There’s this phase in your life that will push you to your limits and make you question your strength. It’s called your 20’s. It’s that tricky part of life where you have to transition from being a dependent child into an adult who’s supposed to have everything together.
It’s an extremely difficult transition that I think should be part of every school’s curriculum. Every school in Kenya and the world should have a “How To Adult” course because this is the most depressing stage of life and sometimes even I have my moments of total breakdown. Do you?
It’s tough, but hey, you’re an adult. You’re supposed to be the strong force for your little nieces, nephews or probably kids. How do you maintain your Zen? I have a series of practices that help me;
-Doing something that excites me everyday
I got back into reading books at the start of this year and what started as a struggle is probably now one of my favourite things to do. I got so carried away at an Inama Bookstore the other day, that I left with 6 books. That’s a lot for someone who reads one book in 2 weeks. Reading excites me nowadays and I love that it helps me feel so relaxed.
-Doing something good for me health wise
When you do something that you know is good for your health, you tend to feel a mood boost. Depending on what I’m feeling my something good could be exercise, reading a book, consciously drinking water throughout the day, eating a healthy meal, etc.
-Having a healthy everyday routine
It’s not healthy to check your phone immediately after you wake up. The few moments after you wake up can determine the outcome of your day. You don’t want to wake up to some upsetting news on WhatsApp, or scroll through Instagram and get a heavy dose of FOMO, or check emails and get lost in that black hole, etc.
Instead, start your day with a few positive affirmations. Tell yourself it’s going to be your best day yet. Drink some water, write down your goals for the day, whip up a beauty recipe, etc. These are all positive things you can implement every day.
I really can’t emphasize this enough. Ever since I started this gratitude jar, I always feel lighter and happier. It’s not easy to appreciate a drop of water, a breath of fresh air in the morning or a child’s laughter. But when you do, you feel a ball of stress float away. Works every time. Try it.
Having a hobby that you can take part in everyday is not only good, but highly encouraged. I treat my hobbies like my escape. Something like reading a book becomes something I look forward to. Developing an everyday hobby that makes you happy will definitely contribute to your overall wellbeing.
How do you maintain your Zen? I’d love to hear what your everyday me time sounds like. Comment down below with your list of chill activities. What do you think about mine?
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