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How to Get The Most Out of Journaling to Become More in Tune With Yourself

Have you taken a moment to really reflect on the thoughts that go through your head?

Growing up, I used to always write in diaries. I still have a journal that I wrote in when I was in 5th grade and oh boy is it entertaining to read through.

Of course, 10-year-old me didn’t have a clue how writing your thoughts out in a journal can be beneficial for you. Now 15 years later, after picking up the habit again, I realize that little Angela was on to something.

Writing out your thoughts allows you to explore your emotions and helps you navigate them easier. Here are 6 tips to help you start journaling and get the most out of it.

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Putting feelings into words and words onto paper is a powerful tool to help us be more in tune with ourselves and ignite change. Call me old-fashioned but the physical act of putting pen to paper makes us slow down and turn inwards like no keyboard can ever do.

Last week I wrote about how I use journaling to improve my mood when I’m feeling down. While writing that post, I realized that journaling helps me gain clarity, feel lighter, and connect with myself on a deeper level.

When I started journaling again, I always thought I was doing it wrong. While there is no right or wrong, today I want to share with you some useful ways to help you get the most out of journaling.

 

How to get the most out of journaling

 

1. Create a sacred place

Find a place that is quiet, inviting, and relaxing. You’re much more likely to get in “the zone” in a sacred area rather than in a noisy, cluttered, and stressful place. If your living room is poorly lit and you can hear the neighbor’s TV, go to another room. If your bedroom is the perfect place but it’s cluttered, make it inviting by cleaning it up. Here are some other fun ideas to creating your sacred place.

Remember journaling is your “me time” so treat it like it. This is your time to uncover and express your innermost thoughts. Once you find your sacred place, you can choose to play soft music, diffuse essential oils, turn on your salt lamp – do whatever you need to do to make it an enjoyable, relaxing activity that you look forward to.

Read this next: How to Prioritize Self-Care And Make Time For Yourself

 

2. Find your journaling style

Some people like using writing prompts, others like to free-write. Some people like writing paragraphs, some like writing lists. Some people like to write for hours, others only for 5 minutes. There are so many different ways to journal and the best part is that there are no rules.

To find what journaling style works best for you, you’ll have to experiment a little bit. If you’re just starting out, I always recommend starting with a guided journal with writing prompts. Pick one that stands out to you. Here are some of my favorite:

If you think you’re going to forget to write, a great way to get yourself in the habit is to keep your journal on your nightstand. Most of us tend to have 5 minutes to spare right before bed and it’s the perfect way to wind down.

Finding what works for you and your lifestyle is how you’ll stay consistent with it.

Read this next: 8 Tips For Building Habits That Stick

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3. Take the pressure off

Let go of the assumptions and expectations you have towards journaling. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to journal. You don’t need to be a good writer, journal every day, or write for hours.

Will your journal be messy? Yes. Will it make sense? Maybe. Forget about complete sentences, grammar, and punctuation rules. Remember your journal is for your eyes only.

Honestly, my handwriting in my journal looks like chicken scratch. I’m not worried about it looking pretty, I just want to capture my thoughts as quickly as they flow.

When I start to overthink it, I remind myself that it’s only a tool to help me reflect on my days on a deeper level and that I have the freedom to make it as simple as I want.

 

4. Be real with yourself and don’t censor

When you journal it feels therapeutic because it helps you digest and let go of the thoughts and emotions that you experience every day. If you censor yourself, you’re not letting yourself get the most out of it.

The best thing you can do to start journaling is to write whatever comes to mind. Turn inwards and reflect on what’s really going on inside. When we feel self-conscious or critical of ourselves, we tend to shy away from those thoughts instead of running towards them.

No matter if you think your thoughts are embarrassing, disappointing, or shameful – let your words flow without second-guessing yourself. Greet your thoughts with compassion and understanding so you can become more in tune with yourself.

