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How I Found My Passion to Make Everyday of My Life Exciting

How I Found My Passion to Make Everyday of My Life Exciting

Did you know that a recent survey[1] reported that more than half of all Americans are unhappy in their workplace? Do you often ask yourself, ‘what am I passionate about?’ Most people do. The dreams we have as children, even as young adults, often get derailed.

The good news is that changing the course of our lives, choosing a different path, is always an option. Change is terrifying and seemingly impossible to most people, but the reality is that we don’t have to make grand gestures or a complete 180 degree turnaround to start something new; to take that first step towards re-discovering what we are passionate about, what feeds our soul, what makes us the best possible version of ourselves and what allows us to live a life to its utmost potential, contribution and fulfillment.

Take the Following 5 Actions to Find out What You’re Passionate about

There are a number of suggestions [2] about how to find what you are passionate about, especially for when you are feeling lost and don’t actually know what gives you joy and inner peace. These are excellent ways to explore your interests and abilities, maintain your well being in all aspects and find the confidence to try new things, take risks and even learn from failure.

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Identify Your Talent. You Always Have One.

Can you do something well? It doesn’t necessarily have to be something you have done before or practiced as a child like playing an instrument or a particular sport. It may be something more aligned to your personality, experience and interests as an adult. Perhaps you are very funny or are good at making people laugh and smile, you may be an excellent speaker and feel confident speaking in large groups or in front of a crowd.

Through life and work experience, you may have discovered new skills or perfected potential that you wouldn’t have considered when you were younger. You might be good at motivating others, or have suddenly discovered that you are excellent at taking a fantastic photograph. Think about things that have stood out, that you know you do well, that other people tell you you do well and that you know you have a natural ability to improve on and perfect.

Find The Cause Of Your Genuine Happiness.

Keep it simple. What are the things that truly make you happy? They could be aspects of your life that are already present, like caring for your children or pets, tinkering with your car, going fishing, decorating your home, buying and styling new clothes, brewing beer, tasting wine, cooking a meal or tending to a garden.

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Seemingly mundane and every day activities that give us pleasure could open a window into our passions. If you pay close attention to the things you get excited about, you could make a self discovery that you hadn’t considered previously.

Think Outside The Box: How Can You Positively Influence Others?

It is easy to think that everything has been done before, that nothing you desire is new or innovative and worth getting excited about. So, why not redirect desire outwards? Instead of only considering what makes you happy, why not think about what can make the people around you happy?

How can you contribute to your family and friends, your community or humanity in general? You may love to play guitar and be really good at it, but have you considered how a beautiful song can make someone feel? How music can change a person’s day or perhaps see them through a difficult time in their lives? Considering not only what we can take, but also what we can give can not only be a source of fulfillment, but also a source of empowerment.

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Shared Passion Is Always Possible.

Discovering your own passions through the things that other people are passionate about is a source of connection that is unsurpassed. Have you ever been to a concert with thousands of people all experiencing the same euphoria and celebration and felt the power of universal passion?

Maybe you’ve been involved in a collaborative project or pursuit and shared common interests and expertise with others that allowed the exchange of mutual benefits and support. Sometimes simply doing what others are doing and enjoying is an easy way to learn about yourself.

Look What Your Close Relatives Excel in (And You May Be Equally Good at It!)

Look for the common threads in your lineage, your cultural background and your familial and kinship past. There may be hidden talents, passions and abilities that have been lost or curtailed over time that you can take responsibility for re establishing.

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There’s an old mythical saying that some things are simply ‘in your blood’. Why not test that theory? Was your grandmother a keen artist, or your grandfather a master craftsman? What are the people of your ancestry known for and could you do it too? You may tap into a pool of passion that you hadn’t yet considered, but that has been at the tip of your fingertips all along.

Make It A Life’s Passion.

Ask yourself if what you are passionate about is something you can realistically commit to or will it have a use by date, which is not always a bad thing. It doesn’t have to be the first activity or pursuit that you try out either. Don’t be afraid to fail or change your mind. That is part of the process and half the fun.

If you see the answer to ‘what am I passionate about?’ as a journey as opposed to a destination, the potential to tap into your passion is endless. You see, a passion isn’t merely an activity, it’s a desire and as they say…many roads lead to Rome.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2018

How to Calm Down When You Are Overwhelmed: 7 Quick Ways to Try

How to Calm Down When You Are Overwhelmed: 7 Quick Ways to Try

Do you sometimes feel that you add items to your to-do list faster than you tick them off? Do you spend most of your day worrying about your lack of time?

