9 UNcringey Hacks That Will Change Your Life (At Least Positively Affect It)

Meditate

You can start with as little as a minute or 10 breaths, then gradually move your way up. Time and time again, studies have shown meditation‘s numerous benefits: a sense of calmness, better sleep, more self-confidence, less anxiety, etc.

The best thing about meditation is that you are all you need. Apps, books, retreats, or teachers aren’t at all essential to nourish the most important relationship of your life: the one with your inner self. I love myself is the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution. ever. - Nayyirah Waheed

We’re all dehydrated when we wake up. That tall glass of water seems meaningless, but it starts the day on the right foot for your body, mind, and digestion. If drinking water doesn’t come naturally to you, you can flavor it with strawberries, lemon, mint etc. for some extra tastiness. 

Drink water

Do this simple gratefulness exercise

 “Write down three (different) things you’re grateful for, 21 days in a row”.  Why it works:  you’re ~actively~ training your brain to look for positives. You’ll be a ray of sunshine in no time (your friends might get worried at first).

Skip  breakfast

No matter how much of a breakfast-dreader you might be, you knew that couldn’t be right. Breakfast is important: you know it, I know it, the people at Dunkins know it. Your brain works better, body responds faster, you’re prone to make healthier food choices, no crashes afterwards. Win win win.

Working out releases endorphins, the happiness hormones. Just moving around your house/office, or taking a walk outside are enough to trigger similar bodily responses. It’s extremely beneficial to your productivity, mental clarity and mood. 

Move

Kind words cost nothing. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Surprisingly, we feel better too when we compliment or help others. Joy is one of those rare things that get bigger when shared. 

Compliment others

Mindfulness is defined as “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non judgmentally”. Only a small percentage of our time (especially online) is spent mindfully.  Declutter your digital and real life by paying attention.

More purposeful attention

Say yes/no more often

Indian food? Spanish literature? Jazz music? You could be missing out if you continuously refuse to give new things a try.  On the other hand, finding yourself agreeing to go to that jazz club you hate, for the 3rd weekend in a row, just because you can’t say no to your friends? 

Boundaries are your friend. While stepping outside of your comfort zone is crucial for growth, treat your needs and desires and time and self with the respect they deserve.

Look at the bright side

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Is there anything remotely positive about your shitty situation?

Any lesson you’ve learned that you’ll cherish forever? 

Aren’t you proud of how you handled at least one thing during this stressful situation?

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 Yes, positivity doesn’t come naturally to some people. 

Yes, positivity can be toxic when used to gaslight or belittle our experiences. 

 Yes, sometimes looking at the bright side seems impossible.

It’s an important skill to have though, and just like with gratefulness, we can rewire our brains to find that silver lining.  It’s been crucial for me to make it through.

"For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be.” There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it." -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Thanks  for reading!