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30 Reflections on Turning 30

1) You don’t have to follow the crowd. Just because something may be expected of you, it doesn’t mean you have to do it – you’re allowed to go off-piste!

2) Quality over quantity applies to pretty much everything – friendships, hours worked, workouts…

3) Nothing really matters more than the health and happiness of you and your loved ones. Remember that when worrying about little things.

4) People don’t remember what you say, but they do remember how you made them feel. Try to make people feel good.

5) Practising gratitude is one of the best things you can do for your health.

6) Lifting weights is another one of the best things you can do for your health.

7) Treat yourself like you’d treat your best friend.

8) Everything is temporary; you won’t always feel the way you’re feeling now.

9) Nature is healing.

10) Living in the present is the only way to live a happy life. Dwelling on the past is to be depressed and worrying about the future is to be anxious.

11) Life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

12) Asking ‘will this matter in a year’s time?’ helps to put most worries into perspective.

13) Having a flexible, rather than black and white, thinking pattern makes life way more enjoyable.

14) Investing in yourself is always a good idea.

15) It’s better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.

16) You can’t change other people, you can only support them on their journey. Change has to come from within.

17) It’s much better to do something imperfectly than let striving for perfection hold you back from taking action.

18) Happiness leads to success, success doesn’t lead to happiness.

19) We have far more control over our happiness than most people believe. But we have to intentionally do things that will increase our happiness, we can’t just wait for it to come to us (because it might not).

20) Boundaries aren’t selfish. They are an essential part of self-care.

21) Get to know your values. They will help guide you in life.

22) Health is SO much more than what you eat and how much you exercise. It is your relationships, physical environment, socio-economic status, sleep, culture, access to healthcare, attitudes, beliefs and more.

23) Health is also a product of our repeated daily actions – not what we do for a few days or weeks.

24) We don’t all have the same 24 hours in a day. The world is not a level playing field and not everyone has the luxury of time to themselves.

25) Check in with yourself often. Get curious about how you’re really feeling.

26) Learning to listen to your body, heart and soul is one of the most useful skills we can learn.

27) Sometimes we have to parent ourselves.

28) There are better ways to give compliments than commenting on someone’s appearance. Tell people how much you appreciate their energy, their kindness, their effort etc.

29) Rest is productive.

30) The most important relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself. Nurture it.


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