How To Go From Surviving To Thriving

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Wake up.
Go to work.
Soccer practice, dinner, bed….repeat!

Throw in a few extracurricular  activities, a late meeting or two, a trip to the drive-thru and that describes the general outline of your week. Sound familiar?

At Foundations Family Therapy, our mission is to take clients from just surviving to completely thriving. From just going through the motions to truly living. We walk with our patients through life’s challenges to help navigate difficult times, celebrate the good, and heal from the bad.

Living on ‘Autopilot’

There are lots of great benefits about having routines in life. Routines help people feel anchored, stable, and rooted. Routines can help decrease anxiety by providing comfort and security. There’s nothing wrong with being organized and having a healthy daily routine. But, the trouble starts when you live on autopilot.

When you’re living in autopilot mode, you are just going through the motions. Autopilot is the exact opposite of mindfulness. When you aren’t focused on the moment at hand, you’ll never be able to thrive!

Studies show that people are living on autopilot the most at home. Have you ever made a decision about what to wear, eat, or even watch on television just based on your mindless routine? This is autopilot. And, it’s time to change!

Thriving Techniques

Sometimes it only takes a few small changes to move from surviving to thriving in life. Luckily, there are a few things you can do each day to thrive and it starts with cultivating a positive mindset. When you wake up in the morning, set small goals for the day. Don’t overwhelm yourself and cause unnecessary stress. Make a list of three things you’d like to accomplish during the day. Write them down- writing and journaling are therapeutic.

Unplug for a minute or two and enjoy the stillness. Get lost in a book or in a
conversation with a friend. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s a positive action that contributes to your happiness and overall wellbeing.

If you don’t feel like you’re thriving, give us a call! We’ll put together a customized wellness plan to help YOU transform from surviving to thriving. Don’t let your outlook, your decisions, your abilities, your energy, your motivation, and the perception of your own value hold you back.

How To Be More Positive Everyday

Negative thoughts can prevent you from enjoying and living life to the fullest. Whether you’re worrying about the future or replaying history in your mind, negative or unwanted thoughts only grow stronger the more we focus on them. They can interfere with out productivity and focus.

Luckily, when it comes to banishing negative thoughts and channeling positivity, there are some things you can do to thrive. Start with these tips today and be proactive about your mental wellness and personal happiness.

1. Be Mindful! Live in the present moment. Enjoy each day for what it is. When we focus on the present, it’s easier to be grateful. Gratuity is a big part of happiness and positive thinking. Don’t get lost in the what ifs and try to move on from your past mistakes-don’t dwell!

2. Find The Lesson. Almost every setback or downfall has a learning opportunity even if it’s not easy to identify at first. It’s not about how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up again. Try to build a little resilience each day which will help you develop a glass half full mindset.

3. Acknowledge Your Emotions. It’s OK to have a bad day or simply feel sad. No one can be positive 100% of the time. Negative emotions can keep us safe and help grow. Start labeling your feelings. Accept negative feelings as a temporary response to a bad situation. Acceptance will help you move on.

4. Redirect Your Focus. Walk away. Step back. Use technology to your advantage. Whatever you decide, find a simple, positive way to divert your attention away from your negative thoughts. Channel positive thinking by replacing your negative thoughts with positive ones.

We’re here to walk with you through the struggles of life so you can become more positive, happy and fulfilled each day.