How to start Gratitude Journaling.

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I’ve been holding onto this post for a while. It hasn’t felt like the right time to publish it until now.

The world will constantly be a combination of good and bad. And man, does it feel like there is a lot of heavy situations going on lately. But I’m here to tell you that there is a lot of good in this world as well. I know it might not feel that way as we watch the news, listen to the radio, or scroll through our social media feeds lately. But we can always focus on the good in the world and there are always good things to focus on.

Read that last sentence again.

A baby is being born, a close friend gets engaged, a family member beats cancer, or it’s simply sunny and beautiful outside. If you’ve been around here a while you know I’m also one to tell you not to bury your emotions but there is a way to process your emotions and turn those heavier feelings into something to be grateful for. I’ve been re-reading Tim Desmond’s ‘How To Stay Human In a F*cked Up World. I purchased it this last fall when I was going through a very difficult time period. For most people, sometimes it feels imposible to get through certain situations in life but personally, I find enlightenment in focusing on progress, even if it is the tiniest step of progression. So I purchased this book and it continues to be one of my staples I pull off the shelf and skim through.

Desmond mentions that ‘bringing up pain and holding it with compassion leads to transformation’. You can sit with this said pain through meditation but another way is gratitude journaling. I’m a big fan of journaling as a practice to process emotions, make decisions, and work through trama. I’m also a big fan of gratetitude journaling for difficult times so you don’t feel the world is weighing down so much on you.

Below is a few prompts that can help start a gratitude journaling practice. All you need is a pen and paper then allow the prompts to guide you in topics to write about. Not only does gratitude journaling take your mind off negative or impactful thoughts but it allows you to focus on things that will bring your mind enjoyment and actively releases stress and tension from the body.

Prompts:

  1. Someone you are grateful for
  2. A food you are grateful for
  3. A place you really love
  4. A treasured experience
  5. A skill you are grateful for
  6. A teacher or mentor who made a large impact in your life
  7. A trip you love to look back on
  8. A meal or dessert you can’t get enough of
  9. Your favorite birthday or holiday memory
  10. Your favorite books you’ve read
  11. A lesson you learn that made an impact
  12. Your favorite movies
  13. Your favorite smells
  14. Someone who believes in you
  15. Your favorite place
  16. Your favorite pet
  17. A activity you love to do
  18. Music that makes you happy to listen to
  19. Something that relaxes you
  20. An activity that makes you feel alive
  21. Your favorite memory from your childhood
  22. A goal you’ve achieved
  23. A person who makes you laugh
  24. An answered prayer
  25. Something you’ve created that makes you feel proud

Another way to start a gratitude journaling practice is to purchase a guided journal. My favorite brand is Ink & Volt. There are also endless options across Amazon and what I love is that you can find different options for women, men, and even teens and children.

I hope you enjoy your gratitude journaling practice & I would love to hear how it impacts your life!

What To Do When In a Funk.

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 onedreamyyogaflow@gmail.com or in DM on my Instagram @mountainhippiehealthnut. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your hump day!!

Stay beautiful.

CBD Oils.

What the heck is CBD Oil and why should you consider using it? That’s what I would like to cover today. (This is an affiliate post with ThoughtCloud and I will be sharing a link at the end for you to check out products if your heart desires.)

My Story (& Nella’s).

I’m currently sitting on my patio, surrounded by plants, and a good glass of white wine while my pug pup, Nella is at my parent’s house, healthy, happy, and a little bit chunky. But that wasn’t the case this past fall. It all started when I moved Nella and myself out to San Francisco over a year ago. I was nervous for Nella to deal with separation anxiety as well as consistent digestive issues she had been dealing with since she was a tiny puppy. Knowing I would be away during much of the day at work, I was extremely nervous for the state she would be in. After way too much trouble shooting with different dog foods, treats, and eating routines, I decided to try out pet-approved CBD Oil.

I first started out with dropping the oil on top of her dinner and even in her water, then eventually moving to baking it into her treats. Nella has never had a lack of appetite, which the oil can also help with, but it helped her immensely with anxiety and sleeping issues. Now through a mixture of home cooked meals and CBD Oil infused treats, she is a happy three year old pup.

During this time, I was also dealing with a significant move and career change that had me anxious constantly. This life pattern was affecting my sleeping, eating, and weight management routine. After much research online and through conversations with numerous connections I decided to give CBD oil a try myself.  I’ve been using them ever since. I would say the major benefits for myself are daily anxiety and my sleeping routine. Especially once I moved to Colorado and was working through my body adapting to the altitude, I depended on CBD Oil for a good nights rest on many occasions.

What is CBD.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. CBD does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.

The company I am sharing today has multiple different products they sell. The Full Spectrum products can contain up to 0.3% THC while the Sustainable Isolate products have 0.00%, as ThoughtCloud has isolated the CBD so that is contains no THC. Both formulas are completely non psychoactive when taking the recommended serving.

Various Benefits of CBD:

  • Relieving pain
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Can help to reduce cancer symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and pain
  • May reduce acne
  • Digestive Aid
  • And much more!

What I use.

I am a fan of many different CBD companies and I will share specific products in later posts here and on Instagram but the first company I started with was ThoughtCloud. Their site was informative and simple that I wasn’t worried shopping through them for products for myself and my dog. When I first started educating myself of CBD for pets I was super uninformed and by the time I ordered Nella’s products, I felt 100% comfortable with what I was going to be giving her.

I currently use the Full Spectrum in Coconut Oil (500 mg & 750 mg). Nella is using the Full Spectrum for Pets (400 mg) in cold pressed hemp.

I’m just like so many others out there that have really become enthralled with the many benefits of CBD oil. If you have more questions or would like to learn more, let me know! I would love to connect!

Namaste.

P.S. Here is my personal link to ThoughtCloud but if you are interested in other companies or have different preferences I would love to hear about them 🙂 https://thoughtcloud.net/ref/ashleyeining/?campaign=AshleyEiningBlog