Start your day off by identifying one thing that you are grateful for today. That one thing can be that special occasion you’ve been looking forward to? Could it be that it’s just a nice day out? Or a really crappy one, but at least you have an awesome new scarf you’ve been waiting to wear. Maybe you got to sleep-in today, or maybe you woke up early to a surprise breakfast in bed. Whichever way you choose to see it, there’s always a bright side to everything. Although, it’s entirely up to you to discover it.
The point is not to start your day off thinking of what has to get done. Instead, challenge yourself to think of what you’re lucky enough to get to do. Generally, people are wired to continuously be ON, while consumed by the many responsibilities we may have. Many have mastered the art of multitasking, especially working parents. Although, being driven by a to-do-list and controlled by your obligations is not exactly the worst thing, that is after you’ve left the house.
Regardless of the level of importance each daily task holds, there’s no sense in trying to tackle them the moment your alarm clock goes off. Many of us are guilty of wasting our energy on these pointless ponders during our morning shower. To get agitated in the shower serves no purpose, if only to miss the few minutes of calm before the rush of the day actually begins. The end result is you wind up anxious and you get nothing accomplished!
Rather, try to re-program your mind to look forward to at least one thing each day. This altered thought process differs from seeing things as having to get done. Having this alternate perspective offers you the chance to view everyday as offering enjoyable experiences and exciting opportunities, rather than dreading your daily existence. That one positive thing can be a good hot shower, a hug from your child, or listening to a great tune on the way to work. All these small moments count, along with other day-to-day encounters we’re fortunate enough to experience.
Basically, don’t sweat the small stuff and live your life happily and stress-free! You’ll eventually get to cross-off your to-do list, so don’t forget to enjoy life’s little pleasures in the meantime.
Be sure to read my post on “5 Ways To De-Stress“ for more tips on how to live a balanced life.
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Source: Huffington Post
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