Wednesday, December 7

Top 5 Rituals to Improve Your Life

Improving your life is much easier than you can even imagine. Ready for significant changes or just want to make your routine a bit easier? Then add these 5 rituals to your daily life.

Set a Mindfulness Alarm 

It’s enough to start with three times a day, and then increase at will: set your alarm for several time points and, as soon as you hear the bell, stop for a minute and ask yourself how you feel now, if you feel good, what’s bothering you now. This simple exercise teaches us a magical skill we often forget: to hear ourselves and listen to what’s going on inside us. Pay attention also to how your body feels: if you feel cold or stiff, the environment, person, or situation is making you uncomfortable inside. 

Allow Yourself to Be Jealous 

Some people may find this advice strange because envy is condemned. In fact, envy is a useful skill for those who want to get to know themselves. By envying, we expose our desires, which are sharp inside. Learn to deal with your envy constructively: calculate what exactly you envy with particular force, analyze the subject of envy, what feelings stand behind it, and whether you have an opportunity to approach not the subject of envy, but those very feelings it hides. For example, if you are jealous of a person who has won a jackpot at, it is possible that you secretly dream of his luck. 

Keep a Diary of Things Done 

How did we learn to make to-do lists? You write in a column what needs to be done, and then cross out the things that have already been done. In such a method lies a strategic mistake: crossing out, deleting or painting over already done items, you kind of devalue them and yourself accordingly. Psychology suggests another strategy: write out the things you’ve already done without crossing them out, be sure to add to them what was done unscheduled during the day, and review these lists along with lists of things not done yet, so you can clearly see your productivity and not beat yourself up with “I don’t have time for anything. 

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Practice Saying “No” 

We’re afraid of being rejected – by parents, friends, loved ones – and we make concessions for the sake of universal acceptance. Think alone with yourself, to whom you have the hardest time to say “no” or deny something. It is possible that this person will be an assertive person who pressures you, and you find it easier to agree than to quarrel and cause aggression. Think back to the last time you felt so uncomfortable in a situation, as if you were standing naked in front of a huge crowd of people? Examples of such emotions provide crucial information about those factors and personalities that cause us tangible discomfort and deprive us of energy. 

Learn to Fully Recover 

Even in the busiest of schedules, set aside days for yourself. After waking up, offer yourself a few scenarios to choose from: it can be a long walk or home beauty treatments, frank idleness or a long-forgotten book. Try to do as many things as you can this day that you want to do rather than need to do. If you run out of ideas altogether, go back in time: remember what games, dances, or hobbies you madly enjoyed as a child, and try repeating something in that vein in the name of your inner child. 

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