Top 10 Ways of Developing Self Awareness
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
May 20, 2011
Filed Under Self Help
Contributed by Korina Rossi, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Endless meetings at work, traffic, and everyday stress can give anyone the sensation of spinning out of control.
But finding your center and developing self awareness can be as easy as following these time-tested steps.
Here are my top ten ways to center yourself:
10. Scented Candles
Strike a match and light your favorite scented candle, and you’ll find yourself on the highway to serenity. Aromatherapy wields such power because most humans respond emotionally to specific scents, such as a whiff of a lavender candle.
9. Green Tea
A cup of green tea is like an eight-ounce hot tub. Drink your tea without sugar or sweeteners, and the antioxidants will begin to work their wizardry of rejuvenating your mind and body.
Silence can be an effective way to find your center. Turn off the music, car stereo, and cell phones, but don’t forget the annoying whir of computers and laptops. Then close your eyes and luxuriate in silence.
7. Take a walk
Did you know that vitamin D deficiency can cause fatigue, obesity, and depression? To combat these symptoms, take a brisk walk in the sunshine, one of the major sources of vitamin D.
Any variety of exercise releases endorphins that cheer you up and relax the mind, but yoga is especially helpful because it can be done anywhere. Keep a spare yoga mat in the office, and you’ll be able to relax before important meetings.
Worries, ideas, and lists often keep our minds so preoccupied that finding one’s center is impossible. One way to purge the stress is to write it all down in a journal.
Yogis have been perfecting breathing exercises for thousands of years, punctuating the importance of deep breathing for the quiescence of the mind. One easy way to do this is to lie down comfortably, place a hand on your stomach, and focus on using your diaphragm to breathe.
3. Take a trip
Shake up your daily routine by taking a short trip, especially if you can find a flight or cruise deal: the novelty of packing, being someplace new, and interacting with friends and family will reanimate your senses.
Thought not a quick fix, adding more fiber to your diet has long been known to furnish mental clarity. Look for fiber-loaded cereal bars and other supplements that you can incorporate into your menus.
1. Take a nap
If you’re sleeping less than eight hours every night, sleep deprivation could be causing you to feel off-kilter. Remedy this by lowering the blinds, turning down the lights, and taking a power nap.