Never underestimate the human ability to adjust to new situations – what you may imagine is impossible will one day become easy, if you open your mind.
Find time every day to get your rock n roll kicks from listening to loud music; lose yourself in it.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Do exercise a few times a week – it makes your weight easier to manage, kills stress and releases an endorphin rush so you’ll feel happier too.
Refuse to be influenced by your past failures or your imagined future limitations – the person you are today is the only one who can affect change in your life.
Learn from mistakes and then leave them where they belong – in your history. Getting it wrong enough should always lead to getting it right, so don’t beat yourself up for the things you did when you were younger and not so wise; use your experiences to foster growth instead.
The people you love should be the recipients of your kindest, most generous self. When they’re gone, you will find it hard to shed deep regrets; try not to have any.
Drink plenty of water; it helps your body and mind work effectively. Avoid fizzy drinks – they are of no value.
Only you know when a habit has become destructive – that little voice in your head is there for a reason; listen to it before you have reason to regret not doing so. It’s there to protect you from yourself.
Eat when you are hungry; forget about food when you’re not. Over-thinking anything will only lead to negating good intentions.
Trivialities aren’t the makers or breakers of your happiness – whether you buy those new shoes or not won’t fundamentally alter your life. Focus on the important stuff instead.
Having a change of scene and breaking your routine does you a world of good.
Never hold your looks in too high regard – one day they will fade and you need to make sure you’ve got back up. You’ll be much better off if you put the effort into developing your character.
Ironing, cooking, gardening and knitting are so much more than practical chores. Losing yourself in one of these tasks acts a little like meditation; it demands enough concentration to stop you sweating over the small stuff, but not so much that it feels like effort. Try immersing yourself in baking a cake next time your anxieties are getting the better of you.
Be nice to someone you’ve never met before – you’ll feel better and their faith in humankind will get a major boost.
Make an effort to look nice, but avoid obsessing over your outward appearance. Vanity makes even the most beautiful person appear ugly.
Adopt a cat or dog from your local shelter – having a pet reduces stress, and you’ll be giving an animal who has felt the cold hand of hurt and abandonment the chance to feel at peace. Don’t buy one from a breeder when you could help so much more by taking a stray.
Find an art form that helps you escape from reality for a while; whether it’s a film, book, seeing a live band or visiting an art gallery, get your hits from someone else’s creativity; avoid searching for highs in mind-altering substances. The former will help you grow; the latter will stop you dead in your tracks.
Make the effort to empathise. You never know what life will fling at you next – good or bad, you will always want to share things with people who understand.
Remember how fleeting your time on Earth is; use your sense of mortality to put life’s minutiae into perspective, as well as to focus your mind on doing your best where it counts.
Always keep your ego in check – when things are on the up, remind yourself that you are just human; when you’re down, tell yourself you are unique and amazing.
Let go of hatred; it prevents you from being a free spirit.