I love Aristotle’s quote, “Hope is a waking dream.“ During challenging times we must all remember to remain hopeful and take time to be thankful for what we have and not dwell on what’s no longer in reach. Here are a few healthy ways to do so:
Be grateful for the tough times and focus on how you have grown. Never compare yourself to others and don’t focus on what’s absent in your life, but instead make a motivated plan to make positive changes!
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Practice daily affirmations
Using affirmations can be empowering and boost your confidence! Remember, you are in control of your thoughts and emotions and have the ability to change your beliefs. Start today, by identifying 3-5 things that you admire about yourself. Afterwards, include each in a short sentence or quote and write them on a note card. Place each in a visible location and read them aloud daily.
Research an organization or group that is near and dear to your heart. Set-up a time to visit and learn how your personal gifts and time can be used to help.
Each year, I’m learning the importance of letting go. Don’t let a past occasion or loss interfere with your happiness. I believe it’s also wise to review your relationships and prepare an exit plan for those that may be toxic in your life.
Kimberly Whitfield is the owner of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty in Strength, a fitness instructor at Go Workout Fitness Center, and Trinity A.M.E. Church; a bodybuilder, and a public speaker. Visit her on the web at kwinspires.com for a list of her classes.