You might be feeling a bit off-centre lately. If you are anything like me, the smallest changes throw you off, and it takes a lot of self-discipline to get your mind, body, and soul in a centred state. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown all our lifes, routines and relationships into turmoil. The activities that used to be taken for granted have been replaced by a heightened awareness of just how much we needed them. We all need some way to find our groove this year, even if it is just one small thing that helps. I wanted to share with you nine ways that might help you get centred again.
You might be getting sick and tired of hearing it, but there is a reason the world is screaming exercise at you. Exercise gives you a sense of control in a chaotic world, it releases endorphins that make you feel happier, and it’s a healthy way to blow off some steam. All of these benefits together can create a more centered individual. Find an activity or routine that makes you happy and stick with it. You don’t have to run every day or spend hours in the gym, so start very small. I go to the gym every second day for 30 minutes. Motivate yourself to exercise just 10 minutes a day to begin with, and you will soon see yourself getting stronger and feeling more motivated. Include stretches or follow a yoga routine once a week. Stretching will prevent muscle soreness and prevent you from wanting to give up in the first couple of days. It is also a great way to centre yourself.
This Is The Year To Discover Meditation
When we think about New Year’s resolutions, most of us probably think about things such as losing weight, getting in shape, or saving money. However, what about focusing on your mental and emotional health? This year, consider adding meditation to your list of resolutions. You can find podcasts and audiobooks on the topic if you want to learn more, and then listen to these audiobooks on the go as you exercise or just spend time outside.
Meditation has been shown to have many benefits for our mental and emotional health, including:
– Reducing stress and anxiety
– Improving mood, self-esteem, sleep quality and productivity.
– Increasing focus and attention, as well as emotional intelligence.
Manage Your Finances Properly
Budgeting can be a great way to get some control back this year. Take a look at your income and expenses and see where you can cut back. Of course, there is no need to deprive yourself, but there are likely areas where you can reduce spending without too much difficulty.
Make sure that you are also saving for the future. You don’t want to be caught short later in the year when bills come due or if something unexpected happens. Controlling your finances will help you avoid unnecessary stress and give you a sense of security.
Getting your home organised will help get your mind organised. Get rid of clutter to make sure that everything has a place. This will help you avoid stress and make it easier to find things when you need them.
If there are disorganised areas of your life, try to figure out why. For example, get rid of clothes you’re not wearing and products you are not using. If you have trouble parting with things, try to think of it as an opportunity to donate them and help someone in need.
Eat The Right Foods
No, I am not telling you to go on a diet or cut out your favourite ice cream. Instead, make sure you add some nutrients to your diet. If you enjoy ice cream, consider eating it with a handful of fruit. Add vegetables to your favourite pasta or rice dishes. Add phytonutrients to your diet by making sure you eat lots of colourful vegetables and fruits, especially those that are orange or red, because they contain high amounts of carotenoids which increase blood flow throughout the body, helping with stress reduction.Spent Time Outside Breathing Fresh Air
Getting outside and breathing fresh air is a great way to centre yourself. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed when you’re cooped up inside all day. Even if the weather isn’t ideal, bundle up and head outside for a walk or even just sit in your garden and take in the sights and sounds of nature. There are plenty of outside hobbies to take up too. You’ll be surprised at how refreshed you feel afterward. Spend time in natural lighting at least 10 minutes a day. Research has shown that indirect lighting can make you happier and more energised.
Getting centered can involve more than just clearing your mind. Taking part in spiritual practice, even if only for a few minutes each day, is another excellent way to find that centre you are looking for. For example, keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of all the great things in your life. Whether prayer or meditation, these practises will help develop an inner focus and make sure you have the right mindset when setting goals this year. Make sure you speak to yourself with positive words and intentions too – your inner voice is very powerful and you often find you create what you believe.
Get Away From It All
Turn off your phone; better yet, go on a trip where your phone does not have a signal. This is the perfect time to get away from it all and reflect on your life, goals, and dreams. Connect with nature and forget about worldly things. Consider going on a minimalistic getaway like camping with your loved ones. Holidays in Scotland , where I live, might be a great choice for you if you are looking for a place with breathtaking landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities to choose from.
Work On Your Relationships
One of the best ways to get centered is to focus on your relationships. Spend time with people who make you feel good and help you grow. Nurture your relationships by being present when you’re around them and taking an interest in their lives. Let go of negative relationships that don’t serve you anymore. When you say yes to something, learn to say no as well. Choose YOURSELF this year.
If you have not felt yourself, it is time to act and get your groove back. Utilise these helpful tips to start you on your journey. Soon you will discover what works best for you and start feeling more energised and happy. We often neglect ourselves to make room for work and relationships. Remember, you can not prosper in any area of your life if you do not take care of yourself first.
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