You’ll often find that you’ll feel a great sense of relief when you release those feelings and come to term with them.

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Writing out your thoughts allows you to explore your emotions and helps you navigate them easier. Here are 6 tips to help you start journaling and get the most out of it.

 

5. Look for revelations

Journaling brings us clarity and often helps us discover what we want more and less of in our lives. As I mentioned in this post, I often come out of journaling and find that I have an answer to how I want to move forward with my emotions. I find myself writing and I suddenly have a moment when I think, “Wow, that makes so much more sense.”

Maybe you figured out that your social anxiety comes from childhood experiences that you had forgotten about and now you know how you can better navigate those emotions when they arise.

Or maybe you realized that waking up earlier in mornings definitely has an impact on how you feel throughout the day and you want to start doing it more. Whether it’s big or small, writing out your thoughts brings you the clarity you need to make sense of who you are and who you want to be.

Go with the flow. Pay attention to the revelations when available, but remember that not every session will bring clarity.  If you let it, journaling helps you gain a different perspective on life, the past, and your emotions.

Read this next: How to Set Monthly Intentions for a Positive Shift in Your Life

 

6. Bring yourself back to your why & adjust

Writing your thoughts out is meant to be a fun, stress-relief activity. If you start to find journaling annoying, frustrating, or useless, it’s time to go back to your why.

Why did you start journaling in the first place? How did you want to feel? Less stressed? Happier? More connected with yourself? Focus your energy on the good, the why, and the purpose.

If you’re still struggling, take a break from journaling and think about why you’re finding it difficult and unpleasant. Is it taking up too much time? Are you finding it hard to come up with something to write?

Reflect on what is causing the negative feelings and then make adjustments. Go back to #3 and take the pressure off yourself. Remind yourself that you can write for 5 minutes if you wish or that you can buy a guided journal with writing prompts to help you get the words flowing.

Make the adjustments necessary to bring yourself back to the joy of why you started journaling in the first place.

 


My best beginner advice: just start journaling. Start writing whatever you’re thinking at that moment and see where your thoughts take you.

Writing down your thoughts helps to make sense of your story, reconnect with yourself, and reflect on the person that you are and want to become. When you allow yourself to explore your feelings without limits, you begin to realize that the emotions you experience throughout the day become so much easier to navigate.

Now over to you … have you tried journaling? What benefits have you gotten from it?

Writing out your thoughts allows you to explore your emotions and helps you navigate them easier. Here are 6 tips to help you start journaling and get the most out of it.

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4 Steps to Improve Your Mood When You’re Just Not Feeling It

I have a confession: I used to be really negative.

It wasn’t until I understood the importance of mental health that I started to shift my mentality. But even though I try to be as positive as I can now, I still have days where I’m not in the best mood.

There are days where I’m just not feeling it and guess what? It happens to everyone, no matter how positive and happy-go-lucky they are. It’s part of being human.

Are you having one of those days? Trust me, we all get them. Here are 4 steps you can take to turn inward to get to the root of the problem and improve your mood when you're feeling down.

I’m all for trying to live life with a more positive outlook, but often, the best thing you can do is to let yourself feel and move through a low mood.

It’s important to understand that it’s completely okay to feel down. You just have to arm yourself with the tools that will help you improve your mood once you let yourself feel the emotion.

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The trick is knowing that we shouldn’t dwell on a negative emotion for too long. Let yourself feel it and then redirect your thoughts so the negativity doesn’t consume you.

Today, I’m sharing with you 4 steps that you can take to improve your mood when you’re feeling down.

P.S. I’m writing this for you guys as much as for me. Because we can all use a little reminder that it’s okay to feel down and it’s okay to want to feel better.

 

4 Steps to Improve Your Mood

 

1. Turn inwards and acknowledge it

Figure out what exactly you feel. Are you tired? Sad? Irritated? Worried? Angry? Once you’ve gotten to the root of it, sit with it. Let yourself feel it without trying to conquer it.

