Daily fatigue, continuous burnout, ongoing anxiety… Can we turn this around?
If anyone claims to have been unaffected by the past three years, it would put them into a tiny minority, which I’m not even sure exists. Pandemic and hybrid work arrangements have already tested and challenged everyone in all areas of life, from family, to work, relationships, home life, social life, travel, personal freedoms… the list goes on.
However, it feels like we are finally turning a corner and life will return to normal. I am feeling so much more hopeful and positive and I do have some simple and practical tips, which have helped me to feel optimistic, that I would like to share. These are routine reminders and practices that have reinforced my sense of balance and happiness.
Selfcare is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. Being conscious of your mental, physical and emotional health will help you to feel good and stay motivated. Create little rituals that you can do throughout your week, from making an effort to go for a walk at lunchtimes, to calling a family member or friend for a catch up, to taking a relaxing bath with one of Glow Bottle soy wax candles. And if you haven’t tried stand up paddle boards yet, I highly recommend to try! Sometimes we forget to do the little things that fulfil us…
Try to focus on what is happening now, because the past has already happened and cannot be changed. Dwelling on the past is like reading the same chapter of a book over and over again and expecting the ending to change. Every day is a gift, what you can do and achieve today is more real than anything you can imagine.
Look For The Positives
If you focus on all the negative aspects of a situation, you will never see the positives. There is truth to the quote “A negative mind will never give you a positive life”. You cannot always control what is happening around you on the outside, however you can control what happens inside, so choose to look for the positives.
Adopt Growth Mindset
When life throws you a curveball, instead of asking yourself “Why me?”, ask instead “What now?”. Previous three years have taught us a lot about being resourceful, patient and understanding, so use that knowledge and wisdom to thrive and grow.
Become aware of what you are grateful for, or even consider starting a gratitude diary and begin by writing down a few things you are appreciative of at the end of each day. Practicing gratitude helps you to focus on the good things in your life. Take your time during the day to practice gratitude while burning one of relaxing Glow Bottle soy wax candles!
We are happier when being social and interacting with people we know and like. Whether it’s making an effort to put your phone away during dinner, reconnecting with an old friend, or making new friends. Prioritise people over things like the TV, while it’s tempting to spend the weekend catching up on Netflix, check in with your family and friends first because you will have a more meaningful day. And there is no better way than sending Glow Bottle candles as gifts to your friends and family, just to remind how special they are to you!
Know Where To Invest Your Energy
Avoid wasting your energy on things that you don’t enjoy, things that don’t matter or things that suck up your time for no good reason. Your time isn’t infinite and everyone wants it, so spend your energy on the things that make you happier and motivate you.
If you can support other people around you, then do so. It can be as simple as helping a friend move house, donating to charity, volunteering in your local community or even cooking a meal for someone. Giving back keep things in perspective and spreads kindness. And if you’re looking for ideas, why don’t gift Glow Bottle “Enchanted Forest” or “HYGGE” gift box?
Spend Time Outdoors
Being outdoors boosts your body’s circadian rhythm, which is the internal clock that controls alertness, mood, physical strength, and when you need to sleep.
I couldn’t complete this list without a little on yoga. Many studies show that a regular yoga practice helps you to lower your stress levels, cultivate a healthy relationship with your mind and body, and improve your overall confidence. If you struggle to fit a yoga class into your day, try to fit in just a few poses that you enjoy. For example, if you have just ten minutes spare, pick three or four yoga poses that you like and do them. There’s no rule that says yoga must be done for an hour minimum, and ten minutes of yoga is better than none at all!
Finally, if there’s one thing you take away from this blog… take your time, light your favorite Glow Bottle soy wax candle and enjoy the moment!