Some days we feel like we are drowning. Waves of stress and work hit us and keep coming at us. We can’t breathe. We can’t get above our workload. We lose sight of the shore. How do we get our feet back on the ground? We have a plan for the day but most likely that plan will not go exactly how it was entailed. We get interrupted, distracted, or something urgent comes up and the day changes course.
So what do we do when our boat gets rocked? Go into the day expecting change. Expecting it to not go exactly as planned. There are going to be days where you feel you accomplished a lot and others where you feel like you have been turning your wheels all day with nothing to show. That’s life. Take advantage of those days where you can be productive and get done what you need to get done. When planning your week, leave openings in your schedule for “unplanned events to occur” or extra time open to complete a task that might need more time than planned. It’s beneficial to have time management skills, but there will always be some kind of interruption. You are only one person and can only do so much in one day. There’s always tomorrow. A new fresh day to get back on top of a workload. Might take longer. Just take one day at a time. The sun will set and rise bringing in a another day of opportunity. Just focus on the precedent matters. Your boat will rock. It’s how you handle it that will make you sink or float.
It is so easy to get caught up in what needs to be done and numerous tasks with upcoming deadlines, that we lose sight in why we are doing what we are doing in the first place. We begin to lose motivation. We are expected to reach certain expectations. It’s important to commit to your role, but if your workflow becomes overwhelming or you feel discouraged, you might want to step back and assess. How can we give 100% if we do not feel 100% on what we are doing. You can reach your fullest potential when you are passionate and excited about what you are doing. If you aren’t happy, something has to change. Don’t feel like you have to reach other people’s expectations. We overload ourselves with more than what we can handle so much of the time. We have to be able to stand up for ourselves and say “No” when necessary. You are not expected to hold the world on your shoulders. Communication is key. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks or let others know you have enough on your plate. This isn’t a sign of weakness. You are wiser when you see what is ahead of you and know what is manageable and what is not. It might be helpful to organize and prioritize tasks. If you have a plan, you will more likely be efficient and get more done in the day. Take breaks. Breaks are important so you don’t burn out. Keep a good flow and only take on what you can handle. You are only human.
Finding what you are passionate about in life isn’t always easy. What you are passionate about should excite you and give you a reason to get up in the morning and give you the motivation to make the most of each day. The hardest part can be finding what excites you the most. Figuring out that niche. You may get excited about a lot of things or maybe nothing at all. Here are some tips on how to tap into your inner soul and find that passion that does exist.
- Pay attention to your feelings and what gets you excited. In order to find out what you are passionate about you must discover what you love. Let your emotions come alive. How can you ever know what you love if you shut off or ignore feelings of joy, excitement, and happiness.
- Appreciate your uniqueness. What sets you apart and makes you…YOU? Take time to get to know yourself. Spend some time alone or go on a retreat to clear your mind of stress or negative energy. Create some goals. Make a list of what excites you. What drives you to accomplish the goals you have made? Hopefully pride and happiness play a role in why you want to do something.
- Keep a journal. Write all your thoughts and experiences down. Do you see any patterns on what excites you or motivates you. When are you the most happy?
- Don’t live on autopilot. It is so easy to go through each day being alive and just going through the same motions over and over. Are you truly living and experiencing the most out of each day? Try not to get caught up in just what needs to be done, but also make the time for yourself to do what you like. Don’t be afraid of change. It’s the only constant in life.
Deep breathing can help release tension, stress, anxiety, nervousness and even toxins out of the body. It clears negative thoughts or bad feelings. It also is beneficial for overall health. It increases oxygen supply to the blood that gives you more energy throughout the day. Essential oils can help you relax during the breathing exercise. A few essential oils that can be beneficial during meditation or deep breathing are: Frankincense, Lavender, or Eucalyptus. It opens up the senses and enhances the breathing experience.
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Picture yourself sitting on the beach. You can hear the peaceful waves and feel the sand beneath your toes. Imagine a vibrant blue sky with a few full white clouds. The sun is shining and you can feel the warmth of it on your skin. Inhale the fresh air and exhale all negative unwanted energies. Here is how to start the breathing. Go through a few cycles of the below.
- Inhale through your nose and count to 5, expand your stomach and fill your chest.
- Hold it for 3 seconds
- Exhale for five seconds
I hope this helps getting you on the right path to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Do this in the morning before you start your day and at the end of the day before you go to bed. In the morning, it will give you more energy and get you setup for a positive mindset throughout the day. At night, it is important to let go of any stress that has built up throughout the day. Let go of all negative energy before you go to sleep.
This is your life. What makes you happy? Today focus on one goal that you want to accomplish to living a happier lifestyle. It might be getting organized, trying a new recipe, having time to yourself to meditate or journal. Today is a new day live it to the fullest. Try that new workout or class that you have been wanting to try! You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.