Start the Day with Positive Thoughts

One of the things I’m guilty of is checking all my notifications on my phone when I wake up. I’ll check my news feed and maybe look at Twitter or YouTube notifications first thing in the morning, exposing myself to possible negative news and glaring images. Since most of us keep our smartphones on the nightstand, we have an urge to reach for them when we first wake up. “I’ll just check the time,” I think. But then I keep checking more and more apps and notifications, and before I know it my thoughts are running in different and negative directions.

More than ever before, we are being bombarded with negative messages in the media and in our news feeds first thing in the morning, leading to an increase in depression, stress, and a feeling of being overwhelmed early in the day. This can lead to headaches and anxiety, and make us more likely to say we had a bad day at the end of it.

Instead of starting the day like this, do something you enjoy, such as meditation, exercising, or just relaxing with a cup of coffee. This can help to start your day on a more positive note. It protects you from the gloom-and-doom news of the world, and gives you more space to switch into a positive place in the morning. Get an “old-timey” regular alarm clock that doesn’t come with a bunch of distractions and put that smartphone in another room if you have to.

One of the main reasons for stress in our lives is the feeling of powerlessness we get when faced with things outside of our control. Instead of feeling this way, put yourself in control of the situation by doing something to problem solve. For example, if you see bad news on Facebook about something, think about what you could do about it. You could donate money to an organization that supports a cause you care about instead of feeling helpless against it.

These are a few ideas about how to start you day on a positive note, and how to take control of those stress feelings. Let me know if you have any luck with these in the comments!

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Your Beliefs Create Your Reality

The past few weeks have been very stressful for me at work. I haven’t written anything in a while, being in the process of moving and taking a short vacation. I’m happy to announce that I will be trained for a charge nurse position at work, but unfortunately with this new role and position has come a lot of animosity from fellow co-workers who believe that the promotion should be theirs. This had made it hard to even face these people at work without a sense of anxiety. I feel like a “clique” is forming and I’m being ostracized.

Remember that whatever happens to you in life happens for a reason, good or bad. If you believe that you are worthy and your thoughts reflect that, good things will happen. If you believe that you are not worthy, or think, “I can’t do that,” then you won’t be able to do that which you don’t believe. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.¬†Believe that you can, and you will.

I will make myself stronger, and go to work without fear. If I have fear of these people, they will control me. I won’t get sucked in by these toxic co-workers, I will rise above.