Life is busy. We are busy. Taking time for yourself might sound easier said than done, but it actually is very doable and can be a life changing experience for the better. But where to begin?
But where to start and what to do? Relax, we’ve put together a list of simple things that will help to calm your mind and give your much needed time to find and enjoy yourself. Any one of these new exercises, activities and hobbies can help you move closer to finding your inner-peace and bring you joy in the process. Imagine if you indulge in two, three or more? Well knock yourself out. These are just the start of what could become a life changing journey.
You know, sometimes we overlook the simplest things in life, like our own breathing. But just by taking a few minutes each day to focus on your breath can bring you a sense of calm like you've never experienced before? It's a powerful and easy technique to calm your mind and reduce stress. All you need is a quiet spot and a few minutes of your time.
Sit down, get comfy, and close your eyes. Take a nice, slow breath in through your nose, feeling your belly expand as you fill your lungs with air. Hold it for a moment, and then let it out slowly through your mouth, releasing any tension or stress you've been carrying.
The magic of deep breathing lies in its ability to tap into your body's natural relaxation response. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is like your body's chill-out mode. Your heart rate slows down, your blood pressure drops, and you start to feel a wave of relaxation washing over you.
With regular practice, you'll find that deep inner peace we all crave.
Recognising and Acknowledging Gratitude:
Taking just a few moments each day to reflect on and express gratitude can have profound effects on your mental well-being as well as lead you towards manifesting your dreams.
One way to cultivate gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. Set aside a few minutes each day to write down three things you are grateful for. They can be big or small, ranging from meaningful relationships and good health to moments of joy or simple pleasures. By acknowledging and appreciating these positive aspects of your life, you shift your mindset from focusing on what's lacking to recognising what's already present and abundant.
It could be during a quiet moment in the morning, before going to bed, or while going for a walk. You can be thankful for the air you breathe, your family, friends, your health, the food you eat, your home, your bed, your next meal or even the comfort of your pillow.
Just going through this exercise list releases endorphins and makes you instantaneously feel better. It just makes you appreciate that there is so much to be grateful for that you just never realised.
The Law of Attraction states that you receive what you focus on. So focus on the good not the bad. This could really be a life changer.
By regularly focusing on the things you're grateful for, you train your mind to notice and appreciate the positive aspects of life, which in turn promotes a sense of inner peace and contentment. There are so many reasons to be grateful for in your life. You just need to notice them.
Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can sit or lie down without distractions. Phone Off!
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to settle into the present moment. Allow your body to relax and release any tension you may be holding. Now, shift your attention to your breath. Observe the sensation of each inhalation and exhalation, without trying to change or control it. Notice the rising and falling of your abdomen or the feeling of the breath entering and leaving your nostrils.
As you continue to focus on your breath, thoughts, sensations, and emotions may arise. Instead of getting caught up in them or judging them as good or bad, simply observe them with curiosity and non-judgmental awareness. You may notice that your mind wanders off into thoughts or distractions. When this happens, gently bring your attention back to your breath.
As you practice meditation regularly, you will begin to develop a heightened sense of awareness and presence in your daily life.
Start with just a few minutes each day and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable with the practice.
Create a Relaxing Ritual:
Creating a personal ritual can help you disconnect from the stresses of the day and cultivate a sense of calm and rejuvenation. Whether it's a daily practice or a weekly indulgence, having a specific time set aside for relaxation can have a profound impact on your overall well-being.
Consider what activities bring you joy and help you relax. Perhaps it's taking a warm bath with Epsom salts and your favorite essential oils. The warm water soothes your muscles, while the scents of the oils create a tranquil ambiance.
You can enhance the experience further by dimming the lights, playing soft music, or lighting candles to create a serene atmosphere.
Enjoy a quiet cup of herbal tea while immersing yourself in a good book or just stare at the scenery around you and notice the detail in things you hadn't noticed before. This pure relaxation, and gentle mental stimulation can transport you to a state of tranquility and peace.
By designating a specific time each day or week for this practice, you send a signal to your body and mind that it's time to slow down and nurture yourself. Even if it's just 15 minutes a day or an hour once a week, this dedicated time becomes a sanctuary for your well-being.
