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It's a New Year...and coming up for the big 4-0 for me so naturally I've been having a bit of a reflection on life and what's important and I've got some ideas that you might want to consider (and no, they don't involve changing yourself or signing up to some crazy non-achievable diet/hobby/training/life plan).
I watched this TED talk - its beautiful - and it spurred me on to think about gratitude and what is great about my life (largely the people (and animals) in it but other things too). Have a watch and see what you think:
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So I'm actually feeling grateful for getting older (I know...sounds crazy) because it feels like there is less pressure to be out there doing 'fun' stuff. I can be a bit more comfortable in my skin and in the fact that I'm a bit of an anti-social homebod! So in a way I'm feeling grateful about being who I am, and maybe being a bit kinder to myself - and that's where my thoughts might be relevant to you: How about, instead of trying to change who you are by getting thinner or fitter, or filling your time with more things to do, how about working out what you like about you (here it might be worth asking your friends what's great about you if you're struggling) and building on that.
In my case I'm working on being kinder - and more patient (probably a necessary one) because those are the values that I want to develop more in myself. And this includes being kind to myself...If you're anything like me you are probably quite capable of beating yourself up - how about trying to catch yourself doing this and stop!
If you need help with this 'thought catching' I recommend Headspace (a non-hippyish meditation app) or just giving yourself some time to breathe and put down that phone!
Remember that building on what you have is much easier than scrapping it all and starting again!! Another benefit of being kinder to yourself is having a bit more to give back to others (which does feel nice too!)
Building a 'better' you can be about giving yourself more time and more love (obviously I think booking yourself a massage is a good start!) but it can also be about working on what you're doing. I'm lucky enough to love my job but not everyone does. Trying to find a way of making a job you don't love more rewarding might be about looking at the rest of your time and being grateful and present for the time you have with others or for yourself. Or it might be time to talk to people about what you might do instead. There's no right answer but listening to yourself and what matters to you is a start.
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