Lately I have been looking at life through a positive lens. Not because I am an ultra happy person, but because I struggle with my mood and thoughts daily, and I have found that focusing on the positive makes a difference in my day to day life.
Every day is an opportunity to see the good and to be the good in this world. We can make the most of every day by doing the five following things…
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
This is a big one for busy moms and dads, or for those suffering from depression. You NEED to get up out of bed (make your bed while you’re at it) and make sure you shower and make sure you eat. I find I am in a much better mood and feel good about the person I am presenting to the world when I take the time to make myself feel clean and good. Sometimes this means a quick shower. Some days it means I put on makeup. Some days it’s getting up before the kids to enjoy a solo cup of coffee. What matters is that you take the time to care for yourself. You matter. Your needs matter.
THINK ON WHAT YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR
Take a moment to write down, or meditate on the things in your life that you can be grateful for. Often times I find myself dwelling on what I don’t have when I really need to stop and think about the things I have that I need. Do I have a home? Do I have food in my fridge? Do I have good health? Do I have a loving family? Yes to everything and I have so much to be grateful for. What are you grateful for?
Never underestimate the power of the great outdoors. I find stepping outside to enjoy the sunshine does wonders for my mood. It’s a great way to keep yourself from going stir crazy if at home with the kids all day, a great source of vitamin D, and a great way to connect with others.
DO FOR OTHERS
Do something nice for someone else, even if it is just one small act of kindness. Check in on a friend, buy someone a cup of coffee, teach your child a new skill, send flowers to your grandma, etc. Focusing on others takes the focus off ourselves and I believe helps us to be more positive and grateful in the long run.
DO ONE THING FOR YOURSELF
This is the newest part of my daily routine, but I have found it makes a vast difference in my personal growth and happiness. At some point in your day, you should find time to do something nice for yourself or that meets a need you have been missing. Perhaps this means going for a jog by yourself, or buying yourself a cup of coffee, for me it often means taking the time out to write something for this blog. You owe it to yourself to take care of your needs too. And I believe that by doing so I am teaching my children a valuable lesson, that I value myself and my time, and that they should do the same.
What are some ways you find to brighten up your day? What helps you to maintain a more positive mood?