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Published Saturday July 18, 2020 by Jane AndrianovaArticles
When was the last time you truly felt joy and happiness? If you are not able to remember the last time you felt this, it’s time to bring those wonderful feelings back into your life. Where do these simple feelings and experiences of joy come from? We can laugh, we can spend time with our friends and family and we can do things we like, but still there may be a piece missing and these experiences are not present for us. Some of us may even feel like we do not have access to these feelings and we are in the darkness. This is why I want to share my own experiences and how I rediscovered joy and happiness in my life again and the inspiration to live to my full potential.
Tool #1: Remember what you liked/enjoyed doing as a child and what made you happy? Perhaps, this child in you stopped having fun when he/she was faced with the “adult” world. We all have a wounded inner child inside of us that needs our love, compassion and understanding. In my case, I loved doing aerial things and would spend hours going upside down and performing tricks on the bar installed in the doorway of our living room. Then something happened. I grew old and got swept away into the adult world.
Several years ago, I discovered aerial silks and lyra and my inner child was super happy to get back into it and continue learning new tricks. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as accomplished as I did after my first aerial silks class. There was a feeling of joy and satisfaction without any reason.
Tool #2: Keep your vibration positive and uplifting. Stay away from drama. I tell my clients all the time to stop watching the news and refrain from checking the work emails first thing in the morning. It’s very important to start off your day with something positive (for example, meditate, go for a walk, run, bike or yoga). If you set up a positive mood for the day, it will go much smoother. Whatever comes up, you will be less triggered and maintain more balance and calm. Stay away from people who bring you down and who want to stay in drama all the time. It’s ok to help people out, but be careful not to be sucked into their drama, it’s better to stay neutral in a place of love and compassion. You will get more things accomplished and will be able to serve others if you fill your own cup first. Surround yourself with people who make you happy and uplift you, especially during the times when you are struggling.
Tool #3: Spend time in nature. We forget what it’s like to hear the wind, the sounds of birds chirping, the waves of the ocean rolling in and the feeling of the grass beneath our feet. Our lives have become so busy that we really have moved away from nature, especially when we live in big cities. For most of my life, I used to live in big cities and finally it took its toll on me. I felt depressed and wasn’t sure how to get out of it. I feel much better when I am in nature and close to the mountains. Nature is very healing and even a 30 minute walk in the park can change your mood. It’s great for clearing your thoughts and getting clarity in any situation.
Those things mentioned above are just a small example of what you can do to bring joy back into your life. It takes courage and ongoing effort to consistently take care of your own wellbeing before you consider the wellbeing of others. But, I promise you, you will feel better after practicing for a while and you will be able to reclaim your joy and happiness!!!