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Daily affirmations for success!

Imagine this: You wake up in the morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or tea/orange juice), and write out some success affirmations in your journal.

How do you feel? Calm? Relaxed? Ready to smash your goals!

Let’s face it, success tastes so SWEET!

I bet whenever you crush your goals, you’re on a high! It’s especially powerful when there were obstacles in the way that should have prevented you from achieving your goals, and you reached them anyway.

But before you get to that place of success, you might be feeling impatient and inadequate. It’s easy to get sucked down the drain of self-doubt if it’s taking longer than expected.

And self-doubt can have an effect on our health and life vitality in a way we don’t want.

 

 

What’s an affirmation?

A positive affirmation is a statement used to challenge a negative and unhelpful thought.

By repeating a positive affirmation, you begin to challenge your unhelpful subconscious thinking patterns and replace them with more realistic and helpful ones.

They can be used to boost your self-esteem, help you achieve your goals, or help you push through fear.

Affirmations have been incredibly useful to me. They’ve helped me, time and time again, to break out of negative thinking patterns and to build healthier ones.

In the past, I’ve used them to boost my confidence, push through fear, build boundaries in life, and to find greater joy in life.

Today though, I’m looking for some to achieve success. If you’ve been going through something similar, I hope these affirmations will remind and empower you to be your authentically incredible selves!

Choose one affirmation that speaks most to you (or write your own version!) and repeat it to yourself each morning.

 

Using Affirmations for Achievement

Affirmations are a great way to counter any soul-crushing doubt and keep your motivation high. The morning is the perfect time to use them to set yourself up for success all day.

If you use these success affirmations and feel deep emotion as you are reciting your affirmations, they help to put you into the right mindset and stay focused on your goals.

That doubt will begin to disappear and you’ll stay motivated to meet your goals and live the life of your dreams!

Practicing your motivational affirmations in the morning can help forge those neural pathways in the brain that will help lead you to making better choices, staying focused, and staying motivated all day long.

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Remember, affirmations that work are positive, powerful, and present tense.

Negative words can distract you and detract from your goals. So, you’ll find none here!

Find the affirmations that resonate most with you, write them down, recite them, and view them every day.

Here are 100 affirmations for success.

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Daily affirmations for success

Remember, these are daily affirmations for success, not one-time affirmations.

Repetition is key.  Feeling that these things are out there and are already yours is key.  Life externalises from your thoughts and beliefs.

  1. I am successful.
  2. I am a magnet for success.
  3. Love, health and success are attracted to me.
  4. I have unstoppable confidence within me.
  5. Life just feels great all of the time.
  6. There is always a way if I am committed.
  7. I am so excited because all of my dreams are coming true.
  8. Great things always seem to come my way.
  9. I am a naturally happy person.
  10. I am a naturally confident person.
  11. Opportunities just seem to fall right into my lap.
  12. I am full of energy and life.
  13. I am a good person who deserves success and happiness.
  14. I love myself for who I am.
  15. Everything always works out for me.
  16. I am highly motivated and productive.
  17. It doesn’t matter what others think of me, for I know who I am.
  18. I am a centre for positivity, joy and love.
  19. I am incredibly grateful for all of my success.
  20. I use positive thinking to manifest a positive life.
  21. I choose to think positive and create a wonderful life for myself.
  22. I find it easy to succeed at everything I do.
  23. People look at me and wonder how I so naturally attract success.
  24. I think BIG.
  25. I act fearlessly.
  26. The universe always provides for me.
  27. I am so happy and grateful for my life.
  28. Things have a way of working themselves out.
  29. I have such an amazing life.
  30. I am so lucky.  Life is rigged in my favor.
  31. I love who I am and I love my life.
  32. My goals and dreams always come true.
  33. I am passionate about constantly being better and more successful.
  34. Somehow the universe just always helps me achieve my goals.
  35. My dreams are materializing before my very eyes.
  36. The wealth of the universe is circulating in my life and flowing to me in avalanches of prosperity.
  37. Money wants me.
  38. I am very motivated, driven and ambitious.
  39. I can easily pick myself up and lift my spirits when needed.
  40. I find it easy to be optimistic.
  41. I only permit positive thoughts to remain in my mind.
  42. Wealth is all around me.
  43. I am surrounded by abundance.
  44. When I go after what I want, it comes to me.
  45. My mind is a magnet for all good things.
  46. I have success in all areas of my life.
  47. I am grateful that I am so healthy, happy and successful.
  48. Success comes naturally to me.
  49. Everything I do always results in great success.
  50. I can never fail, for everything that happens contributes to me being better.
  51. The seeds of my greatness lie in my mind.
  52. I am love, health and wealth.
  53. My affirmations for success always bear fruit.
  54. Others are inspired by my success.
  55. I am incredibly successful.
  56. I am decisive, confident and take action.
  57. It is so easy to achieve my goals.
  58. The universe is friendly and helps me to achieve my dreams.
  59. Right now, I am exactly what and where I want to be.
  60. Others are attracted to me because I am always successful.
  61. I continuously enhance all areas of my life.
  62. Life just keeps getting better and better.
  63. Every day I move closer to my goals and dreams.
  64. I am resilient, persistent and dedicated.
  65. I have the will and desire to reach unlimited heights of success.
  66. I can and will achieve whatever I set my mind to.
  67. I deserve success.
  68. I give of myself and the universe showers me in rewards.
  69. Wealth and success are normal for me.
  70. I am happy, healthy and wealthy.
  71. Life is an incredibly exciting and beautiful journey.
  72. The vision within me is creating the world around me.
  73. I am full of boundless positive energy.
  74. I see happiness and success wherever I go.
  75. Everywhere I go I create joy, love and success.
  76. Success comes from my mind.
  77. My beliefs determine my reality and I am the master of my beliefs.
  78. There is nothing I cannot do.
  79. I am a force for positive change.
  80. Happiness and success are automatic for me.
  81. My positive affirmations for love and success always work.
  82. I have the power to create my life the way I want it.
  83. I can move mountains with my mind.
  84. I believe deeply that I can achieve anything.
  85. Every day I am more and more successful.
  86. Success comes effortlessly to me.
  87. My life is filled with abundance and prosperity.
  88. It is so easy for me to succeed, even in the face of criticism.
  89. I know what I want and I achieve it.
  90. I can motivate myself with the snap of my fingers.
  91. I am strong, powerful and confident.
  92. I am destined for greatness.
  93. Life is a great adventure.
  94. Today I will take steps towards realizing my dreams.
  95. Everything I could every want or need is already out there, waiting to come to me.
  96. I feel refreshed, excited and determined to excel today.
  97. I can get myself in the right state of mind easily and in an instant.
  98. My thoughts create my reality and I am the master of my thoughts.
  99. I am in charge of my life.
  100. My thoughts and ideas are the seedlings of my success.

 

 

Daily affirmations for success – Final thought

You now have an idea of everything about affirmations for success. It’s now your turn to pick the affirmation that are relevant to you and say them to yourself on a daily basis.

Affirmations are not something that you simply say once off and expect to see massive improvements.

The secret is repetition (do it regularly) and feel each word as you say them, experience what you’re saying.

Wait and see how affirmations will change and improve your life for the better.

Which of these affirmations for self-esteem resonates the most with you today?

Comment below, feel free to ask me questions. I am more than happy to answer anytime.

Share these affirmations and you may just transform somebody’s life!

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Daily affirmations for self esteem

Today I will talking through daily affirmations for self-esteem and how they can have a positive impact on your mindset.

Self-esteem is how much you appreciated yourself. How much value you put in yourself? In other words, self-esteem is feeling good about yourself.

Using positive self-esteem affirmations can aid you in increasing your positive view of yourself.

Sometimes we are going through hard situations in our lives and need a little booster to feel better and affirmations could be what makes the difference in our day.

Affirmations for self-esteem can help you feel better and help you start developing more self-love.

Practicing affirmations could be an easy and quick way of raising your energy and your spirits in the mornings, or can used throughout the day if you need a pick me up mentally.

Affirmations are definitely a good to start your day!

I start my day with morning affirmations and have created a routine. Affirmations are short phrases you can use every day.

Just repeat them and believe in them as you are saying them.

 

 

What’s an affirmation?

A positive affirmation is a statement used to challenge a negative and unhelpful thought.

By repeating a positive affirmation, you begin to challenge your unhelpful subconscious thinking patterns and replace them with more realistic and helpful ones.

They can be used to boost your self-esteem, help you achieve your goals, or help you push through fear.

Affirmations have been incredibly useful to me. They’ve helped me, time and time again, to break out of negative thinking patterns and to build healthier ones.

In the past, I’ve used them to boost my confidence, push through fear, build boundaries in life, and to find greater joy in life.

