5 Ways to Refocus Your Priorities

5 Ways to Refocus Your Priorities

One thing I've come to realize lately is that I'm so deep in this little social media bubble I've created for myself that I've lost sight of the things that make me feel happy and centred— like getting outside more, exploring new places, spending quality time with friends and family (that doesn't involve taking outfit photos), etc. When I try to think about the last time I felt truly happy and fulfilled, I just draw a blank— a sad and humbling realization. How is it that we can get so swept up in the day-to-day that we lose sight of what's really important to us? It's scary how quickly that can happen, no matter how well-intentioned we may be. So with that in mind, here are five ways I'm planning to help myself recharge and refocus on the things that matter to me the most (sans cell phone, of course). I hope this helps anyone feeling the same way.

1. GET LOST IN NATURE  


One of the best ways I've found to re-centre and get an instant happiness boost is to take a long walk in nature. We're super lucky here in Edmonton to have the River Valley, which is insanely beautiful, but get out and explore whatever is available to you— a lake, a park, the ocean, whatever the case may be, try to pick a spot you've never visited before and soak it all in. Take deep breaths and think about how lucky you are to be alive and in the presence of such beauty. I know it sounds corny, but spending time outdoors can really work wonders. And for added awesomeness, bring your bestie or partner along for the ride. There's nothing better than spending a little quality time with the ones you love. And on that note...

2. TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU  


It's super easy to take people for granted, so take some time to reevaluate your relationships and show appreciation for the people that matter to you the most. Call a relative you haven't spoken to in a while, tell a friend how much you appreciate them, and most importantly, let your partner know how much you love and care for them. Warm fuzzies all around, because it feels just as good to say loving things as it does to hear them.

3. DO SOMETHING NICE FOR A STRANGER  


Kindness is contagious, so try to do something nice for someone you don't know every chance you get. It can be something small, like smiling at the person passing you on the street, holding the door open for the person behind you, or even buying a coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru line— whatever the case may be, do something kind and you'll not only feel better, but so will they. #PayItForward

4. LAUGH IT OFF  


Nothing feels better than a good laugh— it can be super cathartic and help you shake off any negativity you've been dealing with, even if only for a short time. So watch your favourite comedy, catch a Standup show, or hang out with some of your funniest friends, because laughing really is the best medicine. Take all that good humour you've cultivated and use it to help propel you through any tough times ahead. Don't take anything personally, and let other people's negativity slide off your back— it's not about you anyway. 

5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE  


We all have so much to be grateful for, but for whatever reason it's just easier to focus on the negative aspects of our lives rather than all the good that we're blessed with. Don't let the negatives get you down. No matter what your situation may be, try to remember that there are others in worse positions to yours, and simply be grateful. A little perspective can go a long way toward shifting your mentality and making you feel more at peace with yourself and your current situation, so count your blessings every chance you get. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling better already! 

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