Summer! You thought I was going to say Christmas didn’t you! Well in Australia both are true. AND this summer/Christmas season I’m sharing some tips on how you can feel more alive and invigorated even when it’s stinking hot outside and you have way too much to get done before your next Christmas do.
The First thing you can do is make fun a priority! If you want to feel more alive you need to be enjoying yourself. Now, not all the things we need to do are going to make you want to spring out of bed in the morning, but by making more time for the things you do enjoy you are going to feel great most of the time.
Swimming? Writing? Drawing? Dancing? Drinking with friends? Surfing? Creating? Do you love reading a good thriller but you haven’t picked up a book in years? Change up your schedule and add in an hour of reading a day. It can be during your lunch break, before you go to bed, you might need to wake up a little earlier to fit it in. Whatever you love doing and consider fun, make some time for it.
Take some risks and face some fears. You may have heard the saying, life begins at the end of your comfort zone? So true. If you want to feel more alive you need to get out there and make yourself uncomfortable. Transformation happens when you are put to the test. If you are always doing the same comfortable things you will stay the same as you have always been.
Avoid people who fun-suck. You know the ones, they find fault in everything and are never satisfied. And then never fail to tell you all about it. Everyone is entitled to have a bad day or share their negative experiences. But if you are surrounding yourself with these people all the time you will soon join them. Don’t spend time with people who drain you and put down your ideas and dreams. You need to be with people who respect and understand your goals, they are the ones that keep you pushing forward not holding you back.
Open yourself up to new experiences and possibilities. We all have ideas in our head of how we expect ourselves to do and not do. But these are just stories we tell ourselves. We say no to new things because we fear what other people think and what our own abilities are. As we grow up different stories that people tell us about ourselves get stuck in our head and become our own reality. “You’re so shy”, “You can be the sub this round”, “Reading is for nerds”, “That’s way too high for you”, “You don’t know how to cook”, “You’re not good at that”, “Boys/Girls are better at that”…
Rather then sticking to these ideas that you’ve accumulated over the years why not decide your story for yourself? Figure out what you value most and what is most important to you. Once you narrow these down you can focus more clearly on them and say “yes” to these things more often.
little BIG dream. Dreaming and pursuing those dreams is part of what life is all about. Anything is possible and it is never too late to start working on a new dream. When you stop dreaming you aren’t living. Bring some fun back into your life and dream dream dream.