How to be better at (almost) everything

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Your mind

Health and life coach Daniela Rosu's tricks on maintaining complete calm

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently.

Meditate
The practice of meditation helps slow us down. Once you begin meditating daily, old habits will break down, outdated belief systems may come into question and you’ll likely start sleeping like a baby. It can have positive effects on just about everything from waking up earlier to learning patience, making faster decisions to losing that fear of missing out and trusting yourself more.

Journal
Successful people throughout history have kept journals. You can start with keeping “morning pages”. First thing in the morning, simply do three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing. This daily routine can be the key to a clearer mind, better ideas, less anxiety and more creativity. Do not over-think it: just put pen to paper and scribble your thoughts each day.

Brain Fitness
Brain training can improve your life in many ways: faster thinking, better memory, trying new things, finding words, sharper listening, sharper vision, quicker reactions, safer driving, self-confidence. Games and puzzles that are intellectually challenging give your brain a workout. Over time, when one type of puzzle becomes easy for you, try a more advanced version or a new game.

Colour in
Colouring books are not just for kids anymore. More and more people are getting into the soothing art of colouring in. Adult colouring books are created specifically to help you de-stress by focusing the mind. Psychologists say it gives the sense of satisfaction that comes with finishing a job and the meditative state induces relaxation, even when you don’t stay in the lines.

Love yourself
Self-love is important to living well. Become mindful, practice good self-care, act on what you need rather than what you want, set boundaries, protect yourself, forgive yourself and live intentionally. You can only love a person as much as you love yourself so, the more love you have for yourself, the better you are at relationships. You'll even start to attract people and positive circumstances.

Forgive
Forgiveness can change your life. Is there any grievance or unhappiness from the past which you have been holding on to? If so, it’s time to let it go. Holding on prevents you from moving on and becoming a better person. The past is over so bring your focus back to the present moment. Find the joy in life right now, as it happens, and stop reliving history.

Time management
Time management is all about spending your time in the right places and on the right things. It’s about knowing your priorities, obligations and schedule. It’s also about spending your time where it matters most to you. Your life will improve in MANY ways: less stress, getting more done, more opportunities, fewer problems, less wasted time and more free time.

Slow down
We are living in an era of “time poverty” were we are caught in a constant state of “hurry sickness”. We consume massive amounts of caffeine to speed us up, eat fast foods to save us time, work while eating to stay productive, but we never catch up. Health and happiness are strongly linked and both begin with slowing down to enjoy every moment of your life.
Daniela Rosu is a GCC-based Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Visit www.danielarosu.com.

By Time Out Doha staff
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