Moving to Shanghai is a mind-blowing experience in both good and bad ways, with the ratio depending very much on personality and mindset. One thing is certain, living in Shanghai tests namely one of our dear qualities: our patience.
We’ve all been in those situations where our palms are sweating, our teeth are grinding and our eyes are rolling due to inner frustrations over “Chinese idiocy”. And maybe even in situations where we let go and yell something Chinglish at that rude taxi driver or that pushy co-subway-rider.
But impatience, inner frustrations and not least anger only harm ourselves, so here’s 7 to more Zen in daily life in Shanghai…
There’s seriously nothing like conscious breathing. Take a few minutes every morning to prepare mentally for a new day by simply closing your eyes and breathe consciously. Deep inhale, long exhale.
Start your day with a big smile. Smile to yourself in the mirror. Smile to your cat. Smile to a stranger. Soon you’ll smile on the inside all day.
3. WAKE UP 30 MINUTES EARLIER
The absolute worst way you can start any day is with the feeling of being in a rush. Decide not to stress yourself and start your day with just a bit more time than usual.
Make as many of your everyday life choices simpler. For example: what to wear, what to eat, how to transport. Make a plan so you don’t use your precious mental energy on unimportant decisions.
5. THINK POSITIVE
It is said that any feeling is the result of our thoughts. Negative feelings are the result of too many negative thoughts and positive feelings are the result of enough good thoughts. Take control and decide that you want to think, feel & be positive.
6. THE GOOD OLD “COUNT TO 10”
If situations get tightened almost to a point where you want to yell or say something ugly to someone, spare yourself from the negativity and use the good old “count to 10”. But to spice it up try to add a positive mantra after each count – I personally like 1 Happy Day, 2 Happy days, 3 Happy days…
7. REMIND YOURSELF ABOUT HOW EXCITING YOUR CURRENT SHANGHAI REALITY AND EVERYDAY LIFE IS
…And exciting comes with a price as we say goodbye to the boring organised Western societies and hello to chaos, surprises & fun-times in Shanghai.