Do you want to live a healthier and happier life? It’s not impossible. Keep reading below to learn small ways you can empower yourself every day.
We get into a funk at sometimes because we’re burnt out, feel stagnant or perhaps nothing is going according to plan. It’s times like these when we need empowerment so we can regain control through physical and emotional activities.
When you empower yourself, you regain balance, so can you re-focus on the things you love. Feeling bogged down but not sure how to fix it? We’ve got your back with these small ways to empower yourself.
1. Change Your Outlook
Many things can frustrate us from misplacing our phone to being stuck in traffic. To stop these events from ruining our day, we must reframe the question for self-empowerment. So instead of having a “why is this happening to me?” attitude, switch it to “why is this happening for me?”.
Sounds simple but doing so will quieten your mind and let you focus on what you can gain from experience rather than what you’re losing out on. Going from negative to positive is empowering self, and it’s a great way to become less reactive to situations so you can have a smooth and stress-free day.
If you’re not sure where to start, you can always take a course for more info.
2. Exercise, Sleep, and a Balanced Diet
This holy trinity is the key to a healthy and empowering life. These elements have a direct relationship with your emotional and mental well-being, so you must make time for them.
Take a daily walk or a bike ride to boost natural endorphins. With exercise, you must find a sport you enjoy so you will want to do it regularly. It will also give you more confidence to watch your progress.
Further, aim to sleep for at least seven hours, so you’re more energized and ready to take on the day. You should also drink plenty of water and have a balanced diet.
A study into the link between nutrition and mental health showed the risk of depression increases by about 80% when you have a low-quality diet to those who follow a high-quality, whole-foods diet.
3. Spend Time with Friends and Family
When you’re bogged down by daily stresses, it’s easy to hole away and wallow instead of empowering yourself. Instead, call up a friend or family member and vent about your problems so they can offer their support and lift your spirits. Also, they may know what you’re going through and could provide useful advice.
4. Give to Others
One of the best remedies to inner turmoil is to focus on others. When we’re stuck in our heads contemplating our problems, we can become disempowered and feel stagnant. But when you reach out to others, even if it’s paying for a friend’s coffee, you will strengthen your relationship, which will connect you to the world and boost your self-esteem.
5. Make a To-Do List
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with family commitments, work, and chores that we can become frazzled and confused. One of the best ways to empower yourself is to make a to-do list at the start of the week so you can stay on top of everything.
Completing each task is the same as achieving a new goal, and when done repeatedly, you will gain more confidence and self-esteem.
6. Go Outside
Spending time outdoors is one of the most accessible ways to improve your mood. Even city-planners use green spaces in their designs, so everyone has an oasis amidst ubiquitous concrete.
We’re not all blessed and living next to a beach or snow-capped mountains, but spending the weekend in the country to drink in the views and admire the flowers and wildlife can do wonders for your mood.
7. Write Affirmations
Without realizing it, we can fill our heads with negative mantras like “I’m not good enough,” which can shatter our self-confidence and ruin our mood. So before you dash off to work, write positive affirmations such as “I know I can accomplish anything I put my mind to” which can get you started on a high note.
Another way to sneak in positive affirmations is by changing your passwords to a motivational mantra. For example, Igr0w3veryday can influence your subconscious mind to take a more positive outlook.
8. Create a Gratitude Journal
When we appreciate everything we have, we’ll be less likely to stumble into the self-pity and self-hatred rabbit hole. Gratitude is a lifestyle and a great way to ground yourself when you’re feeling disempowered. But how to empower yourself based on gratitude?
Keep a gratitude journal and make a list of five things you’re grateful for and your happiness will increase.
9. Focus on Issues That Are Important to You
Eco-warrior? Civil Rights activist? Spend your energy on issues that stay close to your heart. Be sure not to exert yourself but focus on one or two things you do well. For example, you can work on the ground or use your voice to educate others about your cause.
When you surround yourself with others who share the same passion, you will feel empowered when you see the positive effects of your work.
Mindfulness lets you tune in and connect with yourself when life gets chaotic. Even though it feels like a skill to hone, mindfulness in its purest form has no goals. It is quieting the mind and being aware of each thought that passes through it, good or bad. This quiet time is essential in a world where we have to multi-task and will leave you feeling refreshed after a ten-minute session.
Which Methods Will You Use to Empower Yourself?
Lucky for us, there are many ways to empower yourself that don’t break the bank or take much time. You must seek balance in your life so you can re-group and find more ways to nourish the soul. Helping others or meditating, a balanced diet, some form of movement, and a good night’s sleep is the key to feeling more positive.
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