Today I was talking to a therapy client of mine about how good she felt. She did not know why today was a good day, but it is so I encouraged her to explore more about what makes today a good day. Have you ever thrown something together for a dinner or for a dessert and thought about how great it was? Good days are a lot like that.
What are the ingredients you threw into that pie to make it so sweet?
Today, while you are feeling so good try your best to write the ingredients down:
I got a good night’s sleep.
I exercised as soon as I woke up.
I took my medicine on time.
I called my friend to talk about how I was going to handle a difficult situation at work before I got there.
I listened to my favorite song.
I walked away from possible conflict.
These are some examples of things that can help us start our day off right. The reason it is important to capture them is so we can repeat them often.
These are the steps we need to take before we start having a bad day. By that time it may be too late for us to fight off bad feelings.
Make a list of all the things that help lift you and put them in your toolbox to use them regularly throughout your day. Make it a habit to utilize all of your feel good ingredients even when you are feeling good. Practice smiling, even when you are all alone. Think about things that make you happy and make it easier to bring a smile to your face. Make sure you are guarding your feelings before they are attacked and it will be a lot less likely that you will be as easily moved. What are some of your favorite things you love to throw into your feel good pie? I love to hear unique, fun, and interesting coping skills!