How can I stay positive - consistently?

How can I stay positive - consistently?

We all have bad days ūüė©ūü§∑

But boy I do used to conjure up one that's toxic!

If I don't get out of bed right after I wake up, I tend to start thinking about all the negative things about my life - past, present and future! I would keep on dwelling on them self-defeating thoughts for hours on end. 

Most of the days these random thoughts would simply ruin my appetite, making me skip breakfast - the most important meal of the day.

I work from home, blogging, so with nobody to watch over my productivity, I tend to let my depressed state wallow me away.

When I sit down to work I tend to get easily distracted by interesting  articles, social media or just listening to music. 

At the end of the day I realize that I had done little work to almost no work all day, I mean not even a single blog post all day! 

This resulted in more added weight to my feelings of inefficiency.

I used to stay up late, hating myself for my incompetence and for not being able to do anything about it. 

There were unpaid bills and I was going nowhere with my life. I was getting buried deep in financial trouble.

I seriously needed help to change my ways.

The choice was was really totally mine! 

I knew that if I did not bring any healthy changes to my behaviour I was pretty much destined to live in regrets.

I had to learn to discipline myself.

How I'm learning to live more effectively today.  

Morning routine:

"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." ~ Leonard Cohen

Early to rise.

I tell myself to get up and go - not to linger on my thoughts! 

For me, one very helpful way to start my day on a positive note is to workout in the morning!

I drink a tall glass of water and get busy with my daily workout.

I alternate my workouts; at home, gym and outdoors. 

Some days I work with free weights like dumbells, barbells and the kettlebell (there are a zillions of youtube videos you can follow plus there are plenty of free apps).

I also do yoga by watching youtubers, again there are hordes of great free videos.

I'm grateful for having the privilege to live in a sunny tropical country - it really does beat the blues. 

Yes, the morning sun together with my workouts does wonders to boost up my mood and energy. 

Not a recommendation for you but ask your doctor what kinds of natural supplements will enhance your health - I take supplements prescribed especially for my body type!

 

Midday routine: 

"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying." ~ Tony Robbins

ÔĽŅAfter a hot shower I let it run cold, it's good for my body and mind.

It's breakfast time, after a good workout you can eat really well - keeps you nourished for the day ahead. 

Now I sit down - it's time to start work, blogging.

Writing for like 3-4 hours I still feel energetic - from my morning workout boost, but now it's time for my lunch break.

I usually have a chilled coffee with something light, like a nutritious sandwich or salad - nothing heavy.

I work for like 2 more hours and am done for the day.

Working with no distractions you get so much done.

I listen to some happy tunes or read a novel or checkout all my social apps on my phone for like 30 minutes and I go take a small nap. 

Naps always rejuvenate me. It helps balance my mind and my body to feel relaxed. 

 

Evening routine: 

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ A. A. Milne

It's time to prepare dinner and while I'm at it I call my family or a friend for just mindless chatter. 

It's always good to network and keep your connections live.

After dinner I usually go for a walk or bike-ride, buy grocery or go window-shopping at the Mall.

Some nights I go out with friends - the main thing is to keep myself busy with fun things to do. 

It helps occupy my mind while they negate the negative stuff further and further away.

I realized that it's very true that talking to yourself with a kind voice set things on a different level. 

I tell myself that I need to be kind to me. I remind myself of how I overcame all my hardships in life. That I have the strength to face new challenges in life.  

That I have come this far on my own and that no matter what happens - I will wake up, get dressed and be doing what I do best and give it the very best I have. 

That I will make mistakes along the way and that it's alright to make mistakes and that's how we learn to live. 

Always remember that your mindset is the¬†only thing holding you back.‚Ā£‚Ā£

We all can unlearn bad habits and establish new ones - just learn to love yourself to live a happier life.

Good luck!

 

 

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