What are your first thoughts when you wake up? Refreshed and ready to greet the day or do you want to stay under the covers? Your first thoughts can determine what type of day you will have. Last week, I came across an email from Marc and Angel Hack Life discussing how our thoughts can determine our day and help or hinder.
The subject of the email was one of their clients, who was recovering from a debilitating car accident. This girl should have been in low spirits however, she had decided that rather than feeling sorry for herself, she started looking at her life differently and in her words:
“I’m thinking differently about things…about how lucky I am to be alive. I thought the injuries I sustained in that accident signified the end of life as I know it, but now I realize they signify the beginning.”
It reminded me of a quote by Buddha which reminds us that each day is a new beginning.
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
Positive Morning Reminders
A new day a clean slate
Mornings can be the best time of day. Beautiful sunrises bringing new possibilities, hope and new beginnings. No matter what happened yesterday, today can be better. Mornings build the foundation for the type of day you will have.
You can embrace the new day or you can continue with the pattern of negativity.
It really is your choice.
Starting each day with a positive mindset isn’t always easy, especially if you aren’t a ‘morning person’ and need that first cup of coffee to get going. Life is full of issues that you need to deal with, but if you can start training your mind to be positive and open to each new day, then these issues will be easier to deal with.
What are Positive Morning Reminders?
Positive Morning Reminders are about bringing your focus onto the right thoughts at the beginning of each day, keeping them front and centre so they can help when life isn’t so easy.
It is about setting your intention for the day, being grateful and taking a few moments to reflect on the thoughts or intention that you need to remember throughout the day. For some, writing this down may reinforce the positive thoughts and you can keep them somewhere you will see them throughout the day.
Positive Morning Reminders could be found by making time to read some inspiring quotes or listen to a motivational podcast. It might be journalling for some and listing all the positives things in your life.
What I really loved about this girl was her attitude. Our attitude to life and how we live it, is the key to finding peace within the chaos. Quoting again from the email:
She has ultimately learned that peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no chaos, trouble, or hard realities to deal with—peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still remain mentally and emotionally centered.
This Challenge was set by Marc and Angel and is something that I will be trying to incorporate into my mornings. I hope you do too.
Spend 1 minute each morning as soon as you wake up and before you begin your day recite the following. As you read this out loud visualise your health, family, friends and home. Be grateful for each of them and focus on what you love about them and how much value they add to your life.
And be thankful right now.
For your health,
And your home.
Nothing lasts forever.”
Repeating this each morning and really taking the time to pause and feel the gratitude is important. Too often we give ‘lip service’ to the word gratitude but it will change your life for the better.
Will you take the challenge and introduce Positive Morning Reminders into your life?
What if you can’t be Positive?
I’ve written before about Mental Health Awareness and the importance of reaching out if you just feel that life is overwhelming. I am not a professional so do not provide advice or treatment for Mental Health. There is never an easy answer if you are dealing with Mental Health Issues and if you are, then you need to reach out to a professional who is trained to help you overcome your depression or other mental problems.
In Australia if you do need help then call Lifeline on 13 11 14.