I'm not sure if it's only in my part of the world, but everyone seems exhausted and everything seems to be getting harder and harder. Prices of goods are soaring, we are being crippled by diseases, countries are up against one another and everything is just chaotic.
It must be very hard; in fact nearly impossible to catch some peace and stillness. And unfortunately, it doesn't get any better. So what do we do? How do we live intentionally and enjoyably, making the best of every moment while being self-aware?
Truth is, we are all experiencing this chaotic world in different magnitudes and scales and different forms. One person's chaos may be with financial inadequacies and another's maybe to turbulent health. All in all "nowhere cool". Below are some of the things I practise that make life worth living. You may want to try some out.
Kindness goes a long way, but has almost become cliche when we say 'be kind'. It's one thing to be kind to yourself and another to be kind to others. At the end of the day, there's is this feel-good feeling knowing that you made yourself or someone else feels better. The feeling associated with kindness is a result of an increase in the body’s production of feel-good hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. Through this, we can experience positive mental and physical changes through lowering stress levels which eventually boosts the immune system, reduce blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety. Everybody wins in the end; both the giver of kindness and the recipient.
Limit Social Media Screen Time
Unless your livelihood depends on social media, you have no business literally living on social media and here's why. By design, social media is addictive. Once it gets a hang of you, you are doomed. Not only do you while away precious time that otherwise could be productive elsewhere, you also tend to project other people's lifestyles, opinions etc. on yourself. Eventually, you become an object of people, because you would want to keep up. There is also the aspect of social media ruled by bullies or trolls who hide behind their keyboards to spew venom. They have no regard for a person's feelings or mental health.
Don't get me wrong. Social media has the amazing benefits of keeping up connections with people. Taken in the right dosage, we can make the most out of it while suppressing the bad sides.
Spend Time with Loved ones
As the adage goes, there is no place like home. Whatever you call home, be it a place or especially a person or persons, spend a good amount of time with them physically as much as practicable as possible. The world is too mean to face it alone without some good and amazing people by your side. Home may not always be rosy and fairy tales, but they will be those who will always stand by you no matter what.
Seek Your Maker
I am a Christian so when things get tough and unbearable, I resort to God before anything or anyone else. In fact, you do not have to wait for things to get out of hand before seeking the face of God. Stay in touch, and commune with Him daily through prayer and fellowship. Additionally, find a group of like-minded brethren to fellowship with occasionally, but more importantly, seek to have a personal relationship with the Maker. You will be fine.
Water is natural medicine. “Drinking water and staying hydrated is great for maintaining hydration and helps improve the function of your heart, brain and muscles”. Drinking enough water every day is important for your mind and body. Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, result in mood change, cause your body to overheat, and lead to constipation and other grave health complications.
Take a Stroll
There is no better way to relieve stress than taking a little walk, listening to the birds chirping and admiring your surroundings. "Many people underestimate the power of walking; it’s a low-impact and low-stress way to get exercise and stay healthy”. Walking can boost your mood and relieve stress. Walking cuts stress hormone levels in the body and releases endorphins—the feel-good hormones. Experts believe that going outside for a daily walk can reduce the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), too. “Research shows walking can increase your level of creativity and problem-solving ability”. This is likely because walking helps move blood to the brain, helping you to think better”.
Clear Your Mind
Sometimes, just sometimes, clear your head. Set aside some time that you are not thinking about anything or anyone.
Learning how to be mindful and observe your thoughts non-judgementally can help combat rumination and may lead to better sleep, more effective downtime after work, greater focus, and increased creativity. The practice may even be good for your relationships. So investing some time in mindfulness strategies is well worth it.If your thoughts about a stressful situation become "stuck" and thinking about an event no longer leads to positive change, it’s time to take steps to change your thinking.
Clearing your mind can be done in ways such as meditation, journaling or even reading.
As much as possible, with the things we have control over, let's take charge and make the world a little bearable and livable.
We will be fine.
I leave you with one of my favourite songs this season. Enjoy