Have you ever got up in the morning and just wondered how you ended up with the life you have? Do you feel stuck in the same rut and routine, day after day, week after week, year after year? Are you feeling trapped by your obligations to others, by debt, by an endless life of responsibility?

In these times in particular, most of us are experiencing added financial pressures and worries, as we try to navigate our way through what must now feel like endless restrictions and lockdowns. Look at it like this. We all have less than we’re used to, many are seriously struggling, and yet Amazon’s profits are going through the roof.

We know that all the added stress will make it more likely that many will find unhealthy means to satisfy their emotional needs, at a time when they can least afford it.

Here are five ways to reclaim your personal freedom today. You just need to decide that you want to, set the intention, then do it!

    • Stop kicking yourself in the ass

It’s hard-wired into the human-animal to strive for something better. This also means we can naturally feel dissatisfied with our lot. If we were naturally content with how things are now, we would have died out long ago and a more competitive species would have taken over. It’s in our genes to keep adapting, improving and overcoming challenges. So, there’s no need to blame yourself when that dissatisfaction manifests as wanting to go online and spend! On the other hand, thinking, planning and organising also kept our evolution going, so you don’t have to give in to those spending impulses. You can choose to do things differently from today.

    • Stop comparing yourself to others

One of my old favourite comedy shows was ‘Keeping Up Appearances’, a hilarious show about a lady who likes to ‘keep up with the Joneses’, as it used to be known. Nowadays, it’s often looking at other people’s seemingly perfect lives on social media and comparing yourself disfavourably with what is in fact, an illusion. Everyone shows the best possible version of themselves to the world. No one takes selfies of their failures, their bad hair days, or their overdrawn bank account.

Free yourself from making those comparisons and the need to compete. Instead, focus on living your life your way.

    • Feel gratitude for what you have now

Feeling dissatisfied feeds your desire for what you don’t have now. Have a look around you and find five things that you’re grateful for right now. Then find five more things. Once you start, you’ll find loads of things in your life to be grateful for, that are amazing and life-enhancing.

Invite the Law of Attraction to work for you. When you’re happy with what you have now, this sets you up to receive even more in the future.

    • Be careful with your money

I’ve had plenty of debt in my life. I know how easy it is to fritter away your money on things that don’t make you happy or help you meet your goals. I learned the hard way just how difficult life gets when I didn’t manage my money effectively. This is what I learned. Before you buy anything, take a moment to think about why you want it. Do you really need it? How will it improve your life? For you, does it represent good value for money? Also important, are you spending money to meet an emotional need?

When you think about spending money, ask yourself these questions before you hand over your cash.

    • Live your very best life every day

If you find yourself envying others, or wishing things were different, take action on your own behalf and follow these tips to reclaim your personal freedom. If you want to live a more authentic life, go ahead and do it, starting today.

Decide what you want, plan ahead and give it your best shot. The fact that things are more difficult just now makes the effort all the more important and the possible gains, all the more valuable to you and those you care for.

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