We’ve all been there. We’re scrolling through social media, minding our own business, when we see a post from that one friend who is always happy and seems to have it all together. They’re sharing some “life-changing” advice that they read/heard/were told, and we think to ourselves, “Ugh, I don’t need their help.” We may even roll our eyes and keep scrolling. But what if we’re wrong? What if their advice is actually really good? Here are five pieces of life-changing advice that I wish I had listened to sooner.
1. Stop comparing yourself to others.
This piece of advice is one that I see all the time, but for some reason, it never clicked with me. I was always comparing myself to other people, and as a result, I was never truly happy with myself. It wasn’t until I started focusing on my own journey and stopped worrying about what everyone else was doing that I was able to find true happiness. If you’re in a similar situation, my best advice is to unfollow anyone on social media who makes you feel bad about yourself. Out of sight, out of mind!
2. Invest in yourself.
This piece of advice is twofold: invest in your physical health and invest in your mental health. For me, this meant going to the gym regularly and seeing a therapist on a regular basis. When I started making my health a priority, everything else in my life seemed to fall into place. I had more energy, I was happier, and I felt like I could take on anything that came my way. If you’re not sure where to start, try scheduling a doctor’s appointment and/or signing up for a gym membership. Just taking those first few steps will make a world of difference!
3. You don’t have to please everyone.
This is something that I struggled with for a long time. In every aspect of my life, from work to relationships to friendships, I always felt like I had to please everyone around me. As you can imagine, this led to a lot of stress and anxiety in my life. It wasn’t until I realized that I couldn’t control what other people thought or said about me that I was finally able to let go and be myself. And guess what? The people who matter most in my life stuck around, and the ones who didn’t…well, good riddance!
4. Stop living in the past (or the future).
I’m guilty of this one more time than I’d like to admit. Focusing on the past or the future takes away from the present moment, which is really all we have anyways. Instead of dwelling on things that have already happened or worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet, focus on the here and now. Appreciate the good moments as they happen, and learn from the bad moments so that you can avoid them in the future. Trust me, your future self will thank you!
5. Give yourself some damn credit!
Far too often, we are our own worst critics—myself included! We focus on our shortcomings instead of our accomplishments and think less of ourselves as a result. But why? We are all capable of great things; we just have to give ourselves credit where it’s due! Next time you accomplish something big or small—even if it’s just making it through another day—pat yourself on the back and give yourself some well-deserved credit! You deserve it!
So there you have it: five pieces of life-changing advice that I wish I had listened to sooner! Hopefully, this article encourages you to take a second look at some of the advice you’ve been ignoring… you never know, it might just change your life for the better! Thanks for reading!