Wake up. Go to work. Hit the gym. Sleep. Repeat. It’s so easy to get lost in the world wind of life and lose touch of you. Things become so routine that your body begins to perform behaviors on autopilot. It’s no wonder that we are so easily burnt out with the repetitive Monday through Friday routine that we replay week after week.
There are several things that I do in order to stay grounded and in touch with myself in the midst of it all. Each of these techniques will heighten your appreciation for staying fully present and living in the now.
After work, place yourself in a stress free environment. This means creating an area that’s meant just for you, away from stress, away from distraction, and if necessary away from people. As an introvert, I often find myself needing to pull away from being too social as it really depletes my soul and energy. Find a place where you can escape it all. My place away from it all is either the beach or the gym. The sound of rushing waves is the most soothing thing in the Universe. Both locations allow me to recharge while turning off the outside world. If you can’t escape your environment, then try to work creatively with the space that you have. Try hiding out in your backyard garden… Tell the kiddos to go play outside… If all else fails, invest in a good pair of headphones to tune things out.
People are so surprised when I tell them that I meditate. There’s nothing like clarity of the mind. Meditating is a great way to spring clean your slate after a busy day. Not only does it allow you to think more clearly, but it makes your thought processes more efficient. Whenever I need to be creative and productive, I make sure to set time aside for my meditation routine. If you’re new to meditating, I recommend the Calm app. It offers guided meditation so that you have an idea of what to do and for how long. Youtube is also a great resource for beginners. At first it will seem difficult to concentrate on, but stick with it! The more you meditate, the easier you will find it to become.
Oftentimes, they say that you are what you eat. Let me set the record straight! You are what you allow yourself to consume. This relates not only to what you may eat or drink, but to everything that enters and surrounds you. Consider what social company you are keeping, your current partner, your work life, living arrangements, and even what you are reading and watching on tv. All of these play a major role in your current mood and aura that you put off. If something isn’t doing you a positive, let it go! It’s not worth your sanity.
I can not tell you enough, to get adequate rest! Sleep is how the body rejuvenates and repairs itself. If you’re not getting enough of it, then your sending your body down a staircase of despair. Your brain will not function adequately. Your tissue will not repair correctly. Get some sleep! Studies on recommended sleep requirements constantly fluctuate. I try to clock at least 7-8 hours nightly… and guess what? A nap never hurt anyone!
This goes hand and hand with the meditation. Meditation exercises the mind, while exercise works on the body. Following a routine involving both of the latter have created for some of the most creative moments in my life. I’m more inspired during these times. My brain is legit on go. It’s like it wants me to max out it’s creative capacity. Did I also mention that tip will keep you right and tight. Go the extra mile. Begin (and stick to) a workout regiment. Runner’s high is really a thing! Eventually it will become habit. It’s just a win win situation all around. Exercise is a great way to get back in touch with you.
Ask yourself if you are creating health habits. If you’re not sure, look introspectively at how intentional your behaviors are. Make it a point to note elements of gratitude at the end of each week. Every couple of months you should also take a conscious look at your progress toward goals. All of these will allow you to live with intent to define your true self.
Have you tried any of these suggestions? I’m curious to see how it is that you get back in touch with you. Drop me a comment below if you have suggestions of your own.