So many of us are unhappy or discontent in our lives these days. We never have enough stuff, or money, or whatever else it is we feel we need. I have some good news though, it doesn’t have to be like this! Over the past few years, I have learned how to be more content in my life and I want to pass along the lessons I’ve learned along the way so that you might find more content in your own life!
Focus on the good and positives in your life
Putting our focus on the good and positives in our lives has proven to be the most helpful so far, to teach our minds to focus on the good and positives in each moment rather than the less desirable aspects. For instance, looking at the silver lining of a bad situation may help you accept it with more peace in your heart rather than focusing on how awful it is that it happened in the first place. That doesn’t mean that your life will be all sunshine and rainbows, but it will significantly improve things.
Remember all of the things that you are grateful for each day
As we focus on the positive things in our lives, it is also important to remember what we are grateful for at the end of each day. Those things that were positives in the day, write them down or make a mental list of them to highlight their significance in your life. The more you are grateful for these things in your life and put it into practice, the easier it will be to be content in your life. You will feel less and less like you need more in your life than what you already have.
Cut back on the things that aren’t helping you or your family
Whatever you do or have that doesn’t serve you or your family members can be cut out of your daily life so that you have more time and energy for things that do matter. A lot of what we do each day is not absolutely necessary. Sometimes simply cutting out what we don’t have to do can make room for the important things which makes us feel less stressed and overwhelmed.
Pamper yourself once in awhile
We all deserve to be treated well, especially in the way we treat ourselves. So go out and see a movie, read a book that you really want to read, go shopping, or whatever else strikes your fancy! The time you spend pampering yourself will lend itself to your overall sense of wellbeing which will help you feel more content when the rest of your life isn’t “perfect.”
Celebrate all wins and successes
When you have a win, no matter how big or how small, celebrate that win! The more of your successes that you celebrate when they happen, the more content you will feel with those wins because you will be training your brain that they are really wonderful and to focus more on them than anything else that happens.
Remember to just do your best
Focus on doing your best each day. A lot of us have a “perfectionist” mentality, where everything has to be just so. The way I have combatted this in my own life is reminding myself that all I have to do is focus on doing my best each day. Sometimes my best may vary from time to time, and that’s perfectly fine, as long as I’m putting in the effort and doing the best I can in the moment.
Read your Bible and turn to God
If you are a person of faith, or even if you’re not, reading your Bible and learning to release your cares and worries to God can help immensely. Our discontent can come from being worried, stressed, or overwhelmed. Yet, when we leave those things we are most worried or stressed about to God to take care of, it takes a lot of the burden off of our shoulders. When that burden is released, we feel more content and lighter!
Find and follow your passions or purpose
Often times, when we find our passions or our purpose in life, that motivation and energy carries us through the rest of our life with more content and happiness. Doing the things that we love to do gives us a reason to get up in the morning and something to look forward to in our daily life. What is your biggest passion and how can you pursue it?
The good news is that contentment can be learned. If you use some of these tips listed here, you will soon realize that you are more content with your life than you imagined you could me. How do I know…? Because it happened for me!
Bonnie McConaughy is the owner and founder of Inspire the Best You, where she writes about weight loss, healthy living, self-love, and personal growth. If you are interested in those topics, stop by and read her blog! She is also a freelance and ghostwriter (www.bmcconaughy.weebly.com).