We often talk about changing life from the inside out. “What’s inside must come out,” the age-old adage says. But what about the other way around?
Sometimes if you want to change your life, you can’t wait to change your feelings. You just have to do it regardless of how motivated you feel in the moment.
The self-help scene can be utterly empty, cliché, and late-stage hippie-ish. Book after book, podcast after podcast, you can be offered plenty of advice about changing your mindset and attitude with no recommendation of how to put those ideas into practice.
While a positive mindset might beget good actions, sometimes it works the other way around as well. Some people struggle to think positively and have to start taking action before they build that attitude for themselves.
If this is you, no worries. Here are some practical ways you can begin transforming yourself in this way — from the outside in:
1. Your Environment
It’s incredibly important that the surroundings which you have control over are positive, not negative. Negativity breeds negativity, as does blandness and boringness. Therefore, the parts of your world you can change, you should. These are often small variables subjective to you, such as what’s in your house.
From the type of furniture you have to the notes on your fridge, it’s good to keep positive reminders around. Additionally, if you face considerable worry and stress about the state of the world and your footprint on it, think about finding easy ways to live a little more green — you’re likely closer than you think to green living.
Additionally, you have the option to create an environment around you that encourages peace. It’s not just about motivation; it’s about rest.
Hang pictures that help your mood and surround yourself with positive mood enhancers. For instance, many people are relaxed and encouraged by the color blue, so if you’re able to paint your walls a shade of blue or purchase household accessories that include it in their aesthetic, you might be helping yourself more than you’re aware! Don’t stop there though.
2. Your Diet
Going back to the idea of everything being interconnected, changing your diet affects your mindset and how you experience the world.
Many people have chemical imbalances they don’t even know about, and a change of diet can correct them. Beyond chemical imbalances, it’s important to have a balanced diet. If you only eat meat and fried foods or abstain from vegetables, you may find yourself really tired.
Diets are often habitual and therefore hard to change. But remember how habits affect one’s mindset in other areas as well? Putting discipline into other parts of your life may help you put discipline into this one.
A good example is how decluttering your closet and making a habit of saying no to activities you can’t afford or has been proven to help in diet control.
Do not underestimate habits. Healthy habits bleed into one another and are life-changing.
3. Your Things
An excess of possessions is a surefire way to bring yourself down. People who practice minimalism are often happier.
Minimalism is the opposite of materialism. It’s the practice of relying less on things. It allows you to enjoy what you have more and not to find your value in quality, but quantity.
Please understand that a life of minimalism does not mean you need to get rid of everything you own. Decluttering is not the same as purging.
Minimalism may involve spending more on what you need as to not spend more or build up clutter later.
For instance, a real-life example that everyone can relate to is found in the world of shaving. A good electric razor that may be a bit more expensive will save you on buying an excessive amount of razor blades over time.
You can apply this to all parts of your life. While decluttering, ask yourself “do I use this regularly?” and “do I derive joy from this?” If you don’t, get rid of it. Once you do, you’ll find you don’t miss it.
What have you done in your life that’s made you a better person internally? How have the changes you’ve made to your environment improved you?
Let us know in the replies and comments below!