We tend to search for meaning in everything around us.

But often, we get so caught up in our routines that we lose touch with why we’re doing what we’re doing. This leads to lower productivity, a loss of interest in activities and tasks, and dipping creativity and happiness.

Losing track of our driving and motivating factors is tantamount to losing touch with ourselves—and this can have dangerous consequences, including detachment from work, our surroundings, and our routines.

To keep the spark alive, it’s important to stay connected with yourself, your beliefs, and the way you derive meaning from things.

These tips will help you keep things in check if you have a busy routine.

Morning Routine—And Morning Pages

Waking up an hour earlier than you normally do is a great way to fit more time into your schedule—but don’t waste this hour being lazy.

One of the best ways to make effective use of this hour is to do something that will help you achieve some mental clarity and bring your feelings into perspective—helping you go about your day in a way that’s more meaningful to you.

A good option is to start writing morning pages.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, the term entails writing as many pages of non-directional writing as you can when you first wake up.

The idea is to get everything in your mind on paper to help you make sense of things, as well as keeping you in touch with your inner self at all times.

Spend Time Every Week Doing Something You Love

Think of doing something you love as a ‘re-charging dock’—only, for human beings. This is because you’re happiest when you’re doing something you love.

But how many times a week do we find time for this necessary ‘re-charging’ session? Rarely!

We tend to blame this on routine, duties, and responsibilities, but what we don’t realize is that these happiness-boosting sessions help us maintain stable mental and emotional health.

So whether you join a once-a-week painting class if colors are your thing, bake cookies this Sunday if you love baking, or treat yourself to a luxurious spa day every couple of months, it’s important that you find something .

This will encourage positivity, making you deal with daily stressors a lot better.

Focus On Self Growth

Another way to stay in touch with your inner self is to slowly but constantly working on growing and improving.

And the process of self-development doesn’t have to take up too much time, with a time-flexible and science-backed mobile app, you can achieve better emotional clarity at your own pace.

One such app is NIKU-Neuro. Based on the principles of neuropsychology, the app functions as an online psychological counselor or a life coach to help you develop into a more emotionally and mentally strong person.

To download NIKU, visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.