Life is busy. It’s messy. It’s stressful. It can also be incredibly beautiful. By using these six practices, you can bring yourself back to center and feel less overwhelmed by all the external forces that can get you down.
It’s easy to forget to breathe fully and deeply. As an involuntary function, most of us don’t give it a second thought. The awesome thing is, when you breathe consciously, you are able to better focus your mind and body and calm the “noise.”
To consciously breathe, find a quiet moment (even 60 seconds can make a difference) and bring your entire focus in on breathing. Visualize yourself breathing in clean, bright, positively-charged air through your nose and exhaling the stress, darkness or anything else negative that’s shadowing your day out through your mouth. Do this a few times until you feel lighter and more energized.
Do What Makes You Happy
Obviously, we all have to do things we don’t want to. That doesn’t mean you can’t find the time to do the things that DO make you happy. It can be simple or complex, but carve out a few minutes each day to follow your bliss.
Talk Kindly to Yourself
Self-talk is one of the strongest tools we have to keep ourselves on track. Unfortunately, too often that self-talk can be filled with admonishments and criticism. Try thinking non-judgmental thoughts about yourself and give yourself a break when you make mistakes. You’re only human and can’t expect to achieve perfection all the time.
Embrace Failure As Progress
In our society, we’re taught that failure is unacceptable. We are only truly valuable if we succeed in everything we do. The sad part of this is, we believe it, even though it’s simply not true. To combat this negative cycle, remind yourself that failure isn’t a negative thing — it’s proof of an honest attempt. The true failures are when there is no effort made at all. Try and remember that when you’re moving through a new challenge.
Move your body. Dance, get up and walk around the room, pick up your clothes, or do some exercise. Get those endorphins circulating through your brain. Being sedentary retards your ability to come up with new ideas.
Get out of the house or office
If you can’t get your mind clear, sometimes stepping outside can give you a new perspective. Getting some fresh air will enliven your senses, and your brain will start to think of new things.
It’s not uncommon to try and reach unattainable goals, such as complete perfection. In reality, there is no such thing as “perfection”. Those little quirks you think make you less perfect? They’re actually what make you uniquely — and perfectly — you, so embrace the imperfections!
When your mind is healthy, so is your body. It also reflects positively on those around you, making you a source of inspiration. When you start making some positive shifts in your life, you will begin to reap the rewards of a happier, brighter existence.
Previously published on LinkedIn.
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