During the cold months of winter, it’s sometimes hard to stay positive. The days are shorter and many of us don’t spend much time outdoors, meaning we’re seeing much less of our main energy source – the beautiful sun! I think that our level of happiness for the day can be set from the moment we wake up, which is why I begin with my home.
To feel positive and optimistic in your home, the first step is to create an atmosphere that easily allows for those emotions. I like to fill my space with as much natural light as possible. Opening my curtains as soon as the sun’s up gives me an immediate burst of energy in the morning, and having indoor plants all over helps to filter the air and promote liveliness, which further adds to the positive vibes. A clean and tidy home makes way for the positive energy to flow, so this winter I’m trying my hardest to keep everything in its place.
Once I have the natural light streaming in, the plants thriving, and the energy flowing, there’s one little trick I do to intensify the positive, optimistic vibes: Decorate with handwritten notes. Have you ever written a note to yourself before? It’s a surprisingly effective way to lift your spirits.
The act of writing something down – and then reading it – forces your mind to focus on those words and the feeling that they create. A few years ago, I had a pretty bad and totally out-of-nowhere period of anxiety. To snap myself out of it, I kept a little piece of cardboard next to my bed that said something like “You are happy and calm today. Everything is wonderful.” I used to read it as soon as I woke up, and immediately I would feel happier and more relaxed. It seriously helped ease my worried mind. I absolutely recommend you try this – not just when you feel anxious, but every day!
Write yourself a happy little note or quote and put it in a place that you’ll see it often: on your refrigerator, inside your jewelry box, in your purse… Every time your eyes gaze at that spot, make a point to take a moment and really read the words. Think about what they mean, why you wrote them, and how they make you feel. Try this little trick and I bet your winter days will feel a bit brighter.
For some inspirational words, take a little gander at our weekly Monday Quotes!
Photos by Brigette.