How to get the best from life, now!

It is time now, to stop worrying.
It is time now, to stop doubting yourself.
It is time now, to realise how much your life is worth.

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you are stuck in a rut in life and want to find a way out, or you are just curious as to how you can improve the quality of your life.

As a young woman who has been there and done that, got the t-shirt and the battle scars to go with it, I can honestly tell you that life on the other side isn’t as hard as you may think it is.

You can regain a better perspective of life, you can find yourself, you can start again.
Because life is about you, what you want, and how you’re going to get it.

First and foremost, you must take responsibility for yourself.
Accept that this is where you have got yourself in life so far,
for whatever reasons that may be.
But you must understand that this is not your “fault”.
This is your time to change.

Next, you must become selfish!
Think about yourself and what you want, because no one else is going to do it or achieve it for you.
You are number one and you must put yourself first at all times.

Don’t know what you really want from life?
Think about how you would describe yourself.
Are you happy?
Are you sad?
Where do you want to be in five years time?
What makes you, you?
What are your values, your talents and you passions?
What makes you happy?
What are you thankful for?

In order to move forward and make positive changes to our lifestyles, we must first gain greater understanding of who we really are and what it is that we really want for ourselves.

Answering these questions won’t fix all your problems, but your answers will hopefully enable you to become aware of what makes you happy, what it is that you really want and who you want to be.

The next step, is to go out into the world and be you! Make them changes!
Do what it is that you want to do, be who you want to be, don’t let anyone stop you!
Find courage, feel the fear and do it anyway.
You can do it. I believe in you!

In addition to the above steps, there are some things you can do to cultivate more happiness in your life.

Travel to new places!
It broadens our experiences and allows us to learn new things about the world.

Talk to someone. Get yourself out there, go to a new class, talk to someone you have never talked to before and make new friends!
A good support system is what every happy and healthy person needs during tough times.
Don’t forget about the friends you already have though, they will be missing you too!

Play sports! Dance! Swim! Do anything!
Exercise is a proven feel good activity and can enhance your happiness millions of times over.
It’s great for the muscles and for your heart health too and it releases those ever important happy hormones.

Find your creative outlet!
Do you enjoy writing? Do you enjoy drawing? Creating music? Painting? Scrap booking? Gardening?
Whatever you enjoy, there is a million and one classes and art and craft stores all over the nation ready and willing to help you get started. Plus, using your hands to do practical things increases happiness!

Get outside!
Go for a walk, a hike, go for a bike ride, a run!
You know what, get down to the park and take a picnic with you!
Enjoy what the world has to offer. It is here for you to see.
It is here for your perusal. Fresh air and green spaces are key to finding peace and happiness in life.

Finally, if you are really finding it tough to cope with life, do not be afraid to ask for help.
Do not doubt yourself or listen to those people who think you should “just snap out of it”.
You know yourself, trust your instincts and go to the doctor.

Although many people do not like the idea of taking medication to get happy, it really does help you to feel better and to gain a clearer understanding and perspective of yourself.

Don’t hesitate.

Take care.

Bethany B


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