We live in a world that never stops. The times are full of new ideas, inventions, technology, movements, and practices that are becoming more innovative by the second. With this comes traveling more for work, getting less sleep, bingeing on junk food, watching too much TV. We are creating lifestyles full of stress, focusing on everything except the most important thing, ourselves. Self-Love is one of the most important parts of our lively-hood. It is so easy to lose ourselves if we don’t do something about it. Practice these methods of stillness, and I promise you will begin to see the world in a new way. And you will find yourself through it all.
Take Time to Reflect
How often do you find yourself just going through the motions of life and never looking back? While this is a good strategy to avoid harping on the negatives and reliving bad experiences. It also denies you the opportunity to reflect.
One of the best ways to practice stillness is by sitting down and reflecting on past events. Think about things that have happened, and what they meant to you and how they’ve changed you as a person. You could even keep a reflection journal, create your own story through memories.
Focus on Gratitude & what You’re Thankful For
As humans, we spend a lot of time looking toward the future and constantly setting new goals. This is great for advancing yourself as a functioning member of society, but it’s also good to slow down a little and take a look around.
Take the time to think about what you do have currently in your life. This could be friends, family, physical items, and experiences you’ve had. Just focus on the positives that have happened in your life and identify what you’re thankful for.
How often do you just merely “exist” as a human? We’re talking about just sitting or lying there, not doing anything productive. Not thinking about current life things or getting distracted by your phone.
Take the time to just relax and do nothing. You can do it in your home or at your favorite place. Where ever you go just focus on breathing, passing by any negative thoughts that might be lingering, and just work on the concept of existing.
It’s hard to go a minute in your life without being stressed by something, let alone being stress-free for an hour or more. Therefore, it’s a great idea to proactively rid your mind of the stress you’re experiencing, at least for a little while.
Find a comfortable spot and play some soft music or a guided meditation track. Focus on taking deep breaths, clearing your mind of any lingering stress, and shifting your mind toward nothing (yes, nothing at all!).
Explore the World
When was the last time you went any further than 30 minutes away from the house (and not to go to work or the department store)? Now, think about the last time you actually went off the beaten path and explored nature a little bit.
You don’t have to go on a road trip or go anywhere further than the local hiking trails at the park. But, spend a little time engulfing yourself in the beauty of the world around you and you’ll begin to recognize that there’s much more to life than your own little world.