Positivity and health are 2-way streets. It is widely accepted that past emotional traumas and habitual negative thought patterns influence our mental and physical health, so the thoughts we think are just as important as the food we eat and the lifestyle choices we make when it comes to healing our mind.body.heart & soul.
And let’s face it, there is no shortage of things to worry about or beat ourselves up over in these challenging times we are living in - so we could all benefit from a few powerful pattern disrupters in our self-care tool box to support our mood & mental health.
Pick one of these emotions each day and focus your energy on bringing it to life with your thoughts, your words, and your actions replacing the old worn out mental patterns and negative emotions you may be currently experiencing.
Top 10 Positive Emotions to Strive For
Inspiration: connecting your health & wellbeing to a higher purpose & meaning in your life
Hope: creating a vision for your future
Pride: uncovering your strengths and talents
Interest: setting goals that are engaging, but not anxiety-producing; following your creativity
Love: heart-centered care, connection, & understanding to SELF, people, nature, places, and things
Awe: reclaiming your child-like wonder for the world; appreciation of beauty and excellence
Amusement: finding humor in the every day; laughing at yourself to not take life so seriously
Joy: enJOYment of all life is offering you
Gratitude: appreciating the gifts in your life, but also the challenges
Serenity: savoring moments of contentment
Good health generates positivity and positivity generates good health = upward spiral.
5 Self-Love & Positivity Boosters
1. Soften Your Language
This is a simple practice and one that I work on every day . . . when you catch yourself in a negative thought loop, saying something negative out loud, or criticizing yourself, practice just softening your language by rephrasing your word choice to a more positive version.
DO THIS IMMEDIATELY the moment you recognize negativity for the most effective pattern disruption.
For example: “This is the worst day! How could I (they) be so thoughtless! Why did I (they) do that? Everything is ruined.”
Start with softening the words a little: “This is a challenging day, but I can’t expect life to always go my way. I did the best I could today given the circumstances. Not everything is under my control.”
When you’re ready, try softening even more to a positive statement and affirmation inspired by Louise Hay AND place your hand over your heart: “Even though I had a challenging day today, I am always learning and I still love and accept myself. I am worthy of love. I am a compassionate person and I can forgive others easily who are learning, too.
WORDS MATTER. If you can master this technique, you’ll have stumbled into the kingdom of peace & positivity, where negative emotions and stress melt away, and you re-enter the flow of your life.
2. 120 Minutes in Nature
I personally know no better cure than time spent in nature for anything that ails my mind, mood, or body. Nature walks in the wilderness, resting your bare feet on the earth (earthing), visiting an urban park, gardening in your backyard, or even sitting beside an open window to watch the trees, feel the breeze, and listen to birdsong will do.
It turns out 120 minutes may be the minimum dose to strive for each week to boost wellbeing (see this study for more details) ~ try a 30-minute outing 4-5 times per week!
3. Design a Beautiful Day ~ (re)Wilding Retreat
Plan a day filled with everything you love and then practice your savoring skills to get the most out of every minute. Subscribe to download the (re)Wilding Retreat Guide.
4. Gratitude Visit
Amplify your love and positivity into the world by sharing it with someone in your life. :) Write a 300 word letter of gratitude to someone you love and appreciate - then visit them and read it aloud! You could also write your letter to Mother Earth (or your garden or your favorite tree) and create your own ritual by finding a sacred space outdoors to read it aloud.
5. Love Your Brain
Lower your risk factors for mood & mental health (im)balances by adopting a nutrient-rich, high fiber, whole foods diet and lifestyle choices that support brain health. See the Post Love Your Brain for a Good Mood.
The Wild at Heart Method is uniquely designed to help you transition into a lifestyle that awakens your inner wild and supports your wellbeing. A lifestyle reset can be simple, sustainable, and fun when you (re)align yourself with nature.
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I look forward to supporting you with the right program, service, or referral on your healing journey. Let's walk together for awhile...
We'll stop and smell the wildflowers. Smile a lot. And wander down the road less-traveled.
Be Well and I'll See You in the Wild,
Angela Juhl, MS, CHWC, CYT
Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine
Wellcoaches™ Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Wild Woman Project Circle Leader
Certified Yoga Teacher
Wild at Heart was founded on the mission: to take a stand against unsustainable cultural norms by empowering YOU to realign your lifestyle & mindset with the wisdom of nature for mind.body.heart & soul healing and rekindling a soulful relationship to the natural world...for yourself, your loved ones, our communities, and our beautiful planet.