Life is often busy and while we are doing things we need to do, most of us find we have a running list of things we would rather be doing that bring us joy. Have you had moments when you suddenly have unexpected free time and can’t think of the many things you wanted to do from that running list? You end up wasting that free time trying to figure out what you could be doing.
In much the same way, when we need a pick-me-up to find our happy place again, if we don’t have something in place, we spend too much time and effort trying to find a solution, or perhaps feel too bad to even think about ways to reclaim happiness.
Creating a toolbox of joy gives you a ready supply of things that can raise your vibration. We all have moments when we feel bad, or perhaps are picking up on the energy of other people and the world. In these moments, if we have tools we can reach for, we can stop ourselves from spiraling into dark places.
Create your toolbox of joy. Brainstorm a list of everything and everyone that makes you feel better, helps you smile, and bring you joy:
Audios/Videos: Do you have a list of go-to gurus that you can simple look up on YouTube or have you bought their materials? Create a playlist of five to ten audios that will immediately make you feel good.
Meditations: Meditating can be useful to stop negative thought and raise your vibration. However, when one is feeling down, getting into that space can be tough. Create a playlist of your favorite guided meditations that you can use.
Journaling: For those who find writing soothing, journaling your way to feeling good can be a great release. Get a beautiful journal that you can easily access when you need to find joy again.
At the top of your page, start by writing the following:
- Things I notice right now that are good
- Things I am grateful for today
- Perhaps also write out your preferred outcome of a situation.
Crafting/Hobbies: For some people, getting creative can be an outlet for negative emotions. Set up a craft corner for yourself so you can reach out and get creative in the moment. Have a ready list of go-to crafts or projects in process that you can jump right into.
People: Who are the people or communities you can reach out to for support? These are the people who make you feel better without commiserating or exacerbating the way you feel. Make a list so that if you are in need of human support, you can reach out.
What else can you put into your toolbox so you are able to reach in and choose the best pick-me-up for that moment?
Wishing you a toolbox of joy bursting at the seams!