New Year’s Day is often the moment when we tell ourselves that it’s time to do something new and improve our lives. But that got me thinking… why wait until December to do that? Let’s do it now! We don’t live forever, so we should maximise our time on Earth for the better. I obviously think travelling is a great method to give yourself a little boost, but there are definitely other ways to help our bodies and minds progress. So, if you’ve been feeling like it’s time to uplift your mood, then try one or all of the following possibilities!
Enrol in a 2-day course
Learning a hobby or ability takes time, no doubt about it, but sometimes getting solid tutorship, basic skills, and confidence right from the get-go is invaluable. There are so many 2-day, or even day courses popping up all over the world right now, which can teach you all sorts of useful things for your life: cooking, carpentry, public speaking, photography, Photoshop, and so much more. Search your city name and what course you’d like to take, and see what options are available for you.
Don’t settle for second-best
‘Treat yourself’ has become an overused phrase, but when in moderation, is actually a good expression to live by. We often buy items that are cheaper, thinking that we don’t deserve lavish things or need to save for the future. I do agree with thinking ahead, but not to the point where we’ll never, ever purchase something nice and expensive for ourselves. Not that buying things is a means to happiness as such, but buying something of good value, especially an item you’ll likely use a lot, is by no means self-indulgent in my eyes. I actually helps us feel a sense of achievement.
Take sunglasses, for example, I’ve bought so many cheap pairs over the years that I either don’t take much care of, or they scratch or break so easily, that I probably could have bought a better quality pair for the same amount of money, and it would’ve been a pair that I’d have cherished and taken great care of! The likes of Ray-Ban and Tom Ford sunglasses are quite extortionate on the high street, I agree, but you can find them a bit cheaper online at places like Edel Optics, for example.
Meditation has a reputation as merely trying to sit still and not think for 10 minutes, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s a way to basically rest your head for a while but still be awake. Headspace is a good app to try if you want to learn the basics of meditation in a simple way. We all love to daydream and fantasise, so setting aside just 10-15 minutes a day to process your thoughts and unwind is a much-needed activity in our busy lives.
How good are hugs, seriously? There are times when words have no place, but a hug says everything you never could. Hug your mother, father, brother, sister, child, friend, partner, dog, even the delivery person who gives you your pizza. Everyone enjoys a hug and it feels good to give one. Just do it.