Are You Entertained?

Entertainment plays a huge part in our lives.

People watch movies, TV shows, play video games, attend concerts and many more to keep themselves entertained.

And with good reason.

We want to relax and have fun when we’re not busy working.

Entertainment does all that and it brings people together too.

Think of karaoke sessions or gaming nights with your friends.

It’s so much fun!

When you get quality entertainment, your body releases endorphins and hormones that make you feel good.

And we definitely need more of that in our lives.

So ask yourself if you’re getting enough entertainment.

Find ways you can keep yourself entertained (responsibly) and look after your mental health.

Watch a movie.
Watch a TV show.
Read a book.
Play video games.
Go to open mic nights.
Go to sporting events.
Go to a comedy club.
Go to a concert.
Go to a food or shopping festival.
Go to a social event.
Spend time on your hobbies.
Try out an activity you haven’t done before.

“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”
– Nina Dobrev

Check In With Yourself.

We ask how others are all the time whenever we meet up with them.

“How are you?”
“How’s everything?”
“How’s life?”

But have you checked in on yourself lately?

Take a moment right now to ask yourself how you’re doing.

How are you doing now?

Are you overwhelmed with life?
Or are you bored?

Do you feel like you have too many things on your plate?
Or do you feel like you should be doing more with your life?

Are you feeling anxious?
Or are you feeling numb and empty?

Take a moment to check in on yourself and find out how you’re doing.

Your mental health is important.

“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”
– Nathaniel Branden

Keep Going.

Keep doing what you’re doing.

Sometimes we question if what we’re doing is even making a difference.

Am I progressing?
Are others recognising my efforts?
Is it all worth it?

Keep those thoughts at bay and keep grinding.

Continue putting in the effort.
Continue clocking in the hours.
Continue grinding in silence.

The efforts will eventually show.
The benefits will eventually manifest.
The results will eventually be obvious.

Believe in the process and keep going.

“Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process.”
– Alexandra Stoddard

Maintaining Mental Health.

The importance of mental health has been emphasised a lot in these recent times.

On social media, interviews, awareness campaigns, etc.

And with good reason too.

More people are becoming depressed.
More people are getting burnt out from work.
More people are experiencing so much distress in their lives.

That makes it all the more important to maintain your mental health.

Do breathing exercises.
Take breaks more often while working.
Don’t take on more tasks than what you’re capable of handling.
Ask for help when you need it.
Spend time on your hobbies.
Spend time with your loved ones.
Eat well.
Sleep well.

There are so many ways to keep your mental health in check.

Let’s not ignore it.

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
– Lalah Delia

Body Scan Meditation: A Simple Way to Relax.

Take a moment to do the following:

Notice how your behind feels against the chair if you’re sitting.
Notice how your lower back feels against the bed if you’re lying down.
Notice how your feet feel against the floor if you’re standing.

This is called body scanning.

And it’s a relaxation technique you can use anytime and anywhere.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed, stressed or anxious, just take a moment to do a body scan.

Do it for a while and you’ll start to notice a few things.

You might notice tingling sensations in your body.
You might notice certain tensions in your body easing.
You might notice yourself being calmer.

“Through practising body scan awareness meditation, we can greatly reduce the detrimental effects of stress and make our working lives pleasant and enjoyable.”
– Christopher Dines

Balance Your Life.

It’s too easy to get caught up with work and thinking about work too much.

Life thrives on maintaining balance.

Sure, work is important.

But so is balancing time to focus on other areas of your life.

The lines are blurred even more during this time where more of us are working remotely.

Your health, fitness, relationships, hobbies, side projects all require some of your time and investment.

Learn to switch off and keep your sanity.

Live a fulfilled life.

Live with balance.

“No one on their deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office’.”
– Paul Tsongas

The Power of Time – Healing.

Time heals.
Time recovers.
Time restores.

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

The Power of Time – Compounding Effects.

Time compounds.
Time builds.
Time strengthens.

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

The Impermanence of Life.

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.”
– Heraclitus

The Philosophy of Eating.

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