Did you know that thoughts and feelings can dictate how we perceive and go about our day? What you wake up thinking can ultimately set the tone and influence the outcome of the day. So why not make your first thought of the day a positive one? If you want to set the tone for a good day, start with positive thinking!
How can you do this?
Upon rising in the morning, write down 3 things you are grateful for. Keep a pen and paper beside your bed, and set your alarm to go off a few minutes earlier than you normally would. Do not rush out of bed at the sound of your alarm, but take time to allow your body to wake-up and before rising jot down these 3 things. There is always something to be grateful for – life is good!
Another way to get your day off on the right track is to be kind to yourself. Write down three things that you consider good qualities about yourself each morning. This is also a great way to increase your self-esteem and boost confidence levels.
While getting ready for the day, take a few moments to look in the mirror. Which features are you most proud of? Look past the “imperfections” and acknowledge the features that make you feel good about yourself. It might be your nose, your lips, your eyes, your hair style, or the shape of your face. Whatever the features are, verbalize them as you stand in front of the mirror.
Think thoughts that make you smile! Research states that smiling even though we may not feel like it can change our mood, relieve stress, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and make us more attractive to others. Smiles are contagious and they also help other people who may be struggling with their day.
“Once your replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson
Dr. Ashley is a Naturopathic Doctor ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS in Ottawa at the Hampton Wellness Centre (Tuesday: 12-6pm, Friday: 8-1pm, and Saturday: 9-1pm), and at Restore Chiropractic (Monday: 9-3pm). She also sees patients at the Embrun Holistic Wellness Centre on Thursday from 3-8pm.
Ashley Kowalski is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Embrun, Cornwall, and Ottawa. She is currently accepting new patients.