Think of sitting with a bad mood like talking out a problem with a loved one. If you don’t talk things through with your loved one and just pretend like nothing happen, the more likely the problem will happen again and it may be even worse than the first time around.

The same thing can happen with a bad mood. If you try to deny it and ignore it, it can come back even stronger. It wants to be acknowledged and explored.

“The more you hide your feelings, the more they show. The more you deny your feelings, the more they grow.” – Unknown

Trying to fight bad feelings to simply have them “go away” without reflecting on them isn’t going to benefit you or help you grow.

 

2. Allow for self-reflection and explore the feeling

Now that you know how you feel, try to explore why you feel that way. Approach the feeling with an attitude of openness and curiosity.

What’s making you feel bad? Was it not getting enough sleep? The way your boss spoke to you? That email letting you know that you didn’t get the job? Maybe you’re just in a bad mood for no apparent reason?

My favorite way to explore my feelings is through journaling. Since I usually have so many thoughts running through my head, journaling allows me to slow down and put all my thoughts down on paper. It’s also a great way to get the negative thoughts out of my head.

“There is no greater journey than the one that you must take to discover all of the mysteries that lie within you.” – Michelle Sandlin

Journaling gives me a fresh and organized perspective on my emotions and when I’m done writing, I usually know how I want to move forward with my feelings.

Once I begin to write, one thought leads to another and I often have a revelation of something that I would’ve never have thought of if I hadn’t written it out. Here’s a great method you can use to write through your emotions.

Once you understand why you’re not in the best mood and let it out on paper, it becomes easier to navigate and let go of.

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3. Think about the good that comes out of being in a bad mood

Feeling down comes with advantages. Let me explain.

When you’re not feeling your best, it can bring you so much clarity. Once you acknowledge and explore why you’re feeling a certain way, you can identify what you want LESS and MORE of in your life. If you’re struggling with gaining clarity, journaling can help you sort through your feelings.

See the bad mood as an opportunity to be stronger, smarter, and better equipped to handle all the things life throws at you.

It’s also helpful to think about what activity you resort to when you’re feeling low.

  • Maybe you like to sit at home and do nothing. The good: You get to relax.
  • Maybe you like to clean. The good: Your house is spotless.
  • Maybe you like to work to get it off your mind. The good: You’re productive and get a lot done.

“When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the many things that are going right.”- Annie Gottlier

Thinking about what you’re grateful for in general can also instantly boost your mood. When you shift your negative thoughts to positive thoughts, it automatically starts to change your mood. Visualizing these things and feeling the joy that they bring you is a great way to boost your spirits quickly.

Read this next: How to Practice Gratitude Daily for a Better Quality of Life

 

4. Do things that will uplift you so you can move on

Sometimes you may decide to lay low and ride out the mood. Other times, it feels great to get your mojo back.

While I believe that we should let ourselves feel and explore the negative feelings, we shouldn’t dwell on them for too long. Finding an activity that lifts your spirits is a great way to remind you of all the positive in your life. When you choose to focus on the things that bring you joy, the easier it gets to let go of the bad mood.

“What we focus on, grows.” – Esther Hicks

A few ideas to uplift you when you’re in a bad mood:
  • Call a friend
  • Spend time with your favorite person or animal
  • Do aromatherapy
  • Take a walk
  • Listen to music
  • Take a long shower or bath
  • Watch a comedy
  • Take a nap

Read this next: 12 Simple Self-Care Tips and Ideas for a Healthy Life


 

Like Faye Assee on Tiny Buddha writes: “Emotions — be they uplifting and joyful, or sorrowful and scary — come to us to teach us.”

It’s about how we choose to approach, deal with, and overcome the emotions that we experience that make a positive difference in our lives.

Now over to you … what do you do to improve your mood? Do you let yourself ride through the low mood or do you try to move forward right away?

