Monday, June 27, 2011

Staying sane in an insane world

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on Jun 13, 2011

Run, skip, jump, dive, kick, bowl, - if life were a sport, you would have been a star. You keep running from pillar to post making deadlines meet, you jump over the minor hindrances that crop in your path, you dive clear of our bosses and adversaries, you skip boring conferences and weddings, you kick out unwanted guests and irreverent subordinates and you bowl maidens over. But as new boundaries are drawn up and new players join in your game with their own strategies and plans, you start feeling the heat and the pressure. Everyday, you have to deal with conflicts, demands, upswings, downswings, mood-swings, outbursts, anxious moments and unlimited stress. You need a break but you can't leave the game. So how do you stay sane in this crazy world?
  • Focus on your goal: Determine what is going to be your main interest in life e.g you want to become a more conscious individual and contribute something to inspire and uplift others
  • Take charge: Only you are in-charge of your life. Pay heed to advice, but take your own decisions and have the guts to follow through with them. Be prepared to take responsibility for their consequences, whether they are good or bad 
  • Form a community: Having a support system of friends, relatives and colleagues is very important, especially when the going gets tough
  • Question everything: Break the monotony of routines and habits. Step back and ask yourself why you are living the way you are. Unlearn and become enlightened in turn.
  • Meditate:  It will help you stay calm and de-stress
  • Read: Read anything that will help you understand yourself and the world. Create experiences to apply and validate what you learn
  • Travel: See, appreciate and learn about different places, people and cultures. Just weekend retreats into wilderness can be absolutely refreshing.
As Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts." Play your part well and you'll be known not only for who you are but also for what you do.

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