Sometimes, all you need is a reminder, some wise words from a friend, to get back on track with a healthy and happy life. Here are five things, five guidelines, that are important to us and that we’d like to share with you.
1 | It’s important to be kind to yourself
Somewhere, somehow we all have to learn to be kind to ourselves. To cut ourselves some slack. I’ve once heard someone say: ‘The secrets to success are hidden behind the word cliché’. One of those cliché’s is: ‘you’re beautiful just the way you are’. Remember that when you’re having an off day, when you make mistakes, when you feel insecure. You are (only) human, ups and downs are part of the deal!
2 | Invest your time in people that treat you well
These are the people that will lift you up, inspire you, make you grow. These are the people that you’ll think about when you’re old and looking back on your life. Spend time with those around you that have a positive influence in your life and prioritize those relationships. Don’t give your energy to the relationships that aren’t worth fighting for, that aren’t equal and in balance.
3 | Take care of your body, mind and soul
You should always make your own health, whether it is physical or mental, a priority in your life. This is the one and only body you’ll live in on this earth. These three components are the basis for a healthy and happy lifestyle that’ll last you a lifetime. Check out this blogpost about a mindful work break, or this vegan waffle recipe and this lovely slow ritual, to get you started.
4 | Do less with more focus
We, especially our generation, live in a world where doing it all seems to be the norm. You’re supposed to do it all, know it all, be the best you can be and reach your fullest potential. By doing that, or trying to, we’re often juggling loads of different things, too many things, at a time. Instead of trying to do it all and be successful at everything, make choices, do less and do those things well. Focus on what is important to you, your life.
5 | Learn to say no
When you get asked a question, and you’re in a position to make your own decision, there are three ways to respond. Either you say yes, no or something like ‘not at this time’. It’s perfectly okay to say no. Not a ‘I’m so terribly sorry to let you down but…’, but a ‘No, I’m not up for doing this today’ or a ‘No, I’d love to help you another time, but my agenda is filled to the brim today’. Why is that important? It shows that you are honest, you are able to prioritize and you now have created some time in your life to say yes to something that is important to you. We wrote another blogpost all about ‘how to say no’ and you can read it here.