In today’s fast-paced world, getting caught up in the chaos and losing your center is WAY too easy. From the never-ending social media notifications (ping, ping, ping) to demanding work schedules, it’s no wonder many of us suffer from stress and anxiety. However, the practice of Zen can help you cultivate inner peace and calm amidst the chaos. Ahhhmm. So let’s explore how to be Zen utilizing some simple yet effective tips. Here is what you can do today to embrace a zen mindset and live a more peaceful life!
Research has shown that cultivating gratitude can improve physical and mental health, boost mood, and increase happiness. Take time each day to reflect on what you’re grateful for, like a supportive friendship, warm tea, or beautiful sunset.
By focusing on the good in your life, you can shift your perspective and become more content with what you have.
Take Action: What are you grateful for today? Write down 3 to 5 things.
Find your inner sanctuary.
Where is your “happy place” to unplug and escape it all?
Create a place to relax and be in the moment, whether it’s your bedroom, a balcony, or a corner of your living room.
Take Action: Where is your inner sanctuary? Jot down a couple of places where you love to relax.
Take time for yourself.
I know this one can be super hard if you have kiddo OR kiddos keeping you on your toes, BUT this one is SO important.
Schedule some “me time” in your day to do something that brings you joy:
- Coloring (adult coloring books are DA bomb!)
- Going for a walk
Whatever “me time” means, set aside time for YOU. Again, this can be short—just enough time to recharge your batteries for hot a minute.
Take Action: When is “me time” today? Schedule it now. Trust me; you’ll do it. 🙂
Get enough sleep.
This one is essential to maintaining “calmness” throughout the day.
Getting GOOD sleep is necessary for both your physical and mental well-being. It helps you manage the daily stress and challenges that come your way. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to stay healthy and alert during the day.
Take Action: How much sleep did you get last night? How much sleep would you like to get tonight, and how can you accomplish that?
Set healthy boundaries.
We all have someone that sucks the life out of us. Who is this person for you?
Allow yourself some distance from people who tend to trigger anxiety or stress. You’ll be AMAZED at the lightness you feel once you distance yourself from someone like this.
Take Action: Who is your “energy vampire”? This week, aim to distance yourself slowly or altogether (depending on your situation). And then try it again the following week.
Have a mantra.
A mantra is something inspiring that you can repeat whenever life feels overwhelming.
What is this to you?
I live by two main mantras: “Be present” and “Love is spelled T-I-M-E to a child.” These two quotes keep me in check and remind me to be present with my loved ones and to take time for my kiddos no matter how busy life gets.
Take Action: What is your mantra? Write down one or two.
Have grace with yourself.
Embracing a Zen mindset means being kind to yourself.
We ALL make mistakes and have flaws; that’s life. But practicing self-compassion can help you become more resilient and confident. Avoid negative self-talk and treat yourself as you would treat your best friend.
Take Action: What are three things you love about yourself? Write down AT LEAST things or more; caring, good listener, funny, positive attitude, etc.
To Wrap It Up
Finding inner peace and calm amidst the chaos of life is possible through adopting a Zen mindset. These simple yet effective tips will help you experience more joy and fulfillment in your daily life.
Remember, it’s not about being perfect or achieving some ideal state of Zen; it’s about embracing the journey of self-discovery and growth! Be patient with yourself as you cultivate a Zen mindset, and remember that it’s a journey, not a destination.
Until the next post, I’m sending you lots of love and positive vibes!
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About The Author
Linds is the proud mom of two little miracles, Mono Mono twin girls, and one AMAZING older brother! She is the founder and content creator of Mono Mono Twins, Intensive Therapy for Kids, and Co-Founder of The LENN Foundation, a 510c3 that helps children with cerebral palsy receive grants for intensive therapies to thrive. ♥
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