You can use numerous strategies to switch your life from conventional to intentional. But, sometimes, this switch seems a bit more difficult. However, everything can be effectively started by incorporating new habits, which you can incorporate daily to help us live a more intentional life and deal with less overwhelm.
Here are three habits that can lead to a more intentional and mindful life. Before we jump into the list, it is essential to mention that balance is really important here, and while living an intentional life, you aim for balance rather than perfection.
Practice Self Care
Self-care can take many forms. On the one hand, you got the necessities, such as sleep hygiene, nourishing your body, practicing good hygiene; and, on the other hand, there are also additional treats that sometimes people incorporate and think about when they think about treating themselves – food items, incorporating a Spa day – there is a wide spectrum.
Some self-care strategies are really quick and simple; others need a little bit more involvement. While there is no defined right or wrong way to practice self-care, you will really need to reflect on what you need to feel better and good about yourself.
Sometimes, it can be something as simple as reaching out to a friend and having a good conversation; it could also be something like preparing your meal.
Mindful eating incorporates slow eating, really enjoying your food, and just being there in the moment with your food. Many people consume their meals while multitasking – they are either working, chatting with their friends, scrolling through their phone, etc.
Most people just rush through the meal to move on to the next task. If we can slow down the process of eating and savor each bite of our meal, the food won’t only taste better, but you will also be able to be in the moment and indulge in whatever you are eating.
Move Your Body
You don’t necessarily have to indulge in an intense workout regimen; rather, you will have to indulge in some physical activity that will make you feel good, such as taking up dance lessons, going for a walk, stretching, yoga, or becoming a member of a private country club, and indulging in fun group activities.
It can also be something as simple as getting out of your seatwork and walking around a bit, or ditching the car and walking or cycling to the grocery mart. Your goal should be to incorporate little pockets of movement throughout the day and gain long-term benefits in the future.
Including all these habits at once is difficult, so it is recommended to incorporate one or two habits at first and then slowly incorporate the rest in your life. Over time, you can continue adding more habits. Rather than trying out everything at once, we recommend having some victories first. The initial sense of accomplishment will help you incorporate all habits successfully.