If for any reason you wake up feeling like something or someone is draining positive energy from your life, do something about it! It’s hard enough to balance relationships with a full workload and still try to squeeze in a little “me time” all under 24 hours. Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul says that we live in an extremely externalized culture. “We are constantly pulled outside of ourselves–by other people, by the media, by the demands of daily life. Nothing in our culture or education teaches us how to go inward, how to steady the mind and calm our attention. As a consequence, we tend to devote very little time to the life of the soul, the life of the spirit.” Read more…
Not having the right amount of stillness and balance in your life can lead to high levels of anxiety, causing physical and mental ‘numbness’. The Calm Clinic says physical numbness is most likely a result of uneven blood flow. When your body is feeling anxious, it goes into “fight or flight” mode, heats up and blood rushes to the areas it feels are most needed to fight or run away; as a result, you lose feeling in different limbs. Anxiety can also lead to depression as a result of your mind trying to deal with/find solutions for all of the external stimuli (friends, family, partners, colleagues, etc.) in your life and the brain feels overwhelmed, helpless and simply shuts down.
I’m not saying to shut important people out of your life or that you’re going to be backed into a corner from anxiety, but doing things you love by yourself and for yourself play a key role in physical and mental wellness. Here’s a few simple solutions to find your center and steal your own slither of happiness:
- Meditation–Find a quiet place to yourself (like in a dark room lit with candles or in a grassy field in a park), come to terms with every thought that comes up and let them pass until your mind is clear
- LIGHTLY indulge in that chocolate you’ve been craving or thinking about. Chocolate increases serotonin and endorphin levels, lowering stress and boosting happiness
- Take a bath! (<–Read my first post)