We all have experienced a depressing first thought upon awaking…. probably related to something bad or sad having recently happened. In part this is due to our human nature and our being hyper-focused on what is wrong in our lives, which sets us up for failure every time. Try starting each day by naming 5 things you are very grateful for. Do your children have a terminal disease? If not, be very grateful because no amount of success or money can fix that..
Instead of wanting to bury our heads in our pillows and forget it all, open your day by reminding yourself of how very good you have it. If you live in America for example, you have it better then 90% of the world. Not too shabby , huh? No matter our situation, it can always be worse.
Focusing our thoughts on the good things in our lives helps. It puts things in perspective from the get go each day. One thing that also worked for me was to have a “fun” event on my calendar. Several times, years ago, it was necessary for me to move, with my three children, to a different apartment or house. A lot of hard work and not enough help. Since this usually happened in late summer, before school resumed, I found that if I planned a day at one of our favorite lakes or at our church camp, just thinking about it got me through the heavy work. How wonderful it felt to be able to relax after the move.
Let me be clear, I am not saying or thinking that a simple solution like a day at the beach can get us through the heavier times. Yet, just planning a day now or then when our issues and problems can be shelved for a time can help. One day at a time helps us survive, but there will always be tough times when we wake up on a sad note.
Make sure you beat that old human nature to the punch, and start each day being thankful the good things in your life! That part is simply a matter of discipline, retraining our brains to think accurately. It will amaze you how much differently you will see your circumstances if you commit to doing this. It may take a month before it comes naturally..
It will be the best investment you can make in your life if you allow it to be.