Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Evolve Your Emotional Wellbeing
1 Stop saying yes to shit you hate
If you only do one thing this year to develop your emotional wellbeing let it be this. Boundaries are a girl’s best friend, so get in touch with where yours are. If you find yourself saying yes out of guilt, or regularly in situations that make you feel isolated, uncomfortable or just plain bored, then it’s time to reassess your yes and try saying no. What would happen if you said goodbye to FOMO and discovered the power of JOMO?
2 Count your blessings
Ok, so I know that #grateful is probably the most overused hashtag in existence, but practicing gratitude has actually been proven by neuroscience to make us feel happier.
Simply asking "What am I grateful for?" boosts our levels of dopamine and serotonin, both nicknamed 'happy hormones'. What's even more incredible is that it's the act of remembering to ask the question that makes the brain magic happen, you don't even need to actually find anything to be #grateful for.
Via The Upward Spiral:
It's not finding gratitude that matters most; it's remembering to look in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of emotional intelligence. One study found that it actually affected neuron density in both the ventromedial and lateral prefrontal cortex. These density changes suggest that as emotional intelligence increases, the neurons in these areas become more efficient. With higher emotional intelligence, it simply takes less effort to be grateful.
So basically, the more you ask yourself "What am I grateful for?" the easier it gets to feel grateful and the happier you become. How amazing is that!?
3 Don’t go it alone
I know you’re a fierce independent woman (throw your hands up at me), but don’t feel like you have to go it alone all the time. Yes, there’s work to be done, but you don’t have to do it chained to your laptop day and night, forgetting to wash and only seeing daylight when you realise all you have in your fridge is some mouldy pesto. You’re not the only woman on a mission, and you certainly don’t have to travel the path to success alone.
So reach out to a friend you trust for a chat, hire a fellow woman on a mission to take care of your social media, or maybe your accounts because you know.... However you do it, take the weight off your shoulders a little. You could join a co-working space or even an online community; or get yourself a coach, someone you won’t have to feel guilty for mind dumping on, because let’s face it as wonderful as our partners, mums, friends, and pets are, they have probably heard about as much as they want to about our baby (and by baby I mean action plan for world domination).