TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Ikigai spirit of Japan is perfect for kicking off a day that is always beset with fatigue. Feeling exhausted after a day of countless activities could make waking up become an ordeal before one starts a day.
The Japanese, however. have the concept of ikigai, which is defined as the reason for waking up. But, it can also mean a purpose in life.
In Ken Mogi’s Awakening Your Ikigai book, this concept means beginning a day with a simple, self-accepting, connected to the earth, living for the day and finding happiness in small ways.
Adapted from The Independent page, here is an excerpt from the ikigai concept:
You do not have to go to the gym class at dawn or do physical activities that make you feel like jumping off your bed. It simply means walking, doing yoga in the living room, or even dancing at breakfast.
Many think that breakfast is the most important meal of a day, so make it nice. It does not necessarily mean making a dish you can post later on Instagram. Just like doing sports, simply opt for an interesting, easy-to-make menu. Fuel yourself with coffee, tea or a chocolate gift for breakfast.
3. Social interaction
There is no need to go to the nearest coffee shop, you can start the day with a short conversation with people in the house before leaving for work. If you have no time for a meeting, sending a short message to your closest person can keep your spirit up in the morning.