Taking Action Is Better Than Regretting

by Andrea Reindl on July 8, 2016

Andrea Reindl · Small Actions · July 08, 2016

Pendulum in Action, taking action, always feel better, small actionsLast night I didn’t want to do yoga. But I went to my yoga class, and after it was over I felt better.

Today I didn’t want to do Orange Theory (the fitness regime). But I went and exercised anyway. Afterward, I felt better.

Both times I didn’t have a good excuse for not doing anything. I simply didn’t feel like exerting myself. In order to push myself out of the house, I asked myself, “Have I ever regretted going?”

The answer to this was a giant NO.

I always feel better after a workout or yoga. I always I have more energy and feel better about my day. My day always runs more smoothly afterward and my head is clearer. 

I began to think: If I can affirm “always” with confidence here, then perhaps this is something worth paying attention to.

Perhaps one should make a list of these things that have “ALWAYS FEEL BETTER” after we’ve done them.

Don’t we all desire to live a life of no regrets? Maybe this is a life hack of how we can live each day full of experiences that never leaving us feel regret, experiences that we ALWAYS feel better after we’ve done them. Then when that fateful day comes, the one we all will have, we’ll be able to reflect on the intentional choices of what we did every day and that we never regretted doing. 

Here’s my list.

1. Hugging my kids for that extra 10 seconds (or even up to a minute if I can get it from them). Hugging makes us all feel better. 

2. Stopping to listen to someone I care about without distraction. This one is hard for me, but I never regret it after I do it.

3. Yoga. Getting on the mat isn’t always easy but I always feel better after, even if I’m cranky during the first 20 minutes of class.
 
4. Writing. Often my head spins and I think of 2,000 things at once. Making the list, writing it out or journaling. Whatever the medium, when I write my thinking gets clearer. And I feel better. 

5. Meditation. This is one of those things that clears my head and helps my day start off right. 

I encourage you to make your own list. Put it somewhere you’ll remember it and then do those things every day or as often as you can.

If you’re willing I would love to hear about what you’ve put on your list. 

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