Here are 3 ways to have a great week . . .
Set yourself up to increase your energy level and be happier …
- Be in the company of good people. Maximizing the amount of time that we spend with people we enjoy the company of, those who radiate positivity, and who's interests we share can excite and energize us. On the flip side, people we can't relate to or who radiate negative energy, complain often, or make poor choices will only deplete our energy. When we have no choice but to deal with that challenging co-worker or draining family member, we need to be sure to set boundaries as it will allow for us to handle the situation in a way that does not empty our cup.
- Avoid overdosing on the news or social media. Taking in the news, and spending time on social media, are important ways to stay connected to what's happening in the world and up with the latest trends. It can not only be educational, entertaining, and uplifting, but also a way to decompress after a period of stress.
Unfortunately, the opposite can also be true. The news too frequently can be filled with stories of suffering which can skew our view of the world and cause us to focus more on our worst fears instead of any good that is happening. Whereas social media displays peoples lives in the way they want us to see it rather than the truth of what's going on. Camera tricks and words work to invoke interest and followers but in turn can cause envy and at times, depression.
There is no avoiding the news altogether, and of course we can surf social media, but it's important to minimize our exposure when we can, especially during challenging times or when we aren't feeling our best self.
- Think good thoughts for others. Maintaining a compassionate mindset can keep us from judging others and ourselves. If we consistently say simple statements such as “I wish for this person to be happy” with conviction, no matter if it's out loud, or to ourself, it can lead to us having higher levels of empathy and more happiness. A positive act, even one as simple as making eye contact, can keep us from judging others and stop our own negative internal dialogue thereby making us less stressed, less anxious and more confident.
REMEMBER . . . YOU GOT THIS!