Take notice of your breathing.
- This is one thing that almost no one does. Take notice of your breathing. Breathe deeply through your nose, feel the air hit the back of your mouth and fill your lungs. It’s an amazing feeling.
- Because breathing is a subconscious action, many of us take it for granted; we are not aware we are doing it. Just for one minute, marvel at the physiology and biology which encompasses the simple act of breathing.
- By doing this, you are not only in control of your body, you are also control of your mind as well. Focusing on breathing allows you time to calm your mind and think about what you are doing.
Drink more water.
- I guarantee that right now you are thirsty. Think about it. Your mouth feeling thick and it is ever so hard to swallow, you have a slight tightness in the head and you’re feeling hungry? You are not drinking enough water.
- Drinking more water will improve your mood by relieving dehydration symptoms, head ache, hunger.
- By incorporating more water in your daily routine, your skin will improve and your muscles will be fuller as it aids with the intake and expulsion of salts and minerals.
- If you are sat at a desk now, consider your posture at this moment. Hunched over, shoulders rounded forward, head hanging down?
- Stop, sit up and into your seat till your bum touches the back. Lean backwards till your upper back hits your chair and then pull your shoulders back. If your chair is too far back, lean forward till you are vertical with your spine. Finally, feel the crown of your head lift up as though someone was pulling you up by a string attached to your crown.
- Not only will you feel more awake, but you will suffer less from aches and pains brought on from the over stretching of a muscle as it struggles to hold you in a unnatural place.
- Over time, this will become more natural and your supporting muscles will strengthen.
- Take notice of your face right now. It will feel heavy with a drag over your eyes. Simply reset your face to a smile. You will feel your eyes widen, allowing more light into them, tension in your forehead will be released, your mouth will be pulled up at the corners and you will instantly be happier.
- Seeing someone smile tends to make us smile, so by smiling more you will also effect others and how others see you. When people smile and receive a smile back, the basic human need for satisfaction through acceptance is justified, thus relaxing you and causing your mood to improve.
- What else can I say – smiling makes you happy!
Look up at the world.
- Many people become absorbed by the mundane chores of everyday life they fail to realise the world around them. Instead of walking along looking down at the ground or your phone, look at the scenery and surroundings.
- When you are walking stand tall and look around, take in what is around you. Feel your place in the world and view how busy life is. Appreciate the weather. If it is raining, consider the rain drops the cloud formations or how the wind moves the environment around you.
- The world is incredible and we are only a small part of it. So look around and realise where you are.
These are my 5 top tips which we can do every day to instantly to feel more self aware, improve our behaviour, productivity and as a result, allow us to appreciate life.
I hope they help you as much as they help me.