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Express Yourself Through Creative Therapies

There are many therapies that allow people to express themselves through creativity.

If you read my blog, you’ll know that one of my favourite avenues is writing. Therapeutic writing, automatic writing and self-reflective writing are all amazing avenues to express emotions, feelings and thoughts. Writing therapy has become increasingly popular. But not everyone feels comfortable with expressing themselves through this form.

There are so many ways in which we can connect with our inner selves. There are many creative avenues and many of these avenues are used in a professional capacity.

Let’s take a look at a few, you may find a creative outlet for yourself:

Music therapy

Music can be calming, soothing or upbeat and fun. It’s great for energy release and is often used for meditation. Usually, in music therapy, people work with numerous instruments, they connect with the sounds and this can be accompanied by singing.

You can see, The British Association for Music Therapy, which gives a professional overview of this type of therapy.

However, if you’d like to know more about using music therapy in your home, Education.com, have created a very informative article that includes a range of wonderful Music Therapy Techniques to Try at Home.

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Dance Therapy/Movement

Dance/movement therapy in the US, or dance psychotherapy in the UK, uses dance to express emotion.

It is thought to be an awesome avenue for self-expression. It is also a way of keeping fit, but for those who are less mobile, or have chronic illnesses, it can help with muscle flexibility. These, in turn, help to improve self-confidence, which leads to a healthier state of mind.

You can read more on the association of dance movement psychotherapy.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is extremely popular. It is used with children, teenagers, adults and older people. It is used with all kinds of groups from those with physical disabilities, mental health issues and other vulnerable groups.

Again this type of therapy allows an individual to express themselves through, drawing, painting or creating something. It’s a great way to focus on the task at hand, it can improve dexterity, skills and overall well-being.

Either creating something yourself or joining an art therapy group, you will soon use this type of therapy to connect with your soul. A wonderful and renowned way of expressing yourself.

You can read more here about Art Therapy.

Dramatherapy

This is another popular psychological therapy that is used with vulnerable groups. It is a great way to improve emotional well-being. Students can use their own experiences to express their feelings, through stories, role-play, dress-up etc.

You can see more about dramatherapy here. 

Expressing yourself through creativity at home

The therapies above are to give you an indication of the type of therapies that are available.

You can use any of the above and try them at home by yourself, or even ask a group of friends to join you.

You could try colour therapy, sewing, textiles, journaling, painting, crafts … there is so much available to you. It doesn’t have to cost much money. Once you start working on a project of love, you’ll find you have so much to express. Once you start expressing in your chosen form, watch how your mind, body and soul feel better.

If you would like to see more about expressing yourself and how it can help you in life

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10 Quotes To Encourage You To Celebrate Your Victories Not Your Defeats

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When I wrote the previous blog on victory, I was in two minds whether to actually choose V is for Victory on the A-Z Inspirational Blog.

Because here’s the thing … the definition of victory as set-out by Merriam-Webster  (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/victory) : It defines victory as: conquest, and triumph means success in a competition or struggle. Victory is used for a win over an opponent or over difficult problems.

I like to think of the word victory as in competing against yourself. Pushing yourself, beating your own limitations, setting goals and smashing them. Victory is about celebrating your achievements. Concentrating on your successes, no matter how big or small they are. Small steps count. Each step you take today brings you closer to your goal. Those small steps are your biggest victories. Smashing through small victories every day will ensure you reach those big victories.

If you want to see further how you can be celebrating your victories and not focusing on your defeats, see the previous post on V is for Victory here, this also includes a therapeutic writing exercise

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10 Quotes To Help You Embrace Your Uniqueness

Wouldn’t it be a boring world if we were all the same? You may enjoy things that other people don’t enjoy, or you may want to live a life that others are not willing to live. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be something you are not! This includes listening to negative naysayers. Don’t listen to people who don’t believe that there is a bigger and better world out there. Believe in yourself, embrace your passions and your uniqueness … and once you embrace this uniqueness you will feel such joy and warmth that you will spread this to others.

Once you become a person of light and love, you will encourage others to embrace their unique selves.

You can see here a variety of downloadable quotes that you can print off.

A great way to remember that you should embrace your uniqueness

If you’d like to read more about how you can let your uniqueness shine,

click here to see quotes & therapeutic writing exercises.

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Inspirational Quotes To Help You Personally Grow

Do you feel stagnant? Do you feel stuck in a rut? 

