It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and I apologize for the tardiness of this blog post! University has been consuming my life and I’m just learning how to balance out blogging at the same time. During this break, I’ve been listening to great podcasts within the Lifestyle section on Spotify and the word “gratitude” has been brought up numerous of times throughout different podcasts. I’ve always heard people talk about how it’s important to wake up each morning and give your thanks and gratitude before stepping out of bed, however; it’s been a difficult process for me because I never implemented a plan for myself. So, after listening to Jim Kwik’s message on The Ultimate Health Podcast, I decided to take some notes and begin a 30 Day Gratitude Challenge. I highly recommend listening to this podcast after you’re done reading this post. (157: Jim Kwik – The Key To A Better Memory)
My 30 Day Gratitude Challenge is going to begin off with not peeping on social media before bed and awakening in the morning. This is one action that I’m completely guilty of and do everyday which is a bad habit because it’s not the correct way to end or begin your day. Social media can become toxic and make you “internally exhausted and fry your nervous system” as stated by Jim Kwik in The Ultimate Health Podcast. Here’s some of the tips that I learned that you should do right before bed or awakening in the morning:
- Immediately begin with your gratitude list before jumping out of bed. This can be in the form of what you were grateful for from the day before or what you’re grateful for at the moment.
- Take a cold shower. Not only does this help your immune system but it also helps keep you alert and improves circulation. I’m going to slowly begin adding cold showers within my routine by starting off at a good temperature that I’m comfortable with then going straight for it. Want to learn more about the benefits of cold showers? Click here, https://goo.gl/AB9WUQ.
- Make a To-Learn List. What do I want to learn more about today that I didn’t know before?
- Make a To Not-Do List. This one is pretty interesting as we are typically used to seeing “To-Do” lists and never a “What Not To Do List.” I’m sure you all have a couple of thoughts or actions in mind that you do everyday that isn’t positive for your mental and physical health.
- Make a To Feel List. What feelings or emotions do you want to have for the day? Or what feelings did you have yesterday that stood out to you? And why did it have such an importance at the time?
As this is a short-list I believe it can result in an abundant amount of positive results if it is done everyday. Although I’m currently on Day 1, I’m excited to see how different my mind-set will be in just 30 days and how it can affect my overall health.
Always remember to be mindful of your actions and words. Take the time for yourself to set your day and kick-@$$ with self-love. You’re important and there’s so many things to be grateful for while you’re on this Earth.
Here’s a list of gratitude phrases that I’m going to implement:
- Today I’m thankful for…
- My favorite part of the day was…
- I am grateful for…
- I feel joy when…
If you have any additional phrases that you already use, please share and comment below! I’m excited to begin this journey and challenge with you all. We can do this.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie