Change is always a bit uncomfortable, even for those who thrive on it. Ironically, if there’s one constant in our lives, it’s change. Change can be the result of a choice, crisis or even coincidence. The essential thing to keep in mind about any adjustments we make — whether deliberately or in response to an external event — is that our free will gives us the power to activate positive change in our lives.
How to Change Your Life for the Better
Taking action to make positive changes in our lives starts with a shift in perspective. Instead of “stopping” or “starting” something new, try thinking of change as embracing a different mindset. When you adopt new ways of thinking, failure is less of an issue. Your actions will be less about the physical deeds themselves and more about how you are growing and expanding your intentions and thoughts.
Below are a few simple ways to change your life for the better:
- Do something that scares you: Push yourself out of your comfort zone by saying “yes” more often, volunteering for a cause you care about or putting yourself in a new environment.
- Get amped up about something new: It can be an upcoming trip, a new pet, a life-changing book or even a cooking class.
- Spend time with people who make your life better: Positivity only feeds more positivity!
- Forgive someone: When you forgive someone, it’s less about them and more about you. Forgiveness can reap several rewards for your health, including reduced stress, depression, pain and blood pressure.
- Forgo perfectionism: Never allow the desire to be perfect keep you from taking action in your life. And remember this — perfection doesn’t exist.
- Take a day off just because you want to: Sometimes, you just need a mental health day. See it as a way you can put yourself first and practice self-compassion.
- Find a productive way to channel stress: Try starting a meditation practice, calling a friend, getting offline or eating foods that reduce stress, like avocados and bananas.
- Stop counting your mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes, so don’t beat yourself up for making them. Life is not about making as few mistakes as possible — it’s about learning from them.
- Have high expectations for your life: Ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat?” Well here’s a better one: You are what you think. If you hold high expectations for yourself and set the bar high for your goals, you’ll be laying the groundwork for bringing them to fruition.
- Stop holding back your real thoughts: Honesty sets the stage for confidence and the ability to perform. If you find that some people are turned off by your honesty, don’t worry. The friends you attract and keep will be true ones.
How Recovery Can Change Your Life
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