Life can often do this to us, but it’s only us who can do something about it. It is only us who can push ourselves to grow. Is there something deep inside of you that knows you have more to give to the world? You know there should be more to your life than there is?

Sometimes we need a short sharp push to get us out of our comfort zones. If that isn’t happening, there are no ‘AH-HA’ moments in your life, then you need to be the change. You need to think about what it is you want and make those changes happen. Don’t let the fear of what could go wrong interfere with what could go amazingly right. This life journey is one big learning curve, so pick-up on the lessons and ensure that you grow to live the wonderful life you should be leading.

You can read the previous blog post on, ‘How to personally grow when you’re stuck in a rut’ here. Quotes and a therapeutic writing exercise to help.

As I always say, ‘Small steps count’, put small goals in place to help you achieve your personal growth. To help you, surround yourself with positivity. Covering your walls in inspirational messages is a great way to stay positive.

This week, 7 quotes on growth have been added to my Etsy Shop.

We all have more to give. We can all be learning new ways to grow. Even if you are happy and content with your life, there will be ways you can learn to grow, whether this is spiritually or emotionally, there’s always lessons we can be learning. There’s always a way in which we can grow. If we’re not growing, we are stagnant. Is our job on this physical plane finished? Obviously not, we are still here. We still have some growing to do. So be the seed and continue to blossom.

‘Positive messages throughout the day, help to keep the negative thoughts away’

 

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx

 

 

 

 

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This week’s inspirational word

G IS FOR GROWTH

 

Becoming stagnant in life is very easily done.

We become accustomed to the routine of life; waking up – kids at school – job – pick kids up – dinner – bed! In addition to that, there will be a mixture of after-school activities, parent taxi-service, household chores and other essential tasks that need fulfilling. Sound familiar?

So then when we talk about growth on a personal level, we often feel we don’t have the capacity to fit anything else in, let alone look after ourselves. Wouldn’t it be great to just feel stable? Really … do we need to bring in the extra pressure of personal growth?

Being stuck in a rut is actually damaging to your health. Read here research from Harvard Medical School about the dangers; Samuel Parkes Cadman said, “the only difference between a rut and a grave is a matter of depth.”

Let’s look at this last quote … ‘unlearning old limits’ … so when we talk about being stuck in a rut, what part of your life do you feel reflects this rut? What old beliefs, if any, do you feel are holding you back?

Is there an area in your life that you want to grow and learn new ways of living? Or as we said above, unlearn habits and limitations? This could be your career, health, family … there could be an area in your life you feel is lacking. It’s your choice to push yourself forward and grow in this area. We always have a choice to either stay where we are or make the changes needed to live the life we want and deserve. Even if these changes are small, a small change made daily is better than no change at all. You will soon see results in this area of your life.

The key to change and growth is staying focused. Sometimes when we need to grow it can be hard work. It can be an effort that we really are not sure we have the energy to pursue. But you can do this. You got this. If you feel a pull towards a certain change, an area in your life that needs your attention so you can grow and prosper then go with it. That pull is there for a reason, you need to follow that pull. Don’t be pushing it back. You may even tell yourself you are pushing it back until ‘later’ … but does ‘later’ ever come? Forget whatever else is going on in your life, and yes, sometimes it isn’t the right time to make changes, but if you feel that it’s never the right time to make changes, then there never will be a right time, so just do it. Just start putting steps in place to push yourself forward.

Continue to grow even when it feels too hard … because this will be the time when you desperately need to grow. Growing will leave these hard times behind.

In this week’s therapeutic writing exercises, let’s look at how you can help yourself grow …

Let’s focus on where you’d like to be in the future. Thinking ahead will help you focus on the tasks that need to be fulfilled to achieve these goals. I’m all for living in the moment, but if you’re not growing as a person, if you feel stuck in a rut, you’re not really living in the moment.

This is a free-writing exercise, so simply write down what comes into your head … (we are going to work back over as it will help you focus on your long-term goals and break them down).

1/ Where would you WANT to be in 10 years time?

2/ Where would you WANT to be in 5 years time?

3/ Where would you WANT to be in 1 year’s time?

Now take each question and break it down … what do you need to do to reach these achievements? Obvious question is, what can you do today to help yourself grow? What can you do today to take you closer to your goal? This includes, what do you need to stop doing to grow? What old beliefs and limitations do you need to change?

Remember; small steps count. Ask yourself; what would you thank yourself for tomorrow?

