Because the human mind can be extremely complex, multifaceted, and ever-changing, gaining control of the most powerful organ we have at our disposal can be frustrating, irritating, and extremely difficult at times. Fortunately, there are ways to ‘find your center,' that is, to find and focus on your core self while shedding the extraneous of the world and achieving the calm and control we all require.
Without further ado, here are eight of the best ways to rediscover your center and become the calm, relaxed person you were born to be.
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1. Just Breathe–You'll Feel Better Right Away
Yes, we all do it, but let's be honest: how often do you really pay attention to how you breathe? Take four deep, deep breaths and hold them for four beats. Then, for a count of four, exhale. See how much better you feel now that you're calmer and more centered?
Being aware of how we breathe and what we do can help us be present in the moment and take stock of everything, making it much easier to find our center.
2. Get More Sleep to Feel Better Tomorrow
As someone who used to despise sleep with a vengeance as a child, I can honestly say that it is fantastic now. Sleep is wonderful.
As a result, whenever I can, I take naps or go to bed earlier so that I can feel more refreshed, happier, and ready to face the world at my best. Finding your center is all about finding your optimal conditions, so experiment with your sleep schedule until you find the right amount for you.
3. Plan for Mindfulness and Efficiency
Organizing things has recently become a hobby of mine, owing to the fact that as a teenager, I was constantly rummaging through piles of junk to find what I was looking for.
I'm not suggesting you all become Martha Stewart with pristine, perfect rooms and organizational skills–trust me, most days of the week I can barely remember what I'm supposed to do–but clearing the decks and having a bit of structure in your life can be a boon to helping you find and channel your best self at your core.
4. Let Music Take You Away
Finding the perfect song for the perfect moment is something we've all done at some point, and believe me, it can bring you the peace and serenity you need.
It doesn't even have to be relaxing music–I've lost myself in EDM, dance, pop, rock, metal, or anything with a great beat. Music has helped me focus on the important things in life and has provided me with great motivation and grounding. Go get your groove on, and if you dance while you're at it, you'll be getting your strut on while also burning some calories!
5. Never, ever stop reading
In my opinion, we should never, ever stop reading, and those who do are missing out on all of the wonderful, amazing, and inspiring things to be found in books, articles, magazines, and whatever medium you choose. Reading also has the fun side effect of keeping you in the moment–while watching a movie, you can easily be checking your phone or responding to a Tweet, but reading requires you to be present in order to immerse yourself in that world.
6. Have Faith in Everything You Can
Never lose faith in anything. In people, beliefs, or whatever else. The truth is that having hope, a passion, and a genuine belief in something solid roots you and grounds you.
Faith or belief is a strong bond or emotional resolution in something that does not have to be religious in any way shape or form. Finding your center entails identifying and cultivating your core beliefs, such as being kind to others and voting in every election.
7. Seek the Good in All Things
There are good things all around you if you keep looking. This is something that is ingrained in us as children, but which we occasionally forget. The media tells us about the horrible, frightening world we live in and why we should be afraid of almost everything.
There is so much in the world that is good, worthwhile, and worthy of celebration that focusing on the good and actively seeking the great and wonderful can not only center you; it can also make you appreciate life a lot more.
8. Relax by meditating on a daily basis
Meditation, meditation, and more meditation. It should be part of everyone's regular repertoire of ways to unwind and find inner peace.
Finding your center is about letting everything else go, all the things in our lives that we don't need right now, and just letting our selves, our true selves, emerge through the quiet and serenity that meditating can provide. Plus, you can do it anywhere there is some peace and quiet and some time.
It may take some time–meditation isn't a one-and-done thing–but you'll eventually find yourself dealing with situations with more grace and competence than usual. And isn't that something worth investing in?
How to Start a New Life: Your life might be in a downward spiral, but it doesn't have to be. Change is hard, but once you set your mind to it, you'll find there are so many people in the world who are willing to help you. The first step, in fact, is to ask for help! You can get in touch with friends or family for their advice. Or, you can join a support group, which will help you to become more in tune with yourself. Another way to learn about yourself is through art or writing. It's important to remember that you are not alone, because there are many people who are willing to help you. You are loved. Don't forget it. Read more.
Boring Life: Life is boring. Sometimes it seems like it's not worth getting out of bed. Sometimes it seems like there's no point in doing anything at all. But I say, "No! That's not true!". Here's why. Life is boring because you make it boring! You don't see your friends or go outside or treat yourself. Life is boring when you don't go out and try new things, but go out and try new things! When you're bored with something, find something new to do! Life is exciting and full of opportunities if you let it be. Don't be afraid to try new things! Read more.
Why Life Suck: Life sucks. Everyone has issues. You get dumped, fired, or get news you didn't want to hear. Life is full of surprises. There's no denying that some people have it better than others. But really, does your life suck? If you're enjoying your life, then it doesn't suck. Life is what you make of it. Life is short. You should enjoy it while you can. You can't change the hand that's dealt to you, but you can play your cards right. Read more.
I Love Rain: When I was younger I always thought it was so strange how the sky could be blue one minute, then be dark and rainy the next. I would always ask my parents why the sky could change colors like that and they would always tell me that it was just the weather. It seemed like nonsense to me, but as I got older I realized that it's actually part of nature's beauty. The way I like to spend my time is laying on the ground, leaning against the trunk of a tree, and looking up at the rain pouring down. I can't help but smile as I feel each drop land on my face. I love the feeling of the rain on my skin. I love how the rain washes away all of your worries and makes you forget about anything bad that has happened to you. I have always loved the rain, and I will always love the rain. Read more.
Season of Giving: December is known as the Season of Giving! It's the time of the year when businesses and organizations get involved in charitable events. Whether they're contributing gifts to children in need or clothing and food to the homeless, they're making a difference in the lives of others and showing what Christmas and giving spirit is all about! But, it's not just for organizations to give; individuals can make a lasting difference in the world too! Nonprofits and people in need may be looking for volunteers and/or willing donors to help out in their respective projects. And, even if you're just shopping for your family and friends, you can still help out by donating to charities or buying from companies that improve the lives of people in need! Read more.
You have heard it all before: "Live life to the fullest", "follow your dreams", "be who you are" and "if it is meant to be, it will be". These are all wonderful quotes that are meant to help you live a happy life but they miss the point. Our lives are interconnected with each other and with the world.
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