Monday, 10 April 2017

What I Learnt From... Getting Through Life's Challenges - Part Two

Taking up from where I left off in my other 'Getting Through Life's Challenges' post some months back, I've put together an additional five tips that I stick to in order to get the most out of my waking hours.

 

The follow-up to what I learnt from getting through life's challenges.
Full credit goes to the framed images original designer.

1.) Socialising.
Phone, text, email, write a letter, there are so many ways to keep in contact with the people you that you want to, no matter what their location. I try not to leave it more than a week without chatting to two of my dearest friends, who are now in their seventies. A conversation with them puts my mind at rest from knowing that they are okay. Usually, I will also scroll through my mobile looking at who I might not of heard from for some time, which will then prompt me to send over a text or Internet message so that person is aware that I am thinking of them.

2.) Keep Active.
Okay, so I understand if there is an absolute downpour of rain outside that the last thing you would want to do is leave the dry comfort you are currently in, but this doesn't mean that you have to be a couch potato for the entire day. If you own a games console like a Wii, pick up the remote and get your body moving along to the feel-good variety of tracks to choose from on 'Just Dance', for example. It is so much fun - especially with your best bud! An exercise DVD, the use of a hula-hoop or skipping are other examples of fitness that can be accomplished indoors.

3.) Write It Down.
Trust me when I say that bottling it up will only make things worse. There will come a point, like when a bottle of fizz is shaken up, that it will all come pouring out. Scribble what has upset or agitated you onto a piece of paper, or better still, talk to someone about it, even if it is a specialist. Let the heavy pile of sand you've been carrying in your shoes for quite some time just crumble away, like when it gets wet on the beach and is then flattened by the sea.

4.) Distance Yourself from Negativity.
If hearing about crime stories in the news unsettles you, switch the TV channel over, turn down the radio's volume, or skip those articles in the newspaper. On the other hand, when it's a friend who has the tendency to unleash their worries on you, kindly let them know how it affects your mood. Maybe agree to give them five minutes to inform you of their worries and then change the subject. You could do the same, but make it clear that you shouldn't be doing this on every interaction that you have with them. Soon after, you will hopefully see a difference and find that you are speaking less about those bothering things.

5.) Do What You Love.
Magic tricks, acting, space fanatic? Whatever you like spending your free time doing, carry on. As long as you enjoy it and it's not hurting anyone or yourself physically, you shouldn't feel the need to stop. If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you will very well know that I have a passion for the British band, McFly. When I was in my teens at school I got teased a fair bit for being a fan, but not listening to their music would've caused unnecessary misery for me, so I continued to do so.

Let me know if you do any of these listed already, or what has worked for you?
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