Hey guys! Hope the week is going smoothly.
Recently I have been thinking more and more about what I can do to better my future. It can be hard to imagine how impactful today is to next month or next year. I wanted to share with you some things I believe are so important to do for ‘future me.’
1) Wear SPF!!
I cannot stress how important it is to wear SPF AT ALL TIMES. Even if you are in Ireland on a rainy day just running some errands, there are still UV rays affecting your skin and most of us don’t wear SPF. Women especially – we have no excuse! Most foundations have an SPF of 15 or higher in them nowadays. For those women who won’t wear an SPF foundation because it will give you ‘ghost face’ when a camera flashes – not to worry, there is no flashback when the SPF is below 25. I honestly think it so important to wear it because not only does it save your skin from damage, but it also saves it from ageing prematurely. I bet if you asked any older woman why she has gorgeous skin – what will she say?? SPF!
2) Appreciate everything
As cringey and as cliché as this sounds, it’s true. I don’t just mean a roof over your head and your food etc. I mean everything. That friend that is always there for you that you don’t give enough credit to, your parents, a person that smiles at you as you walk down a busy street… For me it was my dog Robbie. He was always there to comfort me after a bad day, to lay next to me as I fell asleep, to eat dinner with me at the table and I sit here wondering how I let all of these things go unnoticed every day. Although all Robbie really wanted was some chicken and ham from our fridge, I realise now that he made my life infinitely better the past 7 years and I will forever be grateful for that. Don’t wait for something drastic to happen to realise all of this, like I did.
‘Forgive and forget’, ‘let the past be the past’ are just some of the over-used phrases we hear day in day out. So much so, that they lose their value but if you apply them to your life in a practical way, I promise you you’ll appreciate it. Sometimes it is easier to be angry, rather than let your guard down with someone, isn’t it? Do yourself a favour, just let go of your angers and frustrations with that colleague, friend, parent or partner. ‘Future you’ will thank you for it, believe me! There is no time like the present and forgiving now will ultimately mean a better, easier future when it comes to relationships.
4) Don’t have regrets
When I say don’t have regrets, what I really mean is do what you want to do now. How can you tell your children, or your grandchildren to ‘follow their dreams’ if you never followed yours? It will not only be liberating but it will make you proud. People always say ‘life got in the way, so I couldn’t ____’ No, life did not get in the way – you did! If it means quitting that job, taking up a new hobby, or giving up a bad habit – just do it! Put down that cigarette, play that piano, walk out of that job that makes you nothing but miserable – and do what you want to do – for ‘future you.’
5) Talk to someone
This one brings me right back to Secondary School, where this is repeated in your ear every day. However, I cannot stress enough how important this is for ‘future you.’ It is often recommended to talk to a family member, or a close friend – but sometimes it is easier to talk to someone that it totally removed from the situation. People have this stigma around mental health and that it isn’t a real issue because it isn’t physical. They are wrong. It may not even be that you have a serious issue, sometimes it is just nice to talk to someone. Go to your GP, an old friend that you haven’t spoken to in years, someone that you know will listen. This is probably the best thing you could do for ‘future you.’ Relieving your body of these worries will allow you to move forward and better that ‘future you.’
I hope you enjoyed this post.
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