For April’s UniBox & UniPocket we’re So Freakin’ Zen…
Here’s 8 ways you can find your Zen:
It may sound really simple, but just counting to ten in a moment of chaos or anger can help you calm the raging emotions. It enables you to give yourself that time to feel what you are feeling, and slowly calm down from the situation.
We feel at our most zen when we are relaxed and happy. One of the ways we can feel these common emotions is when we are laughing or being silly. As we get older, we are less likely to do something silly or deliberate just for the fun of it, but this can be an instant way to find your zen in busy and stressful moments of your life.
Try the “laughing treatment”. It’s easy. Start by forcing yourself to laugh out loud, and continue, until suddenly you’re actually laughing so hard at yourself, that all other worries slip away.
(Pro Tip: It’s even more fun – and silly – if you do this with a friend.)
Anyone who has ever watched Legally Blonde knows that exercise is a great way to get those positive endorphins raging around in our bodies. BUT, if you also want to feel zen in the process, then consider is yoga. There’s pretty much a style and practice for everyone, enabling you to stretch out your body in different ways as well as working on your breath and taking time to relax. Think of it as a moving meditation.
Take it one step further than yoga. Meditation is another zen practice that focuses more on your thoughts and emptying your mind. Throughout meditation, you are taking deep breaths and emptying your mind of busy thoughts. There are plenty of tutorials online and apps (for example, Headspace) to help you get started and guide you through the meditation practice.
Often the simple things are the most effective. Choose your own mantra – a phrase that you like to live by, then simply repeat while taking deep breaths. Like meditation, but very easy.
Examples of a simple mantra include the common yoga term of “let go,” “stay calm,” or “be positive.” Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could try repeating something more complicated and long-winded. The beauty in mantras is that they can be whatever you want or need them to be. Make it personal to you.
Walking is a great way to feel more zen in a chaotic world, so if you are struggling, go for a walk.
Or choose to walk instead of driving somewhere. The journey may be long, but the way it makes you feel could far outweigh the lengthy trek.
Rising early can often be a great way to start your day. It can enable you to feel positive and zen right from the moment you start, helping you to work through your day more positively.
Finally, choosing to feel at peace and finding your zen can sometimes be the only action you need to take. Everything we do in life is a choice — whether it feels like it or not — the anger or stress you feel is a choice, much like the happiness and joy you experience at other times.
SO. Why not choose to feel this way in your moment of madness or weakness? Instead of drowning in the chaos, choose to feel peace and happiness. It sounds hard. And it is. But sometimes something as simple as forcing yourself to smile in light of your internal chaos is enough to trigger the shift.
How do YOU make time for self-care and find your zen in the most chaotic of times?
Inspired by the original post by Little Fool Book: 8 Ways You Can Find Your Zen, Even In The Most Chaotic Times