Feel Better about Life and Yourself

Feel Better about Life and Yourself

Feel Better about Life and YourselfDo you ever reflect on your life and feel sad about it? When you try to come up with reasons why you are sad, do you feel as though there’s no hope for change? If so, I want to tell you that there is hope, and you can change your life and yourself to feel better about it all. You don’t have to feel sad, hopeless, and helpless. You can feel free, powerful, and happy.

Routines Make It Hard to Change

“If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” – W.L. Bateman

When most of us get comfortable in a routine, we often times do not feel like changing it. Even if that routine is not conducive to our happiness. We know it’s not producing the happiness we deserve, but doing something different isn’t guaranteed to give us the joy we want, so we shy away from it. The known always seems like it’s better than the unknown, right?

Unfortunately, that’s how many people end up living a life they really don’t like. They just settle for the way their life is, and don’t ever make changes that could make them happier. They get stuck.

To become unstuck, you need to do something different. That might be something you’ve done before or something new. Whatever it is, it should be something that would produce a change in your life.

Again, this can seem scary or just too much work. You’re comfortable where you are and it seems too tiring to do something more or just different.

Do you want to feel exactly the way you feel right now forever?

If the answer is no, then you must take action. That is the only way you will be able to move forward from what you’re experiencing right now. You need to do something to get something.

Life Changing Exercise

Let’s do a little exercise.

What’s one thing you would really like to do that you know would make you happy?

Now that you have this activity in mind, schedule it. When can you fit this activity into your day? Is it today, tomorrow, or in a couple of days? Make a time for it – a definite time.

All you have to do once you schedule that activity is do it. It can be as small or big as you would like. There are no conditions on what type of activity, except it needs to be something you believe you would enjoy.

Continuing the Path to a Better Life and You

Once you do the activity, reflect on how you feel. Do you feel better that you did something different? Do you feel awake? Energized? Ready to try something else?

It’s possible that if you do feel all of these things, you’ll be ready to try this activity again or something else. Do the exercise again. Think of something that you would like to do, and then plan to do it. You must hold yourself to it, or it won’t work and you’ll end up right where you are now.

As you do more of these exercises, you will not only start to feel differently about life, but about yourself too. You may feel more powerful because you’ve taken control over your life and the way you feel about it. You may meet new people by participating in new activities, and that can feel nice. Friends are great to have, especially when you enjoy socializing with others.

What If You Can’t?

What if it’s hard to think of different activities? Or what if you can’t get yourself motivated to do them? You may want to call me for help. We can work together to find out what it is exactly that can make you feel better about life and yourself, and we can figure out what’s holding you back. Sometimes, all you need is someone to listen to you, ask questions, and point you in the right direction. From there, you’ll be able to take off with a renewed sense of love for yourself and your life.

 

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