1. Visualize Your Day Going Well from Start to End
We are what we eat, and we are what we think. As humans, we are often great at fabricating stories of the worst case scenarios in our heads. But what if we flipped it?
Professional Psychologist, Donna T. Novak of the Simi Psychological Group, suggests, “visualizing each part of your day going well. Maybe better than well. Visualize it going great. From the first sip of coffee. Having some morning laughs with your kids. To your client phone calls. Dinner with your family. Picture it. Picture it going well and all you want it to be. There is something so powerful in allowing your mind to go on this journey and seeing things going well.”
The imagination is a powerful tool. Let those good thoughts roll!
2. Clear Mental Blocks with a Daily Journaling Session
Our minds can be a three ring circus, but we are the ring leader after all!
Negating our feelings can lead to stored negative emotion which will eventually build and find a way out…and not always in the most peaceful of ways. But journaling can help us track our emotions without allowing them to take center stage or manifest in our bodies. As Dr. Monisha Bhanote,MD, FCAP, offers, “journaling can serve as an effective intervention for mitigating mental distress and increasing well-being.”
Starting the day with morning pages can help clear the cobwebs of thoughts and allow the mind to spill emotions into a healthy place. Putting them down on paper serves as a way to unfurl and validate one’s feelings before creating the day’s agenda. Giving yourself time to jot down the inner landscape of your internal world is an act of self love.
The brain also processes thoughts differently when we write by hand. The physical act of holding a pen to the page and letting the thoughts stream out in one’s own handwriting is a creative and cathartic process for the brain.
Dr. Bhanote explains that “Journaling fosters awareness, boosts immunity, improves mood, lowers stress and anxiety, and uses the left side of the brain to clarify thoughts. The daily act of 5 minutes of journaling can help you express your thoughts, clear mental blocks, and put actions into place.”
In addition, we offer that adding a list of at least three things you are grateful for to a journal entry can shift the internal landscape and put things in perspective. Though there may be a multitude of distressing thoughts or worries circulating, writing down a handful of positive truths, no matter how simple, can realign us to all of the parts of life which are going well and grow feelings of abundance and gratitude for what already is.
Get out your colored pens and let those thoughts fly!
3. Have a Mental Rehearsal in the Morning
A musician wouldn’t get out on the stage without first rehearsing the music, right? Think of your mind as your instrument and your life as the stage. To give each day your best might just require a little warm up to get you in the zone so the “music” can flow.
Productivity, Time Management and Leadership Coach, Alexis Haselberger, recommends, “spending 5 minutes, before you get out of bed in the morning, mentally running through your schedule and planning for what you’ll do if your day gets derailed by the unexpected.” She offers, “If you are feeling anxious about a big meeting you need to present at, imagine yourself presenting, with confidence. This visualization practice is also called mental rehearsal and there are many studies showing that athletes, musicians, and even surgeons effectively use this technique to improve their performance.”
There are so many areas of our lives in which we are expected to “perform well.” Giving yourself some moments to center and walk through your day mentally before jumping into the arena of the day ahead can boost confidence and provide calm clarity on how to react when things don’t go as planned. Get that rehearsal on!