Today it's Valentine's Day. As we know February is the month of love and Valentine’s Day. For me, it is also my wedding anniversary! However, it doesn’t just have to be about the love that has been commercialised or about physical gifts. Showing love and gratitude in other ways often make us feel happier and others around us.
Gratitude for everything and anything has a positive impact on our mind-set and associated with our mental health. It expands our happiness, creates more love, improves our relationships and improves our health. Think about how many times we just expect or take for granted the things we have in our lives; whether they are big things or small things. Often the small things mean the most for us! How about this February think about the things you are most grateful for and write a gratitude list, one thing every day or more if you want. How about instead of buying a gift for the person/people you love, telling them the things you love about them and what they do for you that makes you grateful for them. Words mean a lot, are powerful and hold sentiment. So use the words thank you a little more often. Remember the universe is listening, what you give out, you receive!
Why not make a Gratitude jar and each write on a piece of paper something you are grateful for, then after a set amount of time decided by you or on a regular basis, you can look back through all the things in your jar!
New Year Promises
We all start the New Year thinking about resolutions and often by the middle of January struggle to keep them. For me the time between Christmas and New Year is a time to reflect on the good and not so good things that have happened throughout the past year but, at the same time, an opportunity to look at the lessons learnt, the mistakes that have evolved into opportunities. I acknowledge and thank the people who have come into my life to support me on my journey and those who have enabled me to become a better version of myself.
So, in regards to New Year’s resolutions, I prefer to think of them as promises; the things I am going to do for myself over the next coming year, achievements and experiences including the little things such as starting the day with a quiet, peaceful cup of tea! I have to be totally honest, there are a lot of New Year promises and 2016-2017 I did begin to wonder if I would achieve them all, however one was only achieved towards the end of December and some I had to review and reflect on as through the months, my feelings changed or I didn’t feel this was the right path to take. Some are still a working progress and have followed me through to 2018 but even so, I have worked and developed them and got somewhere to begin.
When we choose the word PROMISE instead of resolution, it provides our mind with a sense of commitment and determination. A sense of caring for ourselves and our future, acknowledging what we want rather than what we think we should do; lose weight, join a gym, give up the luxury foods as it’s no longer the festive season! It’s about what’s in our hearts, our dreams and visions and the steps we take in order to get closer to them.
For me, personally, I use a vision board to create my promises to myself for the next year or even on a monthly basis of what I would like to achieve. It’s really simple and easy to do and you can create it in your own way. You can create a general one or one for each aspect of your life; personal, work etc. These are yours and yours only, I keep mine in my bedroom and at my desk at home so that I can see them on a daily basis to focus my mind. You can create ones online to have as desktop screen savers or on your phone as the wall paper too! Why not just have a play and see what happens!
All our love,
A little peace of xxx
Positive vibes creates a positive mind!
When we do positive things and choose to use positive words, we attract and create positive outcomes!