One way to improve your wellbeing: cultivate awe
The lingering strains of the pandemic, combined with staffing shortages, have left many of us feeling drained. As we prepare for spring, we also enter a cycle of renewal and hope.
This is a time to refresh our energies, calm our anxieties and invest in our wellbeing. One potentially powerful intervention is rarely talked about in the workplace: the cultivation of awe and wonder.
Like gratitude and curiosity, awe can leave us feeling inspired and energized. It’s another tool in your toolkit and it’s now attracting increased attention due to more rigorous research.
Beyond physical effects, such as tingling and goosebumps, and a lowered heart rate under stress, awe also affects us emotionally. It allows us to disconnect from the self and tap into something bigger. Renewal inspires creativity, hope and a desire to connect with others.
Where can you find awe and renewal? Here are a few ways:
- Take an awe-seeking walk in a natural landscape.
- Try brain teasers and optical illusions that help shift your perspective.
- Nature videos and music are powerful for stimulating wonder and renewal.
- Good news and stories of hope reinvigorate and inspire.
Do you have an awe-inspiring practice? Share it in the comments below.
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