It is amazing how time seems to fly by so quickly from day to day, week to week, year to year. It seems as though we tend to rush through our mornings to get up and get dressed, feed the dog, drop the kids off at school and make it to work with minutes to spare. We rush through our work day feeling more and more stressed as the projects pile up on our desks, and on the drive home, go through mental checklists in our head about our “to do” lists for the week and make as many phone calls as possible so as to have less responsibilities once we pull into our garage and close the door behind us. It’s a wonder we can squeeze in any free time, let alone “me” time. If these are some scenarios you can relate to, read on for how to live a Zen life:
Learn to say no: Often, without even realizing it, you accept all kinds of offers and end up inadvertently double booking yourself. This is one of the fastest ways to burn out. Learning how to not overextend yourself is the first step. Buy a calendar, or use a planner or the calendar function on your phone. Put everything in it from hair appointments to happy hour dates with friends. Do not forget to leave at least one night a week for “me” time. Time management is essential in order to get everything done, keep your social commitments and still have time left to take care of you. Making yourself a priority should be at the top of your list.
Take a breather– Sometimes, you need to take a step back and just breathe. Get off the rollercoaster called life and take a break. Think of ways you can bring peace into your day- a walk on the beach with your dog, a bubble bath, a glass of wine, watching the sunset or doing yoga. With as many ways that exist where drama can creep into our lives and complicate them, breathing instantly creates peace and Zen.
De-clutter– This goes for your closets and your life. Throw out anything that is broken or unfixable, give away anything that doesn’t fit or you don’t have any use for anymore and buy some closet organizers for the rest. Hang all of your belts on a belt hook and put seasonal items in plastic containers. Hang hooks for your long necklaces and keep all of your purses on a shelf. Move on to your drawers and kitchen cupboards from there and you will be amazed at how much better you feel. A de-cluttered, organized, simplified environment allows for productivity and peace.
Speak your truth– This is definitely not always easy, but necessary. Be true to yourself and the real you will shine through to others. It is a lot of weight to carry to not speak your truth… and a lot of work. Once you have spoken your truth, you may find a tremendous sense of peace. Then sit back… and really listen.
De-stress– This includes removing anything in your life that can be a source of stress. Of course there are always events and responsibilities that create stress that we can’t walk away from, but there are a few ways to cope without having to feel overly stressed and exhausted all the time. Say goodbye to toxic relationships. Take care of you. Exercise. Surround yourself with positive relationships. Get a massage. Smell the flowers. Watch puppies play. Have a plan. Have fun. Live simply. Consider what is most important in your life and make room for that by eliminating the other less essential things.
Achieving Zen is a process. Just keep your goal in mind and eventually you will achieve it. If you live your life with purpose, you can accomplish anything. Just put your mind to it, and believe it. You can make it happen!