There are a lot of things in our lives that we don’t have control of. You can’t control when or where you’re born. Or what you look like. And you can’t control the trials and obstacles that are put in your path. With so many things out of our control, you need to take full advantage of the things that you can control. Things like where you live, the job you have, and the people you interact with in your free time. No matter how the things you can’t change go, you can always take control of the things in your life that you choose.
Learning to love where you’re at
It’s a natural human emotion to constantly want to be somewhere different. A different job, living somewhere else, or with a partner who is more accommodating. While there’s nothing wrong with always striving to be and do better, it can easily get out of hand and make you feel like none of your accomplishments are important. Especially with social media, it’s way too easy to compare ourselves and where we’re at with other people. Too often, we compare the outtakes of our life that only we get to see, with the highlight reel of the people we look up to. Take a step back, and take a moment to be grateful for where you’re currently at. Find the good things about the job that you have. Appreciate the good qualities that your partner has. Notice the beauty in your surroundings and where you live. Where you’re at is good, and while there’s always room for improvement and you should always try to be better, it’s so important to appreciate and give yourself credit for where you are right now.
Appreciating your surroundings
It’s too easy to get caught up in social media, scrolling past beautiful landscapes and imagining how much better our lives would be if we could only relocate to a more picturesque location. This is another instance where you should take a moment to unplug and appreciate where you live. There are amazing benefits to your hometown, no matter where you are. You don’t need beaches and palm trees to escape. Everywhere has its own unique beauty and charm.
Why I love the mountains
I live in the foothills of the Wasatch Range in Utah; mountains that people come from around the world to see. Although the small-town living of my home can sometimes feel claustrophobic, all I have to do is get outside to be grateful for where I live. I’ve noticed that up on a mountain, where everything looks so small, you realize that you’re bigger than your problems. What may seem all encompassing and never ending, will in fact, pass. No matter how much it feels like it won’t. Mountains have long been a haven for people looking to remove themselves from their daily life for a short period of time, to gain a new perspective.
Sometimes, it takes certain activities to appreciate where you are. Modern life seems to be entirely conducted indoors, from work to play. However, taking time for yourself outside has shown to be amazingly therapeutic. Whether you’re hiking, playing a sport, adventuring, or simply taking a book outside, there are numerous ways that you can enjoy the world around you. Not only does time spent outside strengthen your physical health, but it can also have a powerful effect on your mental health.
Studies have shown that when we’re outside, we’re less stressed. Risk for depression lowers, creative thinking and efficiency increases, and we feel reinvigorated, ready for the challenges that we need to face when we return to our regular lives.
Take a moment for you
The holiday season is barreling down on us. Between family visits, shopping, parties, and preparations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and especially dissatisfied with your own life as you look around at the beautiful pictures painted by other people’s life. So, if I can give you one piece of advice for the upcoming few months, it’s this: take a moment for yourself. Find a beautiful place close by where you can find a bit of peace. Look around and be grateful for where you are. In fact, you might even go outside and meditate in your favorite spot, since you’ll be amazed at what it does for your mind and body.