By Anita Manley
I recently posted a throwback photo of myself on Facebook (see below). It really spoke to me and I started thinking, oh what I wish I’d known then. So, I decided to write a blog about it. I originally thought I would write 25 things, but the list grew larger. Here are 35 things, I wish I’d known when I was 25:
- Practice patience. (As my mother always said, “Good things come to those who wait.”)
- Practice self-love. Be kind and gentle with yourself.
- Get rid of the negative self-talk track going on in your mind.
- Hobbies are not a waste of time, they are wellness tools! Really!
- Read a book for enjoyment.
- Walk daily.
- Join a group/club/team/class to have fun and meet new friends.
- Volunteer doing something you enjoy.
- “This too shall pass.” The good times, and the bad.
- Be yourself – nothing more, nothing less – You are good enough!
- You are worthy of love.
- Keep busy, but calm your mind.
- Have a daily routine.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Enjoy your alone time. Don’t be afraid to be alone.
- Pay yourself first (save and invest).
- Relax – learn methods to keep your anxiety in check.
- Believe in yourself. “You’ve got this”.
- Trust your gut.
- Some things are better left unsaid.
- Always use the sandwich approach when communicating with people regarding a difficult situation.
- When angry – go for a walk, write in a journal. Take time to digest and calm down before discussing. You can’t take those words back.
- Compare yourself, to yourself – not to others.
- Learn to love and appreciate your body.
- Don’t be afraid to feel all of the emotions. You don’t have to be “happy” all of the time.
- Have an attitude of gratitude!
- Stop blaming others. Take personal responsibility!
- Have compassion for yourself and others.
- Stop worrying about things beyond your control.
- Continue to do your best and be satisfied with that.
- Aim for progress, not perfection.
- Take care of yourself first so you can truly take care of others.
- Surround yourself with people who hold similar core values.
Your posts are fabulous, and aLWAYS TIMELY FOR ME TO READ. A lot of wisdom in your writing .Thank you
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Thanks so much, Julia! I’m so glad you are getting something out of my blog! Thanks for leaving your comment here. 🙂