Guest Blog from Dorothy Watson
In recent years, many people have learned to prioritize their personal lives. It's always a perfect time to reassess your life and figure out where you can do things better. If you're thinking like it's time for an assessment, there are several things you can look at changing to improve your daily life. Make sure to stop engaging in these actions!
If you think that negative thoughts are just thoughts, think again. It turns out that negativity really isn't good for your brain. Just like positive thinking can help influence things for the better, negativity can cause problems in both the short and long term. When you get overly stressed and critical of yourself, you're not the best version of yourself that you can be.
Instead of letting negativity overwhelm you, try focusing on a few good things at a time. Gaining some perspective in tough times can help you avoid getting trampled by negative thoughts!
If you find that you don't have enough time to eat properly, something in your schedule needs to change. Sometimes, there will be times when you don't have a lot of time free, but even on these days, you can usually find a few minutes to make time to take care of yourself. If you find that you don't even have time to take 10 minutes away from the desk to enjoy a proper meal, your job is probably too demanding.
Working a Job You Don't Like
As the workforce has changed in the past year, so has the idea that it's worth it to be miserable at your workplace. Instead, workers are taking a step back and realizing that they deserve to be challenged and get a fair salary for their time, and offices that don't provide that have been left behind.
If your current job bores you and you think you could be doing something better with your time, take a chance and go for a job you'll truly love. It's a great time to push through your fears and apply yourself to a potentially exciting opportunity.
Putting Your Needs Last
When you're a spouse or parent, it's natural to put others' needs before your own. But the reality is that you have to take care of yourself too before you can take care of anyone else. Instead of always giving in, take a step back and decide if something is truly important to you. If it is, it's OK to say so to the people around you. Remember, your needs matter just as much as anyone else's.
Comparing Yourself With Others
Life isn't a competition and it isn't a race. Comparing yourself to others only leads to hurt feelings on all sides and resentment about what you don't have. Instead, try to look at the things you do have and celebrate them. What you have matters and is truly valuable.
Remember, You Matter
Taking care of yourself is truly something to treasure.