8 hacks for a more conscious life
Conscious living… How do you do that? Sometimes it's so busy and you think so little about yourself that you don't even know if you're still breathing, except because you're still alive. Maybe a little exaggerated but you get what we mean. You do things on autopilot and don't really think about it. Only when you plop on the couch in the evening do you notice how busy your day has been and that you are actually very tired. That's why we have 8 hacks for you for a more conscious life. Read on quick.
Living more consciously means that you gain more control over your life. You make conscious choices instead of doing everything on autopilot and following the crowd. Think about the choice you make and the consequences of your actions. We have selected a number of tips for you that can help you live more consciously.
Be aware of what you eat
What fuel do you put in your body every day? Do you eat healthy and does this food give you enough energy? Or is it food that exhausts you and makes you sick? And what impact does the food you eat have on the world? Is it sustainable? Did the people who took care of your food fairly get their share of the profits?
Those are all questions you can ask yourself. So try to choose organic and fair trade products when you are in the supermarket. Give your body the fuel it needs to be and stay healthy. If everyone makes conscious choices more often and does not blindly put everything in their shopping cart, we can all make the world a lot more beautiful.
Look around you!
Constantly keeping up with the latest WhatsApp messages, emails, Facebook messages and Instagram posts on your mobile gives you a lot of pressure in your head unnoticed. When you're out and about, leave that phone in your pocket and take in the scenery. It has a calming effect, you see things that you normally wouldn't notice and don't forget to enjoy what you see. Who knows, you might even have a nice conversation with a stranger ;)
Go into nature
Go outside! Nature has proven to have a positive influence on your mood. That is already a plus, but it can also help you to get in touch with yourself again. Take in the surroundings when you walk somewhere, go out and visit a park, forest, beach or dune area at least once a week. This can help you feel better and is healthy for your body and mind. Take some time to think about where you are now and where you eventually want to go.
Rest and regularity
It is so important to listen to your body. Do not only take rest when you notice that you are reaching your limits, but rather before. Buy an agenda and write not only appointments in it, but also moments of rest or things you want to do for yourself. This structure is not only important with regard to rest, but also helps you to oversee what you are doing and what you still need to do. It can sometimes be a real challenge to really stick to your rest moments. But this is really a must! We just live in a world where everything goes very fast and you don't really give yourself any rest.
Meditation has been used for centuries to clear the head and create balance. Now you really don't have to sit cross-legged on a carpet with your eyes closed, unless you feel comfortable doing so. It can be as simple as closing your eyes every now and then when you're sitting on the couch and focusing on your breathing. Just make sure you have a good posture that you can hold for a while. You can start with 5 minutes and gradually build up. Each time it will get easier and you will notice that your head becomes calmer.
It is important to take good care of your body. And nutrition is an important link in this. When you eat too little, unhealthy or only takeaway, your body will eventually protest. Make sure you eat a varied diet with enough vegetables and fruit and drink enough water to purify your body. In addition to nutrition, exercise is also a very important part of living more consciously.
Sport is not only healthy for the body but also for the mind. Those who exercise regularly have a much smaller chance of developing a mental disorder. This is apparent from research by the Trimbos Institute on behalf of the Ministry of Health. Choose a sport that suits you and that gives you positive energy. This is different for everyone.
Take a closer look at your daily routines
One of the best things you can do to live more mindfully is to first look at your daily patterns and routines. What do you actually do every day? And why are you doing these things? Are you happy this way or does it feel like a daily pressure.
In order to live more consciously, it is important to take a thorough look at these questions. You only live once and that is why it is important to do as many things in your life as possible that make you happy and give you energy. If you do not do this, there is a chance that you will let yourself be carried away by the issues of the day and make choices that do not fit into your conscious life.
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