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Weekly Wellness Tip: Gratitude, Goal Setting, and Positivity

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You hit snooze a few times, reluctantly open your eyes, roll out of bed, and it seems like your day is already off to a rough start. We’ve all been there: where the instant your day starts, it seems like there is a dark cloud hanging over your head. Life, no matter what, always comes with some “bumps and bruises”, but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin your entire day. Setting aside 5-10 minutes throughout the day to focus on the good things in life is a MUST to keep you balanced, and will help reel in your mind when it starts drifting into chaos.

To get started grab a notebook or if you like a little more structure you can check out “The 5 Minute Journal” on Amazon.

If you really do want to get out of your funk, the best thing to do is set the tone of your day early on. Just hoping that things are going to get better when you’re in a bad mood is like playing the lottery, it could happen but most likely it won’t. What I mean by this is changing your daily routine to acknowledge what the positives are in your life, i.e. your family, your recent promotion, your health, etc. Coming back to these things and checking in with yourself is key to long-term happiness. No matter what, there are always positives; sometimes you just need to look a little harder to find them. When you do, jot them down and reflect on how they make you feel. You may surprise yourself and see your day start to turn around before you even have that first cup of coffee.

Next, let’s set some intentions for the day, aka what would make this day a good one. I’m not talking best day ever, but would if ________ happened, it would make me feel happy/good/[insert positive adjective here] i.e. having coffee with a long time friend, taking 20 minutes to dig into a book you’re been wanting to read, etc. This is an important part of your day: don’t become a slave to someone else’s goals; you need to take time for yourself every day, even if it’s 5 minutes – no questions asked.

Lastly, the end of the day is the time to celebrate the days wins! Reflect on what happened today that just has you jacked; it doesn’t have to be huge, but continuing to celebrate and focus on what went well in your life that will help you to live happily, healthy, and ready to attack tomorrow. I find this step especially important because it sets the tone for your dreams and sleep.

Remember: happiness only requires small day-to-day changes, so give it a shot and see how you feel!