Feeling good about yourself can seem difficult when you live in a big city: constant noise, stimuli from all sides, a constant stream of people in frantic motion…it certainly does not seem like the ideal condition for finding balance and mental serenity.
But while it is true that the context in which we live greatly influences our psychophysical state, it is equally true that wherever we are we always have at our disposal the most powerful tool without which well-being is hard to find: our mind.
If you also live in the city and sometimes wonder how to be able to feel good in your daily life, you’re in the right place: let’s take a look together at 5 practices to find yourself even while immersed in the urban hustle and bustle.
Wellness and the city: can they coexist?
The hectic pace of the city in the long run can be detrimental, constantly pushing us beyond our mental and physical limits; therefore, it is important to take care of one’s physical and mental well-being on a daily basis. If in the countryside, surrounded by greenery, you only need to step out of your front door and take a few steps to feel calm and peace pass through you, in the city it is certainly more difficult to regain balance and let go of stress. However, this does not mean that city life and personal well-being cannot coexist.
In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of activity proposals that aim to regain a state of personal well-being in an urban setting; if we used to consider our physical and mental well-being a secondary aspect in everyday life, to date it turns out to be as important as any other aspect in pur adult life. The very concept of well-being has changed its face over the past decades: the famous saying “business before pleasure” has slowly been transformed, taking on new nuances and giving way to “pleasure is also a duty.”.
Getting lost and finding yourself: feeling good every day is possible, even in the city
Taking care of oneself is a journey and, as such, experiences highs and lows: getting lost along the way is a common occurrence and is as much a part of the journey as finding oneself.
Getting lost in the city, however, is not only a spatial issue. The bigger the city, the more recreational offerings increase, the more clubs to go to, the more friends to meet, and all this abundance of stimuli can generate a sense of deep loss.
But, as always, there is a choice to see the glass half empty or half full, and this is where our ally mentioned at the beginning, the mind, comes in.
Finding ourselves sometimes is a matter of perspective: turning limitations into opportunities will give a new flavor to our city life. Let’s find out together how, through 5 small and simple practices.
5 practices to find yourself even in the city
Remember: pleasure is also a duty, so take these 5 practices as an invitation to take on the duty of your state of well-being.
- Open the map, choose a neighborhood you are unfamiliar with , and go for an exploratory walk; take a camera or your cell phone with you to photograph the details of the neighborhood that most call your attention.
- Walk home: during the first block focus on the traffic noise, then put on your headphones and play your favorite song; enjoy every note, get carried away, and notice how the music turns what’s around you into poetry.
- Once a week, walk into the first bookstore you come across on the street, go to your favorite section, pick a book that catches your eye, and, before you put it back, read the introduction and get inspired. You might meet the words you needed
- Wherever you are, stop and take 3 minutes to focus only on the greenery around you: the pot on the balcony, the seedling coming out of the crack in the sidewalk, the trees in the driveway…shifting your visual focus to greenery will stimulate immediate muscle relaxation.
- One day a month pretend you are a tourist in your own city and set your day to the question , “If I were a tourist where would I like to go, what would I be curious about?”
Choose an activity from the list and start today, experiment and then create your own list of practices that will help you find yourself in the city. Let me know what points you will add!
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