The Easiest Way to Feel BetterMar 31, 2020
What were you feeling when you woke up this morning?
I was feeling a delightful combination of discouraged and frustrated, with a little dollop of hopeless on top. Yum.
But I know that every one of those feelings is coming from my thoughts. So the first thing I did (and the first thing I do every morning) is I got a piece of paper and wrote down all the thoughts that were bouncing around in my head. I just emptied my brain out and put all the thoughts on paper.
It wasn't pretty.
This morning some of my thoughts were:
None of this matters.
Is this really my life?
Are we just going to do this forever?
I can't believe this is where we are.
See? Not pretty. Not logical. All death, destruction, and doomsday. This is what my brain produces on default. But I don't take it personally. I don't get mad at it and I don't get mad at me. I just notice that I have a good reason for feeling so bad. It's always because of what I am thinking. And that's 100% okay.
And then I just ask myself, "How do I want to feel today?"
Such a simple question. But so powerful. Because it reminds me I have a choice.
Today I wanted to feel confident and grounded and capable and generous and helpful and certain and faith-filled.
And then I ask myself what I need to think to feel that way. And I write until I get that emotional shift inside and feel exactly what I want to feel.
I know, in a way, it seems too easy. It doesn't seem like it will work. Your problems feel bigger than a little journaling exercise. But I promise you, even if you just do the first step, you will feel better.
Try it. It's like magic.
And then sign up for some coaching. It's the very best thing you could do for yourself to feel better now and forever.
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