If you sloooow down long enough to ask yourself what it is you need everyday to feel good, like really good, and sloooow down long enough to wait for the answer, what insights would you receive? What do need to do for yourself everyday to feel your best? To feel happy, like not just smiling with your teeth happy, but genuinely happy from the inside out? The kind of happy that radiates from your heart and touches the other hearts that you come into contact with?
What are your everyday non-negotiables? The things you do for yourself, everyday without fail, because you know that even when you don’t “feel” like it, you’ll feel so good afterward. My #1 daily non-negotiable is writing. Everyday I write, even when I don’t feel like it, and I recently started a journal called, “falling in love with yourself.” And everyday I write about what I did that day that was loving toward myself, ideas for the next day, and how it is I can love myself through whatever challenge it is that I am currently facing. It has been such a powerful practice for me, and has helped me to make some very positive changes in my life. When we’ve got more love inside, well, then more love is what we’ve got to give to our loved ones, our community, and to our planet.
So, what do you need to do for yourself everyday to feel good inside? What are some old, and new practices that you can integrate into your days, and into your weeks? You can even think back to the time when you were a kid, what were some of the things you loved doing then? And how can you integrate them into your life now?
Here are some ideas for non-negotiable feel-good practices:
Yoga, time for meditation or prayer, being thankful, journaling, some form of creative expression, taking a walk or bike ride out in nature, doing something that you really love doing, reading a good book, listening to music that you love, drawing, drinking a smoothie or a green juice, starting the day with a positive affirmation, eating healthy, playing with your kids, talking to a friend, practicing patience with your kids, etc.
So, take out a journal, your laptop, or an art pad, and go wild! What practices and rituals can you integrate into your day to feel happier?
Enjoy this process!