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4 Simple Ways to Nourish Your Body and Give it The Nutrients it Needs

Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to knowing how to nourish your body?

When I first started my wellness journey, I knew that I needed to pay attention to what I was putting in my body to live a healthier life. I researched and researched and tried to completely overhaul my lifestyle all at once.

After months of trying things that were out of my realm of expertise, I found myself overwhelmed, burnt out, and frustrated. Sound familiar?

Taking care of your body doesn't have to be complicated. Here are 4 easy ways to nourish your body and boost your health.

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Looking back, I wish I would’ve eased into it and understood that being healthy doesn’t need to be elaborate or an all-or-nothing thing. Now, I’m all about sticking to the basics and taking baby steps to get to a healthier place.

When it comes to giving my body the nutrients it needs, nourishing food is at the top of my list. Nourishing food for me is eating plenty of whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein.

But there are also other basic ways to nourish your body and give it a much-needed boost. Here are a few simple ways that you can help your body get the nutrients it needs.

 

            Simple ways to nourish your body

 

Drink Water Taking care of your body doesn't have to be complicated. The 4 easy ways to nourish your body and boost your health are: drinking water, opting for smoothies, taking vitamins and drinking tea.

Did you know that being even mildly dehydrated can affect your energy levels and mood?

Drinking water is one of the simplest ways to boost your health. Among the many benefits, water helps to deliver the nutrients in your food and aids in absorption and digestion. Take a look at how much you should be drinking.

Some days drinking water is the last thing on my mind, but I’ve learned that having a cup or water bottle literally in my view throughout the whole day helps as a reminder. A few other things that have helped me:

  • Use the transition from one activity to the next as a reminder trigger (For example: before you jump into the shower, take a sip. Before you eat breakfast, take a sip)
  • Leave your water bottle or cup on your nightstand or in the bathroom for easy access in the mornings
  • Get 2 glass/stainless steel water bottles or mason jars: 1 for work and 1 for home. No more having to drag it back and forth.

The truth is, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. If you don’t like the taste of water you can find carbonated water or add some flavor to it with fruit.

The more hydrated you are, the happier your body will be.

Related post : 8 tips for building habits that stick

 

Make smoothies

I love homemade smoothies because they’re fast, healthy, and so versatile. They’re a great way to make sure you’re getting the daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies.

Smoothies are my go-to when I a) don’t have time to cook or b) don’t want to cook. Running late for work and don’t have time to make breakfast? Make a smoothie.

Get home late and are too tired to cook? Make a smoothie. All you have to do is throw in what you want, blend, and you have yourself a meal.

Smoothies are also perfect for sneaking in veggies. I know what you’re thinking (gross!), but fear not, you seriously can’t taste the veggies…like at all.

Some of my go-to veggies for smoothies are spinach, zucchini, cauliflower, and sweet potato. Other things I like to add: frozen bananas, protein powder, blackberries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, hemp seeds, and coconut oil.

The important thing to remember when you’re making smoothies to substitute meals is to focus on the quality of the ingredients. That’s why I love adding things like veggies, fats, and protein powder so I can get a wide range of nutrients.

Here’s one of my favorite blends:

  • Handful of frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop of Further Food collagen (for protein, skin, joint and gut health)
  • 1 half of an avocado
  • 1 handful of spinach (seriously you can’t taste it…at all)
  • 1 handful of frozen cauliflower
  • ½ -1 cup of coconut/almond milk

Once blended, I’ll top it with granola, unsweetened coconut flakes, and maybe almond butter. As you can see, I like to keep my smoothies low in sugar and with lots of veggies for the best nutritional value. While home-made smoothies are nutritious and convenient, I don’t make one for every meal because I like to keep my meals balanced and chewing my food helps keep me full.

Smoothies are super versatile so experiment and find what you love.

 

Drink Tea

Taking care of your body doesn't have to be complicated. The 4 easy ways to nourish your body and boost your health are: drinking water, opting for smoothies, taking vitamins and drinking tea.

