It’s not uncommon to feel a sort of emptiness in life. People try all sorts of way to fill that void in all sorts of ways. The truly best way to fill a void is to either help others or help yourself. Filling the void with superficial filler and material items may not lead to true self-actualization. According to Everest CEO Francis Pedraza, learning and understanding what people truly need are huge advantages in both inside and outside the office. Here are a few ways that you can find contentment in life.
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Get Some Rest!
In today’s fast paced world, we’re often neglecting sleep, and we rationalize it by telling ourselves that we can function on four to five hours of sleep. That’s not the case. We may be able to function, but not at our best. If you can’t find a way to sleep more than four or five hours, try to work a nap in. Any amount of extra sleep will help. Even if you can only manage to get an extra hour in, any extra amount will help.
There’s something special to be said of those that dedicate their life to teaching. While it may not be your area of expertise, you could offer to tutor someone. Teaching someone can be infinitely rewarding. If you give a little bit of your time, you could make a tremendous impact on someone’s life.
Clean Your Living Space
It’s amazing how a dirty living space can make you feel like you’re in a funk in life. Change this by cleaning up your living space. If you’ve been putting off a project for a while and it’s taking up a ton of space, get to it. The more clutter free your space is, the more comfortable you’ll feel. When you’re comfortable, you’re content.
There’s nothing better than a little exercise to boost your mood. Exercise releases endorphins, which boost your mood. It may be difficult to get up and going, especially after a long day, but the benefits of exercising far outweighs the negatives.
Live in Your Own World
The best way to think everything is okay is to believe, truly, that everything is. Block out the outside world and restrict your world view to only those that are important to you. Unfollow every news account that you follow on Twitter, avoid watching the news, and stop reading the newspaper. We’re blasted with negative news from every angle every day. Tune it all out and live your life.
Go for a Walk
There are many benefits of going for a walk, and if you have a pet, it’s even better! Grab your favorite furry friend, take a walk, and go somewhere quiet. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit with nature and just relax. Take several deep breaths, release your stress and tension, and learn to appreciate the things that truly matter in life.
Going green and reducing your carbon footprint is one of the most effective and satisfying ways to increase your well-being. Not only will your electricity prices go down, but you will also be contributing towards a better, more sustainable planet. Doing your part by using less resources, more sustainable materials and fuel efficient vehicles are just some of the ways you can go green.
Being a volunteer will make a huge difference in your life. Others will appreciate you donating your time just to help out. It’s a mutual thing — you’re making people happy, and those people being happy will, in turn, make you happy. Several studies have shown that volunteering have increased self-esteem and satisfaction.
Reconnect With People
If you’ve been working the nine to five for a while and have let friendships or relationships slip, now’s the time to reconnect. Set aside a time each night to reconnect with people. It doesn’t matter how you reconnect — send them an e-mail or text, call them, or go visit them. They’ll be extremely happy to see you again.
Don’t let the world get you down. These are just a few methods of finding contentment. What are some of the ways that you personally find contentment? Has one method been particularly effective at making you feel content?