Even when you are having a terrible day, week, month etc I always think it’s vital you practice gratitude. It’s easier said than done, but after years of doing this and making this part of my daily routine I genuinely feel so much happier and content with my life.
People ALWAYS ask me ‘ what is your secret?!’ That’s it! I just spilled the beans!
Of course, there is more to it than just saying I practice gratitude. I want to explain how I personally do it – certainly not for everyone but I sometimes find it helps to share what makes you tick as it may make an impact on someone else or make you put things into perspective
I’ve always been a huge believer and supporter in exercise knowing that a healthy body and a healthy mind is key to live – both parts need focus and time. I personally walk daily and then I mix it up between cycling and running for my exercise. This as we know releases endorphins, clears your mind, allows you to put items into perspective and brings you down to earth.
Escape your mind
By calling a friend, doing an activity, painting, reading or for me singing – get away from the dramas, worries, stresses and escape for 15-30 minutes a day to keep you from obsessing about items. I’m a true believe in walking away from emotional moments to allow both parties to think clearly before coming back to the table. Nothing in life is world ending – sometimes you need a distraction to believe that.
I’ve mentioned below but at the beginning of everyday I think about the exciting items coming up to look forward to, opposed to waking up and thinking oh my gosh I have X amount to do and a jam packed schedule, I try to change my mind to say ‘okay world I’m ready let’s enjoy this day because I will learn x, get to speak to y then I ensure we do something fun every evening to end the day positively. Everything that you can control take advantage of.
Then before I go to bed I say out loud the three things I appreciate and feel grateful for. Whether it’s a little materialistic thought, or a friendship, my daughter, my husband, something good that’s happened, anything big or small as long as you name three!
Use the term silver lining when you want to emphasize the hopeful side of a situation that might seem gloomy on the surface. The common expression “every cloud has a silver lining” means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect. I try to practice this in EVERY situation. So, this weekend has been tough, our baby was in hospital with bronchitis, then I pulled my back and haven’t slept for the last two days… BUT she’s 100% better so that to me is worth any pain on me, secondly, my husband has been amazing and we got to spend the day together even if going to appointments, lastly it made me stop today and really look at my work to do list to ensure I finish what is needed opposed to what I normally do which is continue on and not give myself a break. Silver lining, I could not be able to walk … but I can and I know it will get better so why get down about it.
I promise, the more you focus on the positives the more content and happy you will be with your life, yourself and also ensuring that you highlight the wins – if your friends have something great going on despite what is going on with your life you need to celebrate this.