1. Don’t take yourself so seriously
Wayne Dyer called it Rule #6. Don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Remember, you’re one in billions of people on this planet. We all have the same basic needs and desires. We all arrive at the same finality. Society may tell you that because of your achievements or status, you’re special. That’s a very, if not the most, superficial layer of reality. You’re just a person, trying to get along and thrive like the rest of us, in the best possible way you can.
2. Laugh more
Laughing is relaxing and naturally brings us into the present moment. Practice laughing more. Personally, I try to watch or listen to something amusing every day. It lightens me. When I’m socializing and someone makes me laugh, I pay attention and try to laugh fully, noticing how it brings me into the present moment. Enjoy these moments. They’re very limited.
3. Open your heart
Practice opening your heart up to other people, points of view, places, and things. Take in ALL experiences, not just the ones you prefer. Don’t resist. If a person or situation pisses you off, great. There’s good in there somewhere, even if it’s teaching you more about yourself and what within you causes that reaction.
4. Explore your creative side
All of us are creative. Even if you’ve decided that you’re not creative, there’s a seed inside you just waiting to be expressed. Surely you’ve felt drawn to or participated in some form of creative expression in the past. Maybe you shut down that part of yourself when you got busy with work or life or decided that being creative was just for children. Reengage with your creative side. Personally, I’ve found joy in cooking, writing, and mixing house music.
5. Play more
If you find it difficult to get on board with adults playing like kids, then at least embrace a regular movement practice. Our bodies are designed for movement. If you don’t use it you lose it. Notice the difference between people that stay physically fit and those that choose not to. The difference in ease of movement and youthfulness is almost always obvious to the casual observer. I dig yoga. You might too.
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