Life can be overwhelming. Maybe you're stuck and think that finding joy means adding one more task to your to-do list. I'm here to assuage your fears.
Where do you start?
Here's some food for thought:
1. Shift your approach
Let's say that you're swamped. There's no more time left to spare.
Bring in elements of joy throughout your day.
Focus on the aspects you appreciate at work. Maybe this means allowing yourself to pause every few hours and reflect for two minutes about which parts are gratifying. This could be a conversation with one of those favorite co-workers. Or maybe your office overlooks a beautiful tree. Take a second to relish in all of its beauty.
2. Find an activity where there is no outcome, but to enjoy the process
Our seriousness has its place, but sometimes it can take away from experiencing fun in the moment. I want to challenge you to think of something you can savor without the confinements of "doing it right" or "performing". When we expect ourselves to be perfect, it can be difficult to revel in the activity itself because we are so focused on the outcome.
3. Rekindle childhood memories
I used to enjoy going on the jungle gym. I've always craved that sense of freedom. This translates to my enjoyment into being outside surrounded by trees. As an adult, I love driving to vista points and being surrounded by the mountains.
For you, this might have been putting on your favorite pair of jeans, and from that day on, you feel in love with fashion. Or maybe you used to go to museums and now you find a sense of peace when you make collages from magazines.