Dr. Deepak Chopra wants you to live your best life. In fact, he's spent the last few decades providing millions of people with the wisdom they need to change their day-to-day lives for the better. His teachings encourage major transformations—such as adding standing time to days that are mostly spent sitting, or sticking to an early bedtime routine for a good night's rest, rather than scrolling through your Instagram feed until you nod off to sleep.
A refreshing lifestyle change is also the philosophy behind Jiyo, Chopra's app/website combo that launched last June. "Jiyo's aim is to make users more aware, identify their unique sets of strengths, and create a pathway to making every moment of life count," he says. After 35 years of promoting a holistic way of living, Chopra is expanding his reach to a digitally adept audience who could benefit from self-care. And the wellness guru is ambitious in his goals. "My hopes are that Jiyo will connect one billion people, and help them lead healthy, spiritually fulfilled lives," he says.
"Life doesn't need to be stressful. Most people need to stop trying to do everything all at once." — Dr. Deepak Chopra
The app and website will host videos by Chopra with tips on meditation methods, as well as present articles about healthier diets, yoga, and more. After you connect the app to other devices, such as a Fitbit or Apple Health, Jiyo will track your activities (sleep schedules, exercise, and downtime) and offer suggestions on how to slowly change bad habits. Jiyo can provide you with ways to incorporate more movement into your day, or connect you with one of their meditation experts, who can guide you through techniques to help you lower stress levels. The app also allows you to journal your way through the day, so you can reflect on your progress.
Want to start applying the Chopra approach to your life, right now? The wellness expert gave Sweet his guidelines for how to anticipate and handle stressful situations. Not surprisingly, it all begins when you wake up.
Here are some of Chopra's tips for dealing with the day-to-day grind.
Wake Up Early
OK, so your parents probably told you countless times not to sleep in too late, but getting up at dawn really does have its benefits! "A good way to start your day is to allow one and a half hours between waking up and going to work [or school]," Chopra says. "In this time, you can fit in a meditation or some stretching exercises."
Put Your Life into Buckets
Multitasking might be a part of our modern world, but it can wear you thin in the long run. "Life doesn't need to be stressful. Most people need to stop trying to do everything all at once," Chopra advises. "I suggest dividing your days into buckets: sleep time, exercise time, family time, work time, play time, meditation time, and so on. From there, dedicate yourself to only one task at a time."
Use the S.T.O.P. Method
The next time you're going into a situation that could trigger anxiety—say, a job interview, networking event, even a party where you don't know everyone—follow Chopra's simple guidelines. "Humans need to take time to STOP, and I like to use the word as an acronym," he says. "S: stop what you are doing; T: take a few deep breaths; O: observe your body, and smile; and P: proceed with kindness and compassion." A couple of seconds of this can go a long way.
Now that you know how to tackle tough daily situations, try mastering Chopra's 10 points for improving the overall quality of your life.
1. Set Goals
Chopra Says: "Begin with an area of your life in mind. Choose an area where you have been struggling or would like to experience some transformation."
Chopra Says: "Meditation is a simple, yet powerful tool that takes us to a state of profound relaxation that dissolves fatigue and the accumulated stress that accelerates the aging process."
Chopra Says: "Exercise is one of the fastest and most effective ways to positively shift your emotional state."
4. Keep a Journal
Chopra Says: "Taking the time each day to reflect on the things that you are grateful for can help you maintain a positive outlook on life."
5. Conscious Communication
Chopra Says: "Find a way to clearly communicate your needs that improves the likelihood that they will be met. With practice, you can learn to express your needs, ask for what you want, and create more fulfilling, stress-free relationships."
6. Get Sleep
Chopra Says: "Restful sleep is essential to staying healthy and vital. When you're well rested, you can approach stressful situations more calmly."
7. Practice Yoga
Chopra Says: "Not only is yoga an excellent physical exercise that increases your flexibility and strength, but it also balances the mind and body, calming the nervous system, increasing the production of stress-relieving hormones, and releasing stored toxins."
8. Spend Time Outdoor
Chopra Says: "Spending time in nature can help you disconnect from your usual routine and receive a boost of energy, clarity, and gratitude."
9. Do Activities You Enjoy
Chopra Says: "If you make even a little bit of time for an activity you really enjoy, the payoff can be huge. You'll feel calmer and happier, and can deal with work and other demands better."
10. Receive Regular Massage
Chopra Says: "Taking time to carefully tend to our bodies can open energy channels."Take some time for yourself today and give your mind and body the breather they deserve