Throughout all this exercise, remember; YOU GOT THIS! You are strong! You have these urges, passions and goals because you are meant to achieve them. We are all here for a reason, you need to ask yourself if you are fulfilling your reasons for being? If you feel as if you are not growing into the person you want to be, what can you do to make this happen?

If you feel the above questions are too difficult to think about? You’re not sure where you want to be, simply write. Write about the life you’d like to have, where you’d like to be in the future, write about want you feel is holding you back, write about your unlimited beliefs and limitation … simply write and you will find your answers to the above questions.

Remember: Positive messages throughout the day, helps the negative thoughts stay away.

So be inspired daily with this

free inspirational guide.

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Stay Focused In Your Busy World – A to Z Inspirational Blog; F is for Focus with Focus Quotes and Therapeutic Writing

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This week’s inspirational word

F IS FOR FOCUS

Admittedly this is one word I can struggle with … FOCUS!

What? And I’m writing a blog on it?

Yes … because I’ve had to learn several ways to stay focused on one particular task. I often have many projects on the go at once, which is never a great thing, but they are all projects I want to do. When I lose focus, nothing gets finished. I have projects hanging over me and I wonder which is a priority … then the kids are off school with their half-term holidays which seem to come round pretty fast! Once again, projects are put back, as the chaotic life with kids envelopes our world.

Sound familiar?

The first quote by Eric Thomas and this second quote by T.F.Hodge, seem to contradict each other a little. However, put them together, they do make perfect sense. If you have set yourself a task, then you have a specific outcome you desire. However, focusing daily on steps that will help you reach that outcome is the best way forward.

So in times of life’s upheavals, focus on where you want to be daily, do something in that given moment to help you to move closer to the outcome. Putting plans and steps in place will help you focus on the tasks that need to be achieved.

In this week’s therapeutic creative writing exercise, we are going to FOCUS on lists …

Lists are a fantastic way to off-load everything you need to do and everything you ‘want’ to do. I find, the ‘want’ seems to stay somewhere in the distance when the ‘need to dos’ take over.

How can writing a simple list be classed as therapeutic writing? Try it and see how therapeutic it feels. Even more so, see how therapeutic it feels when you can start ticking off the things you have achieved. Especially, ‘your wants’ list.

So in this exercise, the key is to write 2 lists …

Your first list is your ‘need to do’ list – this could be anything from making kids packed lunches to filing tax returns … get scribbling away! If it helps think about your chores throughout the day, write down the things you MUST do daily.

Your second list is your ‘want to do’ list – this is all the things you would love to squeeze in; this could be a drink with friends, buying a new pair of shoes or simply have a relaxing bath without a child coming in to use the toilet! Obviously, you might want to elaborate a bit more than relaxing baths, such as, developing a new career, starting a healthier lifestyle or achieving a goal that is out of your comfort zone.

Only you can decide what to put on your list, as these are your ‘wants’ – you’ll realise once you start focusing and achieving these ‘wants’ life becomes a happier place to be. A happier place leads to an increase in positive energy, once your positive energy increases so will your focus.

Once you have your lists, you will complete the ‘need to dos’ and they will be a priority, but now focus on something you would love to do. Can you put steps in place to work towards these ‘want’ daily? Even choose one of your ‘wants’ to work towards.

Remember, SMALL STEPS COUNT!

What can you do to start ticking off your ‘want’ list?

Talking about serious personal-development ‘wants’ now – your ‘want’ could be that you’d like to start your own business, you’d like to experiment with a new hobby or you’d like to change a habit. These goals may not seem like a priority to you, however, making them a priority will enhance your well-being and mindfulness. Doing something you love can often make people feel guilty, but focus on the feel-good factor and watch your life improve ten-fold.

Once you focus on what you want from life, you will receive more of what you want. Focus on being grateful for all that you receive and the opportunities available to you – grab your life with both hands. Remember that the universe is always projecting back to us our thoughts. So whatever we focus on, we gain more of. So focus on what you want and make your life amazing.

Remember: Positive messages throughout the day, helps the negative thoughts stay away.

So be inspired daily with this

free inspirational guide.

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx

 

 

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Ten Products That Will Help To Lift Your Positive Energy Levels

Are you struggling to keep your energy levels high?

Would you love to increase your energy levels to draw more positivity to you?

