How to let go of the negative and focus on the positive, for good!
Did you have as much fun as I did on Labor Day?
One word, Napa.
But as fun as it was, long weekends always throw me off.
Physically, emotionally, spiritually.
And yes, sometimes no matter how much yoga I do when I get back...
I'm still just off.
I've become more aware of these patterns I fall into after long weekends.
Every time, without fail, I go down this downward spiral.
"Less days this week to do everything I wanted to do.
I could have used those extra days to do x,y,z.
I'm not where I want to be yet.
I feel guilty for having fun and signing off my work.
I won't ever get to where I want to be if I take days off."
Etc. Etc. You get the picture.
But this time I'm trying something new.
It hit me yesterday when I was reorganizing myself for this week.
I became so very clear of this downward spiral and realized I was only focusing on the negative.
So instead, I started making a list of all my accomplishments big and small over the past year.
Then I made a quick list of all the positives from the long weekend.
This exercise took only a few minutes to do, taking a moment to pause, recognizing my negative thoughts in those moments, noticing how they made me feel, then shifting to think about the positive, and noticing how that felt.
Our thoughts carry weight.
And the negative ones are so heavy!
Life is hard to begin with, why add more weight to your load?
Just the small shift in perspective from negative to positive lightens the load.
And when we have less weight on our shoulders, it let's us move and think a little more freely.
We're able to live in this more creative and open space.
And when we're moving and thinking in a more open space, we're more ALIVE for life.
We're better partners and daughters and brothers and friends.
And I don't know about you, but people who are more ALIVE for life are people I want to be around.
Their joy is infectious.
Little things don't ruin the whole day.
And even little victories feel enormous!
So in case you're feeling a little down this week - a little behind and overwhelmed.
Give yourself a few minutes, right now, and turn it around.
Write down some of your accomplishments from the past year, big and small.
It doesn't have to be monumental either it could be as simple as, "I made someone smile today."
Then write down at least one positive thing from Labor Day weekend.
Did you see family?
Did you laugh at least once?
Write it down.
Embrace the positive.
Then note how you feel.
Maybe a little lighter?
Take that new, positive, lighter you and conquer the sh** out of this week!
You got this!
We got this!
This week's video is for my yogis looking for a challenge. Side Crow. Want to know how to do it? Click on the video down below.
There's nothing more satisfying in yoga than seeing a pose and starting from a place of "I could NEVER do that," to trying it and practicing it and then BAM, you're doing it!!!
Give it a try and let me know how it goes...
See you on the mat!