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i'm guessing we've all been through quarantine - some of you might still be isolated at home - but i'm back at school again. i think i like it, but i lowkey miss parts of quarantine.

it was hard, but it gave me some time to work on myself. and that might've been the best thing i've ever done.

in the past, i've never really enjoyed anything that was related to self-development, self-love, positivity, or a change of mindset. but during the past six months, i feel like i've become a very different person. a better person.

first of all, i think i'm going through a spiritual awakening. but that's a different topic.

second of all, i've found ways to improve my life, and overall make myself a happier and healthier person with a bigger heart and more tolerance.

today, i want to tell you guys about some small daily habits (some harder than others) that changed me, gave me a different perspective on life, and helped me develop a healthier mindset.

1. gratitude *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
i know, gratitude can be hard. like really hard. i've made it a habit for myself to name three things i'm grateful for right when i wake up, and it's not always easy to name those three things. sometimes my head is empty, but i still manage to find something i feel grateful for. i encourage you to do the same. it doesn't have to be a big thing - if you feel like you're going through tough times and things are looking dark, try finding a small detail in your life that you're grateful for. it could be your favorite song, getting a nice cup of coffee, or getting to lay in your bed after a long day. you can also name some "basic" things - like being grateful for having food in the fridge, a safe home, and running water.

when we start feeling grateful for the things we already have, we develop a more positive approach to life, and we also attract even more things to be grateful for.

2. journaling *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
i truly recommend every single one of you to start journaling. i don't care if you hate writing, if you're "too old", if you're a guy and you feel like it's too girly, or if you're lazy. journaling really changed my life. we have so many thoughts during the day, we experience a lot of things, and social media constantly bombards us with both good and bad impressions. letting all of these feelings and thoughts out after a long day, can result in better sleep, less anxiety, and more peace. it is super important that we process these thoughts, so we don't bring them to bed with us, or obsess over them.
journaling doesn't have to be complicated. you don't have to get a fancy journal with a pink lock. writing on your computer or phone is completely fine. also, you don't have to write long journal-entries like "dear diary..." and so on. it's okay if you just write a couple of sentences, or a bunch of cusswords if you're angry.
trust me, writing a couple of thoughts down in the evening, or before a big event, can really help you clear your mind and be calmer.

3. changing my vocabulary *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
i've stopped using negative words when i talk about myself. i've also started using words that keeps me motivated. f.x, if i catch myself thinking "ugh i need to work out" i simply change it to "i want to work out" or "i'm going to work out", and then i remind myself why i want to do it; because it's good for my body, and because i want to build muscle.
i also try to not look too negatively at things. if there's something i don't want to do, like a school presentation, or confronting a friend, i tell myself that this experience will make me stronger. that way, it seems a bit more bearable.

4. less judging *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
wow. this one is really hard for me, as i've always been guilty of judging other people - including myself.
i've started being more openminded and less judgemental, and that really helped my gain a more positive outlook on life.
i still catch myself judging other people, but i always try to change it. f.x, if i see a girl doing something that i find weird or embarrasing, i tell myself "if that's what she wants to do, and what makes her happy, then i shouldn't be judging her. who am i to judge a stranger? would i want people to do that to me? no, so i'm not gonna judge what other people choose to do with their lives".
it might sound cheesy. or weird. but this "exercise" has really helped me become more openminded, and i feel like i'm finally starting to see the beauty in all the people i meet. i feel like i see them for who they are, not how they act or dress.

5. reading and watching documentaries *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
this is actually something i started doing out of boredom. when i was in quarantine, i felt like i had watched every single movie and show on netflix, so i resorted to something different - documentaries.
i'm not gonna tell you why reading and watching documentaries is a good thing, because i think it's pretty self-explanatory. knowledge is power.
just remember to actually find some documentaries with topics you find interesting, so you don't end up getting bored. same thing goes for books.

6. music and dancing *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
i'm a horrible dancer. and a horrible singer. but that doesn't stop me. dancing, singing and jamming to my favorite songs really works as a moodbooster for me. when i'm home alone, i just blast my favorite songs and dance around like nobody's watching - because nobody is. i don't think about how i look or sound, i just enjoy the moment. this is definetly a habit that helped me be more happy. all it takes is to jam to some good music a couple of times a week, and it boosts my mood for a good amount of time. also, dancing can be a good way to get rid of tenseness or frustration. also also, twerking can actually help boost your confidence! don't get me wrong, i have no idea how to twerk, but it lowkey makes me feel more comfortable in my body.

7. water *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
this is pretty self-explanatory, and you've probably heard it a thousand times. but drinking enough water is very very important. once you make it a habit, it's not that hard. if you keep forgetting it, you can try setting a reminder on your phone, or putting a post-it on your mirror.

8. using social media in a healthy way *:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
just like most teenagers, i'm addicted to my phone. and i do spend a good amount of time on social media. i know it can be toxic, but it's hard to stop.
i've tried to cut out social media multiple times, and i've failed every single time. so i've come to the realization, that i might not be able to get rid of it, but i can use it in a healthier way.
i encourage you to go through the accounts you follow on tiktok, instagram, twitter, or whatever, and unfollow every person that makes you feel bad. people who post sad quotes, people who constantly make fun of others, or people who make you feel like you have to look a certain way to be pretty. unfollow all of them, and start following people who make you inspired, happy, smile, or motivated.

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i hope you enjoyed reading and that i've inspired you to pick up some of these habits.
remember; you are beautiful, loved, strong and capable. you are where you need to be. if things are looking dark, i promise you it gets better. it did for me and so many others. keep fighting.

if i suddenly think of more healthy habits, i will do an updated article. but for now, i hope this was helpful.
i might also be posting some tips on how to gain confidence and selflove - something i've also been working on during quarantine.

thanks for reading!
- ๐ฅ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š

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