Today though, I’m looking for some to boost my self-esteem. If you’ve been going through something similar, I hope these affirmations will remind and empower you to be your authentically incredible selves!

Choose one affirmation that speaks most to you (or write your own version!) and repeat it to yourself each morning.

Let’s boost your self-esteem!

 

How to practice affirmations for self-esteem?

These are lots of ways to use affirmations and people use them differently. Some people speak them into a mirror on a morning, others run them through their minds when negative thoughts begin to plague them.

I have a different method of doing my daily affirmations that may work for you if you like to journal. Every day, I choose one affirmation that resonates with me and write it in my journal.

I find that repeating the affirmation throughout the day to myself gradually helps change my thought process over time.

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Affirmations are not a quick fix for mental health problems. Like any thought changing behaviour, they take time, patience and a lot of practice.

Our negative self-talk builds up over time and it can take some time to alter these thought patterns. I promise that you are more special than you believe.

You can get started with this list of 100 affirmations for self-esteem below. I hope they help to inspire and motivate you towards a healthier mindset.

Related post:

Want more affirmations? See our post below for daily positive affirmations:

 

 

Daily affirmations for self esteem

  1. I love my body and all it does for me
  2. I am enough
  3. I am worthy of love
  4. I respect my own boundaries
  5. Today, I choose me
  6. I love the woman/man that I am
  7. I am loved
  8. I am deserving of love
  9. I am kind to myself
  10. Love flows from within me
  11. I am beautiful, inside and out
  12. I embrace my unique individuality
  13. I deserve happiness
  14. I let go of negative self-talk
  15. I am whole
  16. Everything I need is within me
  17. I am in control of my happiness
  18. I am capable of reaching my goals
  19. I accept myself unconditionally
  20. I do not let my fears hold me back
  21. I am grateful for all that I have
  22. I make time to care for myself
  23. I love and accept all of me
  24. Loving myself comes easily and naturally
  25. I am strong and resilient
  26. I am successful
  27. My capacity for love is infinite
  28. I let go of those who do not have my best interests at heart
  29. I let go of my past and live in the present
  30. I am growing each and every day
  31. I forgive myself and learn from my mistakes
  32. I am a work of art
  33. I am valued
  34. I allow myself to feel deeply
  35. I am open to receive love
  36. I love the body I was born with
  37. I can achieve anything I set my mind to
  38. I overcome challenges with grace and ease
  39. I have a warm and caring heart
  40. I am exactly who I need to be in this moment
  41. I send love to my fears and doubts
  42. I deflect negativity
  43. I believe in myself
  44. I can say no when something does not serve me
  45. I let go of that which no longer serves me
  46. I accept compliments easily
  47. I release any need for suffering
  48. I have a lot to offer the world
  49. I love every part of what makes me who I am
  50. I am blanketed in the Universes’ loving energy
  51. My life is filled with love and joy
  52. I have always and will always try my best
  53. I have achieved great things
  54. I respect myself
  55. My life is a place of balance and harmony
  56. I have the power to change my world
  57. I choose to stop apologizing for being me
  58. I am not my mistakes or my flaws
  59. Others accept and love me for who I am
  60. I prioritize myself and my needs
  61. I radiate confidence
  62. My mind is filled with loving thoughts
  63. I attract positive and loving people into my life
  64. The more I practice loving myself, the more lovable I become
  65. I let love in
  66. I let my love for myself increase each day
  67. Love flows freely from inside of me
  68. I practice self-compassion when I do not succeed
  69. I honour my own life path
  70. I honour and respect my limitations
  71. I have so much to love about myself
  72. My life is a reflection of the love inside me
  73. The only approval I need is my own
  74. I radiate love
  75. I love my own company
  76. I do not need anyone to feel worthy
  77. I attract love and light
  78. I release the need to judge myself negatively
  79. Today I start loving myself more
  80. I am capable of loving fully and completely
  81. I treat my body with love and care
  82. I am powerful and confident
  83. I trust in my ability to make it through difficult times
  84. I trust my intuition
  85. My life is full of endless opportunities for success and happiness
  86. My inner world creates my outer world
  87. I reward myself for my hard work and dedication
  88. I am balanced
  89. The universe supports me, always
  90. I have a loving relationship with my body
  91. I can choose self-love whenever I desire
  92. Loving myself means I am able to love others more
  93. I have a positive and healing effect on others
  94. I have so much to celebrate in life
  95. I am proud of myself
  96. I choose to view my life positively
  97. My body is my best friend
  98. I choose to nourish my health
  99. I am the healer of my own life
  100. I am love

 

 

Daily affirmations for self-esteem – final thought

You now have an idea of everything about positive affirmations. It’s now your turn to pick the affirmation that are relevant to you and say them to yourself on a daily basis.

Affirmations are not something that you simply say once off and expect to see massive improvements.

The secret is repetition (do it regularly) and feel each word as you say them, experience what you’re saying.

Wait and see how affirmations will change and improve your life for the better.

Which of these affirmations for self-esteem resonates the most with you today?

Comment below, feel free to ask me questions. I am more than happy to answer anytime.

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List of Daily Positive Affirmations

Today I will be sharing with you a list of daily positive affirmations.

Ok, so first off, what are affirmations? Affirmations are short, quick phrases that have a positive impact on your mind and body. They are statements that you repeat to yourself. They are usually meant to target a specific aspect of your life that may need some lifting up.

Affirmations are part and parcel of positive thinking and empowerment and will enable you to think more positively.

If done right, self-affirmation can be an effective tool for quickly becoming the person you need to be in order to achieve everything you want in your life.

Depression and anxiety alter how we view ourselves and the world. You’ve heard of the phrase rose-tinted glasses, right? Well, depression causes the opposite and encourages a negative mindset.

For example, if you’re watching the news, your mind will focus on the negative media and completely overlook any positive news. Negativity becomes your comfort blanket, your reassurance however, it’s not healthy.

Overtime, affirmations will help you change the negative thought patterns that your mind naturally turns to. This will build a positive mindset and change your outlook on the world and ultimately, yourself.

 

 

How to use affirmations?

These are lots of ways to use affirmations and people use them differently. Some people speak them into a mirror on a morning, others run them through their minds when negative thoughts begin to plague them.

I have a different method of doing my daily affirmations that may work for you if you like to journal. Every day, I choose one affirmation that resonates with me and write it in my journal.

I find that repeating the affirmation throughout the day to myself gradually helps change my thought process over time.

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Affirmations are not a quick fix for mental health problems. Like any thought changing behaviour, they take time, patience and a lot of practice.

Our negative self-talk builds up over time and it can take some time to alter these thought patterns. I promise that you are more special than you believe.

You can get started with this list of 115 affirmations below. I hope they help to inspire and motivate you towards a positive mindset.

Related post:

Want more affirmations? See our post below for daily affirmations for self-esteem:

 

 

List of daily positive affirmations

  1. I love being me
  2. I get better every day
  3. I am unique
  4. I am special
  5. I am whole
  6. I am awesome
  7. I make a positive difference in the world
  8. I believe in myself
  9. I do my best every day
  10. I am smart
  11. I am always willing to learn
  12. I am fun
  13. I trust myself
  14. I can do it
  15. I can do anything I put my mind to
  16. I can be anything I want to be
  17. I am loved
  18. I am worthy of love
  19. I am blessed
  20. I am limitless
  21. I focus on positivity
  22. I am thankful
  23. I am safe
  24. I am helpful
  25. I am truthful
  26. I am forgiving
  27. I am kind
  28. I am peaceful
  29. I am thankful
  30. I am talented
  31. I am confident
  32. I am strong
  33. I get stronger everyday
  34. I am brave
  35. I am disciplined
  36. I am respectful
  37. I am responsible
  38. I am polite
  39. I am beautiful
  40. I will face my fears
  41. I will overcome my fears
  42. I am persistent
  43. I am determined
  44. I am patient
  45. I am enough
  46. I am capable
  47. I am a leader
  48. I am a good influence on others
  49. I spread joy
  50. I am generous
  51. I am optimistic
  52. I am supportive
  53. I am compassionate
  54. I am a good listener
  55. I am a good sport
  56. I am happy for other’s success
  57. I love to share with others
  58. I give freely
  59. I am proud of myself
  60. I am capable of great things
  61. I am important
  62. I trust my intuition
  63. I choose to start today with a smile
  64. I choose to have a happy day
  65. I reach for the stars
  66. I can do hard things
  67. I am going to train my brain to do it
  68. I am open to new experiences and new things
  69. I love to learn new things
  70. I embrace and accept change. Change is good and helps me to grow
  71. I like to challenge myself
  72. I find ways and love to overcome challenges
  73. I like to work hard
  74. I don’t give up
  75. I can get through anything
  76. I am creative
  77. I have great ideas
  78. I reach for the stars
  79. I deserve to be happy
  80. I have happy thoughts
  81. It’s okay to make mistakes.
  82. I learn from my mistakes. Mistakes are a chance to grow
  83. I forgive myself for my mistakes
  84. I stand for my beliefs
  85. My opinion is important
  86. I have the power to make my dreams come true
  87. I believe in my dreams
  88. I choose my attitude
  89. I choose my reaction
  90. I am in charge of my emotions
  91. I am in charge of my decisions
  92. I am responsible for my decisions
  93. I am responsible for my actions
  94. I can handle any obstacle
  95. I am a problem solver
  96. Problems help me learn and grow
  97. When I need help, I will ask for it
  98. Having quiet, alone time is good for me
  99. I am gentle with myself
  100. I am gentle with others
  101. I can live in the moment
  102. I will make sure it’s my best work
  103. My best is enough
  104. I’ve got this
  105. I get stronger, it doesn’t get easier.
  106. Struggling makes me stronger
  107. When I struggle, I always learn something new
  108. I keep my body healthy
  109. I enjoy healthy food
  110. I love to exercise
  111. I create my own path
  112. I enjoy spending time with myself
  113. I see the beauty in every situation and everything
  114. I will be successful
  115. I can do it and I will do it

