With the beginning of each new day comes the promise of another wholly embracing, potential-filled experience, yet the presence and setting of each day anew starts long before you awaken when the alarm goes off, or when the sunshine comes flooding in to your room.
To be able to end each day on a high note provides greater certainty of being able to begin the next day fresh, uncluttered, anew.
Here are 3 practises to end each day as well as you possibly can.
1) Make peace with where you are
It is so simple a philosophy to embrace but often one that is challenging to practise. We are often so caught up in our To Do lists, constantly reflecting on all that we have not accomplished, that we overlook all that we have done.
My own days are filled with lists of things to do, things to accomplish, and so often by the very nature of my intentions, my lists are often unrealistically long. The reality is though, that whatever little I have accomplished off my list adds to the wholeness of the day.
There are days when my intentions and aims for the day are side-tracked, by calls and pulls in different directions, by events and work that I have not forseen – and while it’s typical for each of us to frustratingly think that we have ‘not done anything’, the reality is that we have accomplished immensely simply not in the way we thought.
A day that is spent relaxing, reading or simply being you, is never a day wasted.
There may be days when as night draws in, you find yourself lost, uncertain, perhaps even filled with dread, on days like these, remind yourself that tomorrow begins another day. (Read: What Would you Choose to Believe In)
As each day draws to a close, acknowledge how each day has contributed to the greater whole of the already wonderful person that you are.
2) Find thanks for all the good today
So much has already been said about the practise of gratitude, of it’s power and ability to turn things around. It is no surprise really that our ability to focus on the best in our day and in ourselves, automatically brings even more for us to appreciate.
To end each day in gratitude and appreciation, allows our mind to dwell on all the positive outcomes. Of course there may be days that are fraught with tension and perhaps even overcome with frustration, and yet, to be able to break open a little crack of light in a hallway of darkness is all that it will take to remind us that tomorrow starts anew once again.
A simple gratitude list at the end of everyday, written down, typed or even simply run through in your mind, is a powerful practise that helps end the day on a high note.
3) Resolve to make tomorrow the best that you can
And as your head hits the pillow and eyes close in the night time, a little reminder that you’ve done all the best that you can for today, in living and in making the best choices that you know how, moment by moment.
Remind yourself that for all that has happened today, tomorrow is a brand new day with new choices to make and new adventures to enjoy.
Over to you
As I ended writing this post, I realised that the more traditionally Christian among us would say prayers every night, acknowledging the good, acknowledging the help received. Equally as many of us move towards a less orthodox way of living, we find ourselves drawn to practises that simply serve us. Do you have any particular practises that help you end each day? How have they helped you?