Unfortunately, it’s common to wake up everyday with the anxiety of your long to-do list. With the amount of things we try to fit into one single day, it might include any one of a million tasks: work duties, school, kids, chores around the house, that weeknight dinner you promised your friend. It’s important to recognize that when you itemize these daily tasks and eventually start running on empty, checking things off the list, life around you is slipping by. It’s draining that positive energy from your body and mind that you need to in fact, be productive and creative throughout the day.
I felt like I was running on empty for 20-something years, waking up each day with the same routine and little variance on my to-do list—and trust me, lots of anxiety. It wasn’t until I truly started being mindful and present that I was able to take a stand for my life. Once I started waking up each day with clear thoughts, in lieu of an agonizing to-do list, my career of 30+ years did a 180-degree turn into something that I truly love to wake up to every day. I am full, clear and happy.
It’s time to take control of your life, start living in the moment, and approach each day with energetic mindfulness. Ask yourself: Will you allow fear or complacency to hold you back, or do you want to experience everything that life has to offer?
Here is a 6 step guide to help you get started:
Each morning when you mosey over to the bathroom mirror, greet yourself with a smile. Smile when you greet someone else. Your smile has the ability to not only help you feel better, but help others feel your positive energy around them. Hopefully, they’ll pay it forward, too.
Truly observe your surroundings, it doesn’t matter if the environment is urban, rural, ocean, mountain, or suburban. There is always something to notice and appreciate. Remember, most of the time the small details in life have the most to offer.
3. TRY SOMETHING NEW.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn the tango, go horseback riding, or get creative in the kitchen… Free yourself up from the usual to-do list and put these at the top.
Appreciate those around you. We are often so caught up in our own world that we forget what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. How does this fit into staying present? Being mindful of the people surrounding you directly affects your mood, energy and thoughts, in that moment.
5. TAKE IT EASY.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. There’s so much we can’t control in our lives. What we can control is how we look at things. “You learn a lot about yourself, by the way you get out of something. It’s in the exit—where our growth lives.” –Danielle Doby
Breathing is an involuntary function we take for granted. Breathing detoxifies our bodies, which helps relieve tension, boost energy and increase stamina. There are a number of yogic breathing techniques that can be added to a meditation routine (or simply, morning routine) you might already have.
Wake up tomorrow and commit to living in the moment. Each day you vow to stop being complacent and live more mindfully, you are letting your true goals break through your (old) “to-do list.”
Debra Negrin is an integrative health coach and the founder of S.E.L.F. Integrative Health – a brand new destination for those looking to live a more fulfilled, healthy life. Visit her website for one-on-one coaching and follow her on Instagram!