Breakfast Club – Part 3 🌞 The Power of Gratitude and Intention11 Aug. 2020
Mornings are a 'power time' to energise, create and cultivate, not to cloud your mind with digital disturbances and other 'white noise'.
Andrea is a qualified, experienced Wellness Practitioner and Founder of www.absoulutewellness.com, who is innately driven to help people to become the best version of themselves. Over 15 years’ experience in training design & delivery, as well as being qualified and experienced in Wellness and Occupation Health and Safety place her uniquely in the Wellness industry.
Before my feet hit the floor upon waking, I lie for 5-10 minutes thinking about everything I’m grateful for in life, including family, friends, a roof over my head, my health, business, opportunities…it’s a long list. Sometimes it’s easy to think about what we don’t think we have, and so gratitude can help create mindful connections.
I also focus and say thanks to the good that is going on in the world (even though media headlines may show otherwise) and how I can be a part of it – paying it forward.
Science-based research indicates a link between practicing gratitude and better physical and psychological health. More grateful people are generally happier, more satisfied with their lives, and less likely to suffer from burn out. Skeptical about wellbeing benefits of gratitude? See the 72 page whitepaper produced by the The Science of Gratitude produced Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
Each morning I take time to set my intentions for what I want to achieve during the day and get them down on paper to clarify those intentions. Intentions are what I'm determined to bring about and achieving an end state – and I picture in my mind what that end state might look like. It’s separate from a to-do list which simply lists items I’d like to or need to get done. By setting intentions daily, I'm making an 'agreement' with myself, and so there's personal a commitment behind it.
Intentions are powerful for staying on track with personal goals, as I attach my intentions to stated goals in order to drive the process of achieving them. So rather than making a statement like "I must get study done today", I set an intention instead, saying something like "Today, I intend to make time to study, as study helps in achieving my career goals in being a wellbeing specialist". Keep your intentions simple, specific and meaningful to encourage the motivation for getting things done.
Stay positive. Stay healthy.
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