7 Things You Should Never Underestimate the Power of…
There are lots of things we underestimate in this world, the biggest is probably ourselves - our own abilities, our worthiness, our attractiveness, our place in the world.
If your life isn’t quite what you thought it would be and you want to make changes here are 7 things that are readily available to us all at little or no cost that have more power than most of us realise.
Some of them seem so simple that they are easy to dismiss as simplistic and airy-fairy. But that’s the beauty of them, they are simplistic and I can assure you that if you apply any of them correctly and stick with it, they can have a huge impact on you, and the life you are living, in such a positive way, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing them all along.
Positive Thinking – Undeniably my number 1.
Positive thinking can get a bad rap, as people often mistake it for ‘putting on a happy face’ when everything is going wrong. But that is not at all what positive thinking is. Adopting a positive attitude not only makes you a happier person in general, but the positive thinker is more likely to notice the positive things that happen each day, the more positive things we see happening the happier we become and so begins the cycle. Positive thinking also helps when life throws us a curve ball, as people with this attitude are more likely to look for solutions rather than getting caught up with, and over thinking the problem. Click here to order Positive Thinking for Beginners
It has been well documented that mediation has all sorts of benefits, both for the mind and the body, yet so many of us fail to incorporate it in our daily routine. If you think you don’t have time to meditate or that it’s too difficult, then think again. It doesn’t have to take much time - just 5 minutes each day is enough for you to start seeing and feeling the benefits. Click here for more information on mediation for beginners.
3. Keeping a Journal
Writing things down has a powerful effect on our ability to see things as they really are and understanding what is going on in our lives. It sounds quite bizarre to someone who has never tried it, but it works. Writing down what happened and/or how we feel about it some how frees the emotions that are attached with it. When I was at my lowest I wrote every single day, I wrote about current things and even about past events that I needed to make sense of. Things started to become clear, once they were clear in my mind I was able to let go of them and move on. Writing in a journal is also a great way to document how far you have come on your journey, when you can see how far you’ve come, it will inspire you to keep going.
I thought you had to be flexible to do yoga, I thought it was too slow and boring, yet I kept reading things telling me how great it was for the mind and body. Eventually I decided to give it a go, I found a great youtube tutorial for beginners and even though I couldn’t do all the poses, I did the best I could and I felt fantastic afterwards… I felt relaxed yet invigorated, I felt calm yet full of energy. It very quickly became part of my life and I am the fittest I have ever been and for the first time in my life I love to exercise. Apart from feeling fitter and more energised than ever before Yoga also helps me when I am having a bad day, when I feel tense, I go straight to my favourite yoga poses as when we relax the body the mind follows. There are lots of Youtube tutorials available (I've added a link to one of my favourites) or you could try joining a local class. (please check with your doctor before starting any new exercise, whilst yoga may be gentle I wouldn’t want you to injure yourself.)
5. Living in the moment
Also known as mindfulness. Have you ever noticed how often we are thinking about what we have got to do or what we plan to do instead of what we are actually doing at that moment? We have so much to fit in to our days that we are always thinking one, two or three steps ahead. What if we planned our day in such a way that it allowed us to be 100% present in all that we do? Spending ten minutes in the morning planning what we need to do means we can be present and enjoy life, it means we don’t have to miss any of the little things that can turn out to be wonderful moments and live in our memories forever.
6. Doing something kind for someone.
They say there is no such thing as a selfless act of kindness, every time we try to do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return, we automatically feel good. Making someone else happy, taking away their stress, making them smile has just as big an effect on the person giving as the person receiving. So if you ever want an instant pick-me-up, go do something nice for someone else and reap the benefits. It’s a win-win!
7. Doing something kind for yourself.
When was the last time you did something kind for yourself (without feeling guilty)? You spend your time ensuring the rest of the family have everything they need, physically, mentally, emotionally, you give them everything they need. How often do you stop and check to see if you have everything you need? Do something just for you… whatever makes you happy. It doesn’t need to be expensive; it could just be to read a book uninterrupted, or to go for a walk along the beach or in the park, take a bubble bath. Whatever you decide to do, do it well and enjoy it and you’ll come back re-energised.
WARNING: if you try any of the above, you may start to feel better in yourself - side effects include: feeling more relaxed, boosted self-confidence, enjoying the little things, feeling fitter and more toned, better focus on what’s important, happier people around you, a sunny outlook on life.
Any one of these will help get you on track again, you could try a combination of them or go for all seven. Whichever one/ones you decided to do, do them with intention, do them like you mean it and if you don’t see instant results, try not to give up, stick with it a while longer the results will come.
Have a fantastic day! And remember - you’re better than you think you are!