toxic people from your life. We don’t have time for people who don’t make us happy!
- Learn to start saying ‘no’ to invitations that don’t interest you
- Add things you want to do to your calendar. Treat these dates as indelible!
If you want more time for yourself, then you need to create more ‘space’ in your life by removing stresses.
- Manage your energy – your energy is finite just as your time is
- Reduce decision fatigue by making fewer unimportant decision
- Tidy your home and introduce systems that will help you keep it tidy
- Throw out things you don’t need, or pass them on
- Learn when your body is most tired and when it is most energetic
- Come up with a morning and evening routine
- Exercise in the morning
- Read an inspiring book
- Meditate for 10 minutes
- Prepare for tomorrow
- Write a journal
- Try to tire yourself out less with TV, phones and other stimulating media that you don’t need
- Create a budget and get on top of your finances
All these things will help you to feel less drained and less pushed at the ends of the days so you have more time to focus on what matters to you.
- Introduce exercise into your regime – it will improve your mood and energy levels
- Eat healthy, nutritious foods that can boost your levels of serotonin and raise your mood
- Begin to distance yourself from people you recognise as toxic
- Get more sleep
- Create a dark environment (helps you to sleep better)
- Have quiet time before bed (no technology – it over stimulates) 🙁
You’re clearing more space, giving yourself more focus and ensuring you have lots of energy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still feel stressed if you don’t learn to focus your mind.
- Practice meditation – this will teach you to better control your mind
- Learn CBT to remove negative thoughts
- Use positive affirmations
- If you struggle with meditation, try using meditative activities like reading, drawing or going for walks
- Do more things that you are passionate about – they will naturally envelop your full attention
- Focus on the things that make you happiest
- Have a gratitude attitude – make a note of things you’re grateful
- Learn to be in the moment and stop worrying about things that you can’t affect right now
- Give your loved ones your full attention
There’s much more to it than just that of course but this list is more than enough to put you on the right track and help you start living the life you want!
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About the Author. Karen Perkins is a Life Coach and Personal Hands-on Organiser. She enjoys helping busy people achieve results through effective lifestyle choices that improve their personal and professional lives.