Live for the moment!! Be more spontaneous!!
There is a lot of information around about how being more mindful and living in the moment can be good for our health and wellbeing. I think being spontaneous ties in really well with this idea.
In today’s busy world , we often have to organise and juggle arrangements to fit everything in and have lost the art of being spontaneous. When did you last decide to forget about your plans and do something completely on the spur of the moment?? Our schedules can be so fixed our daily activities can become just a list of chores to be done and crossed off an actual list or a mental one.
Hugh O’Donovan (hoda.ie) is a coaching psychologist and says spontaneity can have huge benefits for mental health and wellbeing. Examples of this might be something really simple like walking/driving to work a different way or surprising your partner with a present or deciding to plan a mini break away. He goes on to say as children we are spontaneous but as we become adults we tend to lose this behaviour. Behaving more like children ie being in the moment, taking risks, being curious and exploring, helps us to keep experiences fun and alive rather than mundane and boring.
Another effect of spontaneity is it allows our brains to flourish in a creative way, not always thinking and being restricted by our busy schedules. That sounds so freeing doesn’t it??!!
Kenneth Hellman , a behavourial neurologist , says people often experience a feeling of joy when say painting, writing a poem doing some knitting or crochet or something creative.
For some people it might be getting a new haircut or changing the colour of your hair! Getting a temporary tattoo or even something like a new shade of lipstick! Taking your dog somewhere new for a walk rather than the same old routes!!
Dr Hilary Jones says being spontaneous can even reshape our brains as doing new different things results in our brain making new connections between its cells and consequently boosting our brain capacity which as we age will help buffer the effects of mental decline.
Professor Slingerland (University of British Columbia) explains success is not always a result of thinking or trying harder. In a world where we’re switched on 24/7, he says “The power and grace of spontaneity can help us make better sense of our work, our goals and our relationships”.
I am definitely going to try and start being more spontaneous! This behaviour sounds like a lot of fun and it may well help my brain as I get older. A win win situation!!
Love and best wishes,