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22 Ways to Wake up and Feel Positive for the Day


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They're alllll good.

3. Give gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most important practices I always recommend my clients. It’s easy to get caught in the cycle of negative thinking and eventually forgetting how good you actually have it. When you spend some time in the morning to list out 5 things you are grateful for, it shifts your whole mindset and your day becomes so much brighter.

You're right, though. They're all good.

5. Focus on breathing

Throughout the day, the more stress and to-do’s get put on our plates, the more anxiety heighten. We may not even realize that our breathing changes and becomes more shallow as we get stressed out. A really quick and simple tip is take a moment and notice your breathing. Is it shallow? Take some deeper breaths and let them out very slowly. Do this a couple of times and enjoy an increased feel of relaxation within minutes.

6. Don’t attach to your thoughts

Each day we create stories around the circumstances and events that surround us. Researchers say that we have about 60,000 thoughts per day! How exhausting is that? The less you attach to your thoughts and let them pass through without believing them and letting them affect you, the more likely you are to feel at peace and relaxed throughout the day.

oh man, i'm always working on this one.  i have to actively tell myself to let things go!

Learning to let go takes a lot of practice for some of us.

Actively telling yourself to let go works -- repeat if necessary.

This is uber powerful. One of my favorite "notes to self" is that we are the creators of our own conflict. I am offered the opportunity daily to be the star of my own drama or to be annoyed by the foolishness of others only to realize their choices or actions are 99% about their own wants or needs. It such a place of balance and peace to simply respond instead of reacting. 

"Respond instead of react" is a great mantra!

7. Stay off social media

If you’re one of the people that checks their social media or email as soon as you wake up – stop that now! I didn’t realize how much it affects you until you stop doing it for a while. Each morning spent away from social media is so much more relaxed, peaceful, and joyful. We aren’t screamed at by a constant influx of information and messages and our mind has the capacity to just be.

Hmmm...perhaps this means I shouldn't keep my smart phone by my bed?  I suppose this also implies I shouldn't check it if I happen to wake up during the night either...  :-)

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