How To Live More Intentionally
Depending on who you ask, living intentionally can seem like an easy task or difficult work. Some take it to mean to live like every day is your last (and it very well could be) while others may look at it as just simply being present in the moment. Intentional living looks different to all of us, as it should.
Right now most of the world is inside on government and health care official's orders and advice. We are constantly plugged into technology and to other's lives. I can bet that your screentime shot up a good percentage as soon as you found yourself laying around the house. I do believe that this time can be used as rest, and IF this increase in screentime is providing you much needed *chill* time, then it sounds like you're doing alright. However, keep in mind, tv, social media, video games, and other types of screen time typically hurt our mental (and physical) health versus helping us.
As our screentime increases, it's important to remember to keep in mind what is most important in life. Usually, this doesn't come from comparing yourself to random strangers or even your closest friends on social media. It's about spending time learning to love yourself and those around you. (In case you didn't know, you can still love and admire people from over 6ft away!)
A friend of ours recently brought up the idea that everyone tries to "Keep up with the Jones's" and that we all do it in one way or another. I couldn't help but think he was right. We're always comparing to where we are in our lives to other people. We compare the things we have, the places we live or travel to, and even what we all look like. Our weight, our lifestyles, our true beings are always being compared and the comparisons aren't usually coming from outside sources like our friends, they're coming from own minds. They are our own benchmarks we lay down for ourselves based on what we see others doing around us.
The biggest way you can start living intentionally? Recognize your inner comparison talk. When your brain starts to say, "I wish I had their closet." "I wish I could travel as they do." "I wish I was as beautiful as her." take a deep breath and say to yourself, "I am exactly where I need to be in life. I'm working on becoming a better version of myself every day and I will receive everything I need in time."
Over the next couple of weeks as we continue to scroll social media to keep our boredom at bay, remember to keep in mind that everyone struggles, especially at this point in history. However, we will get through this. The tides WILL turn and until that moment, it's important to keep the following tips in mind on how to live more intentionally. These tips will also help you realize what parts of "normal" you want to return to once the pandemic subsides. (Hint: none of them contain the use of mindlessly scrolling.)
Try to get outside every day whether for a walk or just reading a chapter of your book. Keep the technology inside and enjoy the sound of birds and nature around you.
Keep in contact with your friends. Text messages are super easy and let others know you're thinking of them. Handwritten cards are always a great choice too. It helps to break-up the spam, junk mail we all receive.
Get in touch with your thoughts. Mental health is suffering for so many people because we don't have many distractions anymore. Now is a great time to get in touch with what you really need. For some this may be a change in diet, others a trip to see a therapist. Be honest with yourself and don't worry about anyone else.
Try some new recipes! Pinterest is a gold mine for delicious dinners and marvelous desserts.
Read a book. I recently started and finished a book in a week and it felt liberating. I cannot remember the last time I did that, 6th grade maybe?
Get creative without technology. I know some people live and die by using Procreate, but try painting on canvas or paper or handwrite some poems. Most of our brains are dying to run their creative juices again.
Start paying attention to the little things. How does your cup of coffee taste? How does the fresh air feel? Does your favorite candle bring back any fond memories? Try to bring your attention to all five senses at some point in the day. It will help you be fully present in the moment.
Learn to enjoy your own company. You have no one to impress but yourself!
As I mentioned before, when you choose to try to start living intentionally, it WILL look and feel different from one person to the next, so no need to compare! You've got this. Remember, a life change is always up to you! No one else can do it for you, but that's what makes the journey so grand.
How do you live more intentionally? Do you find yourself comparing your life journey to others? How do you combat it? I'm always looking for more tips and tricks to help. Leave a comment below or feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from you!