You’re busy, stressed, and overwhelmed by all that life is throwing your way. When we feel this way, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. It’s important to be proactive about combating stress. Try going back to the basics to gain a little perspective on what’s really important in your life: your own well being and the people around you. Chances are, when you do, you’ll realize you already have all you need to be happy.
Put Your Health First
It can be difficult to have a healthy perspective on life if you aren’t considering your physical health. Your mental and physical well-being are inherently linked. Junk food, sedentary lifestyles, and stress can all contribute to your mental funk. If you haven’t been thinking about your health or making it a priority, now’s the time.
A nutritious diet is the basis of good health. It helps fuel your brain and body to do great things. Start by cutting out high-calorie, low-nutrition foods and try healthier alternatives instead. Be sure that you’re drinking enough water – not just sugary drinks. Calories from beverages add up quickly, but they don’t help you feel satisfied.
Your diet is a key to health, but it’s just as important to stay active and find an exercise routine that works well for you. This can be challenging with today’s busy schedules, but it’s worth the time and effort. Regular exercise has been linked to many mental health benefits: lower rates of dementia, better stress management, and improved creative thinking.
Focus on Your Family
When our careers or life’s stresses have pushed us to our limits, we can sometimes fall into the toxic habit of taking it out on the people closest to us. If that’s you, it’s time to start viewing your family as the gift that they are, and not as another burden. The memories and happiness your family will bring you are worth more than any price.
It’s important to set aside dedicated time to spend with your family, whether you’ve got a little one at home, your kids are older, or it’s just you and your partner. Even when children are very young, the impact that quality time spent with parents has on their development is huge.
For older kids, it’s important to find time in your busy schedule to give them reminders of just how much you care. Even if you don’t have much time or money for something extravagant, try something simple like a fun family hike or barbecue.
If it’s just you and your significant other, try going out of your way to treat them to something special. The joy you’ll bring them from a thoughtful reminder of your love for them is sure to put a smile on your face.
There’s no better way to get a good look at the bigger picture than to look at your own life in the context of your community. When you invest time into your community, you make the world a better place, plain and simple. Helping out others has been shown to have many benefits, including meaningful relationships with others and reduced stress.
You can find plenty of opportunities to volunteer within your own community. If you’re more ambitious, consider going global with your service. You can make a positive impact on international communities in need, no matter what your skillset may be, and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone will help you grow.
If you find that community service fulfills you, you may even consider making it a bigger part of your life or career, where you can help people through crisis situations or just make them feel a little more comfortable in their day-to-day routines. Those who help better the lives of others also enrich their own lives by filling them with meaningful work. The positive impact that these individuals have on the people around them leaves a legacy that’s hard to match.
If you’re feeling under the weather, try one of these simple ways to brighten up your life and gain perspective. The more time or energy you dedicate to each, the more you’ll benefit. You, your family, and your community are all important and valuable, but sometimes we all just need a little reminder.