Most of our vices stem from certain types of stress or situations in life that we don’t have control over. We use them as a coping mechanism, and try to overcome our mental dilemma by drinking, smoking, watching too much OTT content, having harmful relationships, etc. We lose ourselves in a world of illusions, a material world that looks glamorous and is always craved for. We end up comparing ourselves with others, our life with others’ lives, and end up getting disappointed and depressed. We need to build a belief system for ourselves that helps us grow and become better versions of ourselves.
The first step is acceptance, accepting ourselves as we are, loving ourselves, and being kind to ourselves. Then. we need to accept people for who they are, not banging our heads against the wall to change others or make them react or respond as we would like them to. The third step is to be open to change, to break away from preconceived notions and the the belief that things will never change, or that it’s difficult to leave habits behind.
So how do we start? Think about how we started creating habits. We did it once, then twice, then thrice, and then regularly.
In the same way, we can create new habits, of eating healthy, sleeping early, exercising, meditating, and so on. If we are capable of creating bad habits, we are equally capable of creating new good habits and, in the process, destroying old habits, shares Shraddha Iyer, master yoga trainer, SARVA and Diva Yoga.
One of the things we need to do to change our habits is daily meditation. It will help you understand who you are, find your real self, and connect with your inner being. It will help silence your ‘monkey mind’, the animal mind that is always reacting rather than responding. We are always too busy looking at things superficially; once we cultivate the habit of meditation, we get a deeper understanding of everything in life, and become aware of the true nature of ourselves and others, which is of love and kindness and grace and happiness.
Moreover, meditation increases the release of dopamine, the pleasure hormone or the happy hormone, which is excellent for health; it puts us in that happy mood.
Meditation also increases the release of serotonin, which is an important hormone for mood regulation. Depression reduces the levels of serotonin in the body, and meditation has been scientifically proven to increase the levels of the same.
Learn The Power Of Affirmation
We must cultivate the habit of speaking to ourselves. The mind is like a child. If you keep telling yourself, I want to leave smoking, I want to look thinner, I want to leave drinking, you are just telling the kid what not to do, rather than directing and guiding the mind to the right path. So let’s start telling ourselves and our mind: I am happy, I am healthy, I eat healthy, I live a healthy lifestyle, I am capable of great things, I love myself… the moment we change the way we speak to ourselves, that moment we will see the changes reflecting in our lives as well.
Try Mind-Calming Techniques
Different types of mind-calming techniques like yoga nidra and sound healing will help heal our mind, help us release anxiety, and make us more relaxed and calm. A sound bath is very scientific; it’s simple, it lifts the vibration of your body, and brings a harmonious balance by connecting to the rhythm of the healing bowl. It helps restore various functions of the glands and facilitates the secretion of endorphins in the body. It helps the production of melatonin, which is one of the hormones that helps us sleep better.
Take one step at a time, and use the techniques available to you. There a wonderful soundtrack for yoga nidra and excellent meditation aids available on the Sarva app, if you have need of them.