Let’s start with a simple thing: stop beating yourself up when you’re not working or being “productive.” Taking time off, relaxing, being idle, and chilling out are critically important activities—if you want to be creative. When you take time off, your brain is actually in active problem-solving mode. Second thing: be always grateful. One of the best things to do is wake up with a grateful heart. Wake up in a warm, cozy bed? Be thankful you have a roof over your head. Brushing your teeth? Be thankful that you have running water. There are so many little things that we can be grateful for. We get lost in the rush of life and tend to forget to slow down and really be thankful for everything we already have.
We need a balance of both focus and rest because, if our minds are constantly processing information, perhaps because of our nonstop schedule and the demands placed upon us by technology, we never get a chance to let our thoughts roam and our imagination drift. If we don’t give our minds a break, they cannot engage in the kind of idle activity that leads to creative inspiration. There’s something replenishing in being in nature. Go for a walk, have breakfast outside, or simply take your shoes off and stand in the grass. Nature reminds us that we are all connected and that there is an abundance for anyone and everyone. Sit, admire the beauty, and take it all in.
Take long deep breaths whenever you are feeling stressed out. It connects your mind back to your body, so you’re able to quiet your mind. It increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. In our fast-paced, intense world – sometimes you just need to shut it all off. Turn off the constant notifications, turn off social media, and just be present. Being mindful helps you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings so that, instead of being overwhelmed by them.
Create limits for yourself and others, and be consistent about maintaining them. This sets the stage for happier relationships, which greatly impacts the quality of our lives.
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