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Steps to Achieve and Live a More Harmonious Life

By Aromafloria May 29, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments
Live a More Harmonious Life When many adults feel stress, they have a common reaction: I wish I were on a beach somewhere far away with a cold drink in my hand. And while that may sound like the dream vacation, underneath it all, it is not what we really wish for at stressful or difficult times in our life. What we really need is more peace and harmony. Through the normal obligations and stressors of life, you may believe that this goal is hard to achieve. But it can be easier than you think if you make it a priority to bring more harmony to your life. Everyone’s idea of harmony and a happy lifestyle is different; however, the steps you can take to achieve inner peace and a happier life are very simple.

Keep and spread love; disregard everything else. It is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself to surround yourself with those you love and those that love you. It is equally important that your inner circle are people you can lean on in times of despair and who spread positivity and light simply through their presence. The reason is simple: we become who we surround ourselves with. If we are constantly surrounded by love, happiness and positivity, we become more loving, happier and more positive with others and with ourselves. On the other hand, it is nearly impossible for loving and open people to not be impacted by another person’s negative moods. Unfortunately, there are people who have a knack for putting a negative spin on almost everything and those people have a way of bringing other people down their negative spiral. If you can eliminate those people from your most inner circle (if this person is your boss, it may be a bit more difficult!), you are already much closer to a more harmonious life. Lastly, remind yourself those outside your most inner circle (like that boss mentioned above) do not matter nearly as much.

Be compassionate. Compassion is an emotion that has a huge effect on how we live our lives. A harmonious life requires a lot of understanding on your part, and also a certain amount of giving of yourself. While constant giving of yourself is noble, it is not always ideal for inner well-being as you sometimes have nothing left for yourself. However, carving out some time to devote to others can bring some additional inner peace to your life. Learn to walk in someone else’s shoes, to see things from his or her prescriptive. This is harder in places like Long Island or New York City, where the pace of life is so quick. For example, if you are in a long, slow moving line at a coffee shop and are running late for an appointment, it is a common reaction to get frustrated or even lash out. But remember, the people causing the holdup have the same emotions you do. Try to breathe, imagine you were in their shoes and find compassion in your heart. It will only make you feel better.

Prioritize “me time.” We all know the drill: eight plus hours of work per day, a commute to and from, laundry, cleaning, taking one kid to baseball and another to dance, helping with homework, bedtime, never ending to do lists. It becomes repetitive and sometimes overwhelming. So overwhelming that many people lose themselves in their daily routine and the hustle and bustle. It is imperative that you make time for yourself to do something you love, or to do nothing at all. Even if it’s a fifteen-minute walk around the block, a lunch alone at your favorite restaurant, a lavender essential oil infused bubble bath, or some retail therapy, any amount of personal time could cause a significant impact on the quality of your life. Many people worry about everyone else and their obligations first, neglecting personal well-being. Put yourself first. And if you have trouble doing that remember you can only be as good of a parent, child, spouse, employee, person as you are and feel on the inside.

Live and let live. What makes this world a fascinating place is that everyone is different: in looks, in goals, in history, in beliefs. It is how we as a society survive. But it is also a major cause of stress. Many people become bothered, stressed or even offended when another’s viewpoint, lifestyle or circumstances don’t align with their own. And that is fine, you are entitled to your opinion, as is everyone else. But don’t let it affect your life. People are entitled to hold an opposing political opinion, tattoo their face or have pure skin, or eat a pound of bacon a day or go vegan. You are entitled to disagree. But do not let it define you or break your spirit because in the end you are only hurting yourself.

These steps may not necessarily be easy, but they are simplistic and with effort you can achieve a more harmonious life. Sit back with a book, a glass of champagne, a massage or some aromatherapy and live your best, harmonious life.

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