“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Henry David Thoreau
Without getting all woo woo on you, do you ever sit and wonder, what is this all about, what I am here to do?
I do, often; I find if I take the time to allow myself to think about this from time to time, to sit down and write out what my thoughts are, I feel energised, have clarity and a new spring in my step.
We all have routines, things we have to do every day because, well just because they have to be done.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t also have things in our day that actually make us come alive, that allow us to rebalance.
I think it is absolutely vital that we allow ourselves that time. Our brains need an opportunity to recharge to have some time when we are not doing, but gathering all the information that has been put in front of us today, making sense of it and allowing our bodies to catch up.
So here are 5 things I do every day to make sure that I have that time, so that I can come alive!
- I write – every day, I write in my journal for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night. In the morning I look toward the day ahead and at night I reflect on the day past.
- I walk – no matter what is happening, I make sure I get outside for at least 20 minutes every day. I live in Scotland and in the winter the days are short, so I make the most of the daylight we have. We do get a lot of very beautiful days, all year round, the light is amazing and so I make the most of that. I’ll either just walk or will listen to a podcast or to an audiobook. I am transported away for a while and the fresh air and exercise is an added bonus.
- I listen – I love to listen to my family’s stories at the end of their day. I work from home so some days I don’t speak to people much during the day, so when they come home and we sit around the table for dinner, we talk, we laugh and we connect. I always remember as a young girl, my father had a strict rule that there was no talking at the dinner table, that our food should be concentrated upon, we should be grateful for what was in front of us.(something his parents had instilled in him). Not so in my house, my husband and I have always enjoyed the family meal in the evening.
- I close my eyes – allowing yourself a few minutes (10 if you can) away from distractions when you can close your eyes, focus on your breathing and allow your mind to clear is a great energiser. I’d recommend doing this in the morning. It takes time to master because your mind always wants to be thinking about something, to move you in a direction, but if you keep at it, it will make you feel wonderful. Be sure to find somewhere quiet, turn the phone off, be comfortable. Sit, take 3 very deep breaths and then empty your lungs each time, you will feel your shoulders relax and then breathe normally, with your eyes closed, concentrate on every breath and feel the air throughout your body and allow your mind to empty. Do this for a few minutes (time will pass without you realising) and then stand up and give yourself a shake, allow your body to “wake up” again and you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll get done.Your creative juices will flow and your day will go better.
- I keep hydrated – keeping hydrated throughout the day is vital for both good mind and body function. When I first get up in the morning, I have a large glass of water; it replaces what has been lost overnight and it wakens you up and starts you off on the right foot. I always have a glass of water or tea beside me at my desk and refresh that throughout the day. I am a “Tea Jenny” (someone who loves their tea!) so have a fair amount of that during the day but it adds to the overall hydration tally (the caffeine is not so good, so I have a mix of normal and herbal teas).
There you have it. Give these 5 things a try every day and you will find that you feel more alert, more motivated but most of all more alive!
What things help you to come alive? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear them.
Until next time.