Some people say drinking tea might even be better than drinking water because it replaces fluids AND provides antioxidants – a double whammy.

Since it’s nutrient-packed, tea protects the body with antioxidants and helps to keep your heart, bones, immune system, and digestive system healthy.

I’m a big fan of tea because there are so many varieties and flavors to choose from depending on how you’re feeling. Not only does it give my body a boost, it also relaxes me.

My inner lazy girl loves how easy it is to make. All you need is boiling water, tea, and a cup.

If you’re looking to experiment with tea, matcha tea is one of my favorites. Matcha is a green tea made of ground leaves and is said to be the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regular green tea. Crazy, right? Check it out here.

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Take vitamins

You may be thinking ‘I eat well, I get all the vitamins I need from my food’. While this may be true for some, some studies show that it’s common for us to overestimate how well actually we eat.

Generally, we can get the vitamins and minerals we need from eating a well-balanced diet but when we don’t, supplements help to fill in the gap when we’re not getting the nutrients we need from food alone.

Here are some common supplements that might benefit you:

  • Vitamin D – Spending time in the sun naturally gives us vitamin D but you should consider taking it during winter especially.
  • Probiotics – Great for gut health and for helping your digestive system absorb food better.
  • Magnesium – Relaxes your muscles and keeps joints healthy. Since it’s known as a natural calming aid, it’s really good to take before bed if you have trouble sleeping.
  • Multivitamin –A good option if you’re healthy and just want a back-up health boost.

As always, I encourage you to talk to your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements.


 

When you feel overwhelmed with all the health trends out there, try to fall back on basic habits like these.

Think of it this way: every time you eat and drink is an opportunity to nourish your body. And how you nourish your body doesn’t have to be complicated or elaborate – it just has to work and provide your body with the necessary nutrients.

Your body is a temple and when you take care of it (however you choose to do so), the healthier and happier you will feel.

Now over to you … what are your simple, go-to ways that you nourish your body?


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How to Prioritize Self-Care And Make Time For Yourself

Are you struggling to prioritize self-care?

In a world that stresses hustle, it’s hard to break free from the expectation that you have to always be on the go.

Over the last year, I’ve realized the importance of taking time to slow down and make time for myself.

When we don’t allow ourselves to recharge and to nourish our mind, body, and soul, we compromise the energy that we put out into everything else that we do.

I say rest is the new hustle. I believe that when we take care of ourselves, we allow ourselves to grow into our best selves. We just need to remind ourselves that we are worthy of a happy, stress-free life and self-care is simply a tool to help get us there.

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I think many of us know that there are so many benefits of self-care and can agree that it’s completely necessary, but often times it’s hard to actually make time for it.

Here are 7 tips to help you reap the many benefits of self-care by making it a priority.

 

HOW TO PRIORITIZE SELF-Care

 

1. Find self-care activities that make YOU happy and excited

Let’s clear something up – just because something is a trend right now, doesn’t mean it’s for you. Self-care looks different for everyone.

Have you tried to journal every day but you just can’t seem to find time for it? Instead of beating yourself up for it, have you thought that maybe it’s the journaling and not you? If you’re not motivated, excited, or even looking forward to it, it’s probably time to revamp your self-care activities.

Try reflecting on:

  • What makes you feel relaxed and recharged?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What gets you excited?
  • What will help you feel how you want to feel?
  • Who do you love to be surrounded by?
  • Where is your favorite place in your town?

From cooking and books to coffee shops and best friends, there are so many different types of self-care that you can experiment with.

Once you implement self-care activities that you love and start to see the positive effect it has on you, it becomes so much easier to make it a priority.

Related post:12 Simple Self-Care Tips and Ideas for a Healthy Life

 

2. Make an honest evaluation of your schedule

Awareness is so powerful in provoking change. If you think you have no spare time, really take a moment to reflect on how you can find little pockets of time in your schedule.

