Start the Day with an Emotional Self-Check – Upon awakening in the morning, take a few minutes to adjust your mood. You can use a quick mental gratitude list, or a self-enhancing statement, such as, “I am energized, grounded, and grateful for this day. Good things are headed my way.” Focus on the present moment, and access the power, in the now, to create positive thoughts and feelings about yourself. As you move through your daily schedule, practice respecting, loving and appreciating yourself.
Practice Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Your Consciousness in the Present Moment.
Take mini-sabbaticals and gratitude breaks throughout your day, using meditation. As you begin to appreciate the power of the present moment, use meditation to develop your “now awareness.” This is a powerful tool that can help you reduce and manage stress, elevate your mood, relieve anxiety, and increase your confidence and self-esteem. Relax, breathe slowly, and give thanks. Tell yourself, “I am relaxed. I am grateful. I am energized.” Visualize your muscles relaxing.
There’s a terrific guided meditation video by The Honest Guys, on Youtube, and you can subscribe: Guided Meditation – A ‘Time-out’ Visualization Meditation to Heal and Refresh ©
On their website, the Honest Guys state that they are dedicated to “bringing the benefits of guided meditation to anyone who needs it.”
Always Use Positive Self-Talk – Become conscious of the words you speak, and of the dialogue within your mind. Tell yourself you’re strong and getting stronger, happy and becoming happier. We create our inner lives with our own words. Give yourself inner pep talks, celebrating all your strengths and encouraging yourself to excel. Resist the urge to complain or react in a negative way when annoyances present themselves. Focus on positivity, beauty, strength and peace.
Use Positive Visualization to Stay Emotionally Connected and Feel Happier. Positive visualization is an effective tool you can employ to increase the levels of “feel good” neurotransmitters in your brain. As you meditate, “see” yourself surrounded by all the things you need, and allow yourself to luxuriate in a positive emotion such as gratitude, love, enthusiasm, or peace. As you employ visualization, you will discover fun ways to use it in your daily life to stay inspired.
Do an Emotional Self-Check, or “Inventory,” at the Day’s End. At night, right before you go to sleep, do a quick emotional check-in, or inventory. Relax, and observe, without judging, the day’s events, and give yourself a pat on the back for acts of kindness and celebrate any progress or breakthroughs. Forgive any missteps or errors, and remind yourself that tomorrow holds promise and opportunity to do better. Know that mistakes, when viewed with a positive attitude, can often be opportunities to grow and become stronger, more creative, and more confident. Visualize beauty, opportunity, and prosperity, and give thanks for everything.