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Following passions that aren't based on reality can be really demotivating. Try Ikigai.

Pronounced Ee-kee-guy, this way of living believes everyone has a purpose in life that can make them happy to get out of bed in the morning.

Start Small

So what's the first step to finding your Ikigai? The answer lies in taking small steps that can improve your well-being.

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Start by creating a routine, whether it is waking up early and enjoying your first cup of coffee, or taking the time to write in your gratitude journal at the end of your day. It might sound silly, but these are small steps that can really help you have a better day. 

Release Yourself

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Accept who you are. Period. We all have flaws and imperfections and you don't need to impress anyone. As soon as we accept all of ourselves, we feel happier.

Quiz

What are some helpful thoughts in self-acceptance?

If I accept myself, I am giving up

I'm feeling anxious but I will be OK

I am scared to lose control

There is something wrong with me

Rely On Others

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We are all connected and everything we do has an impact on the lives. Try to create harmony in your relationships and friendships as they can help you grow and become stronger. Reach out to people to share stories that brighten your day, to share advice, to have fun, to dream etc.

The Joy Of Little Things

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There is joy in waking up and making a hearty breakfast or taking a morning walk before jumping into the day. Caring for yourself at the beginning of the day can help boost your mood.

What are your favorite things to do for yourself? Write them down and make a habit of doing them first thing in the morning.

Quiz

What are some toxic thoughts about self-care?

Self-care is too much work

My needs are not that important

Self-care is only about meditating

All of these

Be In The Here And Now

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Being present is not easy but try it with small steps: when walking, slow down your steps and notice your surroundings (pay attention to sounds, colors, smells, etc) and when eating food, focusing on the flavors and sensations in your mouth. These exercises can help you get out of the autopilot mode and bring more awareness into the rest of your day.

Summary

Finding your Ikigai starts with small steps. What do you plan to do differently this week to find your Ikigai?

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Adina Kaliyeva

Risk & compliance architect