Are you one of those people who has let themselves go a bit, never takes time for herself, knows something needs to change, but has yet to put a plan into action? You are certainly not alone there. For a variety of reasons, from unwarranted guilt to bad habits, it is easy to neglect our mental, physical and emotional well-being. If you have reached a point where you are fully aware of how bad the problem is, that is all the more reason to get moving because this likely means the situation is critical. Luckily, there is hope for you. It will take some effort on your part, and a willingness to shift your mindset, but if you can do that, you are golden.
Here are just a few helpful tips to get you moving in the right direction.
When You Look Good You Feel Good
Being overly concerned with our appearance is never a good thing because it leads to a lot of mental strife, and a constant feeling of being dissatisfied no matter what we do. But, there is something to be said for being confident in our appearance, and feeling attractive as a means of boosting self-esteem and our sense of well-being.
If you are feeling a bit dull and lackluster, what could you do to spruce things up a bit? Are there any things in particular about your appearance that are bothering you? What could you do to feel better about it? Maybe you can treat yourself to some nice, quality make-up, or get a new hair style. Buy some new clothes. If you are interested in more dramatic fixes, like laser hair removal, skin treatments, and the like, hop online and start gathering information that can educate you about these procedures. Visit the American Laser website for more information on laser hair removal.
There is nothing wrong with focusing on the outside as well as the inside when trying to improve our lives.
Take Inventory of Your Life
If you are at a point where you are feeling you really lost your way, chances are various aspects of your life are in need of a serious overhaul. But, don’t fret…you don’t have to commit to turning everything around within the next week. What you do want to do, however, is take a bit of inventory to see what is going on with you, what is working and what isn’t. As for the stuff that isn’t, what can you do right now to rectify the problem? Again, don’t worry about making any drastic changes, unless of course, you think that is appropriate for the situation.
If you are feeling a lack of stimulation in your life, look into classes or other activities that deal with your personal interests. If you want to change bad habits, or develop a more positive outlook on life, get your hands on some materials that will provide tools and tips, and expose you to new ways of thinking and being. If you are not satisfied with your job, what steps could you take right now to transition to another one— that first step could be something as simple as fully admitting you are unhappy with where you are now, and setting an intention to do something about it.
Set Some Small, Manageable Goals to Get the Ball Rolling
When we reach that point where we know we need to make some changes, and we take stock of what our lives are like right now, getting from where we are at this moment to where we want to be can seem like quite the daunting task. And, this is a primary reason why we are stuck in lives that are really not working for us—it just seems to overwhelming to make the type of changes we really want, and even though we don’t like our situation now, it is comfortable and we stick with it.
But, if we can try and stay in the moment, and focus on what we can do right now to move in the desired direction, we can set smaller, more manageable goals. Goals that are a bit outside our comfort zone, but not so drastic we are setting ourselves up to fail. And, as we achieve them, that sense of progress will make us feel really good, and motivate us to keep going, to keep setting new goals and making other changes.
Say you want to lose 50 pounds—that is a big goal. To start, how about you vow to get into your favorite summer dress that fit you perfectly when you were five pounds lighter? If you want to overhaul your diet, instead of moving right to raw vegetarian 24/7, commit to eating fruit for dessert 4 nights this week instead of your usual sugary treat.
No matter what is happening now, you can turn it around. It all starts with a decision to do so.