 

 

List of daily positive affirmations – final thought

You now have an idea of everything about positive affirmations. It’s now your turn to pick the affirmation that are relevant to you and say them to yourself on a daily basis.

Positive affirmations are not something that you simply say once off and expect to see massive improvements.

The secret is repetition (do it regularly) and feel each word as you say them, experience what you’re saying.

Wait and see how affirmations will change and improve your life for the better.

Be happy and enjoy creating positive affirmations!

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How To Live In The Present Moment! – Simple Guide!

Fair too often we are caught up in the busy schedule of life and wonder where did the day go?, or hasn’t that week flown by, or the summer will be soon over. This happens because you’re so busy in life just doing that you forget how to be.

At some point or the other, all of us have inevitably found ourselves wanting to just leave it all and go far away from all the rush, from all the noise and just be in peace with our own self.

There is too much rushing, too much achieving in this overly fast paced world. If you find yourself in such a position then it is actually reminding you that you need to slow things down and go slow with life. Step outside the rush.

Learning how to slow down in life is a challenge by itself, especially for those who seem to work non-stop, or those who feel guilty for taking a break as they think I could be doing this, or doing that.

But living in the fast lane comes at a price, that price is you’re missing out on your life. The time you spending planning, working, doing, rushing and all the other things that lead to hectic life, takes away living in the moment and experiencing what it truly feels like to be alive.

This is so profound, yet what is it to be alive?  Although I cannot concretely answer that question for you, through my personal experience I have found that people feel the most alive when they are truly experiencing the present moment.  Those times when you are able to slow down and pay attention.

 

 

How to live in the present moment

Is your mindset keeping you from living life in the present moment?

Your mindset may hold certain beliefs that keep you stuck in the fast lane. These could come from personal experience, habits, things you’ve learned growing up or the pressure of society.

Take a step back and a moment to reflect on your mindset and your beliefs on why you shouldn’t be slowing down from a fast-paced life.

What do these beliefs mean to you?

Here are some examples of beliefs you may have about slowing down:

  • If I take a break or slow down, I’m lazy
  • Things won’t get done.
  • I could be doing something else in the time I’m taking a break
  • I need to be doing more to be more successful than Joe Bloggs next door, and the only way I can do that is by working harder- even if it stresses me out.

The ironic thing is that you will actually be more productive and efficient if you take breaks and pay attention to what you are doing in the moment. This is because living in the present moment increases your focus.

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When you work yourself into the ground without no break, and constantly move from task to task, you are not fully living in the present moment and therefore are not fully engaged. As a result, you are living your life in auto-pilot mode.

This can result in two things happening:

  • You are not fully focused; therefore, you’re not putting the best work into things. This is because you are just thinking about moving onto the next task.
  • You are burning yourself out by never taking breaks or slowing down.

 

How can you live in the present moment?

While you’re rushing about from task to task, somebody else is living in the present moment and time is moving much slower for them. It is the same number of seconds ticking by, the same minutes and hours pass by, but it is your perception of those moments that is different.

Your perception is your reality, therefore if you find that you seem to be rushing through life then the answer lies in changing your perception.  Some of that may originate in identifying and changing your anxious thoughts.

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Additionally, you can practice Mindfulness by being aware of your senses (touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell) in the present moment.  This is one of the most effective ways to truly bring you into experiencing this moment fully.

Try it now and pay attention to what is around you.  Notice how you feel.

 

 

Tips to help you slow down in life:

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation or practicing mindful awareness regularly can make it easier to slow down life.  By observing your thoughts non-judgmentally, you can increase your awareness when you are rushing around for no particular reason.  This can help you to approach your life and certain situations with presence and focus, instead of just rushing through them to get to the next thing.

 

Minimise Distractions

Distractions such as a smartphone or television can make it harder for you to focus on the present moment and take you down a black hole in your mind without you even realising it.  Leave your phone in your car or put it on “do not disturb” to prevent distractions so you can be fully present and appreciate the things and people in front of you.

 

Give Yourself Reminders

Little reminders can be helpful so that you remember to slow down and pay attention.  Whether it is a phone wallpaper, a sign on your desk, or a decal on your mirror… visual reminders to slow down can get you out of your head and into the present.

 

Go for a walk and look around at nature

Head out for a walk and make yourself take notice at everything around you – the sounds; trees; flowers; etc.  Connect again with the world around you and allow yourself to walk gently – not racing around.

 

Take Breaks

Taking breaks at home, work, or school can help you stop anxious thinking or stop feeling stressed.  Taking a break can help you to refocus and reflect.

Some helpful things to do on a break are taking a walk, taking deep breaths, or eating mindfully.  These are examples of breaks that bring you fully into your present moment experience, and out of the stress of overthinking and rushing.

 

Enjoy the little things

Getting to enjoy life more is one of the perks of living a slow life.

First, you need to learn to notice what is happening around you. Notice the breeze, the flowers, the clouds. Notice the smell of things.

 

 

How to live in the present moment – Final thought

If you can cultivate present moment awareness, then you can learn how to slow down and appreciate life.  Appreciation comes from actually paying attention to yourself, your body, your environment, and the people around you- not rushing from one thing to the next.

So, the next time you find yourself caught in a frenzy of stress, overwhelm, and frustration, ask yourself:

How can I choose to slow down and live in the present moment today?

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Gratitude Journaling Prompts – 50 Prompts!

Journaling is quickly becoming more popular, with hordes of people starting their day by opening the pages of their notebook and writing.

Writing has long been recommended by counsellors and psychologists as a way to work through our emotions, and many find that it’s a great way to reduce stress, improve decision making, and get to know themselves better.

I personally find that getting my feelings and worries out on the page stops me from going over them so much in my mind.

Free writing can sometimes feel daunting though, so one of my favourite ways to journal is to use prompts.

These are questions that can be used to gain a better understanding of ourselves and take note of things that might need addressing.

Gratitude has become a positive psychology intervention that is used in several settings. Research in this field has found that the practice of being thankful in life is strongly associated with well-being and happiness.

Gratitude facilitates meaning- finding in our ordinary life events which is fuel for psychological resilience.

The practice of gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, altruistic behaviour, and reduce physical complaints, stress, depression, and worry.

Indeed research has found that gratitude is linked to all levels of well-being and has become a popular intervention that fosters positive functioning and psychological strengths.

 

 

Why is gratitude so hard to practice?

Let’s face it, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, our imperfections, and our problems than it is to be grateful for what we have.

Between the violence, natural disasters, and divisive political climate, it’s been a rough year for many of us.

We’re inundated with negatives nearly 24/7 from the news, social media, and even in-person conversations.

So, we have to work extra hard to find the good in ourselves and the world around us.

 

How to journal

If you are new to the journal writing process, don’t panic.

It’s pretty simple. All you need is a journal (or notepad) and a pen.

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So now you have your amazing journal, find a quiet space, grab a cup of coffee (…or wine) and take some time to yourself.

I love using journal prompts because sometimes when I sit down to write I just stare at the blank page not knowing what to write about.

Only when I actually dig deeper and ask myself some tough questions do I discover how many thoughts, feelings and views I have!

 

Why you should use gratitude prompts

You might look down at your gratitude journal to see that you were thankful for coffee five days in a row.

Now, you may be grateful for that brown liquid gold, but you need to take the time to think more deeply and appreciate more deeply.

That’s why these gratitude journal prompts are so helpful. Answer a question every day and you’ll focus on a different aspect of your life regularly.

