Do you ever look at those Instagram photos of people traveling, going to the beach, or just doing awesome things and wish you could be there? Do you wish you could just be that person who is happy, feels great about themselves, and is doing more of what they actually want to do in life? For some, our main desire is simply being less stressed out. Here are a few simple tricks to having a more zen life.
Start meditating every day, for at least 5 min. It doesn’t matter which religion or if there is none at all. There has been scientific study after study backing up that a little bit of peace and quiet each day is healthy for the human mind and body, and some spiritual people would say for the soul. It’s easy to get caught in the grind of life, but if the people in your life love you, they can give you at last 5 min of quiet time to let yourself be rejuvenated. If you feel like you have too much to do, just think about all the stuff you’re not doing because you’re too stressed, and maybe that little break will help you get to where you need to go in the long run.
Spend more time in nature. Some people find themselves called to the beach, others to the mountain. If you’re not sure, just scroll through nature photography till you find something that compels you. Getting out into nature shouldn’t be too far away. Most people don’t even realize how close it is. Of course, it might also mean planning a visit to a national park. A lot of people don’t realize that national park visits and camping is often far cheaper than conventional vacations and you wind up feeling more relaxed than destination-based vacations which often require much more money in travels, fees, food, and lodging. And of course, you never really get away from the all the noise of the city life. Remember, zen has to do what we learn from meditation, and what we can get out of simplicity.
Be a little more selfish. I say selfish because most people don’t place a priority in self-care due to a misconception that it feels selfish. True acts of self-care are actually not selfish, but rather emphasize that you should care for your needs so that you can be better at what you love doing. You can do this, by doing what you love more, and by saying yes to more things that give you joy. You don’t necessarily need to break your bank account to lavish yourself. Examples can include not stressing out about other people’s problems and refusing to be a part of drama. It can mean taking advantage of an opportunity to travel and ask for some people to temporarily take over your responsibilities so that you may rejuvenate.
Many people spend their lives being stressed, and not actually doing what they love, but it really doesn’t have to be this way. And while not everyone can be a traveling Instagram star, there are little things we can do in our everyday lives to make each day a little better. There are steps we can take to find better meaning in our time. We just have to walk them.