I get asked this a lot. Some of the things may sound very simple but they’re really hard to do –
A. Be kind to people around you, especially to yourself — this sounds much easier than it is. Very often we’re the hardest on ourselves. It’s ok if you don’t want to exercise one day or if you don’t want to get out of bed. We’re often also our biggest critics — kindness to ourselves goes a long way.
B. The one thing that changed my life is Gratitude. I was taught gratitude as a child but I didn’t fully understand what true gratitude was until the pandemic. That’s when I realised how incredibly lucky we were that we were together as a family — and that we were protected and safe and comfortable. I started feeling gratitude for every little thing. I felt overwhelmed with gratitude. Life has never felt more beautiful. The more I’m grateful for, the more abundance comes my way! This is perhaps my most important tip for mental and emotional well being.
C. We live in a world where the only constant is change. Learn to adapt to change and you will be a winner. My mom was born in India and had lived in India till she was 58 years old. Then she had to move to the U.K. She’s made a life for herself here — she’s made friends, she learnt to make her way around London and get used to a different culture and way of being. And she never complained. Today at 82, she has made a beautiful life for herself by embracing change.
Never before has change been so important — every single structure is changing, the businesses we grew up with are changing, the way we work and live is changing, even the clothes we wear are changing. Embracing change is a necessity not a luxury anymore.
D. This is life — it will have ups and it will have downs.
I have seen people who trust someone or something — a God, a prophet, the Universe — lead happier lives because no matter what happens, they have their faith and it carries them through their darkest hours.
Recently I met a highly Spiritual healer whose daughter was very unwell. She lost her daughter a few weeks after I met her. She was totally shattered and broken but she kept saying she doesn’t know why the Universe did this but she trusts the universe — wow!
I’m learning to trust the Universe in the things that happen in my life — I’m learning that when things don’t work out, it’s because it’s not in alignment with the Universe at that point.
E. The people that I know who lead incredible lives — physically, mentally and emotionally are those who have a purpose in life. They find their Ikigai — something that they’re good at doing, that they enjoy doing, that the world needs and that they can be paid for!
When you find your Ikigai — every aspect of your life just falls into place!
Bonus Tip: Prevention is better than cure. Take care of your health.