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There’s an old, outdated assumption that time heals all wounds. But I believe this to be untrue. In the words of Dr. Phil, “Time doesn’t change us. It’s what we do with that time that changes us.” We are all more than capable of taking control back into our own hands when life knocks us down. It’s just a matter of doing so deliberately. Of making changes that will move us forward. Of finding a way to progress with purpose, rather than simply letting life knock us around into whoever we will become next. When you’re feeling lost and disheartened with life, here are 26 simple methods of taking your power back.
1. Get In Shape.
Strong bodies and strong minds go hand-in-hand. Forget about how your workout routine is making you look and start focusing on how it makes you feel – on the strength, the dedication and the structure that it brings to your mindset. By harnessing your physical power, you’re reminding yourself that you’re capable of so much more than you used to be. In the words of Jillian Michaels, “Fitness isn’t about a crunch or a push up. It’s about taking your power back.”
2. Get out of town.
Take a day, a week or a month to escape your usual surroundings and welcome in the world outside your doorstep. Sometimes a change in mindset is as simple as a change in scenery – and being away from home allows you the space, the freedom and the tranquility to heal on your own terms.
3. Rewrite your story.
The past is nothing more than a story we repeat to ourselves – and allowing ourselves to understand this is an incredibly liberating notion. Visit a narrative therapist who can help you re-frame your experiences, or journal them out until you’re able to come to a new understanding of why things happened the way they did. Learn to pinpoint the opportunities for growth within the destruction of your past – and then move forward with those opportunities close to your heart.
4. Invite new people into your life.
5. Tell your story.
6. Be disciplined about self-care.
7. Change your appearance.
8. Quit what isn’t working for you.
9. Give yourself permission to let go.
10. Connect with people who’ve been through something similar.
11. Unplug for an entire week.
12. Physically de-clutter your life.
13. Strengthen your relationships with the people who love you.
14. Follow the food guide for a month.
15. Take a course that teaches you something new.
16. Make a budget and stick to it.
17. Establish a healthy source of validation.
18. Become invested in the process of change, not the outcome.
19. Learn a new language.
20. Learn to walk away.
21. Let yourself be happier than you are comfortable with.
22. Set and enforce boundaries.
23. Cut out a vice for 100 days.
24. Try something that genuinely scares you.
25. Look at how far you have come.
26. Forgive others. Forgive the Universe. Forgive yourself.