Relax completely and master everyday life like a Buddha: stoic and laid-back instead of stressed and irritable – for many this can be a long road with regular meditation practice, mindfulness training and relaxation seminars. If this all sounds too much like hard work, you could first try out the following mental techniques:
- Enjoy doing nothing: for some people, doing nothing might involve active meditation. For others, it is a lazy day spent in bed without worrying about missing out on something. Try this experiment: spend a week without planning any appointments or other spare-time fillers.
- Save special things for special moments: whether it’s a piece of cake or a text message from an important person. Simply test how long you can resist grabbing the “marshmallow” and observe how your anticipation grows.
- Take pleasure in boredom: overstimulation from smartphones and Co. leaves little room for boredom. Which is a shame really, because boredom can be really enjoyable – if it is practised with the right mindset. Here’s a little exercise for the waiting room, traffic jam or tram ride: instead of seeking distraction from your smartphone, just allow your own thoughts to wander from daydream to daydream.