This week for Step 11 in the Life Purpose series we will be talking about gratitude and the benefits of having a gratitude practice.
Gratitude is scientifically proven to improve relationships, physical health, psychological health, empathy, and self-esteem. It also can reduce anger.
Let's not forget that like attracts like so it's a great place to get started when you're trying to improve your energy and vibe and the outcome of anything in your life.
When you're starting to make your daily gratitude list or journal you might be thinking, what am I grateful for? Some people struggle at first to come up with things.
Remember to start small. Think of all those small things that are just so great. Your morning coffee, Your puppy or your cat, the sunrise, someone who made a kind remark to you the other day. These things make a big difference in our lives and it’s important to acknowledge them.
The more we acknowledge them the more they will show up in our lives!
It is not healthy for us as humans to stand still and to be stagnant. Remember, movement is life. It's human nature to want to learn and grow throughout our entire life and this should never stop. It is your job to feed and nourish this desire and keep your mind and imagination alive. Right now, let's focus on reigniting our desire to learn new things and have fun doing them.
I once watched a Ted Talk where the guy talked about an experiment he did where he tried something new every 30 days.
I thought, that sounds like fun, I’m going to do that!
The first thing I did was start eating plant-based cold turkey! It was an amazing experience and something I had been thinking about for a while. By the way, I’m still plant-based today and it’s been around 12 years! I also coach other people who want to transition over so give me a shout-out if this is you.
Don't worry about being good at something or looking good. Right now, just focus on moving forward, learning...
Step 9 - Love yourself exactly as you are~
If you love yourself exactly the way you are, unapologetically, everyone else will follow suit. Going back to the first step, learning about the things we love definitely helps, you learn more about who you are. Here are a few more questions to ask yourself.
These can be signs that you're not in alignment with yourself and are questioning who you are.
Step 8 - De-stress and self-care - Life Purpose Guide
De-stress and self-care
Most of the things we have talked about so far could be considered de-stressors and self-care. You will find if you don't continuously look at the ways you spend your time and reset how you might be doing things, you’ll become unbalanced. Just like riding on a bicycle becomes habitual and second nature, where you don't even have to think about the balance, it just happens, you need to form this same habit with self-care in your life.
I believe that learning to set boundaries and maintain them so you can protect your energy and time is the foundation of self-care.
How do you know when you need to set a boundary? If you are feeling obligated to do something to keep the peace or to avoid conflict a boundary needs to be placed here.
If you feel like someone is walking all over you or you feel like a doormat, a boundary needs to be set.
Setting boundaries is about deciding what is acceptable...
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Everything we are surrounded with throughout our whole life gives us the impression that once we reach mid-life as women we are past our prime, old and worn out, and that we are at some kind of an endpoint.
Media and advertising lead us to believe that aging is not good and we should do everything in our power to stop and delay it.
It might make us feel unappreciated, somewhat invisible, overwhelmed, and just plain tired.