Welcome to May and welcome to Mental Health Awareness Month! I’m so excited to share my first post under the blog re-brand. Today, I’m going over five easy ways to jumpstart your self-love journey. If you’re here and reading this, chances are high that you’re looking to make positive changes in your day to day life. We all know that real change cannot be accomplished if you’re unwilling to try new things, so here’s where I ask your to suspend your disbelief and keep an open mind. You just might surprise yourself into a wonderful shift of perspective. Here are five easy ways to start creating healthy habits this month:
Make Your Bed Every Morning
Making our beds used to be such a CHORE, usually mandated by our parents when they had company coming to the house (regardless of the fact that no one would be going into our bedrooms anyway…). Taking three minutes to reassemble your bed in the morning helps set the tone for your day. Plus, you’ll be thankful when you come home later and crawl into a nicely made bed. I always feel cleaner, more organized and more like a grown-ass woman on days I make my bed.
Download Headspace & Take 10
Ah, meditation. Some people love it, some people hate it, some people have never tried it and still claim that it’s “not for them.” I’ll be the first to admit I’m a recent meditation convert. I’d gone to a few meditation studios before and didn’t really drink the Kool-Aid. The secret to meditation for me was sticking with it, and the easiest way to get started is with Headspace. Headspace is a subscription-based app that provides guided meditation, and its 10-day free trial both educates and encourages you to be kind to your mind. Take 10 minutes for 10 days in a row and monitor how you feel. Try Headspace for free by clicking here.
Manifest Your Destiny
Okay, if I’m going to lose you at any point in this article, I’m going to lose you here. It’s the most hippie piece of advice I believe in, but boy oh boy, do I believe in it. I could NOT roll my eyes any harder when I initially read the section on manifesting in Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life (which is an incredibly helpful read, btw). Then I tried it for 10 days. And now I will tell anyone and everyone how much it has helped me flip the positive switch in my brain. So, grab a notebook. Let’s dive in.
Take 10 minutes out of your day (might I suggest doing this right after you’re done meditating?), and write out the things you want for your future as if they have already happened. For example, have a big job interview coming up? Express your gratitude for getting the opportunity to interview, and then take it a step further. Write about how grateful you are to have gotten the job. Write about how much this job will help you, financially, socially, in your personal growth, however. Be specific. Jen Sincero uses the example of someone who is wanting a raise at work. She suggests that person write down how thankful they are for the $50,000, how they are grateful for the raise because it will help them take their family on vacation this year. Then she goes into the vacation, how wonderful it will be in Faraway Destination, how many fun activities will come with the opportunity.
If you want something, if you really, really want it, you have to believe that it’s in the realm of possibility for you. This is one of the hardest things I’ve struggled with throughout my life. Dream big, but back it up. Believe in yourself so hard that you allow yourself to think about life as if you’ve already achieved the thing. You’re the one creating your future after all, so manifest it. And do it often.
Cozy-Up Your Space
That relaxing feeling when you crawl into your freshly made bed at the end of a long day. Ahhhh, the comfort, the coziness, the pure relaxation. If only we could create that comforting space at work, in your home office, in your car…Pick a space where you spend a significant amount of time each day and invest in something that will make it more cozy. Buy a new candle, buy yourself your favorite flowers, a new blanket, a fluffy rug, a giant pillow. Heck, buy yourself a new pair of comfy leggings. Buy something for yourself that serves a relaxing purpose and will provide that Ahhhhh feeling outside of your bed.
Trying to learn something new? Need advice on a certain topic? Looking for ideas for your next big project? Find your inspiration by listening to the experts. I’m a huge fan of podcasts and self-help books, but everyone finds inspiration in different ways. Maybe you’re most inspired after spending a day at the museum or after eating a meal at your favorite restaurant. Whatever it is that sparks your fire, make the time to cultivate your creativity this month. If you’re a creative and you need ideas on where to start, might I suggest Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Or perhaps The School of Greatness Podcast.
- What are your self-improvement goals for May?
- How do you feel about meditation?
- What are your favorite ways to get inspired?