Your life can be very hectic, not to mention really busy. Sometimes, it can be very overwhelming that you don’t know what to do anymore. While you can always try to decompress or unload some of your tasks, the stress of it all gets to you.
At one point in your life, you must have thought about living a zen life. You thought it would be nice to embrace the zen lifestyle, thinking about how it could bring back the balance of happiness and love in your life.
And yet, it always seems as if it is more like a wish than something you can truly accomplish. Every time you find yourself under a lot of stress, only one thought comes into mind: Should zen living be the solution to all your concerns?
When it comes to zen practice, the truth is straightforward—zen is not just a lifestyle. Zen is a state of mind. You cannot practice zen in your life if your thinking is not zen at all.
So if you want to bring about transformational change in your life, you need to make zen a part of who you are. You have to have zen thoughts. It has to be your daily calming routine.
What does it mean to have a zen state of mind? Here are some ideas you might want to incorporate in your daily living:
The problem of having too much work is not that you have all of them on your plate. Rather, it is about overcommitting yourself to something that you know very well you cannot do. Sometimes, life gets too overwhelming because you have forgotten to set your limitations.
When you can, you should stop doing the least important things in your life. The things that do not really matter to you should take the back seat. Look into the other things that take up your time. If they are not as important, then let go.
Say no to everything that makes you overextend yourself. If you don’t have the time, then tell people you cannot do it. There is nothing wrong about protecting yourself from being overwhelmed and stressed out.
Every person has his or her own way of finding relaxation. Some people feel comfortable whenever they are able to grab a book and spend a quiet afternoon reading. There are others who find pleasure and relaxation when they cook or bake something for people they care about.
Like any other aspect of your life, you need to find a way to help yourself relax. What works for you may not necessarily work for others. So go ahead and find an activity that you enjoy doing. Run, yoga, mindfulness meditation, eat, a hot bath—all these could be relaxing activities, but which one do you like to do?
Find out what it is and do that. Before you know it, you have unloaded the stress in your life.
Whenever you are too stressed out, you are in over your head, thinking you can do everything. Don’t climb mountains if you are not ready for it. It will only bring in unnecessary stress in your life.
Will it matter in five years? If the problem at hand won’t be a problem in five years, then it is not worth your time. If it is not life-changing, then do not stress yourself out. Asking yourself this question is important to help you gain perspective in looking at things.
The more you realize that they are not as important as they seem, then you will prioritize your concerns more. Thinking outside the box is the only way you can get things done.
Did you know that walking slower can help your body relax? Your emotions work the same way too. If you try to slow down, you feel a little less stressed than if you face it head-on. Slow down, and you will decrease the amount of stress you have to deal with.
There are many other things you can do apart from stressing yourself out. So go ahead and enjoy that good cup of coffee. It doesn’t take much time to take a good and re-energizing break. Working on your desk the whole day can be quite tiring.
Treat yourself to a nice slice of cake, or perhaps you can go for a quick run after dinner. Doing all these things help you slow down a bit. It helps the body adjust so that it could face challenges with more ease and comfort.
While others may say that it does not help at all, decluttering your space might work wonders for you. Give yourself at least five minutes at the beginning of every day to declutter your work desk. Set aside the notes that you made and put back the pens where they should be.
Being surrounded by the clean and simplified space will; bring back order in your life. It will help bring in more clarity and order in the way you think too. Do not stop right there.
When you have the time, work on decluttering your home. Get your life a bit more organized, and soon, you’ll be surrounded by an environment that relaxes you.
Having a zen life is simple. You don’t worry about the things that do not really matter. You focus your attention on what is at hand and worry not about the future. Living a zen life means letting go of the things and people that hold you down.
Allow yourself to become a better version of yourself. Soon, you will enjoy every minute of living with it.
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