If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about #thekindesschallenge. I am challenging myself, and anyone who would like to join, to do something kind for yourself or others each day of the month. I came up with the idea after hitting December 1st and realizing it is not only the holidays but also my birthday month. I usually am so pumped and excited to celebrate all these wonderful moments, but for some reason this year I wasn’t feeling it. It made me so sad!
Confidence can be a magical thing. When you have it, you can feel on top of the world. But when you don’t, there can be no worse feeling. Although we’d all much rather have days that are more like the former, it often seems that time and again we suffer from more like the latter. As women, we don’t always tend to feel that confident in ourselves and it can totally blow! So when you hear others telling you to cheer up or to put yourself out there, it can be super frustrating because it’s hard to shake off a low-self esteem.
Instead, we have to work towards creating more confidence. While this isn’t something that can happen overnight, it is something that we can have – and will have when we start to work at it. There are a plethora of ways to reprogram your thinking and how you view yourself. Then there are these tips that slightly more familiar than pushing through your fears or trying something new. Sometimes, the way to give yourself to biggest confidence boost of all are the things bring comfort. So bucking the more conventional trends, let’s look at the alternative ways to feel more confident in yourself.
Ever have one of those days where you seem to run around endlessly for other people? Your boss needs help with a project, but that just means he’s leaving you to do it all. Your friend’s been on the phone 4 times already about her breakup, and it’s only 9 am. Even the dog is demanding another walk. Sometimes you don’t seem to be able to catch a moment that is just for you. Here are simple ways to start investing time into yourself amidst a busy life.
You may call us a little eager, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolution. Think back to the last three years and what you promised yourself you would do more of. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred we focus on improving our physical health. But what if this year you focus on your mental wellbeing? What if your new resolution is to find ways to improve your mind and thoughts, or find a way to better manage stress and your mental health.
Emotional wellbeing is a priority everyone shares or at least one we should share. Just look at the stats. 25% of people will suffer from some sort of mental health issue at some point in their life. Twenty-five percent. One in four. The odds are too high to ignore this part of our happiness and wellbeing.
Making your mind the priority next year isn’t just reserved for those that are battling depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, anxiety and everything else that falls within this bell curve. That’s because emotional wellbeing also affects day to day life such as stress, decisions, social events, how we connect with others, the kind of confidence we uphold.
So, if you find your head is subtly nodding as you read this, then here are our top tips on how to make your mental health the absolute priority going into 2018:
Let’s face it, whether you like it or not, life can be pretty stressful. In fact, it’s easy to feel as though stress is pretty much the default setting that most of us spend our time in. Between work, family, financial responsibilities, and everything else that you have to deal with, adult life can all get pretty overwhelming after a while. That being said, there are almost certainly specific times in life when the stress levels end up becoming even more significant. When that happens, it’s easy to feel like things are completely falling apart. Of course, things don’t have to be that way. You might not be able to avoid stressful situations, but it’s how you deal with those situations that makes all the difference. With that in mind, here how to deal with the stress of life.
It’s that time of year where the holidays are insight and the schedule is jammed packed. For those in school, I know exams, presentations, reports are coming up. For those who work 9-5 jobs, I know it is crunch time to make the most of the 4th quarter. And I know for anyone who is reading this, tons of holiday parties, family time, and dinners are about to commence. The pressure of fitting everything in, budgeting it all out, and having a moment to yourself is a lot of work. Throw in a few relatives you rather not see, and it becomes a tad overwhelming.
For me personally, my schedule is packed to the brim and not looking to lighten up anytime soon. The startup I am working with is about to launch to the public (ekk, super excited for you guys to try it out)! Holiday invites are already coming in, and I am gearing up to bring the best of the best Holiday content for all of you! When I am faced with time crunches like these, I often see where I can clear scale back or if there are commitments that can be placed on the back burner. When that isn’t even a solution, this is how I create balance during chaos!
I am writing this while laying on my hardwood floors drinking my second cup of coffee after spending two hours doing accounting and the morning deep cleaning the apartment. Looking through other drafted articles I had ready to go for this Friday, I realized let’s just begin with where I am today… Adulting is tough, man, but I rather learn that now.
Wow, that is a loaded title!! I mean dang, but this idea and topic came from the conversation that formed under the article, ‘ 5 Defeating Actions Keeping You From Success‘. What a powerful conversation that was and a great way to bring the community together. Thank you to everyone who shared!
I noticed a majority of comments touched on the idea of not taking on other people’s problems. The messages ranged from having a hard time with this idea to completely seeing how it has changed lives, and others spoke about how they really want to implement this idea into their current life. I found this fascinating and was really moved by each one.
I am not sure about you, but this Summer has been packed full of work, events, exciting moments, and personal challenges. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by constant change, long lists of things to do, and commitments. I recently learned these three easy tricks to relieve some of that stress. Keep reading!