I woke up this morning bright and early (as always!), to the shrilling sound of my alarm and thinking “Surely it’s not that time already?”. Throwing myself out of bed, I quickly got dressed, put my hair up, fixed some green tea to go and was straight out the door. 15 minutes flat – yes I have
this down to a fine art now 🙂
Walking to the station, I hugged my coat tighter around me and put my hood up against the wind and the rain. Although it is getting colder now and the nights are drawing in earlier, I love this time of year! The Autumn leaves cascading along the streets in all their beautiful tones, the smell of bonfire in the air along with a crisp freshness that tells you Winter’s coming. Despite heading to work and knowing that very shortly I would be battling the rush hour ‘rat race’, I take solace in that ten minute walk.
Every morning, regardless of the weather and my mood, I make it a habit to be observant and admire my surroundings. I also simultaneously fill my mind with uplifting thoughts such as “Today is going to be a good day” and “I am going to be productive and accomplish a lot today”. These and other empowering affirmations I find really put me in the right frame of mind for the day ahead; when in this zone it will usually flow very smoothly.
Turning over a new leaf
I never used to do this – instead I would be grouchy and internally moaning about all the things I had to do that day that I was dreading. It was only a few months ago that I suddenly switched and said “Holly, you have to get up and go to work and inevitably do some things that you don’t particularly enjoy. So, you have a choice – make yourself miserable by constantly bitching about it or you can accept it and try to find some positive aspects amongst the toil and boredom”. After this penny had dropped I made a promise that every morning I would force myself to think at least several positive thoughts. Anything from “I’m glad it’s Friday” to “Don’t those flowers look pretty”. Literally anything. If it’s positive then great, and if it’s something that triggers an actual feeling of happiness and encouragement, even better! The more I practised this technique, the more a drastic impact I noticed it had on my day overall. Concerns or worries I had about upcoming events no longer seemed that daunting and tedious tasks or people I didn’t look forward to dealing with suddenly became more tolerable.
Now having turned this ‘morning mentality’ around I swear by it and would encourage everybody to do the same.
All it takes is three simple steps:
1. Take time to observe the beauty in your surroundings and acknowledge it mentally.
2. Think of some current aspects of your life that you are happy/grateful about or looking forward to.
3. Affirm to yourself three times (either verbally or mentally) something along the lines of “Today is going to be wonderful and I will achieve so much”.
The first two steps help to put you in a ‘happy place’ mentally which makes the final step easier.
The ‘super affirmations’ you will find are extremely powerful and repetition gives them more meaning – you can make them personal and more specific should you wish, (especially if there is a particular part of your day that you are anxious about i.e. an exam or interview). Just remember to use positive affirmations and put your feeling and emotions into the words. Say them with conviction and strong intent. As you say them in this tone the more you will feel and believe them.
Practice these three steps for a few days at least and experience the wave of positive energy it will bring about for you internally and externally. I look forward to hearing your feedback! 😀
Lots of love & light
**Affirmations can be used in all sorts of ways and I will be discussing different types and their use a lot more in the weeks and months to come, however should you have any questions in the meantime please let me know**