Optimize your surroundings, improve your relationships

I’d like you to take time to examine your relationship with yourself and your interactions with the people in your life. What is your daily environment like? How does it impact your mindset and the way you serve others and yourself?

Here are six tips on optimizing your surroundings that will improve your thought processes and your relationships:

  1. Identify your supporters. Identify the people in your life who continuously support your efforts to reach your goals. This is one of the most important factors, as surrounding yourself with a support system of like-minded people can be a powerful motivator. Make sure to reciprocate, supporting their goals as they support yours.
  2. Have a listening ear. It’s easy to assume we know what’s best for everyone. But if we seek to serve others well, the best thing we can do is take the time to get to know people and hear them out. Relationships are a two-way street. If we aren’t listening to the other person, we’re demonstrating that we really only care about ourselves. The simple act of listening is a powerful way to serve and be served.
  3. Identify stressors. Taking time to identify your stressors is key for optimizing your surroundings. Once you recognize a situation that is challenging for you, plan your response by making adjustments that will reduce your anxiety. If you don’t know how to handle a difficult moment, be sure to reach out for help.
  4. Be conscious. Being aware of the importance of your surroundings and relationships, as well as how they affect your overall health and wellbeing, is critical. One way to raise awareness of these topics is by having conversations about them with like-minded individuals or someone who has previous experience.
  5. Shift your language. Do you find yourself asking “what’s in it for me?” If you want to better serve those around you, it’s necessary to be competent and recognize the way you’re presenting yourself. This can start through a simple shift in your energy, words, body language, etc. Through small yet deliberate efforts to better yourself and your surroundings, over time, the practices you implement will become second nature.
  6. Be patient. Try to remember that changes don’t just happen overnight. Once your environment receives a proper detox, you will see a positive change in yourself and how you treat others.

Make the changes, see the results

Along with being equipped with the necessary tools to take responsibility for your physical health, it’s important to understand the dynamics of your relationships, as these also play an important role in your overall wellbeing.