If it were your last day on Earth and you took a few minutes to slow down and look back at your life, what would be the things you cherish the most?
I highly doubt you would say that you didn’t spend enough time at work. Most often the things that really matter the most are time, family, friends, experiences, love and any other abstract feeling.
On that note, I would like to take this time to suggest a few ways that we can live a fulfilling life amidst the hustle and bustle of life. These are five things that I have tried and they seem to work for me:
- Unplug: Designate a specific time everyday to actively engage in healthy conversations and/or activities with your family or friends. During this time ensure that you turn off or put down all electronic devices so that your undivided attention is on your family or friends. This habit will leave less room for regrets later in life about not spending enough time with your loved ones
- Plan Regular Activities and Trips: Depending on your finances and your schedule, plan frequent trips and activities with your loved ones. This may be weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Try to plan trips and activities that involve new experiences or things on your bucket list. This way you’ll be able to have lots of new experiences with the people who matter the most.
- Daily Meditation: You may do this first thing in the morning, last thing before bed or both. It is very important to do this. You need time to relax, refocus and visualize where you are in life and where you are going. This is also a good time to express gratitude for how far you’ve come.
- Take Care of Your Body: Exercise regularly and eat well. You may binge once in a while but overall health is what is important. Get your regular check-ups and be aware of your physical and mental health. All the money in the world cannot save someone who’s health has completely deteriorated. So try to prevent health crises as best as possible by taking care of yourself. You only have one life.
- Give Back/Pay it Forward: No matter our circumstance in life, there is always going to be someone else who is worse off than you. We each have problems that seem insurmountable to us. Purposely set aside time to help those who are in need. If you are wealthy you may consider regular donations to charities and causes that you are in support of. Maybe you have a lot of free time or flexible schedule. If so, you may offer your time to feeding and caring for the sick and afflicted or offer your talents to assisting children with homework or learning to play a musical instrument. There are so many things you can do. You only have to use your creativity.
You may also want to check out my previous post Five Tips for Strengthening Relationship or Is Mental Health Important? Tips on Taking Car of Your Mental Health.
Make time for the things that matter the most now instead of looking back when you are old with regrets and feelings of disappointment and unfulfilled wishes.