5 Ways To Boost Yourself After January

5 Ways To Boost Yourself After January

Tips to help you for the other 334 days of the year.
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2018 has already started and I know that some of us have already quit going to the gym! That’s okay, we got 2019 in the bag. But for now, we are still in 2018 and we all have this general feeling like it is going to be better than 2017 (hopefully) so here are some ideas that can add some positivity to your year and make your life overall more uplifting than before.

Build a reflection jar

Reflection Jar, Memory box, whatever you would like to call it is fine, because it is yours. The concept of it is for you to sit for 5 minutes a day and then on an index card or half sheet a paper you would write 1-2 good things that happened to you that day. Then on the back you would write 1 not so good thing that happened that day (if any!). By the end of the year when you look back on all the good things that happened to you, there will be a giant smile on your face. When you read the not so good things that have happened, you can remind yourself that it is in the past and that you have grown since then and that it is not a big issue to you anymore.

Start every morning with an upbeat song and end the day with a song with deep meaning

This for my big music lovers! For me, music is a big part of my life and it molds the entirety of my day. By playing an upbeat song in the morning, you are already kicking off the day in a more positive attitude and you’ll mostly end up putting more a ‘pep to your step’ when you’re on your way to work/school. When it is time to wind down and get settled, try playing a song that gets you to think, or brings some emotion to you. This would allow for your brain to distract itself for a bit and let all the worries of the day wash away as you are powering down for the evening.

Buy something big for yourself and yourself only

As we get older, many of us tend to forget ourselves and only worry about the people around us. In 2018, try to look out for yourself more often. Splurge every once and a while. Buy that music festival ticket, go to that fancy restaurant, take up the mani-pedi you’ve wanted for weeks. Do not put yourself off. There is only ONE of you!

Clear out living space

This can happen anytime of the year, but I fully recommend in between spring and summer so you could hold a yard sale and sell all the stuff you do not want. Clearing out your living space is a great way to recollect and focus on what is important in your life. This will also give you a chance to figure out what needs to be replaced, or fixed; as well as figuring out if you want to rearrange the place. I personally believe that you can get tired of a space after a while, so it always cheered me up to see my room in a new perspective and it makes me want to keep the room positive.

Believe in something

Believing in something does not necessarily mean God. It could mean multiple things, whether it be an organized religion, a spiritual idea, or a life guide book for examples. Try to find something that you could go to in a time of stress or struggle. Doing this could benefit you in the way of bringing some relief into your life. This would also bring you some reassurance and a type of safety that a lot of us try to get in our lifetime. 2018 shall be a time of growth, change and passion and having belief in something could help bring you to the next level of your own awesomeness!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.

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I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

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