Have you ever struggled in the week to get your mind and your mood to be positive or to simply slow down your thoughts? Well, I can certainly understand you 100% so I did some research of my own a few years ago. You see I never used to think I was a highly organized and systematic person. However, I discovered that I thrive and do well when I have a few things I do daily to start my days out right. If this is you, I hope this helps you too.
Go To Bed & Get Up At The Same Time Everyday
This might seem silly, but our bodies need a better sleep to be productive and alert during the day. This was studied and learned that the circadian rhythm in our bodies works at it is best when we go to bed around the same time and wake up at the same time each day including weekend. Only times it might mess you up is daylight savings time. But the other benefits are if you have sleeping issues of insomnia, or sleep deprivation, you may see this disappear or lessen. Other benefits are less sleepy during the daytime hours, less irritability, less caffeine intake, sharper focus and short-term memory, better immune function, and way more alert.
Spend At Least 15 Min in Quiet Time
This was the one thing I started doing after a great friend suggested it starts her days off well. Just to just give yourself some time in peace and quiet, slowness and peacefulness so you can spend time with God and read a devotional, Bible, Book or to just journal. I found when I take this time, I have a more productive and uplifting day. Find a little spot in your house and make it your space to have this time in the morning.
Start a Daily Gratitude Journal
This idea is really a great way to end your quiet time or right before you go to bed. In starting one of these of my own I realized that I was taking the time to reflect on the good in my life. Sometimes when life seems to be going in a downward spiral or just sitting still it is so great to stop and think about all the wonderful things the Lord has brought to your day. The silver lining that sometimes we do not stop to see because we are too busy with all our “own thing” that we don’t stop to say Thank You God for all you have given me. I think this time with God is especially calming and just also brings a light to life and to seeing that each day there is a need to give gratitude so we can see that our lives are truly filled full of blessings.
I challenge you if you’re not doing any of these 3 ideas to at least try one, I started out the journal idea on a 14-day challenge, then I just decided it gave me such joy that I wanted to continue.