One of the simplest ways to embrace nature is by taking a walk in a nearby park, beach or natural area and immerse yourself in the serene environment which surrounds you.
As you stroll, breathe in the fresh air, and let the sights and sounds of nature envelop you. Observe the beauty of the trees, flowers, and wildlife that cross your path. We are surrounded by beauty. Its everywhere.
The sights, sounds, and scents of the natural world have a profound impact on our senses. Nature also offers a sense of grounding and connection.
To make the most of your time in nature, consider engaging all your senses. Feel the texture of the earth beneath your feet or the coolness of a flowing stream. Take in the fragrance of flowers or the earthy scent of the forest.
The gentle yet powerful combination of movement, breath, and mindfulness can help reduce stress, increase flexibility and strength, and promote a sense of inner peace and well-being.
The best way to practice Yoga is by joining a Yoga class. With a class you’ll be guided by the instructor which is highly recommended. You’ll also share the experience with a group of like minded people which could be a way of making new friends.
Its easy to find Yoga classes pretty much anywhere in the world. Or better still if you’re really in need of a reset you can go to a Yoga retreat and indulge in a whole bunch of wellness activities over a few days.
The next best thing to joining a class is to do an online Yoga class. This is a great option and its as simple as turning on your device, get comfortable on a your yoga mat or a comfortable rug and start stretching. The beauty of this is its free and can be practiced at home at your own pace.
Some offer a 30 day challenge which is recommended to get the most out of it and gets you into a routine.
Like any practice, consistency is key. Aim to practice yoga regularly, even if it's just for a few minutes each day. Consistency allows you to build strength, flexibility, and mindfulness over time, reaping the full benefits of the practice.
Experience Kirtan (Group Singing and Chanting):
You don't need to go to extreme lengths like shaving your head and dancing down the street singing Hare Krishna.
Kirtan is a beautiful practice that invites you to join a group and sing along. Regardless of whether you know or understand the words.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of a Kirtan, where you sit on the floor, singing in Sanskrit or sometimes in English, surrounded by a room filled with like-minded individuals.
Kirtan can go from singing soft sweet gentle melodies and build up to a state of pure joy and ecstasy.
Kirtan is an ancient practice originating from India that involves the repetitive chanting of mantras. It is a participatory and immersive experience where a leader or a band will sing the mantra, and the participants respond by repeating the chant.
As the melodies and rhythms envelop you, the chanting resonates within your being, touching deep layers of emotion and inviting you to express and release any emotional burdens.
The collective chanting in a kirtan creates a harmonious energy that reverberates throughout the space. This energy has the potential to harmonize your own energy field, clear energetic blockages, and promote a sense of inner joy.
Kirtan provides a safe and non-judgmental space for self-expression and pure joy. Whether you are singing, clapping, or swaying to the music, you are encouraged to express yourself authentically and freely, allowing your inner voice to be heard and celebrated.
If you haven't yet experienced a kirtan, it's an experience that surpasses your wildest expectations in terms of its power and enjoyment.
Disconnect from Technology:
You’re not alone, we’re all addicted. Yes we all know we need to do this… Remember the good old days before smart phones! We all know that constant exposure to technology can leave us feeling overwhelmed, distracted, and mentally drained.
Here are a few practical strategies to help you break free from the grip of technology:
Set aside some designated tech-free time. Choose specific periods during the day or week when you put your devices on silent mode, resist the urge to check emails or social media, and focus on other things that bring you joy.
Create digital-free zones in your surroundings. Pick certain areas in your home or workplace where technology is strictly off-limits. Your bedroom or dining area could be a sanctuary of tech-free bliss, allowing you to relax, connect with loved ones, and enjoy the present moment without any digital distractions.
Now, let's talk about the things you can do when you're unplugged. Remember those hobbies and activities that don't involve screens? Make a list of them and make a commitment to indulge in them during your tech-free time. Whether it's reading a book, practicing yoga, exploring nature, cooking up a storm, or unleashing your creative side. Prioritize these activities and give yourself a chance to disconnect and recharge.
By consciously disconnecting, you create space for mental clarity, reconnection with yourself and others, and a renewed sense of inner peace that can be hard to find in our tech-saturated world.