Some blessings you may have never considered before.

Often, we need a little nudge to do things well. In this case, use that gentle push to greatly improve your thoughts and your life.

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What to do if you don’t know what to write about?

If you’re struggling to find something to thankful for, start small. There are always things to be grateful for, even on our darkest days, but we have to look harder for them.

Like digging for buried treasure, it takes effort, but the reward is great.

Try to identify one good thing – a supportive person, a comfy sweater, hot water, or even that you’re able to read this article.

Try to stay open-minded. Your first response might still be to minimize the positives and focus on the negatives, but by practicing gratitude we can actually train ourselves to spot the positives.

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This means that with practice, it will become easier to identify things you’re grateful for and you’ll develop an open and joyful heart, as well as a greater appreciation for yourself and the world around you.

Gratitude doesn’t make our problems disappear, but it helps them feel more manageable.

But, if you just simply can’t think of anything, I’ve got your back.

Check out these gratitude journal prompts that will help you achieve clarity and help your mental health.

 

Gratitude journaling prompts

So, what do you write on your journal?

  • If you’re not sure what put down or are out of ideas for the moment, here’s a huge list of journal prompts you can try.
  • See which ones apply most to your life and start with those. From there, you can slowly go through the list and complete them all.
  • Name a person you are thankful for that shaped who you are today.
  • What is something from each of your senses you are grateful for today? (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)
  • What challenge did you overcome that you now see the benefit in?
  • What book are you grateful for and why? What are the teachings?
  • What are you grateful for about your town? Your time period? Your country?
  • What are you most grateful for in your morning or night routine?
  • Name three everyday objects that you are grateful for.
  • What music are you most grateful for?
  • Name three unique things you are grateful for so far this year.
  • Name three people you are grateful for outside of your immediate family. Why?
  • What brings you gratitude with the passing of time? Something you notice more than you used to.
  • What do you love most about each season of the year?
  • What discovery have you made in the last year that you are thankful for?
  • What food did you eat today? Take a moment to share gratitude for the food and water that sustains you and imagine where it came from.
  • Do you have shelter? A warm place to sleep? Food on your table? Spend a few minutes being grateful for the necessities in life.
  • What have you learned this year that has benefited you?
  • What person are you most grateful for and why?
  • What is something hard or mundane that you do, and you’re grateful it makes you stronger?
  • What is something in your home that brings you great joy?
  • What positive memory happened in the last week that you are thankful for?
  • What did you do today that made you happy?
  • What aspect of nature did you appreciate in the last week?
  • Who is a friend you’re grateful for and why?
  • List three people that have made your life better. (Bonus: thank them today!)
  • Write one moment or memory in your life that you will cherish forever.
  • What do you love most about life?
  • What was a wonderful thing that happened today?
  • What is something you take for granted?
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • What tradition are you grateful for?
  • Tell of a place that you cherish.
  • What is your favourite time of day and why do you love it?
  • Tell of a way someone helped you recently.
  • What is something amazing that happened to you in the last week, month, or year?
  • Name one thing you are grateful for regarding each person in your family.
  • What is your favourite gratitude quote? What does it make you think of?
  • Name one luxury you enjoy on a daily or weekly basis.
  • What do you love about your job?
  • What is your favourite place in your home? Why?
  • Describe your favourite vacation/holiday.
  • Describe the last time you helped someone. How did it feel?
  • What’s a guilty pleasure you are thankful for?
  • Name an accomplishment you are proud of.
  • Write down the best gift you’ve ever received.
  • Describe something beautiful that is outside of your window.
  • What do you love most about your family?
  • What do you love most about your friends?
  • What activities in your day are your thankful for?
  • Name one thing that made you smile or laugh today.
  • What is something beautiful you saw today?

 

 

Conclusion

Gratitude is a very powerful tool in helping you become a more positive person.

By writing them down on a journal, you’re able to keep track of all the good things that have happened in your life.

This makes is doubly powerful allowing you to go back and remember specific situations.

In case you’re not sure what to write about or are out of ideas, the list above contains tons of journal prompts to help you.

What do you write in your journal, I would love to hear your ideas?

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Ways to Practice Gratitude – Simple Guide!

The benefits of having a daily gratitude practice are nearly endless. This is a simple practice but the challenge is taking the time to integrate it into your daily life.

It can take 21 days to form a habit and then it will become more second nature. Committing to taking time each day to notice and reflect on the things that have gone well during the day, that you are thankful for increases your health and well-being.

The practice of gratitude has been studied in the field of positive psychology the study of what makes life worth living.

Gratitude has become a positive psychology intervention that is used in several settings. Research in this field has found that the practice of being thankful in life is strongly associated with well-being and happiness.

Gratitude facilitates “meaning- finding” in our ordinary life events which is fuel for psychological resilience.

The practice of gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, altruistic behaviour, and reduce physical complaints, stress, depression, and worry.

Indeed research has found that gratitude is linked to all levels of well-being and has become a popular intervention that fosters positive functioning and psychological strengths.

 

 

Ways to practice gratitude

Taking time to appreciate the good things in the world can easily be built into your daily life. Here are some simple steps to help you cultivate a daily gratitude practice:

 

1. Commit

We always seem to resist what is good for us. You may not always feel motivated to complete this practice but do it anyway. Don’t let excuses get in your way. It will still have benefits even if you have to force yourself some days. Commit to doing this daily and it will soon become a habit like brushing your teeth.

 

2. Begin

It may be helpful to pick a time each day that you will complete your gratitude practice. It may be first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening.

Once you have a schedule made for yourself take out a journal either in paper format or you can use your computer and begin.

You can start with, “I am grateful for…”

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This can be difficult in the beginning to connect to the things you are grateful especially if your life is not what you would like it to look like.

There are always things in our life that are going well. It may be just that you are breathing, that you showered, maybe a smile on a stranger’s face, etc.

Try to find new things each day you can be grateful for rather than just repeating the same things each day.

Tap into your creativity. Again, this may feel odd when you first start. You have just planted a seed and with nurturing this practice it will blossom.

 

3. Feel it

Allow yourself to feel grateful not just in your mind but in your body. Feel the warmth of appreciation, love, and connection.

Allow it to seep into your pores as you embody it. Place a hand on your heart as you feel your body being lifted as it radiates through you.

You may not always be able to feel gratitude in an embodied way but when you do savour it. Allow it to fill your heart and use its energy as fuel in your life.

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4. Continue even after you start to see results

Too often people take a break from the practice once they start to see results. When one does this the results also begin to diminish.

Commit to making this a lifelong practice. You may miss a day here and there as you are only human but just continue to come back consciously noticing and reflecting on what is going well in your life and what you are thankful for.

 

Be creative with your practice

Finding new and creative ways to integrate gratitude into your everyday life can keep things fun. The field of positive psychology has outlined many different gratitude practices that you can find here.

It is important that you make this practice your own and so it has personal meaning for you.

We should not do things because we believe we should when it does not resonate with this. There are indeed several things you can do to improve your health and happiness, but it is up to you to put your signature on it, make it meaningful to you and you will reap even more rewards.

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Incorporate gratitude into your mediation

Gratitude meditation is simply the practice of reflecting on the things in our lives we’re grateful for. It’s about experiencing that feeling of appreciation, whether for a loving family member or friend, a beautiful sunny day, or the pleasure of a good cup of coffee.

It can be for things large or small- perhaps a successful recovery from an injury or illness, or a tough life lesson you weathered, where you came out the other side stronger and more confident.

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It’s easy to get caught up in current events and the negativity of the news cycle, but in fact those things often have little to do with who we are and how we experience the world on a day-to-day basis. A grateful meditation is not about becoming desensitised to suffering or social injustice, it’s a way of bringing us back to a place of personal reflection.

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Share your gratitude practice

Our relationships can be the source of our greatest happiness. Incorporating people into your practice can help boost your experience.

You can partner with someone which will help keep you accountable and motivate you on the days you may struggle with the practice.

It may also help to see what other people have written as part of their practice making it easier to also notice those things in your life.

Sharing the things, we are grateful for with our family and friends can have several additional benefits. This can be a practice that is also built into family routines such as before dinner or at breakfast.

Another way to boost the influence of gratitude is a gratitude letter. This involves writing a letter to someone who had a positive impact on your life that you have never thanked properly.

You can send this letter to them or visit them and read it to them. Too often we fail to thank the people who have added value to our lives.

Taking the time to formally express this to them expands the reaches of your gratitude practice. Bringing more care and love into this world is a very powerful thing, do not think this is trivial, it is grand.

 

Benefits of a gratitude practice

There are so many different benefits you can accumulate from this practice. It has been proven to have a positive impact on your psychological and physical health.

