As we find ourselves busier and busier, it’s easy to get caught up in the enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction that comes from being continually occupied. Our smartphones are with us every second of the day, and there’s always something new to check out on Instagram or Facebook, which only serves to heighten our experience of daily life passing us by faster than we can experience it. One of the ways that people have started to push back against the constant encroachment of technology and social media into our lives is through the practice of mindfulness.
If you’ve ever realized that a chronic, unpleasant feeling in your life is emptiness, you’re not alone. With the advent of globalization and open borders comes freedom, and people are moving around more than ever before. Trips across the ocean are cheaper than they’ve ever been, jobs regularly move to new cities, and families that used to live within a single block are now spread around the globe. On an individual level, it’s now easier than ever to ignore our feelings, and distract ourselves with a potent cocktail that includes but isn’t limited to work, social media, food, alcohol and drugs, and shopping.
Research has shown that people tend to keep resolutions when they’re SMART, an acronym made up by the time management gurus at FranklinCovey that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Resolutions fail when they’re too vague or based on other people’s perceptions and ideas rather than your own. This year make positive resolutions that you’ll actually achieve. Here are some ideas for unconventional but awesome New Year’s resolutions.
If you’re living or working in a stressful environment, chances are it isn’t just that aspect of your life that’s suffering from the strain. If we’re caught up in an ongoing stressful situation, there isn’t much of our life that remains untouched by the anxiety, anger, worry, and frustration that comes from dealing with these problems on an ongoing basis. If you’re struggling with how to deal with your emotions in these stressful situations, the best thing that you can do for yourself is come up with some coping strategies.
Meditation is a great habit to pick up. Even if you do it for a few minutes a day, you’ll soon start seeing tangible benefits in your everyday life. If you’re looking for a good reason to start meditating right now, we’ve laid out a few benefits that it can bring to your life, as well as a few suggestions on how to start today.
Meditation has always been a peculiarity in the western world. But, every day, more and more westerners are taking the mindful plunge of this ancient practice. Today, Healthversed will break down the historical context, benefits, and stylistic differences between a variety of meditation styles. We’ll also provide you with a few easy to follow strategies that can help you seamlessly integrate a meditation practice into your everyday life.