Give yourself the gift of tech-free time and reclaim your sanity.
Join a Drum Circle:
Joining a drum circle can be an incredible journey that takes you to a place of both excitement and tranquility. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned musician or a complete novice -Drumming with a group is truly joyful!
When you participate in a drum circle, you become part of something bigger than yourself. Each person adds their unique beats and rhythms, creating a beautiful tapestry of sound that harmonises into one powerful rhythm.
It's like feeling the heartbeat of a collective energy, creating a symphony of harmony and oneness. But drumming isn't just about creating beautiful music; it also has profound effects on your well-being.
The act of drumming helps release tension and melt away stress. The rhythmic patterns and repetitive movements calm your mind and body.
Drumming becomes an immersive experience that offers a refreshing break from the demands of everyday life. As you engage in drumming, you naturally enter a state of mindfulness and presence.
The rhythmic movements of your hands and arms awaken the flow of energy throughout your entire being. It revitalises and invigorates you, leaving you feeling more alive, centered, and grounded.
But it's not just about the drumming itself. It's about the community and connection that comes with it. Drum circles attract people of all ages and backgrounds, forming a supportive and inclusive community.
Don't worry about being perfect or making mistakes - in a drum circle, there are no wrong notes. Just use your ears, feel the rhythm, and find your unique place within the collective flow.
Paint on Canvas: Calm your mind in colour
When you are faced with a blank canvas and a tray of colours something magical happens. The stresses and worries of the day begin to fade away. Each stroke becomes a little escape, a moment of pure bliss.
As you immerse yourself in the world of painting, you'll feel the weight of the world lift off your shoulders. It's like a colourful therapy session that leaves you feeling lighter.
Painting is not just about the final masterpiece, it's about the delightful journey that unfolds with each stroke.
Of course you can create whatever you choose, however, it's important to just take your time and enjoy the process.
When you pick up your brush, time stands still, as you feel the smooth glide of the brush or even your hands against the canvas, the delightful mix of colours on your palette.
As you play with colours and experiment with techniques, you'll enter a relaxing wonderland where your creative mind takes center stage.
Let go of perfection and embrace the joy of experimentation. Play with different styles, explore new techniques, and let your intuition guide you.
Then and only once your masterpiece is eventually complete, you might just have a new piece of original art to hang on your wall. And who knows what that could be worth?
Find your joy in the Kitchen
There are two types of people in this world. Those who find cooking to be a tedious chore and those who find it an absolute joy. If you belong to the latter group, congratulations! You get to experience a culinary journey filled with pure bliss, excitement, and deliciousness every single day. Because we all have to eat.
Cooking is not merely a task to be checked off a to-do list. It's a creative outlet that sparks passion and ignites the senses.
Cooking opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to explore and expand your culinary repertoire.
The true magic of cooking lies not only in the process but also in the shared experiences it creates. Think about the delight of preparing a meal for your loved ones or hosting a gourmet fancy pants dinner party. Friends and family gather around the table, savouring your culinary creations.
And the immense pleasure that comes with enjoying your own creations. The first bite of a dish you've lovingly prepared, the explosion of flavours that dance on your taste buds, the satisfaction of knowing that you have nourished yourself and others with your culinary prowess.
By preparing your own meals, you have control over the ingredients that go into your dishes.
If you find yourself among those who find pure delight in cooking, cherish this gift.
Let the kitchen be your playground, where you dance with flavours, explore new techniques, and unleash your inner chef.
Cooking is more than nourishment; it's an expression of love, a celebration of life, and a gateway to endless possibilities.
Detox, relax and unwind in an Infrared Sauna
Indulge in the blissful experience of an infrared sauna, adding a touch of luxury and rejuvenation to your wellness routine.
Infrared saunas harness the power of gentle heat to penetrate deep into the body, offering a multitude of benefits for your overall well-being. Step into the serene oasis of an infrared sauna and feel the warmth envelop you, melting away the stresses and tensions of the day.
The gentle heat of the infrared rays permeates your skin, gently raising your core body temperature.
As you relax and allow the heat to work its magic, you'll notice a sense of deep relaxation washing over you.
