Are you busy to the point that you have trouble finding time to focus on you? Believe it or not, it’s a common problem of the digital age; a time characterized by constant commotion, distraction, and activity.
While some people gracefully manage this tightrope, many others struggle and wind up experiencing burn out. If you fall into that latter category, consider these easy ways you can shut out the noise and get back in touch with your inner self.
Lose Your Phone
Do you check your phone the moment you wake up? Do you get anxiety when it’s not in your pocket? Odds are, whether you admit it or not, you’re addicted to your iPhone or Android. These days, the vast majority of adults are hooked.
Although smartphones are useful tools, they can also be one of the greatest sources of stress and negativity in our lives. If you’ve noticed that your phone usage is out of control, you may want to consider incorporating the following rules into your routine:
- Do not sleep with your phone next to your bed
- Do not start your day by reading your messages or emails
- Put it away when you’re spending time with loved ones
- Leave it at home when you go on a walk or run
- Turn it off after dinner
If you want to focus on yourself, you’ll need to learn to live without your phone for at least a few hours of the day. It’s difficult to focus on you when your attention is on the device in hand. So, put it away! Let your mind wander as you learn to enjoy silence.
Regular meditation is one of the best techniques to relieve stress and can help you cultivate a sense of inner peace. In just a few minutes of centering yourself, the calm and quiet can provide numerous benefits to your emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. During this time, you can center your thoughts, problem solve, and reduce your overall stress levels.
Spend Time in the Sun
Your body craves Vitamin D. Listen to it! Going outside provides numerous health benefits and gives you a chance to enjoy the beauty of the world around you. As you soak in the sunrays and enjoy nature, you can take the time to let your mind wander and really dig into an issue in your life. It’s difficult to problem solve when you’re surrounded by perpetual distraction. So, make a concerted effort to get away from it all.
Track Your Aura
In the past, there was no good way to monitor the metaphysical elements of your soul. A recent technological development changed that with the aura camera. This device renders chakra and chi-energy levels in a real-time, 3-dimensional display. Armed with these valuable insights, you can seek measured ways to find inner harmony.
Take Up a Hobby
What are you passionate about? What brings you joy? If you don’t have answers to those questions, start doing some field work in order to find out what brings light into your life. If you want to learn a new skill, sign up for a class at your local community college. You can try your hand a variety of things like pottery, woodworking, or wine tasting.
Hobbies give you a chance to focus on a skill or activity that challenges you and brings you happiness. Weekly pastimes can be incredibly personal and provide you with plenty of time to reflect, think, and grow. These hobbies bring to light parts of our inner selves. Consider taking up any of the following hobbies:
- Learning an instrument
- Learning yoga
Keep a Journal
If you don’t do this already, journaling is an excellent way to gather your inner-thoughts, struggles, and issues. Your journal is a useful means of tracking all the obstacles you face. It allows you to study them and then work through your issues in a tangible way. Write down the things that impacted you, the tasks you’ve tackled, and the things you’ve accomplished.
Get Back to You
Don’t let the stresses that come with modern society weigh you down. Take some time for yourself to truly focus on you. With these tips, you shouldn’t have any problems getting back in touch with your inner self. Your entire life will be better for it.
Patrick Supernaw is the lead editor for Great Lakes Ledger. Patrick has written for many publications including The Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Patrick is based in Ottawa and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe hockey addiction, Pat also enjoys kayaking and can often be found paddling the Rideau Canal. Contact Pat here