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Be a positivist: Adopting mindfulness and gratitude

What would it be like to start your day without racing thoughts racing thoughts, anxiety and stress about all that needs doing? Every day provides an opportunity to adopt or recommit to living mindfully and with gratitude. How can you do this?

Set an intention for the day:

Begin by desiring to rewire your thinking by setting an intention for the day. Most times it’s simply our negative thinking that gets in our way. Turn your mind to a positive perspective. By doing so you will switch your brain from the ‘fight or flight’ mindset to an ‘executive’ action oriented thought path.  Making this conscious switch helps you rewire your brain. The end result is: the more often we consciously choose what we ‘want’ to experience, the more often our brain will rewire itself on a positive path. For example, set an intention at the start of your day by saying to yourself “today I want to reject being irritable but instead see the humour in difficulties.” Throughout the day, as you feel yourself becoming irritable, keep returning you mind to the intention you set for the day. I’ll take time to master this but keep giving it a go.

Choose acceptance:

Choosing acceptance is powerful. It’s not about faking happiness, it’s about learning what we can change and what we can’t in any given moment. Many times we want to resist discomfort by doing as many things as possible to avoid feeling or being uneasy. When we allow ourselves to ‘just b’ with the discomfort that always pushing to change it, you’ll begin to see that discomfort has a start, a middle, and an end, and it eventually passes. For example: during the day you might hit a slump we’re your bored, annoyed, or tired. Allow yourself to just be with these uncomfortable feelings and label it before distracting yourself with positive thoughts.

Adopt gratitude as an attitude:

Adopting gratitude as a attitude puts you in a better mood but it also supports higher brain functioning. When feeling down switch your attention to those things for which you are grateful. This helps reduce stress, and activates the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter dopamine. You’ll be amazed how your mood uplifts and those you interact with. For example: take a few minutes to write a list of 10 things that you’re grateful for. Write this list while waiting for the bus, standing in line for coffee, waiting in a bistro for your lunch to arrive. This list can be as simple as I am grateful for: the warmth of the sun, your dog, the leaves turning colour in fall, the 10% discount on a book you wanted, and more.

Need more information? Just reach out and let me help you. Lis

 

 

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