Depending on our environment, our circumstances or other external influences, our energy vibrations can vary. The key in life is to not let external ‘stuff’ affect your energy levels. I realise this is easier said than done. Especially if you’re an empath, like me. (Empaths feel people’s energy levels, they are sensitive to people’s vibrations … we often draw people to us who need to ‘talk’. I could tell you many stories from a relaxing spa day that turned into me counselling the beauty therapist, to the poor man whose wife had left him by text for his friend and he ended up in hospital – the latter I was simply stood outside a shop … this type of thing happens to me all the time. Rather than take the person’s energy, I give them some of my positive vibes. I always send them love and ask that a higher power guides and helps them.)

Feeling at peace with yourself is the best way to protect yourself from negative influences. There could be things going on in your life that you have no control over. If this is the case, choose your reaction towards it. Once you choose a positive reaction, think from a positive perspective you will see how your world will change. Protecting yourself helps to enhance your energy, this, in turn, vibrates onto others.

Before I show you some awesome products that will help your energy levels, don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop. You can download and print awesome quotes that will help you stay positive. 

Below I’ve listed some awesome products that can help you, but before you look through them, why not try out the self-reflective therapeutic creative writing exercise, that will help you lift your energy levels.

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

This has to be one of my favourite positivity books. I love the intertwined story of George. Not only giving us tips and advice but relating it to real-life with a story. This is an inspiring and fun read. Highly recommended.

      

The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story about Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges

This is perfect to show children to look on the bright side of life. We live in a world that is full of negativity and nay-sayers. So it’s important that we keep our children positive. It’s important we allow them to believe in themselves. This book by Jon Gordon, the author of the above book, is absolutely awesome for this.

      

The Power of Positive Energy: Everything you need to awaken your soul, raise your vibration, and manifest an inspired life

This book is full of tips on living a life that is full of self-love and high energetic vibes. There are lots of books about positivity, however, this gives great detailed advice on lifting your energy. How lifting your energy will bring positive energy back to you.

      

Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear intoVibrance, Strength, and Love

Another great book that gives advice on finding your inner self. Understanding your soul and attracting that goodness to you.

      

Positive Energy 7 in 1 Box Set: Feng Shui, 50 Secrets Of A Danish Happy Life, 7 Steps To Build Easy and Everlasting Habits, The Power of Positive Thinking, Raising Confident Kids, Self-Discipline

This box set is awesome. I love all these books. If you find yourself in a ‘funk’ these books address different parts of life, helping to bring it all together so you can enjoy the journey of life.

      

Clearing Energising Essential Oil

I love a good energy clearing. I love sage for that purpose. But these oils work amazingly well too.

Positive Energy Candle – Reiki Charged Herbal Magic Candle

I love Reiki, so having a candle that can release positive energy, is just what we all need. Different coloured candles attract and give off certain vibes, so having a candle that releases positivity is a must for everyone.

       

Gemstone Reiki Positive Energy Positive Energy Pyramid

These pyramids are simply gorgeous. If you surround yourself with positivity, you will enhance your energy levels. You will no longer feel drawn to negativity. You will attract positive vibes. Therefore, stunning ornaments like these, are wonderful to have around your home.

Natural Himalayan, Crystal, Salt, Rock Lamp to Release Positive Energy

Rock lamps are known for releasing positive energy. I love this lamp as the rocks all fit together snuggling and it’s a bit different to the usual rock lamps. However, if you can get yourself a rock lamp, I highly recommend them. Not only for the positive energy but they look gorgeous.

      

Positive Energy Cosmic Amulet Crystal Lucky Charm Blue Pendant

You will have heard me mention that wearing any accessory that brings positivity to you, is a must. This beautiful amulet is stunning. I’m a huge believer in making your home a positive energetic place, but by wearing something that reminds you to stay positive, wherever you go the vibes go with you. Stay positive in and out of your home.

      

Reminding yourself that if you protect yourself from negativity, you can stay positive. During the day you may come across someone who is oozing negativity, but the key is to protect yourself with positive vibes, the above products can help you achieve this.

‘Positive messages throughout the day, help to keep the negative thoughts away’

Download my free inspirational guide, that is full of quotes and posters, that you can print off to keep yourself motivated.

