5 Positive Ways To Start Good Days
Mar 28, 2016 @ 11:13 EDT
By Dr. Ashley Kowalski
*Ring ring* goes the alarm, politely saying “good morning!” and telling us it is time to get out of bed. Another day of work, the same old routine… Perhaps, we get caught up in the same routine and need to make changes to break this routine? Or we need to add some excitement to our lives? – OR what if we change the way we think about a routine day? Both may be true, and changing the way we think about the day can prove to be beneficial on many levels.
Our initial thoughts and feelings can dictate how we perceive and go about our day. Our thoughts upon waking can ultimately set the tone and influence the outcome of our day. Let’s strive to make our first thoughts of the day positive ones! Let’s add some exciting changes to our daily routine by implementing the following:
1. Upon rising in the morning, we can write down three things we are grateful for.
Keep a pen and paper on the bedside table, and set the alarm to go off a few minutes earlier than normal. Upon hearing the alarms “good morning” welcome, let’s take a few minutes to allow the body to wake. Before rising, jot down these three things that come to mind. There is always something to be grateful for – life is good!
2. Another way to get the day off on the right track is to be kind to ourselves.
We can write down three things that we consider good qualities about ourselves each morning. This is also a great way to increase self-esteem and boost confidence levels.
3. While getting ready for the day, take a few moments to look in the mirror and reflect. Which features are we most proud of? We can look past the “imperfections” and acknowledge the features that make us feel good about ourselves: it might be our nose, lips, eyes, hair style or the shape of our face. Verbalize the features and don’t forget to smile and see the extra beauty that radiates from within.
4. Think thoughts that make us smile!
Research states that smiling even though we may not feel like it can change our mood, relieve stress, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and make us more attractive to others. Smiles are contagious and they also help other people who may be struggling with their day. Let’s make the world a happier and better place one smile at a time!
5. Do little things to help other people.
Helping others in small ways can be rewarding for both parties. This can be as simple as opening the door for someone, or helping them with an item on the top shelf at the grocery store. Even the small things count and can leave us feeling fulfilled and inspired to do more good in the world.
In summary, next time the alarm goes off let’s start by training our minds to think differently and let’s make a positive difference in the world one day at a time.
About the Author
Dr. Ashley is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who is accepting new patients at the Hampton Wellness Centre and at Restore Chiropractic. Naturopathic Medicine explores all aspects of health in an attempt to treat the cause of your concern(s). Some modalities used in practice include: acupuncture (as well as facial rejuvenation acupuncture), diet and lifestyle advice, nutrition, botanical medicine, as well as homeopathy.
Questions? Contact Ashley at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Ashley’s website for more information: www.ashleykowalskind.com.