Boy playing in Sand at the Beach

Summer will come again

This morning I happened to glance at a photo of a sunny Melbourne day. In the photo was a young boy at the beach, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and he was happy and focused on the task at hand. Everything looked pretty ok. Well more than ok. It looked pretty damn good and I was reminded that summer will come again. For now it’s tough. Depths of winter, skies are grey, no freedom, no work, and for some no friends and no family. Although it feels like the fun has been extracted from life let’s remind ourselves of what’s around the corner…Spring then Summer. Fun. Carefree, warm evenings, sunshine….little buds on trees. Hints of possibility and potential everywhere.

Right now it feels far away but it will happen again. Hang in there.

For now try a few little rituals that help me. Focus on the little things; laugh WHENEVER and as OFTEN as you can; look for beauty wherever you can find it – in a winter flower, the sound of rain on a tin roof.

Each morning, try establishing a positive mindset before tapping into the external world (that’s filled with so much negativity at the moment) with a simple routine.  If you can, it’s important not to check your devices until after you’ve set this mindset.

– Start the day by acknowledging 3 things you’re grateful for
– For some, include a 5, 10 or 20 minute meditation
– Include a 20 minute walk in the morning to establish a healthy circadian rhythm for better sleep
– Do a few stretches focused on wherever your body feels tight or sore (e.g. neck, shoulders, lower back)

And most of all, be kind to yourself.

What rituals have you introduced to encourage a positive mindset?