It's Monday and we all know those GIFs and Memes about hating Mondays.
I'll admit right now I'm staring at this screen trying to get motivated myself....
So let's dive into the week with these 5 quick "Pick Me Ups"
1. The K.I.S.S. Rule
Just remember to "Keep It Simple Stupid".
We often are unmotivated because we feel overwhelmed at our "To-Do" list. Break the list down into smaller chores and focus on those.
Instead of thinking "I gotta clean the whole damn house" - "I'll just do the dishwasher and counter-tops", and when those are done, "I'll sweep and take out the trash", and when that's done, do the next small task.
My hubby usually says "Do what's in front of you". Eventually it'll all get done.
2. Give Yourself Breaks
It doesn't matter if you're a busy stay-at-home Mom, a blue-collar employee, or a busy Executive - allow yourself break times through out the day.
Give yourself a moment between tasks to decompress, clear your mind, grab a snack and such. These little breaks does give you a mental reset. Ever worked on a crossword or similar project and struggle for a solution, walk away for a bit and when you return the "answer" comes just like that?
Whether it's a 15 minute break or a whole night - breaks help us reset and refocus.
3. Don't Skip Meals
Too often people skip breakfast and just grab a coffee on the way to work.
Then they wonder why they have no energy to work.
Wake up earlier and make yourself a proper breakfast (or time to go grab a big take-out one). Your brain needs energy to be able to work, so if you starve it - your work suffers.
Have smaller snacks throughout the day to keep that energy level up as well. Grab an apple, granola bar, or even a chocolate bar (Shhhh) in between "assignments".
4. Drink Plenty of Water
We habitually reach for the coffee when we feel sluggish (me too), but you should be reaching for water instead.
It's likely that energy drain and sluggishness is due to dehydration, so having a big glass or bottle of water will pick your energy up in about 15 minutes.
Taking a short break to slowly drink that bottle helps regain your focus as well.
5. Exercise or Stretch
Yeah, I groaned too when I read this, but trust me it does work.
I spend a lot of time working on my laptop throughout the day and I've discovered that just taking a short break to get up and just do a whole body stretch does wonders for my attention span after I return to the desk.
Take a walk around your building, your neighborhood, or anywhere you are for a good refreshing break from your routine.
So, I hope these pointers help get you feeling good and your week off to a good start!
Do you have any other energy boosting habits you can share with me?
Are you disappointed with yourself because of multiple failures that you have experienced? If yes then you are not alone.
Failure is part of learning and can help you become a better person. However, your overall attitude towards life will determine the quality of life that you will live.
There are some small changes that you can make to really help improve the overall quality of your life.
In this article, we are going to educate you on 7 ways to improve the quality of your life.
1. Eat breakfast.
Most people especially those who want to lose weight usually think that skipping breakfast will achieve that goal quickly, but that is usually not the case. There are many benefits of eating breakfast.
Eating breakfast will give you the energy and endurance that you need to engage in daily activities. It also help improves your concentration and performance at work or school. In addition, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have lower risk of suffering from health complications and are generally happier than those who skip breakfast.
2. Set goals.
Setting goals not only provide direction but it also helps make better decisions. Also setting goals enables you to have total control over your future and act as a motivation tool.
For instance, if your fitness goals are; to lose weight and attain a lean, sexy body, those goals will guide you and will help you remain focused.
3. Do what makes you happy.
There is nothing more fulfilling in life than being happy. That is why it is very important to do things that makes you happy.
Studies have shown that people are more productive when they do things that makes them happy. Studies have also shown that people who choose to do things that makes them happy are healthier compared to those who choose to pursue things that they don’t really like.
If you are passionate about certain sports, then don’t shy away from pursuing it because it will improve your quality of life.
4. Exercise daily.
Doing exercises help improve your fitness level as well as your overall body health. Performing daily exercises will makes you feel better about yourself. It also helps you learn about your abilities, a factor that can help you appreciate yourself better.
If you want to improve the quality of your life then you must be able to do things that you love and that can only happen if you have an excellent fitness level.
When you smile, neurotransmitter known as endorphins are released. They're usually triggered by the movements of your face muscles which are interpreted by the brain which in turn releases this important chemical.
Endorphin is a crucial chemical responsible for making you happy as well as helps lower your stress level and enables you to live a happier and more fulfilling life. Studies have also shown that laughing helps to stretch your body muscles and extends the lung as well as stimulate homeostasis. A good laugh helps release negative emotions and can helps to draw people closer together.
6. Learn something new.
Learning something new helps you become a better person. Knowledge is power. By learning something new in your life, you will not only be able to handle different challenges that life throws at you, but you will also be able to make informed decisions. Step out of your comfort zone and start learning something new that you know nothing about. There are many things to learn that can improve the quality of your life and of those around you. Identify things that you find interesting and take the initiative to learn it.