The sauna becomes your sanctuary, finding solace and tranquility and are literally shut off from the outside world.
One of the remarkable benefits of infrared sauna therapy is its detoxifying effect on the body.
As the infrared rays penetrate deep into your tissues, they stimulate the release of toxins stored within your cells. Sweating becomes an avenue for releasing impurities, heavy metals, and other harmful substances, promoting a deep and thorough detoxification process.
Regular use of an infrared sauna can help purify your body from the inside out, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalised, and more vibrant.
Beyond the detoxification benefits, the gentle heat of the infrared sauna offers a range of physical advantages. The deep-penetrating infrared rays can help soothe and relax your muscles, relieving tension and promoting a sense of physical well-being. The increased blood circulation that accompanies sauna use can also contribute to improved cardiovascular health, boosting your overall vitality.
Additionally, the radiant heat can help alleviate muscle and joint discomfort, offering relief for those dealing with minor aches or pains.
But the benefits of an infrared sauna extend far beyond the physical realm. As you bask in the soothing warmth, you'll find that the tranquil environment promotes mental relaxation and stress reduction.
The meditative atmosphere of the sauna creates a space for introspection and mindfulness, allowing you to disconnect from the outside world and focus on the present moment.
It's a time for self-reflection, introspection, and personal growth.
You can find local facilities everywhere to book a sauna by the hour or you could install your own private sanctuary at home—a dedicated space where you can retreat, unwind, and experience the transformative effects of an infrared sauna whenever you desire.
With a high-quality infrared sauna installed in the comfort of your own home, you have the freedom to create a serene oasis tailored to your needs. You can customise the ambiance, adjust the temperature to your preference, and fully immerse yourself in the restorative power of the sauna experience.
A Sauna is an investment in your self-care, offering a myriad of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Discover the joy of owning an infrared sauna and embark on a journey of relaxation, rejuvenation, and a journey to find your inner peace
Aromatherapy - Smell the Roses
Indulge your senses in the enchanting world of aromatherapy, where the subtle aromas of essential oils transport you to a realm of tranquility and serenity.
Aromatherapy harnesses the power of plant extracts to create a calming and soothing environment, allowing you to find your inner peace. When it comes to relaxation, few scents can rival the gentle allure of lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang.
Lavender, with its delicate floral notes, has long been celebrated for its ability to calm the mind and promote restful sleep. Just a few drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser can fill the air with its enchanting fragrance, creating a serene atmosphere that invites relaxation and tranquility. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to your warm bath to immerse yourself in a blissful aromatic experience, letting the worries of the day melt away.
Chamomile, with its subtle apple-like scent, is another cherished aroma in the realm of relaxation. Known for its calming properties, chamomile essential oil can help soothe frayed nerves and reduce anxiety. Add a few drops to a diffuser or create a calming chamomile tea by infusing chamomile flowers in hot water. Sipping this aromatic elixir can be a ritual of serenity, allowing you to unwind and find your inner balance.
The beauty of aromatherapy is that it offers a versatile range of applications. In addition to using essential oils in a diffuser, you can also enjoy their benefits in other ways. For a luxurious self-care ritual, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a warm bath. The steam will carry the aroma, enveloping you in a fragrant cloud of relaxation.
You can also create your own personalised body oil or lotion by blending essential oils with a carrier oil or unscented moisturiser. The gentle touch of these aromatic blends on your skin can enhance your well-being and leave you feeling nourished and pampered.
The benefits of aromatherapy extend beyond the realm of relaxation. Certain essential oils, such as peppermint or citrus oils, can help invigorate the senses and boost energy levels. Others, like eucalyptus or tea tree oil, have cleansing and purifying properties, promoting a sense of freshness and clarity.
With a wide variety of essential oils to choose from, you can tailor your aromatherapy experience to meet your specific needs and desires.
Embrace the joy of aromatherapy as you infuse your surroundings with captivating scents that nurture your mind, body, and soul.
Create a peaceful sanctuary in your home with a diffuser, or carry a roll-on bottle of your favourite essential oil with you throughout the day. Let the power of aromatherapy guide you on a sensory journey of relaxation, rejuvenation, and holistic well-being.
