Have you ever awakened feeling anxious or had a knot in the pit of your stomach? Not a good way to start your day. This has happened to me on more than one occasion and I can tell you from experience that you can change these feelings and get your day back on track. Here are a few tips to help you change things around.
1. Meditate – My favorite way to start the day. I like guided meditations and one of my favorites is Denise Linn’s “33 Spirit Journeys.” They’re only 10 minutes each but they somehow manage to bring a welcome calmness with selections such as Serene Inner Peace and Relaxing and Releasing. I also love Esther Hicks “Getting Into The Vortex” with meditations on general well being and physical well being along with a couple of others. These are about 20 minutes each and so worth your time. Deepak Chopra also has several good series that i highly recommend.
2. Gratitude – Take just a few minutes to write down 5 things you’re grateful for. I have been doing this off and on for years, ever since Sarah Ban Breathnach introduced her book, “Simple Abundance” and spoke of the importance of keeping a gratitude journal. Writing down five things you’re grateful for changes your focus to something positive which honestly, does make you feel better.
3. Walking/Exercise – Try to squeeze in a 15 – 20 minute walk before work or with the baby in the stroller and enjoy all the beauty mother nature has to offer. Leave the cell phone at home and instead, be aware of your surroundings and just relax.
4. Change Your Thoughts – The law of attraction states that whatever we think about, we get more of. If you’re thinking negative thoughts, you’re probably going to continue thinking negative thoughts. Instead, as Esther Hicks would say, “Reach for a better feeling thought.” It really does feel so much better.
5. Visualization – Can you spare just one minute? Try sitting quietly, taking a few deep breaths and picturing the way your life would look if everything were exactly the way you’d like it – your job, your home, your finances, your relationships, etc. Now lean into it a bit and really feel it. It looks and feels pretty good, doesn’t it? Actually, you might want to try doing this 2 or 3 times a day, just for a few seconds. As that old (very old) saying goes, “What you think about, you bring about.”
Well, I hope that helps. It works for me and I have to admit, I feel pretty terrific most of the time! What do you do to change the way you feel? I’d love to hear from you.
Have a beautiful day!