How To Have a Better Life By Filling Up Your Life with 4 Peaceful Habits
What would you do if you could live your life in any way that you wanted to? What if, instead of making decisions based on how it affects other people, you had the ability to choose how your time and energy would be spent? What if you could have anything that you dreamed of? You might think that such a scenario is impossible—and probably a pipe dream. But according to psychologist and author of The Art ofbeing Fully Alive, Deepak Chopra, we actually already have this technology at our fingertips: the Internet. We just need to learn how to use it. In his book The Art ofBeing Fully Alive, Deepak Chopra explains the benefits of cultivating four simple habits that will allow us all to live more peaceful lives. These practices might not seem like they would make a difference at first glance. After all, aren’t habits just these little things we do over and over again with the same results? Well…individually, yes. But when practiced collectively, they can have a significant impact on our individual and collectively-held stress levels. Let’s explore these 4 peaceful habits together and see what happens!
JUMPSTARTERS: Life is too short not to live it fully.
As we’ve seen, by practicing a few simple habits, you can significantly reduce the amount of stress that you’re experiencing. And by doing so, you can experience better health, greater happiness, and even save money by avoiding costly overheads and overused resources. But how do you begin? Well, you have to start by identifying the source of your stress. Once you have that under control, it’s time to prepare your body and mind for a state of deep relaxation. Here are 5 ways to jump-start your day with 5-a-side mindfulness: Recognize that you are not alone. Everyone experiences stress in their own way. No two stress experiences are identical. In fact, there may be different ways that one person’s stress affects another person. Accept that your stress is normal and has a finite number of “shots” in the day. Once you’ve faced your “stress shot” for the day, you can relax and focus on your “well-being shot” for the rest of the day.
GIVE YOUR FEELINGS EXPECTATION.
We are all different and have different preferences when it comes to our daily rituals. Some people would rather set an alarm and then relax into a deep sleep, while others would prefer to get up and start their day with a “jolt of adrenaline” through a cup of coffee. Some people crave serenity and peace of mind, while others want to be stimulated and engaged. The important thing is to give yourself permission to feel the way you want to feel and to accept the fact that your particular stress pattern is unique to you.
HAPPINESS INTERVENTIONS: Let go of your expectations and enjoy the moment.
As we’ve already seen, by practicing a few simple habits, you can significantly reduce the amount of stress that you’re experiencing. But how do you begin? Well, you have to first recognize when you’re craving happiness. Sometimes we have a hard time recognizing when we’re actually craving happiness because we’re so used to getting our “fix” that we take for granted. When we’re craving happiness, we want to feel content and happy with what we have instead of being directly helpful or providing for our needs. When you crave happiness, you’re actually just wanting to feel “alive” and “flowin’” — which is actually a state of deep relaxation. Awareness of when you need to be happy and happy alone can help you avoid overindulging in unnecessary “craps” (i.e. “crappy” habits).
CYBER-STOPPERS: Let Internet distractions stop you from being so overwhelmed.
As we’ve seen, by practicing a few simple habits, you can significantly reduce the amount of stress that you’re experiencing. But how do you begin? Well, you have to cut back on the Internet distractions that are stressing you out in the first place. By blocking out the Internet from your devices, you can free up some mental space so that you can focus on your “well-being shot” for the day. This is particularly important when you’re managing your mental health, as you may find that you’re consumed by your Internet “craps” and “wastes” even when you should be “wasting” your energy on things that will build your Well-Being.
BONUS HABITS: Helpful habits that will make you more productive and happy.
As we’ve seen, by practicing a few simple habits, you can significantly reduce the amount of stress that you’re experiencing. And by doing so, you can experience better health, greater happiness, and even save money by avoiding costly overheads and overused resources. But how do you begin? Well, you have to learn how to prioritize your “needs” so that you get the most out of life. This can be hard, but it’s worth it. By taking care of yourself, you will be more inclined to take care of others. And, most importantly, you will feel more content and happy with yourself. Here are 5 ways to jump-start your day with 5-a-side mindfulness: Define your needs. Before you start your day, write down what your “needs” are and make sure you accurately identify them. If you’re not sure, ask yourself this question: What would make you feel the best right now? List down your “needs” and “wants” and see if you can accurately identify them. Be patient. It will take time to perfect this, but as you practice, you’ll get better and better at it. Start small. It’s better to start small by taking care of one “need” at a time. This way, if you mess up, you won’t feel too overwhelmed to begin again from zero. Give yourself permission to make mistakes. We all do. Recognize when you are making mistakes and try to learn from them. It’s okay to make mistakes and to correct them. The most important thing is to try and correct them so that you don’t make the same mistake a second time!
The Internet can be an incredible source of both entertainment and stress relief, but it has its fair share of drawbacks. It’s easy to get sucked in by the endless flow of social media updates and distractions, which can lead to bad habits like over-generalizing or using adverbs or adjectives instead of verbs. By learning how to practice five habits that will reduce your stress and free up your mind, you can find yourself living a more peaceful life.