4 Ways to Access Your Inner Zen
I used to think that everything had to be perfect in order to meditate and quiet my mind - no distractions, perfect setting.
The truth is that it is possible to access our inner zen even when things seem busier and more stressful than ever. Here's how...
1. Let go of what you can't control
We all have moments of worry but if left unchecked, worry and anxiety can become an unhealthy emotional habit that drains us of our vital energy and inner peace.
When we find ourselves in a mental loop of worry our thoughts are often occupied with things that are beyond our control. Learning to return to the present moment and focus on what we can control - our thoughts and perspective - allows us to tap into our inner sense of calm.
Try this: Close your eyes and place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. Connect with your pulse and with each beat allow yourself to relax. Consciously release any tension you are holding in your body. Continue for as long as needed.
2. Focus on what makes you feel good
Have you ever noticed how little time we make for the things that light us up? When you focus on what is joyful, you bring more joy into your life which leaves less room for stress.
It can be hard to prioritise our own needs but it is possible to weave little moments of joy into our day. Make time to read inspiring books, sing in the shower or listen to music that you love.
3. Have a social media detox
In this constantly switched-on world we live in, it's no wonder we are more overwhelmed and stressed than ever before. If you're finding yourself stuck in a place of overwhelm or comparison, consider taking time away from social media. Even just one day can make a huge difference to our sense of wellbeing. Turn off the notifications on your phone, log out of your accounts and enjoy the extra time you gain from not constantly scrolling your feeds.
4. Anchor into your breath
It's surprising how many of us go through day without breathing properly. Take a second to notice your breathing - is it shallow and hurried or deep and slow?
No matter how busy we are, we can all take a minute to anchor into our breath.
Try this: Breathe in for five seconds. Hold your breath for five seconds. Release for five seconds. Hold for five seconds. Repeat this pattern for one minute.