My morning affirmations: start your day with GOOD thoughts
Lately I've been trying to start each day off right, by choosing thoughts that feel GOOD.
I've been listening to a lot of Abraham-Hicks lately (ever heard of 'em? worth a google!), a leader in the ideas of the Law of Attraction, who says it takes just 17 seconds of sustained thinking to start the momentum going in that direction.
So, if you spend 17 seconds thinking critically or fearfully or worrying or shoulding yourself, then you just created enough momentum for those thoughts to become the icky feelings that go along with them, and then you suddenly find yourself annoyed or anxious or sad or stressed out, and that energy continues to build.
But if you instead focus on just 17 seconds of GOOD thoughts- affirmations, gratitude, thinking about the stuff that makes you happy- then that also would be enough momentum to create all the feelings that come along with it, like a sense of ease, freedom and flow, and that energy continues to build.
Instead of grabbing my phone when I wake up to check my email or instagram or the news (the worst way to start the day!!), I've instead been really conscious about choosing which thoughts to start my day with, and I'm choosing the good ones.
I wake up and start the litany of thankfulness from any place I can think of, and it starts the momentum of my thoughts going in that direction- towards what good I have, what good I am, what good I'm doing, what good I can do today!
Then, throughout the day, when I notice myself starting to go down a not so good trail of thoughts, I think "Ok, I have 17 seconds to shift out of this" and then I'll consciously go back to gratitude and think about what I'm thankful for in whatever person or situation is stressing me out.
Simple enough, right? Of course, it's much easier in theory than in practice, but I have been practicing it and it really does seem to help me not go down the rabbit hole into anxiety and depression, and I'm getting better and better at it!
I haven't found myself "stuck" in the ick of my mind at all since I've been consciously re-focusing on the thoughts that feel GOOD, whenever I notice I'm thinking ones that make me feel not so good. That's it!
This practice inspired me to write out some affirmations that I can read in the morning, so I can start the momentum off in the best direction possible each day. Now, if I ever grab my phone to read something when I first wake up, it's these!
I wanted to share them with you so that you can use them as a script, or template to create something similar, to help you start your day off on the best foot possible, too.