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Self-Care | Mind, Body & Soul

Many of us had high hopes for the new year. 2020 was incredibly difficult and January 1, 2021 felt like a chance for a reset. A new year usually does that, but this year we had even higher hopes and expectations than usual.

However, reality quickly set in. The truth is, the pandemic is worse than ever and we’re still in a highly contentious political climate. Those things aren’t going to magically disappear because we hung a new calendar on the wall. So, what can we do about it? How can we make 2021 better, despite the ongoing circumstances that made 2020 what it was?

The answer is – it’s time to focus on yourself and invest in self-care. It’s time to take care of your mind, body and soul.

Forgotten what that looks like? Here’s a starter list for the new year.

Mind Self-Care

  1. Practice Positivity: We believe managing your intent and energy are two of the best ways to increase the positivity in your life. You can learn more about managing both here.
  2. Invest in Your Own Success -However you define it: Shift your focus to something that brings you joy and excitement. Whether it’s your career, your business, your health, relationships or another aspect of your personal life, it’s time to determine what you want most and take the steps to achieve it. Share On Purpose portfolio brand, Succeed On Purpose, can help you get there with the Prosperity Challenge.

Body Self-Care

  1. Workout: We’re all aware of the physical benefits of exercise, but moving your body has an equally positive effect on your emotions. Working out makes you feel happier and decreases stress and anxiety. If you’re unable to get to a gym, there are multiple apps that stream workout classes. 
  2. Pamper Yourself: Pampering is generally low on the priority list, but it’s important to make time for it, especially when so much feels beyond your control. Take a warm bath, listen to your favorite music, light candles, commit to a skincare routine, ask for a foot rub, read a book, go for a walk, get dressed up – whatever will make you feel refreshed and at peace.

Soul Self-Care

  1. Invest in Causes You Believe: Whether it’s a time or financial investment, working to further a cause you’re passionate about will feed your soul. Check on an old friend, donate or volunteer when you can and feel the positive effects of making a difference. 
  2. Read The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer: We recommend this book frequently. This book takes you on an internal journey that will change the way you perceive and interact with the world around you, resulting in a happier and light-filled self.

Take care of yourself this year. Despite what’s going on in the world around us, make the time to focus on you and whatever brings you joy. Here’s to you!

Gratitude in 2020

The holidays in 2020 are vastly different than in years past. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic leaving many of us with a level of stress that well exceeds what we normally experience this time of year.

With all the additional overwhelm and anxiety, it may be difficult to focus on being thankful. But gratitude may be the exact thing that helps us overcome so much of the negativity we’re all facing.

How Does Gratitude Combat Negativity?

Gratitude is about focusing on the good things in your life. Simply put, that positivity flushes out the negativity from the forefront of your thoughts. It’s impossible to dwell in fear and anxiety when you’re focusing on the things that bring you happiness and joy. You can’t do both at the same time. You get what you focus on.

Additionally, numerous studies have been conducted on how gratitude changes your brain. Expressing gratitude increases the dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Basically, these chemicals have a residual effect and make us feel happier and more positive for longer periods of time.

How to Be More Grateful

It takes practice and time to develop a habit of gratitude that will change your life. We recommend putting aside 30 focused minutes each day. Start by simply writing down the things in life you’re thankful for. Once written down, take a moment to appreciate that person or thing. Focus on how you feel in that moment.

We also recommend you take it a step further and express that gratitude to the people in your life when possible. Even if it is not possible to do it in-person, a text or email letting people know you’re thankful for them and the things they do will have a positive impact on both you and them.

One useful tool we recommend to the Succeed On Purpose community is the 365 Gratitude Journal app. Using daily prompts and games, it makes gratitude something you can easily work into your daily routine.

Be the Best You

Starting your day from a place of positivity opens you up to numerous possibilities you would otherwise be closed off to. If you’ve felt off or not quite yourself, investing in gratitude may be the thing that starts you on the journey to experiencing the best version of yourself.

Use this holiday season as motivation to commit to a gratitude practice and improve your happiness. Allow that to open the door to one of numerous paths to personal success.

Once you’re ready, Share On Purpose brand, Succeed On Purpose, is here to guide and support you on that journey through our various coaching programs. It’s time to find joy, create success and be the best you.