It’s November, days are colder and it’s harder to get out of bed at this time of year. Granted, Christmas is coming with the promise of glitter, parties and sparkly festivities but that is still only a temporary festivity here in the West and can often be fraught with expectations and stress.
To be happy, really happy we need to tap into our inner va va voom so that no matter what time of year it is, no matter how dreary the day might feel we are not swayed so easily into the doldrums! This is about tapping into vitality.
Our lives are so busy and filled with noise and distractions. Between racing to your next meeting, responding to work deadlines, cleaning out your inbox, keeping up with social media and spending time with your family and friends, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. You may get caught up in a reactionary state, constantly chasing your to-do list yet never feeling truly satisfied.
Each moment you have a choice to create energy in your life with your thoughts, words and actions.
Most of this is actually about nurturing and looking after ourselves and creating systems and routines that give back balance and a sense of control and calm.
Vitality can be sourced in relatively simple ways. Healthy food, non-toxic lifestyle choices, adequate sleep and a balanced exercise routine can all contribute to a healthy body and daily drive.
Slowing down also helps create positive energy so practices like mindfulness and yoga do much to ground us and help us to be more in the present. The present is where the energy is. Not allowing ourselves to constantly be drawn from drama to drama whether that’s at work or from checking social media feeds more often than is healthy.
Letting go of demands and expectations frees up more energy too. With a new year coming up you may feel pressured to setting goals, achieving something specific or making changes in your life so quite often we set those demands and expectations ourselves. Why not, instead, think about intentions for your life rather than goals. Or simply what you’d like more of in your life and what you’d like less of.
Choose to focus – try doing one thing at a time. You will immediately create more calm and positive energy by giving your attention to one piece of work or one conversation or one event at a time. You’ll get more done too, you’ll listen more, understand more and just feel more in control.
You have a core of vitality inside you. It’s always there and it’s stronger than you think.