If you’re going through something in your life and experiencing negative emotions from certain events that occurred, let time do its thing.
You need time to grieve.
You need time to heal.
You need time to move on.
There’s just no way around it.
Things will get worse before they get better.
So spend the time and energy you have doing things you love and let time pass.
Some emotional wounds take a really long time to heal.
And on certain days it’ll feel like you’re being hit by a wave of negative emotions.
But just know that it will all come to pass in time.
You’ll be okay.
“Time heals almost everything. Give time time.”
– Regina Brett
Think of any action or behaviour right now.
Then imagine performing that action or behaviour consistently over a long period.
The results build up and compound over time.
Many things in life take time to manifest.
All it requires on your part is consistency and patience.
“Little disciplines compounded over time make a huge difference.”
– Orrin Woodward
Many, if not all things in life are temporary.
Moments, experiences, feelings, emotions, people, etc.
Some last longer, others not so much.
But they will all go away in the end.
So it would be wise not to be too attached.
This is arguably one of life’s most important lessons.
Every experience has a thing or two you’ll learn from too.
So live every moment intensely with gratitude and mindfulness.
Because nothing lasts forever.
“The only constant in life is change.”
Everyone has different beliefs when it comes to eating, dieting and food.
Some eat purely for enjoyment without restrictions.
Some severely restrict what they eat.
Some eat purely for fuel, energy or body composition purposes.
They are all fine unless your health is currently severely at risk.
But the ideal mindset we should strive for and adopt should fulfil the following criteria:
Enjoyment – your diet should consist of foods that you enjoy.
Variety – your diet should consist of a variety of foods to ensure you adequately consume different micronutrients.
Volume – your diet should contain the right quantity of food according to your caloric needs.
Enjoyment ensures that you stick to the diet for the long term.
Variety ensures healthy biomarkers.
Volume ensures positive weight management.
So keep these three criteria in check and you’ll be well on your way to keeping a diet plan that’s enjoyable and healthy for the long-term.
“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”
– Leigh Hunt
If you have certain hobbies you have been laying off, let this be a reminder that they deserve your time and investment.
Devote time to them and make them a part of your routine.
It could be playing a certain sport like football.
It could be playing a certain instrument like the guitar.
Or anything at all that you enjoy.
Your hobbies will always hold a special place because they consistently evoke positive emotions.
Go further beyond, set personal goals and embark on a personal hobby project.
Life is a lot more fulfilling that way.
“You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby”
– Larry Page
No matter how busy life gets, squeeze in some time for daily exercise.
Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Take a brisk walk.
Do a few sets of push-ups.
Do a few sets of squats.
Anything at all.
As long as you stimulate positive growth every day by exercising.
Because doing something is infinitely better than doing nothing.
“Good things come to those who sweat”
Being clean and presentable goes a long way.
Sure you may not look like a supermodel.
But making sure that you’re well-groomed and clean enhances your overall appearance so much.
Trim and clean your nails.
Maintain your hairstyle.
Stand and sit up straight.
Get rid of any unsightly hairs.
Wear clothes that fit your body.
Invest some time and effort into your grooming to always make a good impression.
Music has such a profound effect on our well-being
It helps improve our mood.
It helps to manage pain.
It helps with workout endurance.
And a host of other benefits such as stress and anxiety reduction.
You can listen to it practically anywhere too.
So no matter how busy life gets, spend some time listening to your favourite tunes.
“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.”
– Aretha Franklin
It’s simply the smallest dose of effort that produces the desired outcome.
Because for everything that needs to get done, there is a minimum effective dose to get the job done.
Perhaps one of the best ways to manage your energy and stress levels is recognising what this dose is.
So try to find out what that minimum effective dose is for your day-to-day job, chores and errands.
Be it for sleep, checking emails, working out, various work tasks, anything at all.
Of course, it may not apply to everything in life.
But knowing the right context to apply the minimum effective dose can save you a ton of energy, stress and time while getting things done.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Know when to rest.
Burnout is real when you constantly have so many things going on in your life.
So rest when you need to and don’t feel guilty about it.
Invest in rest.