By STRETCH+BLOOM | On May 30, 2016 In Inspiration, Tip
Sometimes the drudgery of every day life really takes its toll on you. That’s when you need to reconnect with your soul.
Here’s a few simple tips to help you get your bliss back on!
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1. HOUSTON,WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
With everybody tweeting about their bad case of Monday blues or thanking God for Friday, it may seem normal not to be so jazzed up about your life.
However if you think about it for a minute, do you really believe we were made to live only for a couple of days in the week or for our vacations?
How does it even make sense to spend 75% of your life doing something you despise?
Yes, it’s probably not that bad.
There are perks to every situation: financial, social emotional, you name it.
However, it’s also true that if you’re not starting each day with a sense of excitement, you’re slowly on the way to killing your soul.
Ok is not enough. You must feel excited by the prospect of a new day.
A pure, childlike joy is the emotion that lets you know you are aligned with your soul.
2. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Do you remember going on a first date with someone?
Normally, you’d probably be very present and asking tons of questions to get a sense of the person in front of you.
– What’s their favorite book?
– What’s their favorite food?
– Are they a cat or a dog person?
– Do they prefer a city or a beach vacation?
Why all the questions?
Because through them you’re trying to get a sense of the person you’re dating.
You’re trying to identify their interests, their tastes, their passions and see if they could mesh with your life.
In order to do so, you’re on the look out for these moments when their face lights up as they remember fond memories of Sheba, the cat they had as growing up.
And those moments when their expression darkens as they evoke their ex.
Those expressions let you know everything you need to know about what matters to them and what they dislike.
To identify what fires you up, you can use a similar process.
– What did you enjoy doing as a child?
– What would you do if money wasn’t an issue?
– What brings you an irrepressible smile?
Answer those questions and you’ll be well on your way to discover what really tickles your soul.
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3. TABULA RASA
Now that you’ve reconnected with what fires your soul, you are also in a better place to identify what is killing it.
If you’ve identified that you’re an outdoorsy, beach person and you spend most of your days locked up in an office in Canada, don’t be so surprised not to be so psyched with your life.
It may be a great life by most people’s standards, but if it’s not a match to your personal needs, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t light you up.
Now is the time to be ruthless and remove from your life anything that doesn’t work for you.
If you hate being stuck in traffic, find ways to cut down on the commuting.
If you have an aversion for authority, you may not be best suited for a corporate career. Find ways to put yourself back in a position of power.
If you’re allergic to your boss, find ways to work in a different setting.
You could be wearing the most perfectly crafted custom-made pair of italian boots, if there’s a stone in them they will never be comfortable.
In other words,
to be happy, you need to remove the irritations from your life
So go ahead grab a big garbage bag and toss stuff away from your life.
Some things might take longer than other to clear out and that’s ok.
Just be sure to keep a list of what you will no longer tolerate and make a plan to work your way through that list.
4. MORE BLISS, PLEASE!
Last but not least, follow your bliss!
Granted, you may not be able to relocate to the tropics from Canada in one day.
However, if you’ve identified that your heart sings under the sun, there are ways to bring yourself more of that experience here and now.
– Get yourself a daylight lamp to make up for the lack of sunlight during office hours.
– Plan a caribbean getaway to load up on your quota of greenery and vitamin D.
– Start collecting pictures of your favorite beaches.
Depending on where you are in life, you may not have access to all those options, but the idea remains the same: start incorporating more of what you love into your life.
Some simple ideas:
If you enjoy having children in your life, spend more time with your nephews, offer to tutor your neighbors children, participate in a mentoring program.
If you enjoy traveling, create a bucket list of your favorite destinations, pick up a new bathing suit, start a travel fund.
If you enjoy art, get yourself a pretty doodle notebook, commit to visiting 1 exhibition each week, pick up the guitar that’s catching dust in your closet.
Remember your bliss is attractive.
Following what makes your heart sing will automatically start attracting to you more reasons to be blissful.
Smart small if you must but start today!
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Note: this article has been edited to correct minor typographic errors.