“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” -Unknown
Imagine that each day could be the start of a life that is joyful and passionate - how liberating! What happened yesterday does not have to dictate today. Every morning is a new chance to remain focused and positive, and to refuse to let fear, depression or anxiety exhaust our efforts of living a fulfilled, healthy life by asking these seven mindful questions:
Why am I here?
This is probably the most vague question to ask yourself every morning, but it has a powerful impact on our day. Whether it’s asking yourself why you are at work or simply why you feel you are alive to experience this day, come up with an answer every morning.
What do I want?
This is a difficult question for many to answer because most of us don’t really know what we want. However, asking yourself this can allow further exploration of your emotions, irritations, depression and anxieties.
What do I NOT want?
Naming what you don’t want can be easier than naming what you do want. This is also an excellent way to identify if your life is currently full of the things you don’t actually want, which is the first step in changing them.
What matters most in life?
The day-to-day process often hinders our ability to focus on what matters the most to us in our life. This is different for everyone, for some it may be starting a family, while others may say traveling the world. Examine what it is that matters most to you and use it as a blueprint for establishing a healthier and more productive daily routine.
What can I let go of?
Once you have established why you are here, what you do and don’t want, and what matters most in life, ask yourself if there is anything you can let go of that is hindering you from these things. This can mean letting go of unhealthy friendships and destructive relationships or chronic feelings of guilt and shame.
What am I thankful for?
In order to stay in the present make sure to appreciate what you already have. Developing an attitude for gratitude will build self-esteem and encourage self-assurance while minimizing the debilitating symptoms of depression.
Who am I thankful for?
We often take those closest to us for granted. During this new day recognize those that have supported, encouraged, and appreciated you.