What hobbies do you have?
And no, being on your smartphone, watching TikTok videos and sleeping are not considered hobbies.
Think about it.
And think about how you’ve been spending your time.
Ideally, we can all benefit from having these 3 hobbies:
A hobby that keeps you fit.
A hobby that earns you money.
A hobby that keeps you creative.
And there are so many hobbies to choose from that fit into those three.
Like cycling, writing, photography, etc.
So go ahead and think of hobbies that you already have or might want to adopt.
Mantras are words, sounds or phrases that are repeated frequently.
They’re either done silently or out loud.
All you have to do is repeat the mantra and focus all your attention on it.
And it’s a great way to improve and practice concentration.
Long term changes also include improved mood and well-being, reduced anxiety and less fatigue.
Try it out.
Pick a word, sound or phrase that you want to be your mantra.
It could be something as simple as “peace” or “love”.
Or something more elaborate such as “I am complete” or “I am an amazing person”.
Simply repeat the mantra in your mind.
And focus all your attention on it.
As long as you’re not emotionally or physically harming anyone, there’s little to no reason for caring about what others think of you.
Express your individuality.
Be unapologetic about who you are as a person.
The more you care about what others think, the more you’re limiting your true self.
Act the way you feel like acting.
Do what you feel like doing.
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”Lao Tzu
Some of us love to work.
We love what we do for a living.
And we don’t mind working all the time.
But some of us don’t.
Quitting and finding another job sounds like the most obvious thing to do but it may not be practical for everyone.
So you’re stuck with your current one.
The good news is that there are ways to make work enjoyable.
You just have to be creative with it.
Pair it with something enjoyable like listening to music.
Reward yourself after each task.
Take more breaks.
Chat with your co-workers every now and then.
Stop thinking about the end of the workday.
Stop idolising hustle culture.
Stop glorifying workaholism.
Stop working all the time.
As attractive as hustling sounds, it can do more harm than good.
Sure, work is important.
But so are other areas of your life.
Balance work with rest.
And listen to your body.
If you listen to it when it whispers, you won’t have to listen when it screams.
Review your comfort level and results.
Scale up the habit.
So if you want to build a habit of exercising:
Start small – go out for a jog for just 2 minutes.
Review your comfort level and results – every now and then, see if you’re feeling too comfortable jogging for 2 minutes.
Scale up the habit – increase the jogging duration to 5 minutes if 2 minutes has become too easy for you.
You’ll eventually be able to scale up to a full workout with multiple exercises with ease.
The only thing to be wary of is scaling up the habit too quickly because you don’t want to overwhelm yourself.
Apply this strategy to any activity you want to turn into a habit and keep winning at life.
A habit is defined as a behaviour that’s repeated regularly which tends to occur subconsciously.
Notice the words ‘repeated regularly’ and ‘subconsciously’.
Imagine how much easier it would be to achieve your goals with habits then.
Or starting a business.
They would feel effortless.
And the best thing about habits is that they grow over time and become more automatic.
Habits are simply too beneficial to ignore.
Take advantage of the automatic nature of habits.
This is perhaps the most popular time to set our goals for the year.
New Year’s resolutions right?
Which is good and all.
But we also need to remember that goals are nothing without the accompanying habits.
Because goals are achieved through habits.
If your goal is to lose weight, you need to build a habit of exercising and eating healthier.
If your goal is to read more books, you need to build a habit of reading every day.
If your goal is to build a business, you need to build a habit of working on it.
Focus on building habits and you’re already automating your way to your goals.
2021 is just around the corner for some of us.
And for others, it’s already here!
So let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the past year.
How much have you grown?
Did you achieve anything the past year?
Did you do anything that pushed you out of your comfort zone?
How can you be better this year?
Perhaps you’ll commit to drinking more water in 2021.
Or exercising more.
Or having a cleaner diet.
Or waking up earlier.
Anything at all.
Because a life without progressive improvement is no fun at all.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Get more rest.
Take breaks often.
Do things that you love.
If we break down these activities, we’ll see that having more energy is all about keeping your physical and mental health in check.
And the way we do that is by ensuring that we have enough rest, leisure and movement in our daily routines.
So ask yourself.
Do I rest/sleep enough?
Do I have enough leisure time?
Do I exercise enough?
If you answered no to any of these questions, it might just explain why you’re feeling drained.