Confession: I’ve gone a little mad before.

When I was in high school, I signed up for too many sports, too many clubs, and said “yes” to too many things. This would usually leave me in a state of panic as a paper was due the same day as a soccer championship and a friend’s birthday.

No big surprise here, but this same habit has now carried over to my adult life. But now… I have a few more tools in my toolkit to try and find balance. One of them? The podcast series “Oprah Super Soul Sundays”.

In general, people fall into two camps – Oprah-Haters and Oprah-Fangirls/boys. My feet are planted firmly in the latter.

I’ve been an Oprah fan for a long time. Watching her in 90’s shoulder pads, crying along with her guests. Watching on as Tom Cruise danced wildly on top of her couch. She has amassed a strong fellowship of spiritual leaders as friends and in “Super Soul Sundays” she brings these leaders to her home (usually her Maui Ranch, with tropical birds chirping in the background… swoon) and then gets root of what brings them joy, happiness, balance and inspiration.

If you don’t have time for a podcast, don’t worry dear friend. I’m summing up the top lessons I have learned from Ms. O on how to Own your day-to-day and find a way to beat the madness.

Be Grateful. Gratitude is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make a major shift in your life. What to be grateful for? Just look around. I try my best to keep a gratitude journal, or on nights when I am too tired, I simply think about the three things I am grateful for from that day. Recent entries? That there is daycare at Barre3 for only $5 for an HOUR. Our easy access to clean water. The high schoolers, across the country, standing up for gun control. Ellenos Greek Yogurt.

The list goes on, and on, and on and on you guys. And that’s the great thing about gratitude – it multiplies and grows bigger. If you only focus on the things you don’t have (money, clothes, etc.) you will never have enough.

Yeah… but how? Write, or think, daily about what you are the most grateful for. Make mental notes throughout the day about what these are and why you’re grateful.

Meditate. OK, this one’s the most woo-woo. But it’s also a strategy used by top Silicon Valley CEOs and studies have found that it helps everything from your sleep, to your memory, to your emotional intelligence and empathy. Think of meditation like a spa visit for your brain piece.

Yeah… but how? It’s actually super simple. Find a comfortable place to sit (no laying down) and then set a timer for 5 minutes the first time. Then just focus on your breathing. In through your nose, out through your mouth. If your mind wanders, just bring it on back to the breathing. Apps like Headspace can also help as you’re starting out!

Switch It Up. “To make any kind of progress, we need to imagine a different reality and believe it’s possible.” – Tali Sharot, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London. It’s the easiest to fall into the way something has always been done. It’s a lot harder to switch things up. Yeah… but how? Get outside. Walk to work. Invite someone out for a lunch that you don’t know. Ask to be in a big meeting, or a part of a big new business pitch. Switch. Up. Your. Life.

If you’d like to join the Oprah cult, or just want to hear more from interesting minds such as Jordan Peele, Gretchen Rubin and even RuPaul, please search “Super Soul Sundays” or just “Oprah” in your favorite podcast player.

 

Written by R\West PR Director, Molly Ishkanian