Mar 01, 2018
We all have moments when we wish we could pack our bags and get a one way ticket to paradise but despite what social media might want us to believe, for most people, life isn’t always a beach. There will be good days and bad days. Stress and laughter but here are a few ways we can try to make the good more frequent than the bad and the smiles more common than the tears.
Spend Your Money Wisely
Consumerism is the catch phrase of our time. We live in a world where we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have. Driven by television advertising, online shopping and social media we have the power to spend at our fingertips. Remember how our grandmothers used to fix socks with a needle and thread? There is some sort of satisfaction in not buying the latest and greatest gadget on the market but we have forgotten what that feels like. Not only has our need for new damaged our bank accounts but our “throw away” society is contributing greatly to damaging our planet.
Next time you consider buying the next generation GoPro stop for a second to decide if you really need it or if you are keeping up with the Jones’. I’m not trying to discourage you from buying something you desperately need or want but do so not at the expense of interest on your credit card or financial concern at the end of the month
As the saying goes. Failure to plan is planning to fail. Life gets busy and there is nothing more frustrating than coming back from the grocery store only to remember that you forgot to buy bread. Different approaches work for different people but the key is to PLAN.
Writing down everything you need to get done, whether it be in a diary, on your phone, in an email to yourself or on the back of an old envelope, allows you to focus on completing the tasks rather than trying to remember what they are. You will be amazed at the mental burden that is lifted and the sense of satisfaction you have at the end of everyday once you start to plan.
It is OK to Say No
“If you want to make everyone happy, go sell ice cream”
We all enjoy pleasing other people. There is nothing that warms our hearts like the appreciation of others for our efforts. At times when life gets busy however, always agreeing to what is asked of us can put a strain on our day to day lives. Remember that it is OK to say no. Those around us will understand our limitations and appreciate us even more when we are able to help out or catch up.
Thinking about the past, the fun we had and the memories we created is good for the soul. But dwelling on where we went wrong or how life could have been, creates negativity. It is important to use lessons from our past to improve our future but it is equally as important that we don’t use those memories to hinder our progress. Life happens. Don’t be careless, learn from the successes and the failures of the past and don’t get caught up in negative emotions about bygones.
Being focussed on the past will only result in you missing opportunities in the present.
Delegate Tasks and Ask for Help
Following on from saying “No”, learn to ask for help. There is no honour is working yourself to the bone, trying to please all around you while slowly losing touch. It is OK to say no and it is also OK to ask for help. Whether it is a friend, a family member, a partner or a professional. Let them know when you are running out of energy or when you feel you can’t get around to everything. Not only will you be able to take some pressure of yourself, but you will also allow someone else the opportunity to feel appreciated by helping you out.
Remember that there are always people around you.