How did you start your morning today? What was the first thought you had when you woke up? Was it one of gratitude, or was it lamenting about all the tasks you have to do?
The way we start our mornings can determine how we experience the rest of the day.
We often find excuses to not look after ourselves, but in reality, we’re never too busy to take time out for a walk or eat lunch away from our desks. It’s a false economy, because if we just take five to ten minutes every day to relax, we come back to our activities feeling more refreshed and productive. Operating under constant stress, especially when it is self-imposed, is unhealthy and can contribute to health problems.
One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable and remain committed to improvement is to develop a plan of action. It allows you to allocate specific times for positive activities each day. A daily plan kept at home and in the office is a useful reminder.
- Write a description of what your perfect day would look like and then create a daily plan based on that description.
- Describe all the steps you can take to ensure that your daily routine is positive, happy, and supportive. Try to accomplish as many satisfactory elements as you can.
- Don’t include anything that causes anxiety or puts extra pressure on you. We all have certain daily obligations, not all of which can be fun and relaxing, but the point of this plan is to put the emphasis on how you can improve your day, so you spend a bigger proportion of time focusing on positive aspects.
What you are living is the evidence of what you are thinking and feeling every single time.– Abraham Hicks
Let me know…
If you tried this exercise, how did it go? What did you learn, and did it make a positive difference to your day? Leave your comments below.
Lightbulb moment: When I’m feeling low, taking one small action of self-care can make a positive difference.
Useful resource: Practice Makes Happy: A Guide to Conscious Living by Helen Edwards