Today I decided to compile a list of actions we can take to add more ease, flow and happiness into our lives. These are born of discussions I had with some of my clients this past week and I figured if it’s true for them, it might also be true for you.
- Set boundaries.
As we start to become more aware of our thoughts and shift them to ones of love – coming from our authentic selves – we start to realize how many people live from a place of negativity. The gossip, “woe is me” attitude and thoughts that everything ends badly can start to really affect us.
Start to gravitate towards other positive people. Spend time in places that breed love and positivity – yoga studios, meditation centers, churches or even just out in nature.
When you find people speaking negatively about themselves or others, speak your truth. In a compassionate way simply say “I’m unavailable to listen to you talk negatively about people. Let’s talk about what’s good and going well in the world.”
- Make a plan and then go with the flow.
Planning out our week is important for keeping stress at bay. It allows us to notice where we’re wasting time on things that are not really important to us, instead of focusing on what we desire. Having a plan can also get us out of the drama of “being too busy” to get everything done.
I sit down every Sunday and plan out my week. I check my schedule of acupuncture patients and coaching clients and make sure everything is right. I then plan my meals and make my grocery list. And lastly, I schedule everything in my calendar…my workouts, self-care, spiritual practice, grocery store, cooking, social engagements and any other appointments or errands I need to do that week.
Doing this takes the stress out of worrying that I’m not going to get everything done. And it allows me to stay more energetic and present in what I am doing, because I know that I’ve made myself a priority and scheduled time in my week for me.
- Stay conscious.
So often we barrel through our day being reactive to everything coming at us, that we don’t take the time to listen to what we actually need. When we slow down and listen to our bodies and our thoughts and emotions, it actually allows time to expand because we’re not getting caught up in the clutter and chaos of rushing through the day.
- Eat well but not too well.
Food is medicine and food can also be a drug. When we eat to nourish our body we can heal ourselves and feel energetic and free.
When we’re eating poorly it can weight us down, cause anxiety, inflammation (pain) and lethargy. But when we shift our perspective that food is for nourishment, it’s easier to make good choices.
And here’s where the staying conscious comes back into play. People always ask me what is the perfect way to eat and my answer is “Whatever feels good in your body.” What feels good to your friend might not feel good for you. There isn’t a one size fits all way to eat. Pay attention to your mood and energy after eating certain foods. If you feel calm and energetic, you probably made a good choice for your body. But, if you feel jittery and low on energy, you probably ate something that’s not so nourishing for your body type.
And as I say all this, the reality is that we live in a society where food is a part of connecting. We have family dinners and celebrations and other events that revolve around food. So allow yourself to be free and enjoy these occasions. Just make it a conscious choice and honor the reasons why. Because when we choose to eat from the place of nourishment, eating in communion with loved ones is just as nourishing!
- Find inspiration every day.
Seek out things that inspire you each day: quotes, books, pictures. Figure out what lights you up and make you smile and make sure it’s part of your daily life.
Ask yourself: what are the small things that you can do every day that will inspire you to show up more fully in your life?
Now over to you: do you have any specific practices that help you to have more ease and happiness in your daily life? I would love to hear! Share with me in the comments below!