It happens. I’ve been in a funk myself for the last week and a half. It just seemed to be a consistent trend where I was getting bad news every time I turned around. When it rains it pours right? I’m not even a fan of that saying but it just seems to HAPPEN THAT WAY sometimes.
And you fall into a negative mindset where you’re only focusing on what is going wrong and it can be difficult at times to pull yourself out. But guess what? Only you can make the change!
“Everyday can’t be sunny or else it would all be deserts.”
I’m sharing some simple activities you can do that will build up to a brighter mood! These work together to make a big impact so take what works for you and leave what doesn’t. But try implementing a few of these into your everyday lifestyle and see what shifts and changes for the positive.
- Give yourself 10 minutes in the morning. Just sit with your morning coffee or tea, set aside the phone and technology, and just sit with your thoughts.
- Set a positive mantra for your day. I personally like “Today might be cloudy, but my life isn’t cloudy.” This is a little thought you can come back to when you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.
- Take a walk outside. It is crazy what a little bit of nature can do to pull us out of our own reality.
- Get creative! Paint, draw, write, dance, build a craft, write a song, play an instrument. Just let whatever wants to come out, come out.
- Make yourself a nice meal. Seriously, splurge on yourself with one of your all-time favorite meals.
- Work out. Release any built up stress or energy you have with a high-intensity run or weight training class. Or maybe, tap into your thoughts and process through a yoga flow.
- Meditate. Sit in stillness and remove yourself from thoughts.
- Start a gratitude journal and begin to jot down a few things that you are grateful for each day.
- Most important: Don’t get down on yourself! You’re awesome and wonderful and you have so much to be happy for!
This change will take a bit of time. It might take a few days or weeks but focus on the positive in your life. If you’re having a hard time and need to vent or talk to someone, know I am always here! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in DM on my Instagram @mountainhippiehealthnut. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your hump day!!
I’m not going to lie, I am one of the worst about getting up in the morning for working out. I claim to be a morning person but when it comes to working out in the morning, I am not that type of person!
Low and behold, I am trying to turn over a new leaf. So whether you are trying to hop over to your gym, tie on your sneakers for a sunrise jog, or getting into an early workout class then we’re in this together.
With anything, a morning work out can be made easier with some helpful tips and tricks. I’ve compiled a few different things that normally help me roll out of bed a little easier before the sun has started to shine.
- Set out your work out clothes. If you already have them laid out, it is much easier to slip into them instead of spending time picking out what you’re going to wear.
- Even better, wear your work out clothes to bed. I do this all the time and I am not ashamed one bit.
- Recruit a buddy early on. This is probably one of the best tricks because you don’t want to let the other person down and now you have a reliablity partner to make sure you show up.
- Set up a routine that is easy to stick to and not intimidating. If you’re signing up for 5AM CrossFit but you’ve never hit up a CrossFit workout before or you’re aiming to run 6 miles and you’re not in shape to run 1, then you’ll more than likely talk yourself out of a work out that doesn’t sound enjoyable. Find fitness routines that spark interest and a little be of excitement maybe; Hot Yoga, Zumba, Sunrise Hikes. Start simple and then expand the horizon.
- The night before, prepare a quick healthy snack before you leave the house. A workout on an empty stomach is no bueno, so prepare a protein bar or piece of fruit you can munch on your way.
- Prepare your breakfast in advance as well. You’ll probably be in an early if you’re coming home between your work out and work so have a healthy meal ready so you’re not scrambling.
- Set an alarm with a tune that will pump you up to get out of bed. The normal alarm sound is lame and super unmotivating. Set up an alarm that will blast some Sia or Beyonce. A tune that will get you jazzed to start your day off on the right foot.
- And most important enjoy your workout once you’re there!
Fresh year, fresh me. Happy 2019!
I hope you all had a wonderful new year celebration. I can’t believe it is already the new year! My last year was amazing, invigorating and challenging at times. I was pushed to new limits and leaped head first into new adventures. I welcomed a new lifestyle in a wonderful city and began my journey into yoga teacher training. And this next year will be even more fabulous!
My word for the next year is bold.
I plan to be more confident in my decisions and who I am. This last year brought many changes into my life and I have a feeling that this next year will entail some more. I love change and new beginnings, which is why I am one who highly enjoys the transition of the years. I’m very much a planner and get giddy over the idea of setting goals and intentions for the next 12 months to come. I find there is great value in writing them out and sharing them with others to provide another level of commitment.
“Comparison is the death of all joy, and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday” – Girl, Wash Your Face
- Set a morning routine of movement, meditation, reading, and relaxation before “getting ready”.
- Get outside & enjoy nature more.
- Read 24 books.
- Travel to at least 3 new places.
- Try a new adventure or challenge at least once a month.
I’d love to hear the intentions your setting going into this new year! Share with me in the comments or I encourage you to write them out, even if only for your own eyes, in a journal, on a napkin, or even in your notes app on your phone. Then check back in with what you had written each month to see if you’re staying committed to what you wrote or reevaluating if those intentions have shifted.
I enjoy setting a couple different intentions for the year but even just one intention that you feel you can commit to can provide an impact in changing your life.