So many people underestimate how important it is to finish your day on a good note. Just think for a minute, how often when you have a bad day do you go to bed chewing over it, you toss and turn and then wake up the next day still feeling the same, even though today is a new day! So then not only do you start your day on a negative note, it often colours the rest of the day too ~ you may be grumpy with your partner, short with colleagues, not able to lift yourself out of that negative state. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to start each day afresh on a positive note instead of dragging the previous day’s negativity into it dragging it down?
One way to to help with this is to actively finish your day on a positive note. So before you go to sleep, push all the worries and the bad stuff that has happened that day to one side and focus on all the good stuff, no matter how small it may be. What was the most positive thing that happened today? What were you really pleased about? Maybe something may have gone well that you weren’t expecting? Or just a piece of good luck?
It really doesn’t matter how small it is, it could be that your child drew you a beautiful picture or that your dog greeted you like the best owner in the world, even though you had been out all day. The main thing is that that is what you are focussing on before you go to sleep and that the last thing you think about is positive – so that when you wake up tomorrow, you can recall this positive memory (or maybe even more than one) and drag that into your new day instead of the negative ones! You can always use it during the day too, so if you start thinking negatively, positively think about that good thing that happened the day before.
This can then be combined with another lovely technique to start your day – a technique that you can use before you’ve even opened your eyes! Before you open your eyes remember five things that you are really grateful for – the first thing you ask yourself as soon as you wake is ‘what can I be grateful for today’.
There is no right answer, it could be anything, something really small, as simple as the air that you breathe or the roof over your head. They don’t need to be earth shattering, sometimes the small things are really just as important and often we forget these ones and just take them for granted.
So hopefully with these two techniques you can reframe your day positively, ending it on a positive note and starting each day remembering the positives of the day before and feeling thankful for all the things in your life. Give it a try and see if it makes a difference!