5 Ways To Make Today Better Than Yesterday
Guest post by Alexis Sclamberg
1. Give Yourself a Gift
I’m talking about the nourishing kind (not that new purse you’ve been eyeing). Take a bubble bath, an extra long walk, or go for a drive with the windows down and the music blaring—and sing along. I often have solo dance parties in my apartment, and sometimes quiet time alone is gift enough. Pick a gift and commit to getting it today.
2. Avoid Negative Nellie.
We all have those people in our lives—the glass half empty ones. They’re the constant complainers that can’t stop ragging on how awful everything is. Today, avoid this toxic energy. Notice how much lighter and positive you feel when you’re not drained by their negativity.
3. Accept One Flaw That You Can’t Change.
We’re all perfectly imperfect, right? So, today pick one of your glowing imperfections and accept it. With a whole heart. This is an exercise of gentle compassion for yourself. When you start embracing yourself, you can be the best (and happiest) version of you.
4. Value a Mistake As a Lesson.
Every day we make mistakes. Of course we do, we’re human. Most of us spend our time spitting out a litany of swear words and wishing we could just take back our blunders. Try revising your reaction. Today, value your mistake as a lesson. Now you’re not just stumbling, you’re learning and growing. You’ve probably heard the saying: if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough. It’s true. Some important lessons can come from your mistakes.
5. Listen to Your Inner Voice.
We all have some inner voice guiding us, but it may feel as though the noisy world is drowning it out. Try listening to—and following—your intuition today. Your inner voice may simply say get to bed, you need sleep or it might scream at you, this job isn’t working for you, it’s time for a new one! Your heart knows what’s right for you—it’s time to honor that wisdom.
Alexis Sclamberg is a self-help expert for Millennials. She's the author of the upcoming book, Borrowed Wisdom, and contributes to Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan magazine.
She’s a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. You can find her running across the Golden Gate Bridge, shmoozing her way through San Francisco, and on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.