Thursday 13 July 2017

Simple Ways to Lift Your Spirits!

Simple Ways to Lift Your Spirits
Life brings us many challenges. Sometimes it all becomes too much and we struggle. This is especially the case when you face the loss of a loved one, illness or radical, unplanned, changes to your circumstances. It is all too easy to get very lost and go downhill mentally and physically.
When that happens, recovering and being able to get on with living your life again takes time. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet. No one thing that can be done to make you feel better instantly. However, there are lots of simple things you can do, which, over time, do make a difference.

Self-care quotes and images
As you know, I am a big fan of self-care quotes and images, which is why I share my favourites on this site. They are a surprisingly effective way to remind yourself of what really matters and what is possible. Having a few of the ones that inspire you the most on the walls of your home is a great idea.
This is really easy to do, with the help of a modern print firm like Hello Canvas. They can take any image and turn it into a beautiful canvas print. All you need to do is to send them a high-resolution copy of the inspirational quote you want to use. The fact that you get a choice of frame types and sizes makes it easy for you to order one that is suitable for the room you want to hang it in.

Image courtest of Pixabay.

Self-care books
I am also a big fan of self-care books. Reading about other people´s experiences and how they have coped can provide you with inspiration. As well as insight into why you feel the way you do. They also give you hope and show you that it is possible to move forward.

Being aware of how you feel and accepting those emotions. However, so is taking in what is going on around you. Both could be described as forms of mindfulness. You are consciously aware of what is going on inside you and around you.
Taking the time to literally ´smell the roses´ can make a huge difference to how you feel. If you stuck in traffic, spotting a bird soaring above you or looking at the flowering bush in someone´s roadside garden can make a huge difference to how agitated you feel. Taking the time to notice and savour the nice things in life helps to keep the positive hormones and chemicals flowing through your body.

Getting outside
Getting close to nature brings many benefits. It has a restorative effect, and as there is a growing body of scientific studies that show this to be the case. You can read more about some of this research, here.
Take up some form of exercise
Exercising is good for you in several ways. It helps you to become physically stronger, but also has a very positive impact on your mental and emotional well-being. Even something as simple as going for a walk can make a huge difference to all three aspects of your health.

Poco a poco (little by little)
The truth is no one thing is going to make you feel instantly better. However, making lots of small, but positive, changes soon adds up and makes a big overall difference to how well you cope and feel.

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