I don’t know about you but lately it seems like life just never stops! Our days off are way more hectic than our work days, am I right? If you’re nodding your head in agreement then you know how it feels to constantly have your nose to the grind. Even though most people consider running ‘round the clock is just life, we all need to take some time to reset and find our inner peace. When work, family life, and even our social lives keep bulldozing us over it’s so important to take a time out for mental clarity.
Since life in the fast lane has us tending to lose ourselves from time to time, we need to learn how to find ourselves again. We often lose sight of who we are and forget to spend time with ourselves. When we take time to reflect on who we are, why we think the way we do, and do the things we do, we can improve upon certain aspects we’d like to improve upon. This way we can be the type of people others would hope to associate with. Finding your inner zen can be a truly eye-opening yet humping experience. Here are some tips to help you discover your true self.
- UNPLUG: It would be pretty difficult to get in touch with the inner you if you’re constantly interrupted by outside distractions. If you don’t have a “man cave” or “she shed” to escape to, tell your family you need some time alone in your room or living space without any noise or interruption. Turn off all of your electronics and get alone with yourself for a solid thirty minutes to just be. Don’t allow any perplexing thoughts to enter your mind. Forget about work, don’t worry about the laundry. It’s just you in there.
- MEDITATE: There are several avenues to take when it comes to meditation. While sitting cross-legged and chanting is what most people think of when they hear the word “meditate”, it’s not the only option. To meditate means to focus deeply on an idea, to mentally plan, or for religious purposes sit silence with chanting. Meditation isn’t confined to a yoga studio (although that’s a great place to be!) or a religious temple. Just ask British psychologist Susan Blackmore, author of “Ten Zen Questions” who retreated to the mountains for some reflection time.
- FASTING: Ok food lovers, this one may pose a challenge. Lots of people fast for numerous reasons, mainly for health and religious purposes. While fasting can certainly cleanse out the physical body of toxins it also has the ability to free your mind space and allow positive, focused, and creative thoughts to flow in. You might find yourself wondering if you could truly go a whole 24 hours without anything to eat or drink, but before you do, always consult your physician before trying any fasting regimen.
- DISCOVER NATURE: You don’t have to go deep into an Amazon jungle to find inner peace, even though that sounds like a truly exotic experience! But if you don’t have the spare time or money to take such a trip, then bring nature to you. Cramped in a stuffy cubicle all day? Spruce it up with a fresh desk plant. Purchase a bouquet of bright spring flowers to boost your mood and add a splash of color to your dining room. Take a walk through a botanical garden on a beautiful sunny day. According to adventuretogether.com, enjoying nature can boost serotonin and dopamine levels and being outdoors can improve happiness, not to mention productivity!
- YOGA: Don’t be intimidated by this practice. It’s not all about learning how to twist yourself into a pretzel-like position! Yoga is about clearing your mind and focusing on what your body is capable of doing. While there are many benefits to practicing yoga, learning its proper breathing techniques is truly one of the best ways to get in touch with the inner you. Registered nurse and certified Yoga instructor, Julia Nuzzo stresses the importance of understanding that individuals of all levels and ages are welcome. She encourages anyone interested in starting their yoga journey that, “It’s not yoga ‘perfect’, it’s yoga ‘practice’.”
By: Dana Nuzzo