If Only… I Could Stop Over-thinking!

If only…” These two little words paired together create one of the saddest phrases imaginable  this is a quote taken from an article I recently read over at Marc and Angel Hack Life  about how to stop regretting moments in life, and to stay in the present. This has never rung truer for myself.

I have recently started a new job, a job that I am sure I am going to love eventually (once I get over the initial settling in/teething problems). Ultimately my goal for this year was to move to another country and embark on a working holiday, something that I have always wanted to do. I thought right, 2014 I’m going to take you on with everything that I have! Firstly though, I needed to get a job, obviously in order to save to go away on said holiday. So now that I’ve got a great job and am finally earning money again, my mind is wandering off into the not too distant future and asking A LOT of questions, questions which I really don’t want to have to answer until closer to to time… i.e “What if I really like this job and the people are really nice and then I have to quit so I can pursue my plans and I end up letting down these really  nice people who are investing a long term plan in me”… These sort of questions are a recipe for disaster in my life!! And definitely steer me towards the attitude of ‘If only’… I definitely don’t want to end up still at this job in 4 years time and have missed my chance at working overseas (age limit on certain visas) but I don’t want that fear to override what is happening in the present, which really is very good.

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Learning to take a step back and appreciate each day is something I am constantly working on. – and it is actually a lot harder than you might think! More and more I am learning that life is a mental game, and if you can maintain a positive, healthy mental state/train of thought then you hold all the cards you need to win at life. The mind is a very powerful thing and sometimes scarily so… the power of negative thoughts is so strong it scares me. So to try and combat this, I surround myself with positive people (where possible), I exercise every morning (releases endorphins to the brain, which make you happier) and I write down positive affirmations, quotes, thoughts where I can see them in clear sight. My sister bought me a mini blackboard for this reason, so roughly once a week I sit down and write something positive that will keep me going throughout the week.  I find the action of writing down positive words very cathartic, writing in general is a fantastic form of therapy, for me anyway. It literally is an outlet to get all of your emotions out of you, positive or negative. I have been keeping a journal this year, just writing short notes every day and I’m finding it really helps me gain perspective and appreciation for the day that has been.

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I’m not saying if you don’t do this you can’t be happy with your life, I am merely sharing what I do, and what I think might be helpful to anyone who is interested in this stuff and how people cope with their lives.

You might have a completely different method to achieve the same goal, or maybe you’ve tried some of the methods I use, feel free to leave me a comment either way, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

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