The truth is, no matter how much we love our job, or how productive we believe we are under stress, there comes a moment when the pressure rises above boiling point. The sheer number of urgent tasks multiplies in a geometric progression. New possibilities no longer sound inspiring, they sound overwhelming and equal more work.

If that’s where you are right now – keep reading! If not, it doesn’t mean you should wait until you get there to learn how to cope with a demanding work schedule and how to calm yourself down quickly when you feel overwhelmed.

Here are 7 quick and easy tips on how to calm down when you are overwhelmed:

1. Let go of a few activities

Yes, it’s that easy! Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself, “If I don’t do it today, will it matter a month from now?”

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Not every urgent task is important. Just like not every important, high pay-off task is urgent. The best way to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed and to manage your time is to know the difference between the two and learn to simplify your life by getting your to-do list down to three big tasks.

2. Take deep breaths to calm down

This advice sounds so simple it’s often overlooked. But it works better (and faster) than any other relaxation technique out there.

There is a direct connection between our emotional state and breathing. An anxious, frustrated or overwhelmed person breathes as if they have just finished running a marathon. A calm person breathes differently. Their breathing is deep, slow and steady. So when you have a panic attack, the best way to bring your heart rate down and to regain your cool is to change your breathing.

Try this now:

Take a slow, long deep breath in, filling your lungs with air and expanding your diaphragm. Hold your breath for four counts and then slowly release the air through your mouth. Repeat four times and notice frustration and the feeling of being overwhelmed dissolve with each long exhale of these calming breaths.

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3. Make “Just one thing” your mantra

When we feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks on our to-do list, it’s easy to enter the ‘deer in the headlights’ state. You see deadlines approaching directly towards you, and you know that something has to be done about them, but you just don’t know where to start.

The best way to get your mind out of an ‘inactivity trance’ is to create momentum. This is what makes the “Just one thing” mantra so powerful. It helps to change our expectation that everything has to be completed right now, “or else.”

Next time you feel overwhelmed make grabbing a cup of coffee your “Just one thing.” You can do it, right? Then come back, pick one of the smallest tasks on your to-do list and tell yourself you’ll do just that one task. This is your next “Just one thing” that you will concentrate on until it’s complete. After that you can move on to the next task and so on.

It’s not “One thing at a time.” Saying this implies that there is a huge line of other tasks waiting to get done and that’s not the message you want to keep repeating to yourself. Learn how to focus here and stop getting overwhelmed.

4. Reduce the multi-tasking and multi-thinking

It’s been proven that multi-tasking is very inefficient, to the point of dumbing us down (more than smoking marijuana does). The same is true for multi-thinking, when your mind frantically jumps from one thought to another, trying to focus on and analyze several things all at once.

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Fortunately, there is help. A few minutes of meditation or brainwave music is all it takes to start feeling more relaxed, more creative and less overwhelmed.

5. Get moving

Any exercise you engage in – be it walking or dancing to your favorite beat – helps to release endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ hormones, through your body and to clear your mind.

Staying active also increases your productivity, enhances your ability to combat stress and anxiety. It also helps you to release the tension, boosting your mood and changing the thoughts that induce the sense of being overwhelmed.

The best part is you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the mind-soothing benefits of exercise. Even as little as 15 minutes of dancing or jogging can go a long way towards making you feel better and staying calmer.

6. Change your surroundings

We all need and deserve to take vacations from work woes and family responsibilities. Unfortunately, spending two weeks lazing on a beach, toes in the sand and a Mojito in hand, is not always an option. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t take short ‘vacations’ from work stress and the technology buzz.

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Go outside for a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine. Stop at a park instead of driving straight home from work. Sometimes changing your surroundings and ‘spicing up your routine’ is all it takes to change your perspective on things and find creative solutions to seemingly complex and overwhelming problems.

7. Get some pet therapy

Studies have shown what most of us already guessed – our pets can be a great help during stressful moments. Simple actions such as petting or playing with your dog or cat can lower high blood pressure, boost your immune system and boost your mood.

Besides, pets can make the best conversation partners to share your frustrations with. They listen, they love you unconditionally and they never talk back or say, “I told you so.”

Final thoughts

Don’t wait for stress to hit you to start practicing these quick ways to calm down when you are overwhelmed. The best way to enjoy a worry-free life is not to push yourself to the limit of being overwhelmed and frustrated.

Featured photo credit: Dardan via unsplash.com

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