Often, we find ourselves feeling stressed out or detached from the present moment, too caught up in the business of our daily lives to even notice it before it happens. But what if we told you there are small changes you can make to your routine that will help you slow down, tune in and find greater joy in life? Follow our 6 simple tips to create more peaceful, conscious-filled moments in your day.
1. Start your day slowly.
It’s worth getting up a few minutes earlier than necessary, so you aren’t rushing to work in a frenzy. Stretch, enjoy a cup of coffee, read, listen to music, meditate or exercise. Do whatever it is that’s going to make you feel relaxed and calm before you meet the demands of the day.
2. Enjoy your food.
Whether you’re eating on the run or at your desk while you complete that spreadsheet, you’re not relishing the food that fuels your body -- or paying attention to how it makes you feel. While sometimes taking a quick lunch might be necessary, it too often becomes a habit. Eat slower. Be mindful of each bite. You’ll find yourself eating less and making healthier choices -- and being happier for it.
Technology is such a huge part of our daily lives, from social networking to email to apps to web-surfing. But our minds can lose focus fast, meandering through a scattered landscape of information, products and ideas. Try setting aside a half hour of your normal internet time to focus on a new hobby or do a few yoga poses instead. You’ll feel more mentally refreshed.
4. Get outside.
Studies show the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be. So carve time out during your day to get in some green time. Believe it or not, it takes as little as five minutes of walking in a park, working in a garden or hiking on a trail to benefit your mind and body.
5. Connect with family and friends.
It’s so easy to put off family and friends during busy times in your life. But that’s when you need them most! It’s so important to make the time to catch up with loved ones. Meet your partner for lunch during the workday. Grab coffee with a coworker. Make dinner plans with your girlfriends. And when you do, put away your phone, listen and share. You’ll be glad you did.
6. Treat yourself.
Find what brings you pleasure and make it a ritual, whether it’s taking a long bath, starting a book, cooking a new recipe or taking a yoga class. Instead of thinking of such indulgences as life’s little luxuries, consider them essentials to making you happy.