So what are you Grateful for?

Tried and tested research shows that we can rewrite our brains to capture and hold on to more happy feelings, moments and state of mind just by changing some of our unconscious negative thought habits and adopting some positive ones.

This takes a conscious effort and practice.. So

Start with a 14 Day commitment to yourself to adopt 3 simple habits, picking what suits or sits well with you

  • Gratitude List
    Everyone has probably heard of a Gratitude list, well at the end of every day, spend say 2 minutes and write down between 2-3 things you are grateful for that day. No huge feat, just something simple. Be specific so when thinking about family or friends, write what specifically (laughter, smile, the squeezes you got or the way they make you feel). Your brain which usually tries to protect from perceived threats will enjoy I’m sure having to search for the positives so don’t give up on your commitment for 14 days.
  • Meditation
    For those of you who need alone quiet time, every day for 14 days, just stop! Then you need to just breathe. Focus on your breathing in and out. Take a deep slow breath in through the mouth and exhale through the nose. Repeat this action 7 times. Your 7th set is slightly different. Here you should hold your breath at the end for 4 seconds. Then on your breath out do the same at the end of the breath hold for 4 seconds.
  • Cardio
    Sitting still is not for everyone, so those of you who prefer, find 10 minutes to engage in some daily cardio. Dance to your fav music, get your blood pumping and your heart jumping. Exercise produces your happy hormones and you feel great! Gardening is also a good one, very therapeutic. If you have kids who have a trampoline and you have no shame, good for you, go for it, get on and jump!
    For those with a dog, you know what to do…
  • Stay Connected
    Our social connections help us to maintain good health and wellbeing and can also improve our life expectancy. Keep in touch with friends and family, check in and see how they are, send a text, arrange to meet up for coffee, lunch or dinner. This may seem difficult if you are challenged in this area, but persevere.
    Conversations only need last a couple of minutes but staying connected really improves feelings of positive wellbeing.

Practicing just these few actions daily will help you to find more easily just how much you have to be grateful for.

The aim is to continue after your initial two weeks, to stretch yourself a further 2 weeks and see the transformation in yourself.

Please try and enjoy.
Your feedback will be most welcomed.

Thank you, blessed Love x

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – J.K Rowling

How to thrive and feel alive

Right now there is so much to be thankful for.

When you look all around you, you will see evidence everyday, reasons to show gratitude and as you try to navigate around the barrage of negative stimuli and the stressful situations that arise from this pandemic we are finding ourselves in, information overload is an understatement.

The fabric of our society has changed in ways 6 months prior we could never fathom. As we find ourselves ‘living new norms’, people are spending far more time at home and sharing more time with their choicest and closest family and friends. Some on the other hand have not been able to.

Shielding and lockdowns, zoom and teams, TikTok, Netflix, mobile phones and TVs have dominated our worlds in unprecedented ways not to mention home schooling and exam results, It’s been relentless, exhausting, a challenge to say the least just to cope with it all; stay on top of it all and keep a calm head.

So what have you been doing to cope with it all and find some kind of piece of mind?
Through the Furloughs, redundancies, companies folding, people trying to get away from it all, the masks and rule changes day by day; week by week…

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR

Believe it or not, this is true.

In spite of it all, it has been so important for our wellbeing to make more than the usual effort to focus and find what is good in your lives whenever we can.

Imperative to take ‘Intentional moments out’ for self care and self compassion.


Our feel-good hormones don’t have to be socially distanced from us, so activate them and feel your spirits lifted. Start your day this way: by giving thanks for all the good things. They are there, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find them. Preempt those that will present themselves each day. This is a sure starter and sets the day up in a positive way.

Feed your Mind, Body and Soul with the things that will Love you back. This is nourishment.

Honour your ME time to reflect in gratitude what makes you feel good you can then radiate that out to others…

Go on, try it, trust me it works!

Hi

There has never been a more important time to improve both your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Sometimes we just need to be inspired. Nothing too complexed, just simple steps to feeling happier, more contented and hopeful for the future. There is so much uncertainty right now and in contrast, so much to be thankful for, but..
Living through this pandemic is as though our previous lives as we knew it have been thrown up in the air and evolved into something else without any warning.

So now we find ourselves adapting to ‘new norms’ and navigating the changes as they are thrust upon us presenting its own challenge of simply trying to keep up with it all.

So for me, keeping a level head, eating well (to maintain a good strong immune system), making time for laughter and exercise is the name of the game. So creating conditions where you can at least feel good in spite of all the chaos gives you the perfect excuse to gain a sense of peace and control in a world that now seemingly, feels so out of it.

Im sharing this because I have an itch I need to scratch and whenever I try something that works, I don’t want to keep it to myself. I also think by helping other people, you also help yourself. So, partake. Hold onto what works, leave the rest…

Find your balance, Mind, body and soul and remember:

“There is more happiness in giving…”

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