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The 2 Steps to Embracing Sudden Realizations

The 2 Steps to Embracing Sudden Realizations

    Realizations (n): 1: an act of becoming fully aware of something. 2: the fulfillment or achievement of something desired or anticipated.

    How many times have you been hit by a sudden realization? An epiphany of some sort?

    It happens at random times.

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    Whatever your realization may be, no matter how big or small, it’s meaningful. You should listen and pay close attention to whatever you’re thinking at that very moment. These realizations are rare and easily dismissible.

    They are also potentially life changing.

    Step 1: Realization

    Suddenly realizing something is the first step to implement any kind of change in your life. Why? Because you are now aware of something you previously weren’t. If motivation is found within, these realizations add fuel to the flame.

    Your realization is just the beginning. Acting on it slowly reveals the journey that you may be taking.

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    It is easy to dismiss these realizations because it’s hard to initiate something challenging and mysterious, something that will probably take you out of your comfort zone. Let me just say this: don’t ignore it and follow through. This is what you might have been looking for all along.

    Whenever you’re hit with a realization, I want you to pause and think about it:

    • Why all of a sudden am I becoming fully aware of this thought?
    • Could this realization be a start to finding answers or a solution to my current situation?
    • Why now? And if I ignore it, will it come back later?
    • What doors could open up when embracing this sudden realization?

    Here’s a fact: you can’t stay the same. So maybe these realizations are tantamount to change. Change for the better.

    Step 2: Put it into practice

    Once you get a grasp of this realization and how it will play a part in your life, there is only one remaining step: put it into practice. Get the ball rolling. If you know this realization is going to better your life, then what are you waiting for? Start now.

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    One of my sudden realizations was about where I was in my life and what I could do to better my situation. I was failing college, had no goals or any passions, and I continuously wasted time and energy by doing things I didn’t even enjoy. I was doing this for awhile (2 years to be exact), but that one day it hit me harder than ever.

    Instead of ignoring it, I began unraveling it. Little by little I would find answers that would point to me a direction I was afraid of going. Instead of pretending I would remember, I wrote it down. I turned it into a goal. Use visualization to constantly remind you.

    Here’s something to think about: if you’re afraid of doing something, if it injects fear into you, chances are you should do it. Why? Because stepping out of your comfort zone will teach you things you never knew about yourself. You are not being paralyzed by fear, you are embracing it and using it to propel you forward.

    Start now, start small

    To get your realization into motion, you have to start small and you have to start somewhere. The point is that you are now fully aware of this realization. Don’t let it slip away.

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    Ignoring it would be denying yourself a rare opportunity.

    Implement your realization today. For example: if you know that you have to spend more time reading or exercising, start implementing that change today, little by little. Take some time off something less important and redirect it what’s most important..

    Do this daily by starting small. After a few weeks or months, look back at your progress. See how far you’ve come and look at the change that took place just by realizing something, initiating, and relentlessly putting it into practice.

    These realizations are part of our lives. This sudden awareness can be used to wake yourself up. Hey, it might even change your life.

    Will you ignore it? Or will you dig deeper?
    (Photo credit: Boy Saying “Aha” via Shutterstock)

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    Paul Jun is a content strategist, community builder, writer, and photographer. He shares motivational tips on Lifehack.

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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