Adulthood can get irritatingly complicated – work, relationships, money, et al – and it’s hard to keep perspective and a handle on healthy routines of all sorts. What is the key to keeping it all together through the intensity? Obviously, there’s no one answer, I think it’s through dialogue – be it with yourself, a therapist or a friend. For me, my dialogue is 50/50 internal and family/friends. When the dialogue goes internal, this list of life tips below provides a needed dose of reality. A friend of mine shared this with me – he got it off of a dubious email chain (normally one deletes those, but he’s special). It’s an awesome little code of normalcy, so I’m sharing most of the list with you here with my favorites picked out (mostly because they’re my biggest issues). I’m probably 10 years behind on discovering this list, but I think it’s so wise that I’m putting it up and reserving all of my personal commentary to each point for your sake, reader.
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. While you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for a least 10 minutes each day. Contemplate.
3. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
4. Eat more foods plants and food that grows on trees and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds and walnuts.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water.
6. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy, campires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Invest your energy in the positive present moment.
7. Eat breakfast like a king/queen, lunch like a prince/princess and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out credit card.
8. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
9. Make peace with your past so it doesn’t ruin the present.
10. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
13. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
14. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
15. Forgive everyone for everything.
16. What other people think of you is none of your business.
17. However good or bad a situation, it will change.
18. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick, your friends will. Stay in touch.
19. Each night before you go to bed compelte the following statements: I am thankful for____________. Today I accomplished _____________.
20. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
* Note: I have no idea as to the origin of this list, so sorry there are no credits. Thanks to whomever wrote it though. Totes helpful.