The word FLOW can mean different things to different people.
For some, it can mean that your day has lots of open spaces and for others, it’s an effortless transition between the many things that you have going on.
Think about what your ideal day would look like. Sometimes we are unable to change the reality of the obligations that we have on any given day, but if you know that you crave a few minutes to yourself to re-centre or that going for a run re-energizes you, it is possible to structure your day in a way that will incorporate these things.
Sometimes, it’s about changing the way you see things. A shift in perspective can turn a crazy, irritating day, into one that flows!
Here are 5 ideas that you can use to help your days flow.
Of course there are many health benefits to exercise – whether it’s cardio, weights, dance or yoga, but one that you may not think of, is that it creates a flow of energy. When you move your body, you release stuck energy (physical and emotional tension ) and this allows for energy to move through you in a balanced way.
2. INCLUDE SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE:
Pick at least one of the things that you’re passionate about and make sure there is time for that in your day. Whether it’s playing with your kids, reading a great novel, spending time in nature or traveling, there is always room for what is most important to you. Sometimes you just need to get creative!
… A game in the car with your kids as you drive them to swimming, a few minutes of reading a favourite novel before bed, parking the car and walking through the park to work or looking at travel magazines while you wait for an appointment. Of course, if you can find bigger chunks of time to do these things, even better!
3. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT:
Take just a moment in each segment of your day, to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want or on the current reality. If you want to have a smooth drive to work, focus on getting there quickly and not on all of the red lights you’re hitting. If you want the meeting to go well at work, focus on the result you would like and not on the person beside you that is asking irritating questions.
You have a choice in every moment to focus your attention. By default, it often goes to the things that are not going well or the things you don’t want, but you have the power to change that. Awareness is key.
A tiny shift from judgment or indifference to appreciation, can produce profound results. Whether you express this to others or just make it an intention for yourself, gratitude has the power to transform any situation. Choose to appreciate the positive qualities in your spouse or co-workers, be thankful for the joy you get from being with your family and friends, show gratitude for your home and the beautiful things you have.
5. CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE:
Every challenge is an opportunity. Likely, you’ve heard the expression but have you applied it in your life? Life will always bring up challenging moments – that’s how we grow. If you can begin to be open to the gift that every situation provides for you, it will change how you feel which will ultimately affect the result. It’s not always easy, and you may not always be able to do it, but even small a small shift can make a difference.
Our lives really are made up of our days. We have the power to create our days in ways that are fulfilling.
It might take a bit of planning but it’s worth the effort. The energy and vitality that come from having days that flow, will more than make up for the few minutes of organizing or the moment it takes to focus on changing perspective.
After a while, you won’t need to plan. You will naturally create days that feel really good to you and those you care about.