Mental health, emotional wellbeing & personal development

10 Ways to feel free

10 Ways to feel free

 

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10 Ways to feel free

  1. Stop caring about what others think

You automatically place yourself in virtual shackles when you worry about what others think of you. Ask yourself why it is so important to you. Often it is because we want to be liked but if you have to be someone other than who you really are in order to be liked, it’s a wasted effort as they like a version of the real you, not the real you. Those that still stick around irrespective of what you do are the ones you really want to focus on and keep around – not the judgemental ones.

The other thing to think about is that people are often more accepting of our true selves than we realise but due to our fear of being rejected, we never really test out the thought “If I am myself people won’t like me”. Get used to testing out your beliefs by doing ‘experiements’ in real life. I have found people are far more accepting and open minded than we give them credit for.

2, Stop watching the news for a while

The news is usually about things in the world that are negative and can lead us to feeling sad and powerlessness. Give it a skip now and then.

3. Worry less

When you find you are worrying without looking for a solution and instead the worry is non productive one, distract yourself. Don’t spend too much time in your head if you are just reviewing the same things repetitively.

4. Spend time in nature/or with animals/ exercise etc

We all need time to reset and refocus. Make sure you take time for a change of scenery to lighten the load and see life from another fresh perspective.

5. Be playful

Try not to take life too seriously. Let the child within you loose once in a while and ignore the etiquette forced upon all of us.

6. Maintain a sense of humour

Life can seem a lot less serious and upsetting when we see humour in a situation. Try find a way to laugh at yourself and the absurd world we live in.

7. Love and accept yourself

Living in a body you don’t like will not set you free so it makes sense to find a way to begin working with what you have been given. Accept yourself instead of fighting against yourself. Wasted energy!

8. Be true to yourself

We can feel the most free when we follow what feels right for us. Let go of expectations of others and learn to honour yourself and your goals.

9.See the bigger picture

Context plays a large part in how intensely we view a situation. Remind yourself that time heals and lessons stress and strain.

  1. 10. Have fun

Learn to make the most of the life you have.

Let go of cynicism and work of stocking your mind with more neutral thinking. Keep an open mind and be less judgemental. The more psychologically flexible the are, the freer we feel!

Mandy X