All of us have them, those dreaded days where you feel that things could not get any worse or what feels like all your difficulties are coming all in one instance, and goals seem unachievable. This post is meant to reflect on how to get through those types of days.
Tip # 1: Pray, Pray, Pray
It’s important to perform your daily prayers while having a bad day or feeling like you are having a setback in life. In fact it becomes actually a remedy and helps keep you focused. It takes your mind off of your difficulties and helps keep you focused on your true purpose in life. It helps you realize that prayer is not a burden, but more of a safe haven.
Tip #2: Stick to most of your To-Do list
When you are trying to obtain goals, you hopefully have a list or some type of reminder to remind yourself of daily tasks that you need to accomplish in order to achieve your goals. When suffering from a setback on your goals or in life in general, it’s important to try to do as much as you can on your list. It makes you feel like you are actually working towards your goals, and refocuses your energy, negative thoughts, and feelings you are having at the moment into something productive. When things seem out of control, it’s important to remind yourself of what it is that you can control and what you can do to move forward so that you regain some of that control, and feel more at peace.
When life starts to feel a little dull, there’s always a part of you that wants a change for yourself. Sometimes that change can be as big as moving away from everything you once knew. And when you do leap to make that change, you love every minute of it. You love that adventure you’ve been craving after so long. But then after a while, when things fall into place and you start to have a ‘routine’ in your life in this newly founded change, you desire that sense of familiarity. That place where ‘everybody knows your name’. That comfort of welcoming loved ones. This journey is what I went through when I relocated from California to New Jersey. I had to go through some adjustments when I moved, and I wanted to put some lessons I personally learned along the way that have helped me deal with this change. I hope it can help you as well.
I felt really inspired after reading an awesome quote on Instagram by author Safiya Hussain of a book titled, “Happiness Everyday.” It’s a book describing little ideas that can bring happiness to your daily life and day 138 went something like this:
Organize your space. Minimize clutter, file papers, hang clothes up, clean surfaces, throw out unused items. Keep your surroundings tidy so your mind feels calm and at peace. ‘And Allah has made for you from your homes a place of rest.’ -Quran 16:80
Even though I had been de-cluttering on and off, this quote along with the verse from the Quran really hit home. It reminded me of how Allah has made the purpose of our homes be a place where we can relax and love our surroundings. And somehow we add things without being mindful and end up in chaos that doesn’t always bring peace.
“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
If you follow the latest articles that have recently come out about de-cluttering, you may have come across Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” More specifically is the actual Konmari method which is what author Marie Kondo came up with in her many years of experience with tidying. Her main idea is to touch and feel objects and see the sentiment behind them. Does it spark joy? If it does then obviously you keep it. If not then dump it. I highly recommend you read her book because at the very least it was a very therapeutic experience for me to see my possessions in a new light. To see what I had been neglecting and holding onto and how that was adding baggage for me.
When life gets busy, you tend to forget yourself in the process because you are so focused on getting things done and getting to sleep on time to wake up the next day and do it all over again. I don’t know about you guys, but I am the type that needs an organized routine laid out for me in order to get things done and to put aside some time to focus on ME. A morning routine can be so beneficial because even though you have no control over how the rest of your day will go, you at least control what you make of it with the time you put aside.
At first, I found it a little difficult to wake up a little earlier than usual to do some activities for myself, but as the days went by I realized that if I don’t feel like putting too much time in on some days, something as little as 10 minutes even helped. Because of this, I put together some benefits of how having a morning routine may help you too. (more…)