Life isn’t easy.
We get it.
It takes a particular mental strength to tackle that new job, to ask for (and deserve) a raise, to deal with tragedy… or to simply become a cooler, more well-rounded person than you already are.
Here are six (simple) ways you can discover that inner strength that you never knew existed.
Finding time in your day to simply relax seems like an easy enough concept, right? For busy young professionals (YPs), not really. The deadlines, to-do lists and having to be “on” all the time can stress us out. And such stress will distract from your inner strength, making you easily frustrated, tired and worn out (especially when you’re hungry). The solution? Find some “me time” in your day and hit up your favourite yoga class, go for a run, or just do whatever it takes to bring you to your “happy place.” We promise you’ll be surprised by the difference it makes. And besides, just remember you’re not the PM of the country – you couldalways have more on your plate.
Though it may be more difficult than committing to a diet, refrain from checking Instagram or Facebook once every five minutes. In our picture society, everything we do seems to end up in digital form on some type of social media site. This leads to the inevitable comparison of ourselves to others and their glossy, “picture perfect” lives – where they’ve travelled, what they’re wearing, eating… you get it. Even though most “friends” only post the best and most exciting parts of their life, we all buy into it. Spending too much time on social media can make you feel depressed or of less worth than your friends, so simply unplug from your devices a few times a day and realize all the great things you have going for you (without putting a filter on it).
There’s no way your inner strength will reach its full potential if you surround yourself with toxic people. You know the type: selfish, negative and self-destructive. The time-tested saying of “you get what you give” 100 per cent applies to relationships, too. Don’t waste your time with people who don’t treat you as well as you treat them. Instead, surround yourself with people who have your best interest in mind (but who are also fun and spontaneous, obviously).
Do what makes you happy. Period.
Why be in that job or relationship that doesn’t make you happy? Life’s too short to work a mundane or unsatisfying job. That inner strength can only strengthen if you feel you are doing what’s meant for you; something that excites, challenges and motivates. As we are reminded in countless interviews with business figures and CEOs, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Do something that scares you.
Do you ever notice how we can get too comfortable and stuck in our daily routines that we start to feel restless and bad for ourselves? For that reason, we need to do something that intimidates us so we don’t feel like robots. This means anything from asking the stranger at the coffee shop on a date to running an extra kilometer or sporting a daring piece of clothing. Try to surprise yourself once in a while – who knows what will come out of it.
Talk about it.
Most of us struggle when it comes to talking about feelings. Though some may call it a sign of weakness or defeat, it’s actually extremely courageous in our books. When someone lets you in on exactly what they’re thinking and feeling, it shows that they have a sense of control and awareness about themselves. The more we bottle things up in inside, the weaker we become, or the closer we are to imploding. Start slowly; it can only get better from there.
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