Getting the balance right
Firstly, have the right work life balance. This doesn’t necessarily mean working three days a week. I think this is more about not letting work consume your thoughts when you are supposed to be having down time. For example, if you are kicking the football, or playing boardgames, concentrate just on that activity. Be present. This is often easier said than done (especially if you are a business owner), but it is a good step.
Secondly, make an effort to make at least one social connection every day. This could be something as little as sending a text message to an old friend, or dropping in to visit a friend for a catchup. Research shows that making frequent social connections makes people feel better and improves mental health.
Finding the joy in life
Thirdly, find something to laugh at every day. It could be watching a funny video, watching your dogs play ball, or just taking some time to observe your kids while they are playing. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you feel good.
Having goals and progressing them
Finally, make time to think about something you really want to do and then plan to do it. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, but set aside at least 5 minutes every day to make sure you are doing something about it.
Don’t let life pass you by. Make the most of it.
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