People report fewer pains and aches and report greater health with more exercise and doctor check-ups than those who do not practice. It also has been shown to improve your quality of sleep.

It can help you improve your self-esteem and helps you make better friendships. Research shows that thanking an acquittance makes them more likely to seek a lasting relationship with you.

It also enhances your empathy and reduces aggression. Gratitude lessens your likelihood of holding grudges again others but instead offers more room for forgiveness and understanding.

Grateful people also increase their mental strength which can help boost their resiliency and ability to bounce back after highly distressing situations.

 

 

Ways to practice gratitude – Final thought

Let’s be real for a second. It’s impossible to be grateful all the time. Sometimes we experience seasons in our life when gratitude is a struggle.

People who practice gratitude will still experience sadness or other negative emotions. This is all normal and you should never feel guilty for not being grateful all the time.

Let’s start today’s gratitude practice, what are YOU grateful for today?

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Mindfulness Practice Guide

Today I will be talking you through our Mindfulness Practice Guide.

Have you ever drove somewhere and realised you don’t remember the drive? Or eaten something and it’s gone before you’ve really tasted it?

Have you ever blown up on someone and wondered where it came from? We tend to rush through life, living in the past or worrying about the future, instead of living in the moment and enjoying life.

I think that life is about the here and now. If we dwell on the past, we are missing out on what could be today.

If we spend all of our time worrying about or planning the future, we actually never get there. The future we want for ourselves will never happen unless we are taking steps towards it right now, today.

This is where mindfulness comes in. I’ve talked a little bit about mindfulness in some of my other posts, but I wanted to put mindfulness in the spotlight for once, because it can bring so much goodness to your life.

 

 

What is Mindfulness?

To keep it simple, being mindful means remaining present. Despite the hectic nature of our modern-day world, practicing mindfulness encourages self-awareness, acceptance, and taking in the moment. It allows you to truly focus on what you’re doing right now.

Mindfulness stems from ancient Buddhist meditation teachings, but Jon Kabat-Zinn adapted the concept in 1979. Over the last few years, mindfulness has gained a lot of popularity. This may be due to more mainstream coverage, publications like Mindful, and the power of social media!

After doing some research, I also found that mindfulness is often used in therapy. This is because it’s thought to help with anxiety and stress!

 

Why is Mindfulness important?

On autopilot we are so busy doing that we forget to be aware and really live our lives to the full. We leave ourselves open to depression, anxiety and stress.

When we practice mindful living, we wake up from this dreamlike state and fully participate in life.

Now let’s go into the Mindfulness practice guide.

 

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How to practice Mindfulness daily

Before anything, remember to always be kind to yourself. It’s perfectly okay (and normal) if your mind starts to wander. Don’t let that discourage you!

Keep it simple. For example, you might be cleaning your room after a long day. Maybe work was stressful and it left you feeling burned out.

Take in the moment around you, fully. What do you hear? What do you see and smell? Notice the breeze coming from your slightly cracked opened window. What does the cool air feel like on your skin? Take a few deep breathes, in and out, and relax your muscles. Keep doing this for a few moments until your mind begins to slow down.

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Mindful breathing

It is said that if you want to save yourself thousands in psychologist fees, simply learn how to breathe mindfully.

The breath is a good place to start, because we are breathing all the time, although usually unconsciously.

By tuning in we can unify our mind and body and become tied to the present moment.

By taking five deep breaths You can instantly feel tension and stress floating away.

Feel the breath coming into your body through the tips of your nostrils and then leaving your body again. Try envisioning your breath as a circle.

Visualise the inhales filling up half the circle then flowing directly into the exhales. It is a continuous motion. Whenever you notice your mind has wandered, bring it back to the breath.

If you want to take it one step further, on your inhales envision white healing light entering your body and, on your exhale, envision anxiety and tension leaving your body. Leave reminders for yourself throughout the day to breath

 

Focus on the present moment without judgement

Don’t dwell on your past mistakes and worry too much about the future. Stop being obsessed about a problem or a solution.

You need to learn to fully accept yourself in the moment. It’s not about avoiding a situation. It’s more about being present without being too attached to the outcome.

There is no right or wrong either, so try not to judge yourself.

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Our minds can run away with themselves. Reacting to these thoughts can cause anxiety and stress. We can feel guilty or ashamed of our thoughts. But what if we just allowed those thoughts to pass gently? Without judging them as they arise?

Take a few minutes to focus on your thoughts. Notice them coming and going without judging and labelling. If you do judge or react to any thoughts, acknowledge that, and then gently let the thought pass.

Being mindful in this way helps you to develop an awareness and understanding of how your thoughts affect you, and how you can better control your thoughts every day.

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Awareness of your bodily sensations

So often we live in our heads and we completely forget about our body, unless of course, we are in distress.

And here’s the problem:

We think that our mind is completely separate from our physical body.

But it’s not.

To become aware of your body, send your breath to different parts and acknowledge those body parts.

  • Notice the tingling in your fingers
  • Release the stress in your stomach
  • Become aware of the top of your head and the tension in your neck

Becoming aware of your body will bring you into the present moment. It will fine-tune your senses and quiet the mind.

 

 

Spend time in nature, even if it’s just your garden

The sounds and sights of a bustling city are fun, but overstimulating. Sometimes, it’s nice to get away and enjoy a quieter atmosphere. Nothing is quite as relaxing as being in nature. Plus, it’s a great way to take in the present moment.

Even if you live in the heart of a city, find a calming spot nearby. It can be a beach, the park, or even your garden.

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Allow yourself to drop events from the day for just a moment. Watch the ocean waves crash against the sand. Sit underneath a tree in an open field. It’s just you and the calmness of a simplistic moment like this one.

I regularly take my dog for a walk over the local lake.  When I’m there, I take deep breaths, taking in the fresh air. I listen to the sounds, watch the birds, and I enjoy the smells. Depending on what weather it is, the lake always smells differently.

If you don’t have the luxury of local lake, try take a walking break during the day and go to a park or the woods/forest. Notice everything around you and enjoy. You’ll return to everyday life recharged and with a fresh mind.

 

Take a mindful shower

Being mindful doesn’t require much effort. You can be mindful with every little task. Try to take a mindful shower. Feel the water touching your skin and notice the temperature of the water.

Focus on smell of the soap, it will give a calming effect. Listen as the water hits your skin and falls on the floor. Touch your skin and notice what this is like for you.

Pay attention to your feelings. Do fresh? Be aware of your thoughts and feelings as you do this. This will also enhance the need to care for yourself, which is a very good practice for your personal wellbeing.

 

The five senses exercise

This one is pretty self-explanatory. You notice something that you are experiencing with each of the five senses.

  • 5 things you can see. Try to choose things that you don’t normally notice.
  • 4 things you can feel. What textures, surfaces and sensations can you feel?
  • 3 things you can hear. Notice what you can hear in the background. Try to separate the sounds.
  • 2 things you can smell. Take notice of pleasant or unpleasant odours.
  • 1 thing you can taste.

 

Eat mindfully

Mindfulness doesn’t just apply to emotions and thoughts, but to what you physically do too.

If you scoff down a load of food and find yourself reaching back into the fridge shortly afterwards, chances are you were distracted while eating and weren’t fully paying attention to the tastes and feeling of being full.

You were distracted by the fact that you ate. Focus your attention on the food in front of you.

 

Meditate, even if you’re too busy

Pick a regular time to meditate every day, such as on the commute to work on at the end of your lunch break.

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Meditating is as simple as a breath in and out. You can meditate in the car, on the bus, on a lunch break or any time that you have a few minutes to disconnect from the stress of life.

Download some podcasts or apps about meditation and they will guide you on what to do. If you can spend hours scrolling on social media every day, you can spare 10 minutes to check in with your thoughts.

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Fully listen to the person in front of you

Do you find yourself listening to a friend or co-worker talking and you just nod and say yeah really? no way throughout the conversation?

Are you actually listening to what they’re telling you? If someone is giving you their time you should take it as a huge compliment.

They could be giving it to anyone else but they’re choosing to spend this moment solely with you, so show them thanks by being fully engaged with what they’re saying.

Ask questions and delve deeper into the conversation and don’t glance at your phone or let your thoughts wander to something you deem more important.

 

Slow down when you need to

It’s okay to do nothing and just be, especially when you need to heal from a bad experience. It’s ok to take a break from your busy schedule and do the things that you love.

Everyone needs some downtime to recharge and you don’t have to feel guilty for being ‘selfish’ once in a while.

Self-love is necessary.

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Empty your mind

Can you count the number of thoughts you have right now? I’m sure I can’t because there are always new thoughts popping in my mind while losing track of others.