7. Plan your day.
By planning your day properly, you'll know what you need to prioritize and what's not important. As a result, you will be able to channel your time and energy on things that matter the most.
Planning your day enables you to stay focused and organized, a factor that will make you happy too.
It's my last contribution to Self-Improvement Month. I hope y'all enjoyed it and plan to use some of it to improve your own life.
I'm just going to leave this infograph here as a reminder for y'all.
Another reader suggested more topics on Exercise, so I am going to finish the week on Exercise and Motivation.
Also this will be the last week of Self-Motivation (even though September isn't over). Next week is the National Week of the Deaf so I want to concentrate on that.
Now onto Exercise!!
The best and easiest exercise to start for any beginner or weight loss is Walking.
If you read my Post on Day 15 that I eliminated "white" food and stopped drinking Pop and drinking more water. I noticed I lost a few pounds by doing this alone. The next easiest thing to do is to walk more.
At our old house I would walk everywhere because we were situated close to "downtown" and the bank, grocery store and the school. That was until my Chronic Kidney Disease got worse and it was too tiring to do so.
Now our current place is further out of the way and the road going to the main part of town is pretty dangerous for pedestrians. But there's a lot of interlinking neighborhood streets with very little traffic so since my Transplant my fatigue has lessen and I want to start walking more.
So here'a a plan:
1. Just walk everywhere
Need something from the corner store? Walk there instead of driving. If you take Public Transit to get around, start walking to the next stop over & get off one stop earlier and walk. Your appointment's on the second floor? Forgo the elevator and take the stairs. Start strolling around the block after dinner with the family. Start walking around your work building during a break.
2. Start Speeding Up
Once you're comfortable doing Step 1 and don't get too winded/tired from it, start upping your pace. Walk a little faster everywhere.
3. Start on a Treadmill
Once you've upped your pace and it's easy to do without effort. It's time to start on a treadmill, whether it's your own or a Gym's. Start at your normal pace, then start increasing the incline each week. Keep increasing the incline and time each step.
4. Add other Exercises
By this time walking should be easy and you've notice some healthy changes. Start adding more exercises to your program. Look at your Gym, YMCA, or local churches or groups that offer them and if you can, walk there.
5. Add Running
After your exercises, you may want to add jogging/running to the regime. I don't know if I'll ever start jogging or running. I'm Deafblind and have trouble with balance and walking alone as is. If you ever see me running, you can bet your ass something is after me LOL!! Who knows maybe down the road I'll look for a running "guide" to help avoid obstacles etc.
Yesterday I covered how to improve your relationships with your partner or spouse. Today I'm going to cover "public" relationships (for lack of a better word).
How to improve your People Skills
If you're happy and have an upbeat attitude, people will be more drawn to you.
Show that you care about others. Appreciate and care about others and they'll likely return the favor and everyone starts giving their best work.
3. Be Considerate
Take note of what's happening in other's lives. Look people in the eye when you speak to them, and use their names.
Listening shows that you're paying attention to another’s perspective. Using your own words, repeat what they said. When you do this, you’ll know that you’ve heard them right and they’ll know they're being heard.
5. Make them Laugh
Humor can be a great way to break down barriers. Just stay away from inappropriate terms and serious subjects.
6. Be Empathetic
Put yourself in their shoes and envision the situation from their side. What may seem like the obvious answer to you might have totally different implications to someone else.
7. Don't Whine
If you constantly whine about things, your negativity will push people away from you. If you have something legit to complain about, go direct to the source and discuss it with them there.
8. Read Body Language
Deaf people know that 3/4th of the message is expressed in facial and body language. Learn how to read other's body language and interpret it to match what they're saying. Watch your own body language as well.
9. Remember Names
Remember people's names and say them when you meet them again. People will be impressed that you remember them.
You'll be able to do all the above and interact better when you're relaxed. Also being relaxed yourself will help others around you relax too.
Thank you to those who responded to my questionnaire yesterday I've got a few more subject areas I can work with.
Tips for Healthy Relationships:
1. Keep Expectations Realistic.
No one can be everything we might want them to be, accept people for who they are.
2. Talk with Each Other.
It can't be said enough! Communication is essential in healthy relationships.
3. Be Flexible.
Healthy relationships mean change and growth is allowed.
4. Take Care of You.
Don't forget to please yourself. Healthy relationships are mutual.
5. Be Dependable.
If you make plans with someone, follow through. Healthy relationships are trustworthy.
6. Fight Fair.
Don't criticize, stay with the topic, say "I'm sorry" when you're wrong, don't assume things, ask for help when you need it.
7. Show Emotional Warmth.
No one likes cold emotionless people. Period.
8. Keep Your Life Balanced.
Don't overload on activities, but do use your time to try new things with them.
9. It's a Process.
Healthy relationships can be learned and practiced and keep getting better.
10. Be Yourself.
Healthy relationships are made of real people, not images.