Go to see live music
There's something truly captivating about being in the presence of talented musicians and feeling the energy of the music reverberate through your soul.
Attending live music events offers a unique and enchanting experience that transcends the ordinary. As you find your place in a crowd of music lovers, the collective excitement and anticipation fill the air. The atmosphere becomes electric, and you can't help but feel a sense of unity and connection with those around you.
Whether it's the raw power of rock, the soulful melodies of jazz, the infectious beats of pop, or the heartfelt lyrics of a singer-songwriter, each genre has its own way of captivating and moving you. The energy emanating from the stage, combined with the collective enthusiasm of the audience, creates an atmosphere charged with positivity and joy.
The act of attending live music events is an opportunity for self-expression and self-discovery. It's a chance to let go of inhibitions and embrace the freedom of movement and expression. As you sway to the rhythm, dance with abandon, or simply close your eyes and let the music wash over you, you tap into a profound sense of liberation and connection with the music, the performers, and the audience.
Live music offers a chance to step away from the constant buzz of technology and immerse yourself in the present moment. As you surrender to the sounds and melodies, you enter a state of mindfulness, fully absorbed in the music and the shared experience.
In those precious moments, worries fade away, and you find solace in the harmonious vibrations that resonate deep within.
Listen to the music. Headphones on!
Put on a good pair of headphones and enjoy the journey that will transport you to a place of tranquility and bliss. Whether you're taking a leisurely walk or lounging on the couch, immersing yourself in the enchanting world of music is a powerful tool for finding inner peace and inspiration.
Picture in your mind the musicians in the studio creating the music. Imagine them playing in a small bar or even in your living room playing just for you. Let your mind run free and enjoy.
Life is so full of distractions that most of us rarely really listen to a song. Every song we hear typically just washes over us and can so easily go un-noticed. Try really listening to each song. Each note, every beat. Focus on each musician who has laid their heart and soul out for you to enjoy.
Every song has a story and a meaning and can have a different experience for every listener.
Focus your attention on the intricate layers of sound, the gentle harmonies, and the rhythmic patterns that weave together to create a symphony of relaxation. Close your eyes and allow the music to guide you into a state of deep relaxation.
Try listening to genres or artists you've never explored before. Let the unfamiliar melodies and rhythms awaken your senses and open up new avenues of relaxation and pleasure. By embracing the unknown, you create an opportunity to switch off your mind, let go of expectations, and simply enjoy the sounds that envelop you.
Searching for perfect photo while looking through your lens is one form of meditation which definitely brings lots of joy. Photography is possibly the most common hobby that we all have access to at the click of a button.
Try going for a walk alone with your camera and look for interesting and beautiful things to capture. The possibilities are endless. Walk down your street Go to the park or the beach. Get up for sunrise and capture the first light of a brand new day.
It doesn't matter where you find yourself. When you begin to truly observe and seek out beauty in your surroundings, you'll quickly realize that it is abundant and ever-present. Every tree, every flower, every ray of sunlight filtering through the leaves carries a unique story waiting to be discovered. Your camera becomes a portal, allowing you to witness and appreciate the wonders that often go unnoticed.
With each click you find yourself sinking deeper into a state of tranquility, as time seems to stand still and the world around you becomes a canvas of endless possibilities. And theres always the excitement to find out if you’ve been lucky enough to take the money shot!
Don’t rush, take your time and enjoy the process. Only when you get home you can sort through your best shots. Pick out the best edits for capture. Don’t be afraid edit the best of the bunch. Increase the saturation. Reduce the shadows. Its all so easy to do these days. You’ll soon find a few pics which are worthy of framing or sharing with friends any way you choose.
Make sure you do this hobby alone as photo discovery is a very personal process. Saviour the peaceful moments alone. You can share the best results if you want to.
So much to do. Just Relax and Enjoy!
Incorporating any or all of these practices into our lives is not about perfection or achieving a specific outcome. It's about embracing the present moment, finding your own unique path to inner peace, and nurturing a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you.
Remember that true peace and contentment reside within us, waiting to be discovered and cultivated. So, take a deep breath, open your heart, and allow these practices to guide you toward a more peaceful and fulfilling life.