A change in attitude is sometimes all it takes to feel happier!
Believe it or not, you have a natural ability to make yourself feel happy. That said, you also have the ability to stop yourself, and most of the time without even realising it. Try to find ways to rediscover the joy within and learn to recognise how you prevent your own happiness. Beat the blocks with the suggestions below!
Becoming more self-aware is the first step towards overcoming your barriers. You deserve to be happy just as much as anybody else.
Everybody has negative thoughts about themselves, and very often we are our own worst critiques. The truth is, you beat yourself up about everything, isn’t it?! It’s time to stop it. Next time you find yourself being self-critical ask: are these thoughts really true?
Beat the blocks by being honest with your answer and don’t believe everything your mind tells you!
When you suffer from mental health issues, there are times when it’s a struggle just to get through the day. If you’re encountering any difficulties right now ask yourself this question, what are the personal qualities I need to get through this situation? Then think about what you would say to a friend facing the same circumstances?
If you could see the situation as a learning curve, what lesson could this be teaching you? You’ll probably have to have a good think about this one; you could try writing it down or have a brainstorming session. The act of writing alone is therapeutic.
Think outside the box
Do you ever feel trapped by your circumstances, I know I do now and again, and it’s easy to become so embroiled in the ‘what’s happening now’ that you can’t see past it. If you do find you’re limited by your current life season, or maybe you or someone you care for has health issues try thinking outside the box.
Instead of focusing on what’s not possible try to come up with some ideas for what is!
Just be you
Social media, sometimes it can be great, and other times it can be terrible! Nobody want’s to air their dirty laundry online, and for some people, social media is all about illusion, the illusion of a wonderfully perfect life.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in this illusion and believe that if you were different and your life was terrific, just like [insert name here]’s life, you would be happy!
I’m going to hop in here, give you a virtual shake and tell you to wake up (don’t hate me)! Not everything in the world of social media is as it seems.
Take regular breaks from your platforms and take some time to appreciate who you are, you’re amazing too, believe it!
Pssst; if you just can’t see yourself taking a break and unfollow anybody who makes you feel like crap, you don’t have to unfriend them you just won’t have to look at their posts!
Beat the blocks and close the gap
If you have any long-term goals and you definitely should, it could be that right now they seem unachievable. Remember every step you take towards self-improvement is progress no matter how small, think of ways you can continue to work on your goal by making some small steps.
Set yourself some healthy limits
Everybody needs to set themselves some limits from time to time and knowing what you are willing to or not to do is an excellent place to start. Are you a people pleaser? Do you find yourself saying yes to everything even though you really don’t want to? I know it’s hard but now is the time to start using the word no.
Saying no to things you don’t want to do, frees up some valuable time to do something for yourself. This post from Tony Robbins goes into greater detail about the benefits of using this one tiny word.
Alternatively, if you find yourself saying no to everything, whether it’s down to mental health issues, social anxiety or another reason, you should try saying yes occasionally. Put yourself out there and try new things, you might be surprised at what you can achieve.
Beat the blocks by becoming more self-aware and recognise you have the ability to either, hinder or help yourself.