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  • Writer's pictureChristina Cunningham Spinler

Looking beyond the everyday

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

Living a well lived life!

In our fast-paced and hectic world, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. However, when it comes to mental health, taking a broader perspective is often essential for maintaining emotional well-being and reducing stress and anxiety.

Looking beyond the everyday means taking a step back from your immediate surroundings and focusing on the bigger picture. This might involve asking yourself questions like "What are my long-term goals?" or "What really matters to me in life?" "What will really matter 5-10-20-50 years from now?" By examining your life from this perspective, you can gain a greater sense of clarity about what you want to achieve and what actions you need to take to get there.

Another way to look beyond the everyday is to engage in mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises. These techniques can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and gain a deeper understanding of your inner world. By cultivating mindfulness, you can develop greater emotional resilience and become better equipped to handle stress and difficult emotions.

It's also important to remember that mental health is not just about the individual. Our relationships and connections with others play a significant role in our well-being. Therefore, it's important to look beyond our immediate needs and consider how we can contribute to the well-being of those around us. This might involve volunteering, engaging in community activities, or simply making an effort to connect with friends and family.

Finally, looking beyond the everyday means recognizing that mental health is a journey, not a destination. It's important to prioritize self-care, set realistic goals, and be kind to yourself along the way. By taking small steps every day, you can create a healthier and more fulfilling life for yourself and those around you.

Yes, looking beyond the everyday is essential for maintaining a balanced life and well-being. By taking a step back, engaging in mindfulness practices, prioritizing relationships, and recognizing mental health as a journey, not a destination, you can create a more fulfilling and meaningful life for yourself and those around you. Remember, taking care of your mental health is an ongoing process that requires attention, effort, and compassion.

Personally, I have committed the first 30 minutes of my day to my self-improvement and meditation practice. In addition, I prioritize maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As a family, we make it a point to embark on an "adventure" at least once a month. These excursions could range from RV camping to exploring new places, and we allocate a budget for short travels. As I have grown older, I have come to realize that I used to wait for the perfect time or the perfect circumstances to pursue new experiences. However, as I entered my 40s, I recognized that I needed to create the time and budget for these adventures instead of waiting for them to happen. We began with camping and hiking and gradually expanded our horizons. My father said to me often (and still does), "Stop waiting and get in the game!" so I encourage you to start small and take that first step towards new experiences.


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