We’ve all had them: those "off" days where you just don’t feel like your usual self. You don't feel sick, but you don't feel completely okay, either. There isn’t anything specific wrong, at least nothing you can immediately identify. It might even be hard to pinpoint exactly how you're feeling.
But something definitely feels a little different, and not in a good way.
When you find yourself having an off day, the last thing you want to do is overreact, as that just lays the groundwork for things to get worse. Instead, use the following tips to help you get back to your usual self as quickly as possible.
The dictionary defines aura as "a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source." When we describe the aura surrounding someone, we're typically referring to the atmosphere surrounding the person and the energy the person gives off.
For instance, we describe someone as having a peaceful aura when we perceive an atmosphere of tranquility and calmness around them.
Just as every person possesses a unique aura that radiates from them, we can think of every relationship as having its own unique aura as well.
There are likely plenty of occasions where you choose to go out of your way for someone you care about. It's a choice you make willingly, and you feel good about it. But what about those times when it's not so much that you're willing, and more that you feel pushed, coerced, obligated, or motivated by guilt?
If you've ever been pressured into going along with a situation you weren't entirely comfortable with to accommodate someone else's priorities, you know how unpleasant it is both in the moment and afterwards. Depending on the circumstances, you may have been left feeling slightly uneasy, extremely uncomfortable, or perhaps completely overwhelmed. If it happens repeatedly, you're liable to wind up feeling frustrated and resentful.
In today's fast paced world of busy schedules and endless rushing, it's easy to find yourself running on automatic. As soon as you clear one thing off your plate, something else needs to be done and someone else wants your attention.
With so much going on, the prospect of slowing down and taking time to develop self-awareness might be a little bit daunting. It might even seem like a waste of time. But self-awareness is the very skill you need to navigate through all the confusion and chaos.
How do you stray strong and keep your composure in the midst of challenges? How do you keep from being swept away when the currents of life get rough and choppy? How do you stay centred when unexpected events threaten to knock you down and throw you off course?
Rituals can help. Regardless of whatever is going on in your life, meaningful rituals can shift both your frame of mind and your physiological state, so you're better equipped to maintain (or regain) your bearings in any circumstance.
Here are five kinds of rituals that will support your total well-being, while helping you stay strong and centred as you go through challenging times.
Tips for achieving optimal wellness, inside and out.