It feels like a crowded highway inside the mind. Trying to let all the thoughts fade away and clear the path in front of you can feel liberating. It gives you time to connect with yourself.

For a mindful minute try to observe your thoughts and imagine blowing them away like bubbles.

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Trust and acceptance

one of the most painful, kind of slap-in-the-face truths you can learn in life, is that things you never thought could happen to you, happen.

Another thing you learn along the way is that you’re much stronger than you give yourself credit for.

At one point or another, you might face situations or events that seem cruel, unreal and unfair.

Things that are hard to accept and move on from. That’s when you have to trust yourself and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions.

 

 

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I can’t tell you that your life will change instantly but I can tell you how my life has changed.

Since I began practicing Mindfulness, I have become so much more aware. I’m aware of other people’s feelings, I notice the beauty in life and because of this I can appreciate this life a lot more.

I don’t let the little things get to me so much, I can take a breath and realise that I don’t need to react to this situation.

In reality my life hasn’t changed, the things that used to stress me out are still there for the main part. It’s how I choose to respond to these stressors that is different. The change is within me, not life that happens around me.

That’s the beauty of Mindfulness you don’t need to take on the world, just yourself.

I would recommend to anyone to give Mindfulness a try. If you have already began the practice, how is it going for you?  Do you have any other Mindfulness activities you would like to share? I look forward to hearing them.

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Meditation Tips for Beginners – Simple Guide!

Today I will be discussing meditation for beginners and how the practice can improve your wellness.

I began meditating about 18 months ago, and over time have introduced the practice into my daily routine.

I meditate first thing in the morning and later on in the day (around 4pm). The benefits it has had on my life has been massive.

My anxiety used to be through the roof, but it is now non-existent. It has also quieted my mind beyond belief, and I am more relaxed, calmer, chilled, less stressed person for it.

When implemented into your life on a daily basis, it really is a life changer, I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Once you see the benefits, and the little voice inside your head (I like to call an annoying roommate) begins to quiet down, you will be wondering why you didn’t start it sooner!

Meditation is said to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. You can lower your blood pressure, better your overall disposition, and enjoy more restful sleep.

The physical changes that meditation brings to your nervous system and your brain are actually quite astonishing.

There are no negatives to meditation. You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

Today I will be talking you through some mediation tips for beginners.

 

 

What is meditation?

Meditation is essentially the practice of quieting the mind. It’s also considered to be a skill, or a tool, and just like the muscles in your body, it needs to be worked.

Similar to working a specific muscle group for the first time, when you first start meditating, it can feel unnatural or even difficult, and that’s OK.

The more you work the muscle, the easier it will become and the more natural it will feel.

Keep in mind, this is exactly why you might hear people refer to meditation as a practice, because it is indeed a skill that needs to be developed.

The first few times you try to meditate, you may feel silly, or worry that you’re doing it wrong – rest assured, you cannot do it wrong, but the more you practice, the better it will get.

The goal is to quiet the mind in order to create a calm, and clear headspace. By doing so, we’re able to open ourselves up to that inner voice which provides guidance and clarity.

This is great for decision making, and easing anxiety; ultimately reducing stress. Oftentimes, we’re going and going, forging our way through life as quickly as possible, but when we take the time to really be still and quiet, we can reveal a whole new path forward.

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Have you ever tried to not think about something? Think about it, even if you’re driving in the car alone, without the radio on, just cruising along in silence, your mind is still running wild with thoughts – what’s for dinner, I need to send that email, I need to make that doctor’s appointment.

Our minds are constantly running on autopilot. Meditation gives you the opportunity to take back control.

Experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour which is insane.

Neuroscientists and experts in the field of consciousness call this mental noise. With our brains processing so many thoughts every day and every minute, there’s a lot going on.

It’s also worth noting, that with that much activity, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of whether these thoughts are positive or negative.

Are we running a program that is beneficial for our mental health, or are we running through thoughts that are ultimately increasing our stress and anxiety levels?

When we quiet the mind, we get to clear out all the junk.

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Practice makes perfect

I remember when I started meditating, I felt frustrated often because I wasn’t any good at it (or so I thought).

My thoughts were all over the place and the more I tried to focus on my breath, the more it seemed like my mind would wander anywhere else. If noise interrupted me, or I felt uncomfortable with how I was positioned, I would get annoyed.

Little did I know, this is exactly why I needed meditation in my life.

Meditating isn’t about being the best at keeping your mind on your breathing. Rather, it’s about noticing when your mind wanders elsewhere, noticing where it went to or what thought came up without judgement, and then moving your attention back to the breath.

When practiced over time, this trains your brain to learn how to stay in the present moment,

If this means that while you’re meditating you need to redirect back to the breath 100 times, perfect! You’re doing it right.

The whole point of meditation is about cultivating awareness of where your mind wanders, and then re-centring it.

With practice, concentrating on the breath does become easier. But just like any other skill, it takes repetition and commitment.

Top tip:

If you want to learn about meditation, the below channel on channel on YouTube is excellent:

 

 

Be realistic, start small

If you’re following inspirational meditators or other mediation/mindfulness enthusiasts, you’ll probably be inspired to try to recreate their meditation technique, space or experience.

But the truth is that trying to model your meditation practice after someone else’s may be the wrong approach, especially if they have a well-established practice, and you’re just getting started.

Here’s the truth. Every meditation is different because every moment is unique.

So, if you’re looking to be able to sit or lie down for long stretches of time at the beginning of your meditation journey, you may be unsuccessful or become discouraged.

Start small. Begin with a 3-to-5-minute meditation. Not too long and not too short.

 

Hold yourself accountable

I personally, find this easy to do because I’ve actually felt the benefits of meditation. I know that I feel more grounded and less anxious when I’m meditating; Therefore, I know that if I just set aside a small amount of time for this every day, that the practice will have long and lasting effects.

Find out what holds you accountable because this will be different for everyone – maybe you decide to take part in a month-long meditation challenge, maybe you and your partner or a friend both decide to do it together!

 

Make it a habit

If you are trying to meditate daily, try linking your meditation to something you routinely do. While you shower, brush your teeth, wash dishes, or something else.

I wouldn’t recommend meditating while driving. Safe driving requires your full attention.

When you tie your meditation practice to something you do regularly, you don’t have to try to pencil in the time for it.

In fact, the repetitive motion and sound associated with sweeping, shaving, or brushing your teeth just might help you go a little deeper into mindfulness.

Top tip:

If you’re interested in learning more in-depth about meditation, then the below books are excellent:

 

 

Follow guided meditations

Guided meditation is where you meditate in response to the guidance provided by a trained practitioner or teacher. This can be at the end of a yoga class, or when you’re listening to a guided meditation on YouTube.

If you are completely new to meditation practice, guided meditation is a great place to start. The voice you’re listening to guides you through various steps of meditation and helps you stay a bit more focused than if you’d have to do it alone, in silence.

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Guided meditation usually consists of a relaxing part where the focus lies in relaxing the mind and body, sometimes there is a visualization session included as well.

But honestly, there a are truly countless variations of guided meditations out there. From deep sleep guided meditation practices, to releasing anxiety, to boosting self-confidence.

Have a stroll through YouTube or check out the app Insight Timer which offers a grand collection of quality guided meditations.

Top tip:

The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

 

 

Find your best posture

When you are just beginning your journey into meditation, posture matters for one concern alone.
How comfortable you are in that posture.

You do not have to sit in the lotus position to meditate. It is a myth!

You could be sitting down with an erect spine, or lying down on the yoga mat or practice while walking or in any other position.

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What matters is which position/posture provides you maximum comfort so that you can focus your attention in the practice.

You can make use of accessories like meditation cushions, blankets, etc. to make yourself more comfortable.

Prepare for the meditation practice as you would for sleep, everything must be comfortable for you.

 

Practice in a quiet space

Even though you can practice meditation pretty much anywhere, it is recommended for any beginner to choose a quiet space for the practice.

A quiet and peaceful place will help facilitate stillness within you and make you comfortable to practice.

Make sure to set up the place exclusively for meditation and perform the practice in that same place every day.

Remember to turn off any electronic device before you begin to minimise possible distractions.

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Practice with purpose

Figure out why you want to meditate. That way it becomes easier for you to focus on a target and work towards achieving it instead of randomly contemplating.

You may take up meditation to calm your mind, to breathe better, improve your health, control anxiety or connect with your inner self. Whatever it is, have a clear goal before you begin to practice.

 

Choose your ideal time

Yes, an ideal time is critical. Make sure you choose a time that allows you to sit calmly without any distractions or noises that can disturb you.

And, practice at the same time every day so that you form a pattern and tune into it. Consistency and discipline are key here.

A disturbance-free meditation allows you to enjoy the process better and benefit the most from it.