Are there days that are lighter than others? Could you say no to a commitment that doesn’t fill your cup? Could you combine an everyday activity with a self-care activity? (more on this on #4)

Do you snooze your alarm for 30 minutes before actually getting up in the mornings? Instead of getting home after work and laying on the couch on your phone could you use that time to squeeze in self-care?

Think about what’s absolutely necessary in your days and make adjustments to help you prioritize self-care and take some much-needed time for yourself.

 

3. Reflect on what you think is holding you back

If you’re having trouble prioritizing self-care, dig deep and find out why that is.

Is it because you’re too tired after work? Maybe you have too many responsibilities and thinking of having another thing to do is overwhelming? Do you feel guilty about taking time for yourself?

Identifying what belief is holding you back is the first step to making a change. Remember you have the power to create your reality.

What if you went to bed earlier to feel more energized at the end of the workday? Maybe you could say “no” to things at work instead of trying to make everyone happy by saying “yes”? What if you started to repeat affirmations throughout the day to rewire your mindset into thinking that you’re worthy of happiness, rest, and relaxation?

Everyone’s circumstance is different and often times it can be easier said than done, but remember that you’re a priority too. Your mental health and sanity is important and needs to be nurtured regularly.

 

4. Remember self-care can be simple

It’s so important to remember that self-care doesn’t need to take a big chunk out of your schedule.

Many people have the misconception that they can’t find the time for it because it takes too long. But simply taking 10 minutes of your day to do something small that fills your cup is self-care in my book.

On my busy days, I try to take at least 10 minutes out of my day to stretch, do breathing exercises, and have tea. If for some reason I can’t get to it first thing in the morning, I’ll take a break during the day to do it or do it right before bed.

That’s it! It’s a simple ritual that I look forward to and helps me recharge. Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or time-consuming.

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5. Combine everyday activities with self-care

What if I told you, you can totally squeeze in self-care without making big changes to your schedule? (Gasp!)

Here are some ideas:

  • Have a friend date at yoga
  • Create a reading time ritual with your partner every night
  • Listen to affirmations or audiobooks while getting ready or on your commute
  • Stretch while you brush your teeth
  • Meditate in the shower
  • Make “date night” a day at the spa (guys can get pampered too!)
  • Take a walk outside after you finish your lunch at work

Get creative! When you find ways to implement self-care strategies by killing two birds with one stone, the easier it gets to make time for it regularly.

 

6. Don’t compare and take baby steps

Do you often wonder how your friend on Instagram manages to go to the gym, do yoga, meditate, journal, and make a nourishing breakfast all before 7 am? Same here girl, same here.

Comparing ourselves to others can cause a big setback. When we’re trying to “catch up” to what we believe is the epitome of self-care, we often end up doing too much at once and self-care quickly turns from stress management to overwhelm.

Whenever I start to compare my journey to someone else’s, I remember that I have no idea how long it took them to get there and what struggles they had to overcome.

“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”  – Jon Acuff

Your self-care journey is unique so honor it. Find a pace that works for you. Start with short, simple self-care activities first and only when you’re ready, increase the time that you’re spending them.

It will take some trial and error but with so many different types of self-care, you’re bound to find what work for you and your schedule.

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7. Schedule it in

By scheduling your self-care practice, you’re making it a real, concrete deal. You wouldn’t deliberately not show up to an important meeting in your calendar, would you?

Start by adding items to your calendar and to-do list and put reminders on your phone. Tell your partner and friends what times you’ll be unavailable. Make a checklist of the activities that you’re committing to. Marking it off when it’s done and seeing how you’re progressing can also help motivate you to keep going.

Download the self-care checklist to help you out!

Do anything and everything you need to do to make it as real and official as possible. When you treat self-care as another item on your to-do list, you’re that much more likely to prioritize it.

