Living during the shift can be tough. Many wonderful things are unfolding in our time, but along with them come questions, confusion, and difficulties with so many changes. Depression and anxiety are at an all time high in our world, coupled with the stress of everyday life and such radical changes, its hard to find the inner peace we hear so much about. Many of us may even be wondering if what we are going through is worth it, or if we will ever find true happiness. The truth is, its a process. I won’t lie and say that awakening will always be a happy go lucky, easy, or even fun process. Believe me, I’ve been going through it for a long time, just like you, and I admit it often is not a pleasurable experience, but it is definitely worth it. I want to share with you some of the things I have learned to do to cope with going through these difficult times of learning and awakening, or just to improve your life.
1. Take care of yourself.
It may seem self explanatory, but it is surprising how many of us fail to take the time to really focus on doing things to make ourselves happy. Treat yourself right, take a nice bath, go somewhere that brings you joy, or just relax, the possibilities are endless. The point is regularly doing something for yourself that makes you feel good. You deserve to enjoy the things that bring you happiness. Its ok to take time for yourself, in fact, if we do not first take care of ourselves, or care of others will suffer as well. By treating yourself right, you increase the amount of light you can put out there for others.
2. Try new things.
Trying new things is exciting, it opens up the possibilities in our lives and allows for new experiences we otherwise would have never been able to have. You don’t have to take risks, just be open to new experiences. Try a new food, go someplace you have never visited, or get involved with a new hobby. The mind is stimulated by new experiences, by opening ourselves to experiences we might never have tried before, we learn more and often create rewarding new aspects to our lives.
The benefits of meditation are nearly endless. Even 10-15 minutes of meditation a day can be very rewarding when practiced regularly. It improves brain function and opens our minds to higher aspects of our consciousness. Meditation is great for creating peace and happiness in ourselves as well as getting in touch with guides and higher beings. You will find meditation brings many answers to all sorts of questions and difficulties in your life, and that those answers were inside you all along.
4. Think positive.
We are creators, our thoughts literally create reality. This has been proven in hundreds of experiments from water molecules to quantum physics and healing. If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts, you are sending out vibrations which basically say, yes, I WANT to experience negative things, whereas if you think positive, you send out vibrations which attract peace and happiness into your life. The Universe responds to the vibrations you put out there, why not make them as positive as possible? Using affirmations is a great way to program your mind into positive thinking, experiment with them to see the positive change they can make in your life!
5. Practice blessing and unconditional love and connect with others.
This may seem hard to do in our negative society. It seems so much easier to get angry and say or think negative things about people we encounter. Try it though, for a day, whenever you meet someone, bless them with love and light. If they are a negative person or someone you do not like, do it anyway, even if it seems difficult. Bless everyone and everything you encounter, and don’t forget yourself! At the end of the day the results will be amazing. You will feel lighter and happier, your heart may even have a warm, tingling feeling about it.
Connect with others, either people who are in your life, or meet new people. We humans are social creatures, we need the company of others to thrive and feel happy. Its true that everyone needs alone time, but we cannot spend life in isolation. When we isolate ourselves from others, we are trapped in our own minds, over thinking and creating problems that do not even exist. Healthy relationships do wonders to improve our lives, both parties benefit from them and together we do not have to face difficulties alone.
6. Let go.
Let go of your thoughts, your worries, everything that weighs you down. I know it may seem impossible, but it will make you feel like a new person. Even if you only let go of things for a few minutes a day, you will be doing yourself a favor. Just let yourself be at peace for even a little while, let go of all negativity for the time being. Worry does nothing to help us, the only purpose it serves is to ruin the present. Take time to be worry free and really enjoy life. Set aside a time when you will worry about whatever is bothering you, then during other times focus on the positive things in your life. When you experience a bothersome thought, acknowledge it, than tell yourself to let it go. You will be amazed how much better you feel when you do not dwell on things all day long.
7. Eat right and exercise.
Every self help site out there seems to tell you to eat right and exercise, and it’s for a good reason. When you eat right and exercise, you do so much good for your whole being. Exercise releases chemicals that make the brain happy and less stressed, as well as helping your body feel better. Eating the right food can also have an affect on your mood and brain function, as well as your overall health. Eating right and exercising can be tough at first, try a little at a time. Soon you will notice changes for the better in both your body and mind.
8. Question everything and open your mind.
Question everything you think you know, your beliefs, your opinions, and your place in the world. A mind closed by a limiting belief is the most dangerous thing there is. Really open yourself to new ideas and learning. Don’t just assume you know the truth about things because it is what you have been told all your life. Study different things, question what you have been taught, open your mind to the infinite possibilities that are out there waiting for you. The truth is, there are many truths and many paths to those truths, the only real lie is that which claims to be the only way or truth.
9. Be creative.
Express your creative side. Get involved with things that express your individual path and your passions. Create some type of art, write, get a hobby, improve your home. The possibilities for getting creative are limitless. By expressing your creative side you create joy in your life and learn more about yourself. Don’t tell yourself that you have no talent or that you are not creative, we are all creative in some way. Every one of us has special gifts, we just need to tap into them and show them to the world.
10. Clean up your mess.
I’m not saying your area is a disaster, but we all have things we could do to improve the areas we spend a lot of time in. Clutter and messes only serve to increase depression and block energy around us. Energy gets caught in places where there is a mess and becomes stagnant and unhealthy, therefore creating more unhappiness in our lives. Clean a little at a time, really do a good job and organize and get rid of junk you don’t need. After the area is clean you could create an alter, shrine, or sacred space in the room, this will really help to increase the flow of positive energy and raise the vibrations of the whole room. You can decorate it with sacred objects and pictures or things which make you feel good and light candles and incense (safely), to create a feeling of positivity and peace for everyone in the area.
I hope trying these things helps to uplift your mood and improve your life, they certainly have helped me through these new and challenging times!