How to enjoy life

How to enjoy life, a basic guide written especially for you.

www.nakedwildandfree.comBe grateful;

Gratitude is the biggest part of a life well lived. We need to be grateful for all the things we have now and stop living in a mind of lack or thinking when I am rich/have a bigger house/fall in love etc I will be happy and grateful.

When I wake up in the morning I am thankful I am alive, I am grateful I am breathing – how amazing are our lungs!. I am grateful for the warm bed and cosy blankets that have supported me all night, think of all the homeless people who last night slept outside in the cold. I am grateful for my feet and legs which take me to the bathroom, imagine how many amputees would give anything to walk again with ease!. I am grateful for my bladder that is has held my urine all night, think of all the folks who are incontinent. I am grateful for the awesome plumbing and toilet I am using, how miraculous that we have indoor toilets that actually flush our waste away. I am grateful for the hot water coming out of a tap, think of all those people who walk miles each day to collect water, or those who have to drink water from puddles and in contaminated rivers. I smile at myself in the mirror and am thankful I love myself, I am grateful for my hair, my face and my freckles that make me different from anyone else, how amazing that every single one of us is totally unique.

All of this gratitude and I haven’t even made it downstairs yet. So there is always something, right now you can be thankful for.

Look around you, what are you grateful for?

Start a gratitude journal and spend a few moments each day listing things you are grateful for. If you write 10 things a day that you are grateful for, that’s 70 things by the end of the week, 3,640 each year, if you did that for 20

years you would have 72,800 things to be grateful for!

Get outside;

Everyday if you are able, get outside and breathe in some fresh air. If you are disabled or poorly can you get to the front door? Nevermind what the neighbours think, this is to benefit you, not them. Get to the door, open it and take some deep breaths in with you eyes closed. The fresh oxygen will invigorate you. If you can leave the house try to get to nature, if you live in a town head to the nearest green space, this could be a park or just a patch of grass. If you live near the beach, get to it as often as you can. The things it does for your wellbeing is huge, not to mention the excercise is great too for your body.

It’s important to remember that there is always something new to be discovered in our everyday environments. Take a different route to where you normally walk. Look up more often, I have seen so many things I haven’t noticed before just by looking up at the tops of buildings. Go down a different road and see what you can find. You might be surprised what you discover.

Have a routine:

Yes I know this sounds boring to some, especially to creative people but it really does help. Even if it’s a simple routine like doing some meditation, journaling and going for a walk. You can go for something more intense like Morning Miracle which we are doing and its great because you can tailor it to your own ideals. Some mornings I only do a quick 3 minute meditation or if I have more time or feel I need it, I do a 30 minute one.

Having a routine also helps you keep focused and gets all that clutter out of your mind. You can write a to do list with your most important tasks on first, so you know what to concentrate on. You can plan out your day in the morning so you are not faffing around doing a bit of this or a bit of that and not feeling like you have actually achieved anything.

Use your amazing brain;

Have you heard the saying ‘use it or lose it’? you need to give your brain a workout to stop it falling asleep, there are some great apps available now, I really like Peak, which was voted best app 2014 in 24 countries, this app gives you a series of different brain workouts each day.

You can also do it old school and do crosswords, Sudoku and puzzles. Chess and scrabble are a couple of favourites of our family.

It doesn’t really matter as long as you do it each day and keep that brain engaged. Excercising your brain keeps your mind sharp and we all want that don’t we.

Surround yourself with positive people;

Think about you 5 or 6 closest friends or the people you spend time with the most, are they negatrons or do they ooze positivity?

The people you spend time with are the ones who influence your mood, your behaviour and your outlook on life. If you hang out with people who want to make the most out of life, who are always up for a challenge, who love life and appreciate its beauty then no doubt that positivity will rub off on you and it will make you want to be a better version of yourself. While I am talking about this, it’s worth mentioning what you watch, read and listen to, also has an effect on you. Become more aware of the language you are allowing to come into your life on a daily basis, whether this is through a programme you watch or songs you listen too.

Work on personal development;

You know, for all we know, we get one life, we get this life right now to live it to its fullest, anything less is a massive shame and wasting your days doing meaningless stuff is a waste of your life. (I know under some circumstances like illness etc this could be harder for you but you need to realise there are still some small things you could do, reading this is a great start, give yourself a high 5!)

Think about this, if you was given a week to live, what would you do differently? Just take a minute and think about that.

Thought about it? what did you come up with? was it a life very different from the one you live now? Would you have loads of regrets over the things you haven’t done?. Why wait for something as drastic as that to happen. Make a pact with yourself now to do something for your own personal development today. It can be something small, you don’t need money (books are free at the library), no excuses, do it now!

We are meant to learn, grow, change and develop, are you still stuck doing the same thing now as you did 5 years ago? I really hope not because this gift of life you have been given is so precious.

So what resources could you use to enable you to develop?

There are so many great books, documentaries, apps, websites, podcasts etc to help you. We live in a time where information is so accessible to almost all of us. There are loads of great mentors, coaches, academies, speakers etc and I discover new ones each week.

A few greats to look out for Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Marc Allen, Leonie Dawson, Louise Hay, Gary Vaynerchuk

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