Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top 5 Tips to Enjoyment

With our world being so busy, fast-paced, and overwhelming at times, it’s easy to get swept up in the grip of an unending ‘to-do’ list. There seems to be no time to slow down and do things that make you feel alive and happy. This is no way to spend this one precious, wild, spectacular life you have!

Here are my Top Five Tips on how to create more enjoyment in your life and spend less time on the hamster wheel:

Accept that you can’t do IT ALL

You are a mere human with only so much time, energy, and resources. You can choose to spend these things in a flustered, frantic state, or you can take your time to calmly accomplish only what you're able with a clear, steady mind and breath. According to Julie Morgenstern, a productivity expert and bestselling author,It has been scientifically demonstrated that the brain cannot effectively or efficiently switch between tasks. It takes four times longer to recognize new things so you’re not saving time; multitasking actually costs time [and you often make more mistakes].” Sometimes, all you need, is a BREAK! Just like ‘Savasana”, you need rest just as much a effort.

Take time to be in nature

Making the conscious decision to re-connect with the natural rhythms of the planet and your body automatically gives a sense of peace and joy. Take a hike in the hills, play with your dog, or walk barefoot on the grass. Taking time to reconnect externally, makes a huge difference internally. When we feel connected, we feel safe and calm which brings us pleasure mentally and physiologically.

Get some Zzzzzzzzzzz’s

Something that feels like it should be so simple and automatic can many times elude us, especially during times of high stress. Most adults need between 7-9 hours per night, and if you don’t regularly get that, your body is under unnecessary stress. When you get a solid night’s rest, you’re more able to face and deal with daily pressures allowing you to fully enjoy the more pleasant parts of your day. Start by setting up a simple routine at least an hour before you want to be sleeping. Keep to the schedule so your brain and body clock can reset. Read a book, rub lavender lotion on your hands, drink camomile tea – anything that relaxes you and tells the brain that it’s time for lights out. This will positively affect that following day, your relationships, and your overall level of life enjoyment.

Let go of comparing yourself to others.

This is a BIG ONE. Comparison is the absolute thief of joy! If you allow your mind to negatively compare yourself to others, you will always feel like you’re lacking. Whether its’ your flabby arms or the boss’ new Mercedes, when we look at others and judge from a place of resentment or jealously, we only hurt ourselves. We also don’t get any closer to reaching that particular ideal. Instead, when you start to compare or feel envy, use those emotions as a trigger to ask yourself,  “what exactly is it about this person or thing that I really want?” If it’s a worthy cause, then ask yourself how you can move toward obtaining it. Use the object of comparison as an inspiration to move toward your own personal goals. It’s never actually about the other person, it’s always something within us that wants to shift!

Practice gratitude.

Some are lucky enough to have more material wealth than others which allows a particular kind of life. Accepting with gratitude what you have been given will allow you to flourish and be the best version of yourself. When we practice being grateful for not just little things, but more significant things, such as clean water, a warm home, an abundance of food supply, our thinking begins to shift into a place of realizing that we already have everything we need to be happy.

xox Megan

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Meditation Tips for Beginners

Do you ever feel like there is just not enough time in the day to meditate? You want to, but how is it possible with so much going on at work, with the kids, etc. etc. etc. The trick is, baby steps.

Here are a few quick tips to get your daily meditation practice a boost!

1.) Start small: Even 1-3 minutes a day makes a difference. If you have an expectation of 30 - 60 minutes a day but you struggle to squeeze in 1 - 3, you're automatically setting yourself up to fail. Begin with small, bite sized goals that are actually manageable. That way, you're building your confidence and familiarity with the practice and will be more likely to do it again, maybe even for a longer period of time.

2.) Focus on the breath: Your breath is ALWAYS with you, and it's the perfect focal point for the mind because it's totally present. No matter where you are or what you're doing, you have the ability to focus your mind on your breath. Start by taking three deep, belly breaths just before you walk into a big meeting or in the middle of a struggle or conflict. The deeper the breath the more your nervous system will start to chill out and bring your mind into a calmer state.

3.) Build your time over time: Every morning, take one minute for a week, then 3 minutes the next week, then 5 and so on. Again, set your expectations to a level that you can actually accomplish based on your current practice and lifestyle. Set yourself up to succeed and be patient with the progress you make. Remember that you're just starting this journey and it takes time to become a master.

4.) Anytime, Anywhere: Let go of the expectation that your practice needs to look a certain way. Meaning, at exactly 7am every morning, you sit in the same chair for exactly 30 minutes. If that type of structure helps you, then go for it. But, if you consistently find yourself falling short then feeling bad about it, it's time to rethink your plan. Take one minute here, 10 minutes there. Make your practice fit your life not the other way around! Take the small, quiet moments of your coffee break, walking down the street as you run errands, or the first few moments as you wake in the morning to become connected to your breath and be present. 

Over time, you'll start to become more and more aware of the days you miss meditation. Your practice has the power to become your safe haven, your own time to be exactly you with no pressure or expectations. Be free with your practice and see where it can take you!

For more help with daily meditation, stress management, and overall wellness, hop over to my Facebook, Instagram, or LinkIn for more inspiration. Private sessions are also available and are cutomized to meet you exactly where you are.

xox Megan