The idea of a bohemian lifestyle has always seemed magical to me. Traveling as an artist, taking each day as it comes, meeting new, interesting people- what's not to love?
Unfortunately, whether due to financial constraints or just the standard obligations of life, many of us can only dream. But all is not lost! We've got some tips on how you can to reap the benefits of a free-spirited lifestyle from the comfort of your daisy-chained cubicle.
1) Be Here Now
A wise woman once told me, "Anxiety lives in the future and depression lives in the past". It summed up my internal headspace quite nicely. The truth is, when we worry about what's going to happen in the future and try to plan accordingly, we send a strong signal to our body that danger is imminent, setting off a cascade of fight or flight hormones designed to help us flee a raging tiger- not ruminate on ex-boyfriends.
In much the same way, revisiting a painful or embarrassing moment from the past can hasten feelings of depression and helplessness- neither of which are beneficial to your present state. By living in the moment, you allow your body to remain in a calm state most of the time, which can protect your body from the negative effects of stress and help you live your best life. Besides, who has energy to waste on problems that aren't even happening?
2) Indulge Your Inner Flower Child
Flowers aren't just pretty- they're also incredibly healing. In fact, research has shown that the presence of plants can promote feelings of well-being, optimism and increased self-esteem. Additionally, studies conducted in hospitals have shown that patients who have plants in their rooms experience lower heart rates and faster recovery times than patients in rooms without plants. As if we needed a reason to buy more flowers...
3) Feel Grateful
We've all had those months. Every. Single. Thing. That could go wrong? Is going wrong. In times like these, it can feel nearly impossible to think of anything to be grateful for. But, alas, there is always something.
Anyone who's ever had a furry companion can attest- when you get home from a long day, and your dog is leaping through the air with sheer bliss (which is totally contagious): this is gratitude. And it can be replicated in a gazillion ways.
If all you can do is take a moment to walk outside, breath in fresh air and feel grateful for that...then happiness is yours. And in experiencing the sensation of gratitude, your brain is basically telling your body, "all is well", and simultaneously decreasing your risk for stress-related effects such as anxiety, depression, and even diabetes.
4) Kindness Counts
Everyone needs a little kindness in their life, and why not be the first to show it? Now not all free-spirits are kindness connoisseurs, but the truth is, the less stress you have on your plate, the more likely you are to want to share those good vibes. And small acts of kindness can go a long way in improving a stranger's day, while also benefiting your own health!
In fact, research has shown that the warm & fuzzy feeling we get after a good deed is actually the effect of dopamine, a chemical produced by the brain that is associated with positivity. So the kinder we are, the more positive we feel, which leads us to more acts of kindness. Sign us up!
And there you have it; aside from the obvious perks of a bohemian lifestyle, living like a free-spirit can actually improve your wellbeing and overall quality of life. So cheers (with our glass half-full) to positivity! And if you're in need of a little earthy inspo, check out our coveted collection of women's boho clothing!
What are YOUR go-to strategies for stress-relief and good health? Share with us in the comments!