It can be hard to stay focused on your own life and feel happy, when so much of what we’re surrounded by are messages that aim to “make us happy”.
If you weren’t thinking about what was lacking in your life before, now you’re sure to start dwelling on little things that maybe show that your life isn’t exactly “perfect” like those ads on television.
Here are a few way to reset, so to speak, and help you find that silver lining.
1. Make sure you’re getting enough nutritional balance in your life.
This may sound cheesy, but any sort of imbalance can kill your mood and make you feel down. Particularly if you’re living in a climate that has those gray winter days without much sunlight.
2. Limit your time on social media.
If you can fast from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. every few months, you’ll see how much better you’ll feel when you’re not occupied with keeping up with the Khans, Yousefs, Ahmeds, Jones’s etc. We recommend taking a minimum of 2 weeks off when you do the fast, so you can feel maximum results. After all it takes about 2-3 weeks to break a bad habit.
3. Find something to do in your spare time.
When we’re not occupied enough, it can lead our mind to start wandering. Nothing wrong with that per se, but if you find it leads you down the path of comparing your life to others and feeling like you’re not doing enough with your life… it’s time to find a hobby, a job, or a way you can contribute toward helping those less fortunate.
4. Take the time to really be in the moment.
If you have kids, focus on them and really engage when they talk to you. Don’t use the “maybe” “later” “Inshallah” etc. Really give them your full attention. Time is passing quickly and even if it’s only 20 minutes of undivided attention, it’s worth it to maximize what will be gone before you know.
5. Find something that you are really good at, and go for it.
Pursue that dream/goal/idea. Even if it doesn’t pan out, it’s the process of going through something new and adventurous that can be stimulating.
And this bonus tip? Keep away from negativity!
Whether it’s people you know, watching the news, or being in an environment that’s upsetting… distance yourself.
We know it’s easier said than done, but oftentimes when we look back and analyze what made us feel suddenly unhappy with ourselves, we can usually trace it back to an incident.
For example, reading a distressing article that’s been posted on a zillion Facebook pages in our newsfeed. It subconsciously affects us and we don’t realize it. Or perhaps listening to a close friend vent about how unhappy they are in their life… it can take a toll.
Learn to set boundaries with yourself and others.
Do you have any tips or advice? Please share below! 🙂