Well, it’s late. I have just came back home, after a long day. In this post I want to mention a few things I try to do every single day. Here it goes…
Physical exercise- yes, I try to train every day. It can be running for half an hour or maybe punching the boxing bag in my office. I love doing sports and I feel a lot more energized after a good exercise. I do different kind of activities and I usually do it with other friends, so I won’t get bored (it is also a great way to stay in touch with your friends and have fun while exercising).
Writing in my Journal- I take 15 to 30 minutes each day to think and write. I use my journal and I think how I can improve myself. I go over the thoughts I had and the events I experienced during the day. Then I sometimes write some of the thoughts I had, that are causing me to worry, fear or not believe in myself. I analyze the thoughts and write a different way of seeing things, next to each thought that is putting me down. The “new thought” that I write is a new logical and positive way to view a certain situation. By doing this process I try to adopt more positive thinking habits.
Having fun- it’s important! It can also be little things- seeing friends, catching a movie or whatever is on my mind. The important thing is to get the daily portion, no matter how small it is:) Recently, I got back from a diving safari in the red sea. It was 3 intense days of diving and it was great. When getting back to work, I felt energized and motivated, it was definitely worth it.
Working- for a few hours each day I work. Being self-employed gives me the option to set my own working hours. Sometimes I work more hours and sometimes less, But I am very goal oriented and I don’t remove my eyes from my goal boards in my office. I try to do my work when I feel more creative and efficient. When I am not, than I usually go over to some other activities. I don’t force myself to work when I am not effective- it’s one of my working guidelines.
That’s it… Except from that I do more things, But the ones listed above are the essentials. Thanks for reading.
Not long ago, a few months ago to be more exact, I started to volunteer. I have set this goal 3 years ago, but only recently had the chance to fulfill it. After filling an application and going through interviews, I was accepted and got the chance to make a good impact on other people’s lives. In a way, it’s one of the more meaningful things I have done in my life, if not the most meaningful one. So, what do I do?
I volunteer in giving mental assistance (sort of a ‘first aid’ assistance), for people who are on the break of suicide (In fact, I’m still going through a 4 month intensive training period, during which I only volunteer with guidance) . For me, being raised as a pretty spoiled boy, it was quiet shocking to be exposed to some of the content during the training or some of the stories that I have seen on my shifts. Violence, sexual harassment and other great hardships are the daily reality of some of the people who arrive at our door. So why should someone get his head into all of that stuff? Why bother?
There are a few good reasons. First of all, You can make a huge difference in other people’s life and that is a true gift. Another good reason is to learn how to be more empathic and patient. Those traits are being strengthened while you volunteer and will be handy for you, when you or someone close to you feels down. Moreover, being able to totally focus on other people’s problems, that are much bigger than your own problems, causes you to be aware to your relatively good fortune in life. So, should you volunteer?
That is a good question. I don’t think that you need to volunteer in order to make a great change in people’s life. Being kind to one another, whenever possible, is a great way to make an impact. However, if you find some worthy goal you are passionate about and you are willing to contribute from your own time to promote it- I believe that you are really lucky. Contributing your time is a privilege. I feel very lucky, that I was fortunate enough to have free time to promote things that I care about. For me having this privilege is a part of successful living. I wish you will enjoy this great privilege too.
I love to exercise. In fact, I do it on a daily basis. How often should you exercise? Do you have enough time to exercise? Where can you get some workout? Here are a few simple things I do on my daily routine.
Well, exercising shouldn’t be too complicated…I have a skipping rope next to my computer, when I am bored or I need to clear my mind- a few jumps and that’s all I need. It takes me 5 minutes and afterwards I can be much more clear and sharp when I work.
Stretching is simple and effective. This pose is one of my favorites, it looks like this. I am much less flexible than the person in the picture…
Walking helps me to think. Whenever I need to think of new ideas, I get outside for a short walk. It is one of the best forms of exercise and it helps me to boost my creativity.
Putting your running shoes and getting outside for a run, can be pretty rewarding. For me running is a kind of a psychological challenge, I try to stretch my limits and make the best of this activity. I usually run 10 km once a week.
Well, for conclusion, my advice for you is to get some exercise and on a daily basis. You don’t need to look for some exotic solutions, you can simply try one of the described exercises above. Good luck!