Whilst were in the midst of a pandemic we’re often left with a lot of free time on our hands. To fill our days we need to sometimes get back to basics and figure out what makes us tick and what keeps us happy. Do we need all the material surroundings or are we happy with just the basics?
If we put the pandemic aside, we all need to remember that, we were all put on this earth for a reason. We all have a talent or destiny! If you’re not too sure what that is then read on for some tips on how to find your purpose.
1. Who makes me happy and why?
Firstly we need to think about those around you that make you happy. Do you have a couple of good friends that you can’t wait to catch up with? The type of friends that when you leave their company you feel relaxed and have a huge smile on your face? Figure out who they are and what you love about them. They say like attracts like, so the qualities you think are great in your friends you will often see in yourself.
Surround yourself with the vibes of the people you wish to be like. I’m not talking celebrities here but positive people that you aim to be like. If you leave someone’s company feeling upset or anything less than happy, it’s not worth it.
2. What am I good at?
Now, as Kiwis we are super good at never praising ourselves. Because if you spoke about how great you are you would look like a fool right? Wrong! Start by making a list of what skills you have and don’t be shy! If you’re great at folding all the washing as soon as it’s off the line, then that’s awesome. That means you’re able to follow through with a project. Include that as a skill! Are you great at running? Can you pirouette better than your six year old? Do you enjoy drawing? Find the things!
Expand your interests and explore your talents. Join a local sports team, or take an art class, for example. We all have to start somewhere in finding ourselves so don’t be discouraged if you’re not the best in the group straight away.
3. How can I tackle each day with a positive attitude?
The first decision you make each day is how you are going to handle today’s challenges. Start by appreciating the small things, such as the weather or even be thankful that you have access to an alarm clock to wake you up on time. When we start the day with gratitude it sets the tone for the rest of the day and often makes getting up in the morning easier day by day.
4. What can I do to take better care of myself?
When you start to look after yourself and fill your own ‘cup’ up first you feel better all around and then become more positive in life. We all get stuck in the same patterns but treat yourself every once in a while. Feeling good about yourself is important to boost your confidence! Meditation, yoga, exercise, spa treatments, getting out into nature, cooking classes … how you fill your cup is up to you.
5. How can I make a positive impact on someone else’s day?
Being positive and doing good not only has good repercussions for the person on the receiving end but it also releases endorphins and makes you feel good too.
An easy way to make a positive impact on someone else’s day is to authentically connect with another person. This is as easy as having a conversation with no distractions, no phones, and listening properly. You could also challenge yourself to give five compliments each day. If you see a stranger with cool eyeshadow then make sure you tell them! I’m sure they would have put a lot of effort into the look so will appreciate someone noticing it. If you get up before everyone else in your house why not make their coffee and put it next to their work lunch ready for them? Small gestures go a long way and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Don’t underestimate how good you will make others and yourself feel.
Written by Analesha Little
A beauty guru with a love for travel, wine and Uber Eats, Analesha enjoys writing about everything from makeup to motherhood and all the sassy bits in between.
Favourite quote: “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”