How to Find Zen in Everyday Life

Whether you’re already a laid-back, peaceful person or someone who’s in need of a major lifestyle overhaul, there is always room for some more zen in our lives! Creating a more zen way of life opens up room for more positivity and conditions us to react more constructively to stress.

Take a few tips from those who embrace a more stress-free lifestyle in order to welcome some more relaxation into your life!

  1. Create a stress-free environment. Environment plays a huge role in our psychological wellbeing. Create a welcoming environment that exudes warmth and comfort. This includes your home and your workspace. Pay closest attention to the places you spend the most time in and places where you go to relax, such as your bedroom and living room. Make it your own and have fun with it!
  1. De-clutter. A cluttered environment creates a cluttered mind. Keep your space organized and tidy. Knowing that everything has a place and knowing that your space is clean brings about a sense of calm.
  1. Accept what you cannot change. It sounds like a no-brainer. If you can’t change a situation, you must accept it, right? However, much of our anxiety comes from stressing over things we can’t control. Practice letting go of what’s out of your hands. It isn’t easy, but it is a big key to living a more peaceful life. 
  1. Mind your company. Surround yourself with those who bring joy, love and light to your life. It can be really difficult to cut ties with people who we have known for a long time. However, you may never know how much someone is dragging you down until you let them go. Free yourself from negative people who pull you down and focus your time and energy on those who bring out the best in you.
  1. Laugh a little. Or, preferably, a lot! Remember to keep a sense of humor when things don’t go as planned.
  1. Learn from stress. Life’s difficulties are what develop us into who we are. They are the best lessons and character builders. Work on viewing obstacles as learning experiences and ways to grow.
  1. Stop procrastinating. Putting things off only creates more anxiety. Get things done as soon as possible, especially things that are worrying you. Then, you will have more time to do what you enjoy and less time to stress.
  1. Allow yourself to say no. Give yourself permission to say “no” to others. You don’t have to take on every single task there is!
  1. Stop trying to manage everything. One of the biggest reasons we get upset and stressed in life is due to the expectations we place on everything. Try to just let things be and enjoy them for what they are.
  2. Pay attention to yourself. Be mindful of when your body, mind and spirit are signaling that you’re maxing out on stress. Staying in tune with your psyche will allow you to use your stress-busting skills before things get too overwhelming.

Stress management is a crucial skill for everyone to develop. Better yet, it’s a great idea to work on creating a more relaxed, calm lifestyle each and every day. This is a lifestyle and mind frame that can be learned, and in combination with stress management techniques, will have an incredible impact on your life and career!