Spring awakening - 5 easy tips on how to feel alive
Don’t we all love Spring? There’s an awakening in the air, goodbye grey and cold, hello blue and sunshine.
I was actually going to write about stress in this blog since April is dedicated to stress awareness month. Somehow this didn’t feel right whilst we transition into Spring. Instead I feel its more appropriate to talk about feeling alive and this in turn will help your stress levels as the two cannot be present at the same time.
When was the last time you felt truly alive? What were you doing? Who were you with?
Firstly I would like you to check-in with yourself. Close your eyes for a few moments, take a few deep breaths, enough breaths until you become conscious of the present moment.
How do you feel right now? Be aware of your current state without judging yourself on how you should feel. Accept the way you are now.
Take a deep breath in…..and a long breath out….
Well done! This is your first step to feeling alive.
Tip: If you haven’t practiced conscious breathing please do so, it’ll help, I promise!
Increasing your awareness
Conscious breathing will calm you down and it is the key to wake you up from unconscious thoughts. Conscious breathing will help you increase your sense of self-awareness. Where are you now? What do your surroundings look like? What sounds can you hear?
Do you feel busy all the time? Do you find it hard to stop doing chores, going from one thing to the next without a break, without time to reflect on your day?
Tip: Practice conscious breathing throughout your day, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.
We all have choices
Even if you don’t feel like it right now, you have a choice. You have a choice on how you feel right now. Sometimes certain situations cannot change or at least cannot be changed instantly (work, laundry, cooking for kids, school runs etc.) but we can change how we feel about them.
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” Eckhart Tolle
It’s very easy to get caught up in the day to day things we need to get done and our obligations at work and home. But you can change that, you can make small changes and start becoming a participant in your own life.
Tip: Think of the one thing you used to enjoy when you were young like painting, music, dancing, running, singing and playing an instrument, Your energy will direct you towards it.
Challenge yourself, do something you thought you couldn’t do
When was the last time you experienced something new? When was the last time you felt exhilarated, maybe a little bit scared? Is there something you have wanted to do for a long time but haven’t done it yet? It could be a challenging experience, such as parachuting for example. Or it could be something much more simple such as asking someone out for a date or booking that adventure holiday on your own.
“Ditch your comfort for life”
Write down a list of challenging things you have always wanted to do, without thinking. Just write down whatever comes to your mind first. Next, action the first three and make them happen in the next three months. Only by taking action can we start the journey to wake up.
Tip: Listen to your intuition and be careful of your mind telling you all the reasons why now is not the time.
Do something today that your body really needs
And this is why I asked you to breathe before starting to read this blog. By breathing consciously, you tune in to what your body is crying out for.
Does your body need to stretch, go for a run or a good long walk? Or does it need to sleep earlier today, take it easy, perhaps refraining from alcohol, coffee and social media. Is your body telling you to book a massage, a spa day away from kids or maybe join a new class at the gym?
Be mindful that we sometimes need to challenge ourselves when listening to our body. Sometimes you don’t feel like going for a run, you don’t feel like going to yoga but you will feel so much better if you do, so alive and full of energy!
Try this for a week, tuning in to your body, act on what it needs and it will thank you for it.
Tip: Being upside down turns your world upside down (literally). Try a handstand against a wall or a wheel (remember when you used to do it when you were young!) but be careful not to cause yourself an injury.
Did anything resonate with you? Pick one thing you can do today. One thing that will make you feel excited, passionate, alive. Do not leave it for tomorrow. Do not listen to your mind telling you 100s of reasons why you shouldn’t do it today and why doing it tomorrow will be better!
We are all different, so try not to think of what your friends are doing or what is on trend on social media. Become intuitive to your passions. We all have the ability to make one small change so take one small step today to do something new.
Today I went to a yoga class (my mind was telling me to finish writing this blog instead) and I feel more energetic, more alive and in a better place to finish off writing this blog. Tonight I am going to listen to my body and sleep early, switching off my phone right after dinner. Ahh and I just messaged PaddleIbiza to go stand-up paddle boarding this weekend!
Now its your turn, make that small step today!
P.S. Leave a comment if any of the tips resonated with you.