Think of self-care as an important meeting you have with yourself to connect with who you are, do things that fuel your soul, and ensure that you’re fulfilling your needs.


 

Like any other habit, learning how to prioritize self-care will take time. Once you feel and understand the benefits of downtime and relaxation, you’ll start to realize that you’re allowing yourself to recharge and refocus so that you can operate at your highest potential in your daily life.

Now over to you … how do you make sure you’re making self-care a priority?

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How to Start Your Day With a Positive Mindset

Ahhh, mornings.

Do you jump out of bed as soon as your alarm rings or do you hit snooze, pull the covers over your head, and dread the day ahead?

The moment we open our eyes we make a choice. We can choose to welcome a new day filled with opportunity with a positive mindset or we can choose to start our day feeling sluggish and uninterested.

Feeling unmotivated and unhappy in the mornings? Having a happy, positive morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. Start your day off right with these tips on how to create a positive mindset every single morning.

I don’t know about you but I want to make every morning as enjoyable and purposeful as I can. I find that when I can start my day the right way, I usually have a better day overall.

No, it’s not perfect but it does make a difference in how I react to the things that I can’t control. Getting into a positive mindset right off the bat allows me to bring those good vibes to everything that I do throughout the day.

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My morning routine is my sacred time to ease into the day, but sometimes life gets in the way and it just doesn’t happen.

As my plan B, I find that doing these small, intentional things help me create a positive mindset and help to boost my mood so I can start my day with a good attitude.

Here are positive habits that you can implement into your morning to start your day the right way. I also created a checklist to make it even easier for you!

 

THE NIGHT BEFORE

Starting your day with a positive mindset actually begins the night before. A few things you’re going to want to do before going to bed:

  • Go to bed early
    • Early to bed, early to rise. Getting up when your body is actually rested is 100 times easier than trying to drag yourself out of bed when you’re still exhausted. When you wake up on-time, refreshed, and energized, you’ll have enough time to do things that will get you into a positive mindset.
  • Get mentally organized
    • Planning your top priorities for the next day the night before is key to having a stress-free and positive morning.
  • Organize your space
    • I’m a huge believer in that clutter is chaos for the mind. Organizing your space at least 5 minutes the night before helps you create a more peaceful morning mindset.
  • Set out your things for the next day
    • You can’t stay positive if you’re running around rushed and stressed, right? Set out your clothes, pack your bag, get your lunch ready, and lay out the things you need for breakfast.

 

IN THE MORNING

Say thank you

Before you get out of bed and take on the day, stop, take a few deep breaths and reflect on what you’re grateful for. What makes you happy?

Taking a moment to silently say thank you for all the good in your life will help you shift your mindset into a more positive one. It’s a good way to welcome positive, thankful thoughts as soon as you wake and deter any negative thoughts that tend to flow into your head.

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Stay off the phone

Do you reach for your phone as soon as you wake up?

If you find yourself checking your list of notifications as soon as you wake up, you tend to unintentionally throw yourself into “catch-up mode”.  Suddenly, you’re desperately trying to get caught up on what you missed yesterday and your peace-of-mind and morning are hijacked by your phone.

On top of that, the longer you lay in bed scrolling, the more time you lose in starting your day off right.

On weekends, I find that I’m totally guilty of doing this since it’s harder to kick the habit without a tight schedule. When I finally drag myself out of bed, I realize that I lost an hour of my day because I couldn’t wait to check my phone.

I’ve realized it doesn’t do anything for my mindset except make me feel unproductive and sluggish.

So check the important things (like messages and calls) if you have to but leave the emails and social media for later.

 

Make your bed

Growing up my mom used to always get on my case about not making my bed. I just thought she was a clean freak (sorry mom) but turns out there are actual mindset benefits behind it. Moms are always right, I tell ya.

As Charles Duhigg writes in his book, The Power of Habit, “making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”

Once the small task of making your bed is complete, all the tasks in your day seem that much more doable.

