Feeling a bit ground-down by the daily routine? It happens to everyone at some point; the sensation that you are powerless or simply going through the motions in your own life. It can leave you anxious and stressed, and can lead to more long-term depression or other serious issues.
Fortunately, there are ways to break-out of that cycle. These regular rituals will only take a few minutes out of the day, but they can have a profoundly positive effect on your life.
#1. Get Moving
It’s no surprise that physical exercise is good for the body. However, an active lifestyle carries documented positive mental effects as well.
How you choose to act on this idea is up to you; some like to wake up early and hit the gym before work, while others like to unwind at the end of the day with a few laps around the pool. You can even do something as simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood.
Whatever you choose to do, though, be sure that you make it a regular routine. Adopting an exercise regimen can seem daunting at first, but making it a consistent part of your schedule makes it easier and easier by the day.
#2. Be Mindful
Part of the problem behind those fears and anxieties is what’s come to be known as “fear of missing out.” In an always-on world, no one can possible remain engaged at all hours, but we can engage in behaviors that allow us to maximize each experience.
Rather than spending your time on autopilot, mindfulness practice trains you to be mentally present in each situation. This allows you to make the most of your time and really experience everything life has to offer.
The key exercise here is mindfulness meditation, which you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. You can even combine this with the previous point by taking a walk with the focus of really noticing what you experience outside. The colors of the leaves, the feel of the breeze: that’s what mindfulness is all about.
#3. Find a Cause
A great way to help foster the feeling that you’re living your life purposefully is to actually do so.
When you give your time and energy to help others, you help yourself in return, because there are few things as fulfilling as the sensation that you’re making life better for someone else. You can get involved in an educational organization and encourage children to achieve more in school. Or, if you’re passionate about animal welfare, considering donating your time to your local branch of the Humane Society. Deciding where your time is most valuable is up to you.
#4. Unleash Your Creative Side
The most recognizable example of this method is the adult coloring book craze that took the country by storm over the last couple of years. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one outlet. Have you ever wanted to give writing a try? What about painting? Music?
There’s nothing holding you back besides your own self-doubt, so why not give yourself permission to give it a try?
Engaging in any creative activity is a well-documented way to reduce stress and increase your self-confidence. The process of engaging in an activity you enjoy relaxes the mind and the body. Then, being able to look back at a creative project you completed with your own hands provides a level of empowerment that few things in the world can match.