4 Harmonious Habits for Improving Your Well Being

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It can sometimes seem like almost everything and everyone in the world is on a mission to get us feeling stressed out beyond all reason and fairness.

While the modern world offers us many cool conveniences, from being able to get certified and licensed plumbers over in a heartbeat, to being able to Google business startup tips within 5 minutes, it also presents us with hundreds of weird new worries which even a few decades ago weren’t such an issue.

Today, our minds aren’t just dragged this way or that by concerns like “I’ve got a busy day at work coming up”, or “I’d better start planning for our holiday”, but also by a never ending stream of emails that keeps us plugged into the corporate mainframe day and night, as well as social media updates to keep us constantly obsessing over our social lives and our personal presentation.

With all of these things going on, it’s essential to take a step back and do what you can for your mental and spiritual well being.

Here are some tips for doing just that.


Meditation


Meditation, when described simply, is the art of directing your attention towards some object of focus that you’ve chosen, while ignoring everything else. What it means in practice isn’t that you “silence” or “stop” your thoughts, but that you learn to disconnect from them and prevent them from dragging your attention this way and that.


A good meditation practice can take many forms, ranging from focusing on a particular mantra that you repeat over and over to yourself, to focusing on your breath, the sounds around you, or an elaborate visualization that you’ve built up in your mind.

Various online services, and a near-endless range of books, also exist to help teach you this invaluable skill. With consistent practice, you’ll find that any meditation routine has the power to get you feeling more calm, collected, and positive during the day — and to let go of negative thoughts without any stress or difficulty.


Affirmations or prayer


Many people have heard of the apparent benefits of positive affirmations, and everyone understands the concept of prayer, even if they themselves aren’t religious and don’t believe in it.


What many people might not have considered, however, is the fact that prayer and affirmations are, to a large extent, the same thing. It could be argued that a prayer is when someone appeals to a particular deity for some result that they’d like achieved, while affirmations are a way of “imprinting” that desire on either the universe, or the subconscious mind, for the sake of getting a result.


Both affirmations and prayer have been used by many of the most successful people in history, across a wide range of different areas and disciplines, and research has shown that both can have a tremendously positive impact on an individual’s sense of well being, gratitude and optimism.


The best thing is that you don’t need to have a spiritual belief in order to benefit from affirmations — you simply need to believe in the power of your subconscious mind to affect the way you feel.

Physical fitness and nutrition


All too often, people make a habit of separating “mental” and “physical” health and wellbeing out into two distinct categories. Like the old saying goes, however, “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.


The simple fact is that the mind and body affect each other. Studies have shown that meditation and positive thinking change the chemistry of the brain, while physical health and fitness have a tremendous impact on our moods and sense of wellbeing.


While it may not seem like the most obvious step to take, getting into a good health and fitness routine really can be one of the most effective ways of improving your sense of mental wellbeing and confidence.

A hobby you’re passionate about


Having something to do that makes you excited to get up in the morning is a sure way to make you feel better about life in general, whether that thing is a business venture you’re working on, a book you’re writing, or a stamp collecting hobby that you’re passionate about.


Often, the grind of everyday life, ranging from washing the dishes to going to your 9-5 job, can feel like a real chore. Without anything exciting to break up the monotony, the toll on your mood can be devastating.

If, however, you’ve got a passion-project to work on when you arrive home from the office, or a weekend or evening activity to look forward to, the normal stresses of the day can lose a lot of their dread.

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