The principal aspects of ikigai as stated by neuroscientist and author of Awakening Your Ikigai Ken Mogi are starting small and accepting yourself – connecting with others and the planet – finding joy in little things and being present.
Learning how to channel your ikigai doesn’t have to involve making monumental changes to your normal routine either.
Here are some simple things that you could try to increase your energy – feel more content and kick-start your day.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but you should also try and make it one of the most enjoyable.
So many of us dismiss a proper morning meal as a waste of time, instead choosing to rush out of the house with an insubstantial cereal bar.
However indulging in a flavoursome breakfast can give your spirits an incredible lift.
‘No matter where you are in the world if you make a habit of having your favourite things soon after you get up (for example – chocolate and coffee) – dopamine will be released in your brain – reinforcing the actions (getting up) prior to the receipt of your reward (chocolate and coffee)’ Mogi wrote.