It may seem insignificant but making your bed triggers success, productivity, and happiness.

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Visualize your day

When you already see, feel and believe that something is happening, you’re breaking through those mental blocks that are limiting you from having a positive day.

Take 5 minutes to picture your day exactly how you want it to happen. Imagine yourself getting to work with 15 minutes to spare. Peacefully making yourself a cup of coffee just the way you like and making your way to your desk unbothered. Your to-do list is already made and all you have to do is clear your inbox as you sip on your coffee.

Imagine finishing that task that you’ve been meaning to finish today. Think about how it’ll make you feel and how you’ll reward yourself. Maybe you’ll take a stroll outside the office or sit outside to read during lunch.

The power in visualizing is that it helps to keep you motivated, positive, and focused on what you want.

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Repeat affirmations

Affirmations are the perfect way to train your brain to think more positive first thing in the morning. The more you repeat positive thoughts, the more you will start to believe it.

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Whether you realize it or not, we’re constantly talking to ourselves. What we say to ourselves helps shape our attitude and our mindset. Affirmations help us to become more in tune with our thoughts and the way we talk to ourselves on the regular.

Stand in front of a mirror and repeat 3 affirmations that resonate with you. It’s helpful to post them up in your house so they serve as a reminder.

Even if you can’t find the time to stand in front of the mirror, try whispering, thinking, or reading them. Pick ones that make you feel really good and empowered. Saying them with emotion and like you actually mean it will help boost their effectiveness.

A few examples to start you off:

  • I am happy and content with my life.
  • I am patient and calm and greet the day with open arms.
  • I am a powerful person who can achieve anything.

Since I believe affirmations are super important in creating a positive mindset, I’ve included affirmation cards with your positive morning checklist download! Put them on your mirror, by your front door, in your agenda, or on your computer monitor.

 

Do at least one thing that nourishes you

Whether it’s listening to your favorite tunes or cuddling with your 4-legged friend, doing things that nourish you in the mornings is a sure-fire way to boost your mood.

I love using my Google Home Mini to play my favorite songs when I wake up. I can literally tell it to play my favorite song and boom – I didn’t have to move a muscle to start getting pumped for the day.

Carve out time in your morning routine to do something that fills your cup. Make yourself a nourishing breakfast, slowly sip on your favorite tea, curl up with a book, or get your body moving.

That one thing can make a big difference in your mindset and mood throughout the day.

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Check your posture

I’ve said this 1000 times and I’ll say it again. The connection between the mind and body is so powerful. Studies have shown that standing up straight has a tremendous effect on our mindset and mood.

The straighter you stand, the more confident and powerful you’ll feel. So since what we do when we wake up sets the tone for the day, make sure to check your posture when you’re showering, sitting in bed, walking the dog, and eating breakfast.

Not only does it physically feel better to have your shoulders back and chin up, it can make a huge difference in how you feel. This is also good to keep in mind throughout the day.

 

Limit negativity

Surround yourself with all the positive vibes as much as you can. If your roommate likes to complain to you first in the morning, try eating breakfast earlier or later to avoid her (sorry roomie, gotta #ProtectTheEnergy) or simply change the topic.

If you tend to always watch the news in the morning, try opting for your favorite comedy. Or if you listen to it on the way to work, listen to uplifting music or a podcast on something that interests you.

The news is generally about everything that is wrong with the world, so tuning into it too much too often can have a negative effect on you.

What you listen to, participate in, and watch first thing in the morning can have a big impact on how you feel.


 

The key to starting your day with a positive mindset is to give yourself enough time in the mornings to do small things that welcome positive thoughts and push out the negative ones that try so hard to get into our heads.

Instead of starting your day in a fluster, you’ll start your day with a clear and positive mind that will set you up for a great day.

Remember to download the checklist before you go!

Now over to you…what do you do to create a more positive mindset in the mornings?

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