Ask yourself this – do I really love myself? A question so rarely asked, yet utterly important for those who wish to upgrade their well-being. It’s quite a challenge to think about one’s self in the everyday mayhem we’re surrounded by and all the struggles we have to cope with. However, we fail to notice that when we stop loving ourselves, that’s when things start turning bad. Keep falling in love with yourself every day in order to truly feel all the wonders life can bring, and here are a couple of ways to help you do so.
Spend more time around people
Isolation can have very harmful effects on both personal and social well-being. When we are tired of all the everyday troubles, lying down on the couch alone every day seems like the best idea. Albeit the momentum satisfaction, this kind of dealing with stress will consequently leave you with fewer friends as time goes by. Instead of locking yourselves indoors and avoiding people, do the exact opposite. As soon as you realize how the world is filled with beautiful and interesting people, your life can take a whole different perspective. Practice the art of enjoying life by speaking to one new person each day. It takes less than a minute to ask some stranger how they are feeling, or give away a truthful compliment, but the feeling of satisfaction stays with you throughout the whole day.
Get yourself moving
Meeting people won’t be possible from the comfort of your armchair, so get yourself out in the real world and experience it full-on. Breathe in some fresh air, take a stroll through the park, and enjoy the greenery, or feed the ducks in a nearby pond. You can also develop a habit of going for morning jogs which will help you get energized and more confident. Furthermore, you can get a bike and ride down your street or explore some city corners you’ve never visited before. You’ll be amazed how much there is to see in your close surrounding that you’ve never really paid much attention to it. Take a minute of each day to simply enjoy the wonderful shade underneath the tree that grows close to your home, listen to the song of the gentle breeze, and enjoy the sounds of kids’ laughter coming from the park.
Take some time to travel
Moving further from your home should be the next step you take. Seeing how other people live in different countries and meeting various social groups will give you a great grasp of how the world is bigger than you have ever thought. The so-called cultural bubble in which all of us live can easily be broken if you leave yourself open to new travel experiences. Just take out the map and randomly point a place on it for your next destination. Once you get there, make sure not to stay in one place, but rent a car and get moving. Conveniently, you can do so right at the airport. If you decide on visiting New Zealand, this service is provided by the reliable car rental at Christchurch airport. As soon as you get yourself a pair of wheels, start exploring all the wonders of the world and make sure to immerse yourself into cultures you’re not yet familiar with.
Make a self-improvement plan
A comfort zone might be a great place, but it’s one where nothing grows. Although you need to take a period of rest from time to time, problems emerge once the rest turns into laziness and overall unwillingness. Making a self-improvement diary will help you stay on track to bettering yourself. Plan out your daily activities so that you have time to work on your personal goals, but make sure not to overestimate yourself. You can’t change everything you wish at the same time, so take small steps and improve one thing after another so that you can really enjoy all the benefits that come with dedicating to self-improvement.
Let the past go
It’s not only religiously profound to forgive and forget, but you should adopt this practice in a manner that you find personally acceptable. Holding on to anger and grudges never made anyone feel better, and neither will it help you. We’ve all done some things we’re not proud of, but there’s no reason to let them stick with us forever. Time goes on, and your future self waits in the shadow because you’re overwhelmed with the deeds from your past.
Keep a reminder of the fours Rs that you should always think about – rest, reflect, release and relate. This formula will bring you closer to yourself and ultimately help you see that your life is beautiful.