Do you feel like your mind is clear or muddled? I started the New Year feeling positive about my Over 50 & Thriving series, however, there are times when I do find my mind is full of so many trivialities that it is difficult to focus on anyone thing.
I recently wrote a guest article for Retirement Reflections about How to Get Your Mojo back after a holiday I wrote it a few weeks after we returned from a 5 week holiday to Spain late last year. I had a fabulous time but came back feeling tired, heavier and just not in the right head space. I certainly wasn’t thriving that is for sure.
How can I Thrive if my mind isn’t in the right place?
Thriving with the right mindset
So having started working through the workbook I’d like to share some tips which I learned to help us achieve the right mindset to start Thriving!
To start you need to look at where you are now and where you would like to be. Then you can work towards getting there.
The Thrive journal starts with a LIFE AUDIT so grab a notebook and find out where you are right at this moment.
Quoting from ‘THRIVE in Collaboration with Adrianna Huffington’ journal:
Check in with your mind. Are you feeling stressed? Tired? Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get things done? Write whatever comes to mind.
Now check in with your body. How does it feel? Do you feel energetic or exhausted? Light or heavy? Relaxed or anxious?
How do you want to feel both in mind and body?
List your dreams and goals
Once you have your answers, write down your dreams or goals (both short term and long term). This will help you determine what is important to you, where you are spending most of your time and where you would like to be spending more time. They don’t have to be lofty just whatever you would like to do in your life. We are all different – remember that and the size of the dream or goal is not important. It is your own dream or goal.
Time to see what areas of your life are important to you
Next, group these goals into the different areas of your life:
- Sense of Purpose/Meaning
Some categories may or may not be relevant or you may not have any goals or dreams in that area.
Finally set your intention
You have completed your life audit, you have an idea of what is important to you and where you want to be. Now you can move forward. By setting your intention to achieve your goals or dreams you are ensuring you can focus and stay committed.
I will be discussing this more in my next post in the Thrive series.
How weather affects your mood
Weather can have a huge affect on your mood and even though the darker, shorter days of Winter can be depressing and there is a condition known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which I recently read about on the Aging Like a Fine Wine website.
However, you can actually lift your mood during any season – With the Right Mindset.
Sunshine is the best medicine to lift your mood and at the moment in Australia it is Summertime. Plenty of sunshine and blue skies certainly lifts the spirit and helps motivate me to get the most out of each day.
I believe that all types of weather can help your mood if your mindset is right. For example,
- Listening to rain can have a calming affect
- Being cosy inside when it is midwinter and watching an open fire or getting lost in a favorite book can be calming. Although, Winter in some places can be harsh so You might like to listen to this video over at Sixty & Me with 6 ways to stay positive during Winter.
- New blooms of Spring can bring hope for new beginnings
- The glorious colours of Fall can fill our hearts with joy
So will you make some time to do a life audit and set your path towards thriving in your life?
I would highly recommend the Thrive Journal which can be purchased online through Kikki K. This is not a paid product review but my own personal recommendation as I’m finding this journal very helpful.
My next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series will be Donna Connelly from Retirement Reflections. Donna and her husband have a great outlook on life and retirement and she will be discussing ‘When ‘Thriving’ turns into ‘Surviving’: Getting Back on Track’.
Don’t forget to post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #over50andthriving.