Dawn and dusk are ideal times to practice meditation.

Like I said earlier, I meditate twice a day (first thing and around 4pm). I do this because I enjoy the practice and it calms me down.

But once a day is fine, whatever suits you.

 

Count to relax your mind

So, you know that you begin to meditate, you want to let go of the world. But it is really hard because your mind never stops!

You think about what you have to do, what you need to do, what you want to do, and everything else under the sun.

You can stop all of this by doing one surprisingly simple thing and that is counting.

Sit down, relax, and quietly count to 100 in your mind. Focus on every number.

Go at a natural pace and allow yourself to relax with every number while sitting still with your spine straight. When you count with real intention, your mind starts to align.

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How long should I meditate?

The great thing about meditating is that there is no right or wrong answer here either! Some people will meditate for an hour or longer, and some people find they benefit most from calming their mind and body for even just five minutes.

As with any goal or new implementation of a practice or routine, it’s best to start small. Find a time that works for you and know that you will finish, so if you choose 5 minutes, don’t end early. Following through to the end is very important.

Personally, I meditate twice a day for 20-minutes each.

 

 

Meditation tips for beginners – Final thought

These 12 tips will enhance your preparation for the meditation practice and help you get the most out of it.

Your objective should be to incorporate meditation into your life as a habit.

You should miss it if you don’t do it for one day.

Once you get started, the next step is to build a sustainable meditation habit every day.

The best time to start is today and don’t look back once you do.

So, what are you waiting for?

What are meditation tips, I would love to hear them.

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Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Simple Guide!

Today I will be discussing overcoming negative thoughts.

When you’re having negative thoughts, you know that getting your mind off of it is easier said than done.

In fact, research shows that when people are instructed not to think about a specific topic, it makes it even harder to get that topic out of their minds. But rehashing negative thoughts over and over in your head, also known as rumination, can be unpleasant and counterproductive—and in some cases, it can even lead to chronic depression.

Luckily, there are a few techniques that can help you stop negative thinking and refocus your mind on something positive, the best though, is to distract yourself with something else, something that requires focus and best of all, is productive and helps you improve your life.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

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So here are some tips and tricks to get started. They worked wonders for me.  By following these guidelines, I have gone from being a pessimist and perfectionist, to having a strong and healthy mind where I have the self-belief and confidence to try new things (like this blog), to just go for it.

And my positive mindset means that when I do have negative thoughts (because I am just human, I can’t switch them off completely), I can redirect my thoughts without allowing them to infiltrate my emotions and ruin my good mood for the day.

 

Surround yourself with positive people

People who we spend most of our time with often determine our thought process. If a colleague of yours has a habit of judging people from their dressing sense, you are bound to feel conscious about your own dressing sense when you are around them.

Similarly, when you are with someone who doesn’t have a habit of fault-finding and always manages to appreciate little things in people, you will feel good about how they make you see things in a positive light.

Energy, negative or positive, spreads fast and you don’t want to be wasting your time sitting amongst those who aren’t helping you in beating negativity.

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Recognise negative thoughts and silence them

If you want to maximize your positivity, I recommend that you start to learn to silence any negative thoughts.

You need to stop them telling you that you can’t do it, that you don’t have what it takes.

Paying attention to discouraging thoughts that don’t believe in you automatically decreases your self-confidence and prevents you from acting.

Negative self-talk, it happens to all of us and it’s hard to control.

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Those negative thoughts come to our mind, most of the time without us even knowing why. But that’s’ okay, don’t beat yourself up for that.

However, it’s really important that you learn how to recognize negative self-talk as soon as it occurs, in order to lessen its power.

When you’re able to identify negative thoughts, it’s then much easier not to listen to them and to replace them with neutral thoughts – or even better – with positive thoughts if you can.

When you’re able to recognise negative self-talk, you can finally ignore your inner critic!

So that’s why being self-aware of your own thoughts is so important!

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Learn from the past

It’s never fun when we make mistakes or fail. It doesn’t feel good, and we feel bad for a while. Still, it’s no use going back to it several times after the fact.

Let’s say you made a mistake at work and your boss scolds you. It sucks at the moment. But then it’s done and you go home. When we ruminate, we go back to the moment when we messed up and we get scolded, and relive the moment repeatedly.

This is what makes us feel even worse than the actual situation. It’s almost like we’re punishing ourselves repeatedly for that one mistake. Instead of doing that, take it as a lesson to learn from.

Think about the situation once again if you will, and think about how you can prevent that from happening again.

What actions can you take next time to make sure to do it right? Once you’ve figured it out, take note of the action, and let go of the mistake.

 

Live in and come back to this moment

When you’re tapping into negative thinking then you’re often thinking about something that happened. Or something that may happen. Or both, all jumbled up as your mood and thoughts sink.

To snap out of that put your attention fully into this moment instead. Into what’s here right now.

Start making it a habit to spend more of your time in the present moment and you’ll, in my experience, naturally have fewer negative thoughts and be more open and constructive.

A couple of ways to bring yourself back to being mindful and this moment are:

Focus only on your breathing.

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Take a 1–2-minute pause right now and take a little deeper breath than you usually do. Make sure you’re breathing with your stomach and through your nose.

During this time focus only on the air going in and out and nothing else.

Take in the world around you.

Take a 1–2-minute break, get out of your head and put your attention on what’s around you right now. Nothing else.

Just focus on the people walking by outside your window, the muffled words and noises from the street, the smells around you and the sun shining in and warming your skin.

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Top tips:

Some great channels that I use for mindfulness videos, are the following:

I also recommend the following books to read:

 

 

Remember to let things go

As much as you’d like to control everything that happens, truth is you can’t. This is an especially tough pill to swallow for people who like to be in control all the time.

However, we need to remember that there’s only so much that we can control. Most other things are beyond our control, and that’s just how it’s always been and always will be.

See the beauty of letting go. Once you let go, you’ll feel free of the drama.

 

Set boundaries around social media

Just like it’s important to protect yourself from toxic relationships by setting boundaries, they also need to be set around social media.

Many of us are using social outlets for hours every single day. This can lead to comparing ourselves to others, negative thoughts, and even anxiety.

study found that when volunteers limited their social media use to just 30 minutes per day, they had major improvements in their well-being. Some even felt less lonely and less depressed.

What does this tell us? This is proof that stepping away from our phones and not immersing ourselves in the social media world all day can actually have a very positive effect on our mood.

The result may be less negativity, and you may even find you have more time and energy to put into things that truly matter (like self-care and spending time with loved ones).

 

Energise your morning routine

Mornings set the tone of your day. When you feel sluggish in the morning, you can bring the same disposition all throughout the day.

Pump up your morning routine to start the day with a bang. You don’t need to wake up as early as 4 AM as other successful people do. Follow what works for you.

Planning your day in advance towards a particular goal helps create a laser focus on what needs to be done. Some routines that you should do in the morning:

  • Meditation
  • Setting your top 3 priorities for the day
  • A 20-minute exercise ((At the very least)
  • Listening to a podcast or reading a book

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Start meditating

I remember when I started meditating sitting for 7 minutes was excruciatingly painful. Now I sit for 30/40 minutes and I love it (mostly).

Meditation was the doorway to so many new things for me. It taught me to be more present in my daily life. It taught me to witness or observe my thoughts and feelings instead of getting hooked by them. It taught me to hear my own soul speak. It helped me more confident and not get wrapped up in negative thoughts.

I knew my meditation practice was making a difference with how I am in my everyday life. I once had a short fuse and temper, but now I am a more peaceful person.

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It has had a massive impact on my life.

Instead of having emotional meltdowns, over certain situations, I feel complete peace. I smile joyfully and takes things in my flow.

That is the power of meditation. It naturally turns you into a calmer, confident, more peaceful person. Make it a part of your daily routine.

Top tip:

The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

If you want to learn about meditation, the follow channel is excellent:

If you’re interested in learning more in-depth about meditation, then the below books are excellent:

 

 

Practice a brain dump exercise

Brain Dumping is a form of psychological Self Care that gives you a feeling that you can free yourself of negative thoughts by writing them on a piece of paper.

Negative thoughts find a way to creep in when the mind is cluttered with all kinds of thoughts. You need to declutter your mind in order to make space for positive thoughts to set in.

Brain Dumping is one of the most useful ways to get rid of the negative thoughts and clear your mind.

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Positive affirmations

Affirmations are a great way to appeal to the good side of any individual. The sad truth is, you often, by default, speak ill of yourself every day. Positive affirmations can turn the table around. They are like the essential elements for a plant to grow. Without them, the plant will wither and die.

Create a list of at least three affirmations per day. Recite these affirmations throughout the day when it’s tough.

