5 simple steps for bringing more joy into your life
Life can be so literal – emails and texts, billboards, everywhere we look it’s all spelled out for us. But what happens when we decide to take the time to let go a little, to loosen up the reins, to examine the space in-between? Even when know you need a pause in the action in order to find your balance, it’s hard to make it happen, yet numerous health studies recognize it’s important.
In a sea of schedule overload, how do you find the time to slow down, take pause and gain access to your best self? The answer won’t surprise you, it’s through practice. The decision to commit to a regular practice in mindfulness can be life changing. Yet biggest the challenge can be taking the first step to fit it into your hectic routine. If you’re overwhelmed with life as many of us are, here you may need a hand.
Whether it’s a meditative walk, sitting mantra, pranayama practice or yoga, you can find a way to fit this time into even the busiest schedule if you use these five easy strategies:
- Make a commitment to yourself and put it on the calendar. When will you start; date and time? Studies show that fitting in a wellness practice early in the morning sets a more positive pace for the rest of your day. Even if that means getting up a bit earlier in order to fit it in, it’s worth it!
- Determine how much time you’re able to commit to; 30 minutes? An hour? Which days of the week? Try committing to two weeks to begin with and after that reevaluate if you need to. Adjust anything that isn’t working and go for another two weeks and evaluate again. (see #5)
- Decide right now which practice you’ll try, research the options on your area and narrow it down. Which one fits best with your lifestyle?
- Journal your experience. How is your current stress level? What do you want to change in your life? Do a self-assessment of now and calendar a check-in for 2 weeks into your new practice, so you can compare these same feelings at the end of each two week interval.
- Identify your space if you’re sitting, route if you’re walking. Do you need anything to get started? New shoes, a mat, a meditation cushion? Prepare in advance to give yourself the best chance of success.
The biggest obstacle to incorporating healthy practices into your life is a lack of motivation to get started. You’re ready, right now, to take the next step to enjoying all of the rich rewards that come when you create space for your mindfulness practice, so use these five steps to get started today!