It is winter, it is dark, cold, wet. No leaves on the trees, barely any sunlight. And they have locked us down again!

The deadly combo to feel low and let yourself go to negative thinking and energy.

If, like me, you are going through something not very pleasant in your life at the moment, I have to admit that this is not helping.

But, despite of everything, I can confidently say that I feel good, strong and ready to start 2021.

Here are my tips to feel good, no matter what the circumstances are. Because this is not about what is happening to you but much more about how you react to it.

  1. I pray or meditate. If this is something you do not feel comfortable with, just breathe! For the ones who do not practice deep breathing, cardiac coherence, yoga or any breathing techniques, I assure you, breathing properly changes your life. And I am not exaggerating. I will make an article about it. Just sit down and breathe deep, focusing on your respiration. It will put you in a meditative state, clear your mind and make you generally feel better. More details to come soon in a new article.

  2. Practice gratitude. When you wake up and when you go to bed. Thank the Universe, God, the Source or whatever you call it for all the things that you have in your life. Someday, it will be only having a roof over your head and food on your plate because everything else seems to fall apart but this is already something that many don't have. It puts you in a positive state so you feel better and attract more positive things in your life (The law of attraction).

  3. As it is lockdown, it is important to set a routine for your day. Make a to do list of the things that need to be done and the ones that help you feel good. Make sure you allocate a time for each of them (for the mums and dads out there, make a list for or with your children too). This tip is also good for outside lockdown. It gives you a direction for the day and a sense of achievement when your day is finished and you have done it all.

  4. Find yourself a goal, a purpose. It can be a small one. Learning how to cook new dishes, reading this book, learn a new language or instrument, lose some weight etc... As humans, we need goals to have a sense of purpose. My business goals and the well being, physical, mental and spiritual of myself and my children are my everyday goals. So I am trying, every single day, to do something in that sense. To be a better me, mother and business woman.

  5. Sometimes all you can do is to take it one day at a time. And this is okay. Life is full of ups and downs. Give yourself the right not to be ok but don't stay for too long in that state. Only you can find your happiness within yourself. Cry when you need to and then let it go. I cry very often but I smile even more. Because I let it out. Live your emotions and do not let them define you.

As a conclusion, I would say that we should always remember that life is happening for us and not to us. Every single experience that we live is here to shape us, to teach us, to surprise us and this is the absolute beauty of life.

With love,

Jihanne xxx

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