 

 

Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Final Thought

Many a times, negativity makes you believe that the problem lies within you. But the fact is, it’s how you allow yourself to feel that determines what your mind will eventually think.

If you feel happy and grateful about everything that you have, negativity can come nowhere near you. Get over the feelings of regret, hate, jealousy and sadness and you will find yourself feeling more alive and positive.

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self-Confidence Building Tips – Simple Guide!

If you asked 100 people the question what is confidence? you would get 100 different answers. But one thing’s for sure, most people want it or want more of it. Why? Because, quite simply, confidence is a life changer.

Confidence can really make the difference between success and failure. So, it’s not surprising that when we struggle to do something, it’s our ‘lack of confidence’ that often gets the blame.

Imagine confidence as a medicine. Imagine being able to have a good dose of it whenever you need it. Who would not want some of that?

We sometimes struggle to find ways to gain confidence in ourselves.  But making a few small changes can really boost your confidence and make you feel more empowered.

Because here’s the thing: Most of us are doing our best on a daily basis.  We try to be good spouses, good parents, good employees, good citizens, etc.  So, we should feel confident in ourselves!

Here are 11 simple ways to feel more confident.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified Councillor or Therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience.

 

 

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Look after yourself

Self-care is the most neglected thing with the majority of people. We are so busy doing everything else and forget to look after ourselves.

What we don’t know is how important self-care is to everyday life. In this post, let’s see how self-confidence relates to self-care.

Self-confidence depends on a combination of a few things, such as

  • Emotional health,
  • Social health,
  • And physical health.

Deeper explanation

Self-care, in simple terms, means taking good care of yourself, physically, emotionally, and socially, all balanced in that order.

When you practice self-care, you tend to feel good about yourself; you will have your ideal weight, you will know what makes you happy and what doesn’t, and you will understand yourself more deeply. This will help you in knowing how to tackle challenges as well.

So, look after yourself to help understand yourself better. Make time to exercise, meet friends, read, and practice all other examples of self-care you can read here.

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Block negative people

It’s universally accepted that we are own worst enemy, but some of us have a source of negativity in our lives that is toxic.

It will be much easier to be more positive and practice self-love if you are surrounded by people who care about your well-being.

People who constantly put you down, are critical of your behaviour, and judge your decisions will only be another obstacle for you to overcome.

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Sometimes we are in situations where we can’t remove a negative person from our life. In that case, try hard to constantly be mindful of your own perception of your current situation and feelings about your life. Don’t let their negative words influence your mindset.

For others, it may be a certain behaviour that is contributing to the negativity in their lives. Such as social media, where we can constantly feel the need to compare ourselves and our lives to others.

While strongholds are hard to break free from, try your best to limit engaging in any activity that you know makes you feel bad about yourself.

 

Recognise negative thoughts and silence them

If you want to maximize your self-confidence, I recommend that you start to learn to silence any negative thoughts.

You need to stop them telling you that you can’t do it, that you don’t have what it takes.

Paying attention to discouraging thoughts that don’t believe in you automatically decreases your self-confidence and prevents you from acting.

Negative self-talk, it happens to all of us and it’s hard to control.

Those negative thoughts come to our mind, most of the time without us even knowing why. But that’s’ okay, don’t beat yourself up for that.

However, it’s really important that you learn how to recognize negative self-talk as soon as it occurs, in order to lessen its power.

When you’re able to identify negative thoughts, it’s then much easier not to listen to them and to replace them with neutral thoughts – or even better – with positive thoughts if you can.

When you’re able to recognise negative self-talk, you can finally ignore your inner critic!

So that’s why being self-aware of your own thoughts is so important!

Related posts:

Want to find out how practicing Mindfulness helped me with my negative thoughts? Then see below:

Top tips:

Some great channels that I use for mindfulness videos, are the following:

I also recommend the following books to read:

 

 

Practice positive thinking

Conversely, having a positive attitude is a true self-confidence builder.

Positive self-talk is encouraging.

Positive thoughts are like your own personal cheerleaders who believe in you and cheerfully support you, no matter what!

You can build a more positive mindset for example by not dwelling on negative experiences, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and simply by switching your perspective and training yourself to see the glass half full.

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Trust your gut

Have you ever felt like you just knew something was off, but you went against your instinct and it felt dis-empowering?  Seriously, if you ever have that feeling, trust your gut.

Push those other feelings aside and trust that you know what to do.  In doing so you will focus on what you see/know/want and you will be able to hone your energy in on that idea; all your power will go there, and you’ll feel confident in your decision.

 

Believe in yourself

Start believing in yourself. It’s time to say I can and then go for it. Step outside of your comfort zone and trust in yourself.

Who cares what other people think of you while you make the decision to go for it! They can say what they want and they can hate on you, but ignore it.

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It’s time to do things you’ve always wanted to do and take chances on things you are most afraid to go after.

In the end you don’t want to regret not taking the chance in the first place. Once you go for it and see what you are truly capable of then your self-esteem will boost.

Related post:

Want to find out more about how slowing down and focusing on the present can help you be more confident? Then the see post below:

 

 

Start meditating

I remember when I started meditating sitting for 7 minutes was excruciatingly painful. Now I sit for 30/40 minutes and I love it (mostly).

Meditation was the doorway to so many new things for me. It taught me to be more present in my daily life. It taught me to witness or observe my thoughts and feelings instead of getting hooked by them. It taught me to hear my own soul speak. It helped me more confident and not get wrapped up in negative thoughts.

I knew my meditation practice was making a difference with how I am in my everyday life. I once had a short fuse and temper, but now I am a more peaceful person.

It has had a massive impact on my life.

Instead of having emotional meltdowns, over certain situations, I feel complete peace. I smile joyfully and takes things in my flow.

That is the power of meditation. It naturally turns you into a calmer, confident, more peaceful person. Make it a part of your daily routine.

Top tip:

The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

If you want to learn about meditation, the follow channel is excellent:

If you’re interested in learning more in-depth about meditation, then the below books are excellent:

 

 

List your successes

The best way to boost your confidence is to acknowledge your wins. No matter how big or small your personal accomplishments have been so far, don’t let yourself forget about them.

Keep your successes in mind by listing them down and placing that list where you can see it. It can be something small like finishing a book to something more significant like losing a bunch of weight. If you finished a certain school or you were successful in a project at your work, list it down!

Every time you feel self-doubt creeping into your mind, take a glance at your list of wins and you will notice a smile appearing on your face. If you did it in the past, chances are that you can do it again in the future. Keep that in mind and allow yourself to trust in your potential!

 

Don’t be in competition with others

Probably one of the easiest ways to feel like crap about yourself is to compare yourself to someone else.  But we all have done it at some point.

We usually compare ourselves to people who have more than us, or seem happier than us, or are more fit than us (just to name a few).

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What we need to do is focus on ourselves and if we want to (insert what you want here: have more money, to be more fit, be a better friend, be a better partner, etc.). Look inward, and remember that sometimes what we see is just the highlight reel of someone’s life.

We see the 20% that’s above the water, when the 80% that’s lurking below could be pretty bad.

 

Write down the things you like about yourself

Journaling might not be a habit for everyone to pick up but it will most likely help you if you give it a fair chance. You only need a few minutes every evening to write your thoughts on paper.

You can write about your day, emotions you experienced or thoughts you had. As long as you keep it in a positive note, you will transform journaling into a great dose of self-empowering.

Writing about yourself and your life in a positive manner will impact the way you understand yourself and also the way you treat yourself.

You might notice that you start to respect yourself more as your self-esteem is boosting with every page!

 

Learn to say no!

NO!

It’s that simple. Just say no to things, you don’t like or don’t want to do.

Stop people-pleasing. The only person you should be pleasing is you.

Saying Yes to people to save your relationship is a harmful habit which kills your confidence slowly.

There is a difference between helping others and being used. It is vital to know the difference between the two in order to honour yourself.

Every time you say no to something insignificant, you say yes to your priorities.

It is necessary to set boundaries within which you can grow. Say no to everything that tries to interfere with your growth and success.

 

Give compliments

We all can agree on one thing. Complements are amazing, and it makes a person feel so special.

You compliment other people. Right?

But do you compliment yourself or pat your back when you do something great? I believe not.

It’s never too late to start complimenting yourself for every little thing you do. You have every right to feel special.

Be the first person to acknowledge your hard work and compliment yourself.

Whenever someone else compliments you, accept it with a smile and believe in it. Take every complement very seriously.

Confidence is not about gaining something new; it is about respecting what you already have.

 

 

Self-confidence building tips – Final thought

Remember, confidence is something you have to focus on and work on to improve.

It does not happen overnight but increasing your confidence is a wonderful thing for your life.

You can become the confident person you want to be! And remember that confidence boosting is a life long journey but you can do it.

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