Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Anthony Fleming - an experienced motivational speaker and life coach who has very kindly offered to share some of his wisdom with us. If you have any questions about this post, or you're interested in learning more about Anthony's unique approach to obtaining lasting spiritual wellbeing, you might want to head over to his personal website. (www.passion4life.org)
Here are a few simple but powerful tips that will improve your mood, your health and your life
Start by choosing just one or two and do them every day. Your motivation will increase as you begin to notice the way you feel.
Think of a nice thing to do or to say to someone. This could be as simple as a compliment to a work colleague such as "That's a great tie." or "That was a great presentation you gave last week."
This is a win/win. Both you and other people will feel good. Try it just for one day.
Reframe (Different Perspectives)
Practice reframing your thoughts and take a different perspective on situations. For example, a driver cuts in front of you and you feel angry. Consider that the driver has an emergency - perhaps a sick child - and is in a desperate hurry to collect his child from school.
Feels better already, doesn't it?
Slowly drink a glass of water with fresh lemon juice in the mornings and while drinking think to yourself "This is magical and health inducing water. It is washing away impurities and filling me with health and vitality."
It tasted different, didn't it?
Uplift your mood when you are alone at home or while driving your car. Listen to one of your favourite upbeat songs loudly and sing along OR say to yourself repeatedly "I believe in you!" "I believe in you!" "I believe in you!"
You couldn't help smiling, could you?
Start a simple exercise routine (aerobics, shadow boxing, yoga, tai chi...), preferably in the mornings, and while doing your routine repeat positive words and expressions such as: "Health!" "I feel good!" "Vitality!" "The Universe is my friend!" "I am full of energy!" "Inspiration!" "Confidence!" etc. etc.
You will feel much more alive and ready for an amazing day!
Find time for yourself. Everyone needs some "me" time. There are many ways to do this and I will list a few to get your creative imagination working: #Take a short stroll alone at lunch time. #Go to bed 15 minutes before your spouse. #Get up a little earlier in the mornings.
# Pull over in your car for 15 minutes and listen to some soothing music or just sit quietly.
Do this and everyone around you will benefit as you will be happier and less stressed.
Start your day well
Do something uplifting in the morning in place of watching or listening to the news. This will have a dramatic effect on your mood and your outlook on life as you will be starving yourself of your usual morning/evening stimulus of bad news.
Let's be realistic here. Is there ever any good news on the TV? This will obviously make you feel more positive and optimistic as your focus of attention will gradually be drawn towards the many, many good things life has to offer.
Feed your soul
Feed your soul by reading a short passage from a Holy Book or Scriptures OR if you are not religious, read something you find inspirational and uplifting.
Do this every day and you will feel the difference within 7 days.
Ponder on good things
At the end of the day sit quietly and think of (or better still write down) 10 good things about your day. This might be a challenge for the first day or two, but by the third day you will amaze yourself how easy it is to pick out the good things in your day.
Do this for just one week and I promise that you will notice more and more great things about life.
If you would like to drop me a line and let me know how you are getting on with these tips I will personally reply to you within 5-7 days.
I wish you well.