I am a strong believer that our inner thoughts create our outer world. To me, this begins with being grateful for where we are NOW and what we have NOW, because if we aren’t happy NOW, then we never will be. Practicing gratitude each day can help us live a blissful, happy life. One of the people I look up to most and love to listen to, is Lori Harder, who is a million things (read insanely successful entrepreneur, author, cover model, TedTalk speaker, etc.), but she is also the host of the “Earn Your Happy” podcast. One of her mantras, which I have now adopted as my own when I am feeling unhappy or hit a roadblock is, “Stop, drop, and get grateful.” It takes practice and discipline, but just taking a few moments to think, say aloud, or write down what we are grateful for (there are so many things once you get going!) will turn your mood around quicker than you can imagine. This is truly a mindset you need to develop if you want to you change your life.
Life gets so busy that it may sometimes seems impossible to give yourself a few moments of peace to yourself, but it is imperative that you begin carving out a few minutes of your day to do so. Mindfulness awareness practices can include yoga, prayer (religious or secular), chanting a positive affirmation, meditation, or journaling. Whatever practice you engage in, this habit will increase your capacity for mindfulness, which contributes to a full and satisfied life. By focusing on the here and now, you are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with yourself and others. And as an added bonus, this feeling of well-being from practicing mindfulness creates improved physical health. Regularly practicing mindfulness relieves stress, improves sleep, decreases anxiety, combats cravings and binges, and so much more. When you feel better, you do better, and when you do better, you feel better. It’s a cycle you are going to want to be a part of!
One of my favorite ways to really get into mindfulness and connect with how I am feeling is journaling. And no, I’m not talking full fledge diary writing (but more power to you if that’s what you enjoy!), but simply jotting down a few sentences on how I am feeling and what I am grateful for. This forces me to slow down, take a deeper look into what’s really going on, get in a zen place, or at the very least express myself in a way much better than holding it in. This is a quick habit that acts as an outlet to a better me. Following this mindfulness practice, I am relaxed, recharged, and focused. I truly enjoy it and think you will too. Some ideas to include in your journal are the intentions you want to set for the day or how you want to feel that day. When you write out and make clear how you want to feel, you will find yourself more easily being able to make clear decisions that create the life you desire. Thoughtfully writing down the things in your life you are grateful for is another excellent option to include in your daily journal. You will be surprised by how this positive mental practice will improve your entire day and life.
Tip: Purchase a journal that you enjoy writing in and keep it near the space where you plan on practicing your mindfulness exercises, or do what I do and carry it with you everywhere, because you never know when inspiration will hit or when you’ll need a moment to dial in. Really tap into how you are feeling when you journal. Once you truly connect to your feelings and accept them, you will have more control over your day. This may all seem odd to you at first if you are not used to journaling, but it is a mental habit that will lead to an increased happy and healthy life.
How do you practice mindfulness? What are you grateful for? Share below!