We often get so caught up in our everyday routine that we start living on autopilot. The days roll into weeks, and weeks into months and before we know it, its another new year!
During this time, we lose touch with ourselves, we disconnect from our mind and body as we are so caught up and focussed on getting through each day, each week, each year.
Let’s reconnect and create more awareness, and more gratitude towards what we are and what we have.
Each morning, before you get out of bed, place your hands on your belly and breathe. Close your eyes and take a deep inhale, and exhale. Repeat for five to ten minutes. Now try a simple body scan, by starting with your toes, moving all the way up to the crown of your head. Feel the sensations, and tune in to what’s going on in your body.
Each day, pick one thing you’re grateful for. It can be something so small, like the taste of your first coffee in the morning, waking up next to your loved one or the thought of a family member you are so blessed to know or have known in your lifetime.
- Have regular check-ins with yourself.
When you have a moment to yourself, for example getting in the car or sitting down for lunch. Stop and check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Are your muscles tense? Is your breath shallow? Is your mind racing? Stop. Breathe. Reconnect and refresh.
How do you hold yourself when you walk? When you speak with someone or when you sit? Your posture can affect your mood and emotions. Place your shoulders down and back, and slightly lift your chest. This will create a sense of confidence, and pride within yourself.
- Enjoy each daily task.
Change your mindset. When you hop into the shower, feel the warm droplets running down your back. When you leave for work, feel grateful that you have a job to go to, this will add a sense of purpose to your day.
This can mean any form of movement. Walk to the shops rather than driving. Dance in your living room when your favourite song comes on. Go for a jog. Swim in the ocean.
- Don’t take life so seriously.
We’re all on a similar journey and it’s a crazy world full of positive and negative events. If you get too caught up in the negativity of it all, you may become overwhelmed and judgmental of yourself and others. Let go. Be fluid. Laugh it off.
Smile to yourself when you think of a funny story or event. Smile to strangers as they walk by. Smile at the shop keeper, or the bus driver. Always acknowledge others.
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