We often day dream, so caught up in the social media storm which consistently reminds us of what we haven’t got and what we must, as a society, be working to achieve. Whether that is a size 6 waist line, the newest evoke model or a 24c diamond on our left ring finger. ‘what will our futures look like?’ I feel we are always asking of ourselves… ‘what is the next step?’. so much so we seldom stop to appreciate what is right in front of us.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not here to preach and not practice. I am one of the worst for sitting and thinking what could I be? Where do I want to be in 5 years? How am I going to get there? It’s always good to have a plan, but I feel like we are obsessed. Or at least I do. I’m suddenly conscious I’m missing out on now. I’m not enjoying my time now, in my early 20’s, because im too busy worrying about where I’m going to be in my early 30’s. ridiculous right? lets say I get hit by a bus…not enjoying my life at the time. that thought makes me sadder than the rest.
I have comprised a list of changes that I propose to make in order to quit my worried state and begin really enjoying my 20’s as I should be…
- Get more creative
Everybody needs a creative outlet, however big or small. For some, listening to music or reading a book on the way home from work is enough. But I know for a fact that is not enough for me, a few years ago my life was engulfed by the creative arts, doing art drama and music at college I couldn’t get away from it. since starting the world of the adult, work has limited me and I have been neglecting my much needed creative time. I plan to do an hour or so of art, music or reading per night to help brighten my mood and unleash the creative juices locked up inside. Being creative is important because it allows you to have thinking time which engages the brain and allows inspirations and ideas to some rushing to you.
2. Have some ME time
Similar to above, it is important to have some time to concentrate on yourself. Are you really looking after yourself properly? Are you giving your body what it needs. If you need a nap, take one. If you need a soak in the bath, have one. If you need time to away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, lock yourself in your bedroom and try half an hour of meditation. Meditation or just quiet time has been shown to have positive effects on mental health, decreasing stress and allowing the body and brain to function at a higher level when it is most needed.
3. Get Active
I used to be a super active person and go to the gym twice a week, but more recently other aspects of life seem to have taken over, with that and the dark nights I have been really struggling to find time to get active. Being active and getting some exercise in (other than finger exercises tapping away at your keyboard) is really important to your physical and mental health. exercise releases endorphins which makes you a happier person, with that and the pounds dropping off and your booty on the way to looking like Kim Kardashian’s, what could go wrong?
Don’t get me wrong, I wont refuse a chocolate bar if someone waved it in front of me, but on the whole I’m really going to try super hard to get my fruit and veggies in and try to eat fresh every breakfast, lunch and dinner. I eat really well every day anyway, but struggle when it comes for snacks, so my challenge for this one is to not go for the biscuits and to reach for the nuts or fruit instead. That being said, I have a lemon drizzle cake awaiting my attention….
5. Get social
I can be known for getting a grump on and refusing to go out and see anyone. This is possibly the worst thing I could do. Being with my friends really brightens my mood and seriously need to invest more time in going to see them and doing little things here and there with them. Laughter is another serotonin boosting and endorphin releasing exercise and that can always be injected whenever I am around my friends.
These things are really simple and we all know that they are important to maintaining a healthy level of happiness and healthiness within our lives. But how many of us can really put our hands up to say we honour and worship each and every point in our everyday lives? That is pretty impossible, but it’s important to keep a balance for each and every point. If you let one slip, you could end up feeling as bad as if you had let all of them slip… in my own opinion anyway.