In this post, you can see some of my favourite products that I believe will help you find courage, simply click on the pink button, if you’d like to see more about each product. The button will lead you to Amazon*

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx

*Please note, that this post contains affiliate links. If you click one of the links and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. However, I truly would never recommend a product that I don’t love myself. I’m not sure the Angels would agree with that …

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How To Increase Your Positive Energy Levels Even When You’re Not Feeling The Vibe – A to Z Inspirational Blog; E is for Energy with Energy Quotes and Therapeutic Writing

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This week’s inspirational word

E IS FOR ENERGY


We can talk about fulfilling dreams and following passions, belief, being positive, be an inspiration, but if we don’t have the positive energy to do these things, we’re not going to get very far. If our mindset isn’t in the right place and we are literally fighting to get through our busy day, by the time the evening comes we are too tired to think about achieving our dreams. The energy we are emitting is being reflected back to us, so if you feel unenergised it’s time to look at ways to fill yourself with positive energy.

Energise You by Oliver Gray, gives the simplest solution to finding your energy for life:

There is a very simple formula for achieving great health, high energy and happiness

  • Consistently do more of the things that positively affect your health, energy and happiness.
  • Do less of the things that affect you negatively. 

Simple right?

You’re probably thinking, well I know this, but I’m too tired and busy to think about doing more positive and less negative things. But imagine how wonderful it would be to feel completely energised daily. So many things affect our energy, from eating the wrong foods, to being in the wrong job or relationship, to the surroundings in which we live or work. Something as simple as a negative interaction throughout the day can send our vibrations soaring downwards, affecting our whole day … but my motto of, ‘Positive messages throughout the day, helps keep the negative thoughts away.’ If you can instil some positivity into your thoughts, your energy will lift. Once your energy has lifted, you will become motivated. Once you are motivated your energy vibrations will become higher.

Remember, small steps count, so rather than going fully in and changing everything at once, for example; say you need to lose weight and eat healthier, plus you hate your job, your relationship is at breaking point and you are generally at a point of despair … You’d be surprised how common this scenario is. These aspects all affect each other, if you’re unhappy with yourself, you project that out and you receive that negativity back.

So the aim is to become a bundle of high energy … you may be asking, ‘How?’

If you have several areas to change in your life, take one area at a time and focus on making changes to that particular area. For example, you could put a dietary and fitness plan in place, ensure it fits with your life and focus on not only becoming slimmer and healthier but focus on how this will affect other areas of your life. For example, once you start to see signs of your healthier happier body, you’ll have more energy. You’ll also have more confidence to go out there and get that new job. Your relationship will either naturally improve because you are happier, or you’ll make the decision that the relationship doesn’t make you happy and it is time to move on. I make this sound cut and dry … I realise it isn’t as simple as throwing together a blog post and these changes will happen overnight. If you’re not in the right frame of mind, it takes work to change those thoughts around, but I can assure you that positive thoughts will help raise your energy levels.

A great way to start raising your energy levels is with positive messages, instil positive thoughts throughout your day and then work on changing one aspect of your life, one day at a time. This time next year is coming, so start putting those plans in place. Imagine yourself in a happier place … your dreams, goals etc. may take longer than a year, but start on that journey and start to reap the rewards. The time is passing anyway, so do sometimes to increase your energy levels and start living a life of excitement, passion and fulfilment.

Self-Reflective Therapeutic Creative Writing Exercise

Using free writing, write down the things that you would change to enable you to become more positive. What do you feel is holding you back? Scribble down these thoughts, without analysing them, just write until you have allowed the words to be in front of you.

Read through them. Ask yourself what changes can you actually make.

Now write down what plans you can put in place, making one change at a time. Small steps count. Every step you take towards a higher energy vibration, the closer you are to uplifting your energy levels. The more you uplift your energy levels, the more positive energy you give out leading to a greater positive life.

Remember: Positive messages throughout the day, helps the negative thoughts stay away.

So be inspired daily with this

free inspirational guide.

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx

 

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How To Become The Most Courageous You – A to Z Inspirational Blog; C is for Courage with Courage Quotes and Therapeutic Writing

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This week’s inspirational word

C IS FOR COURAGE

Courage plays a huge part in how our lives develop. If you let fear take over, you will not live to your full potential. You will miss out on some wonderful opportunities. Opportunities that would allow you to live the life you probably so wish to have.

You’ll know by now, that I believe we all have a purpose, which stems from our passion, our reason for being. However, many people don’t follow their passion because they don’t think they are good enough. We have voices in our heads telling us; don’t be so silly, you’d never be good at that, or what will other people think? What if we fail? We don’t deserve this happiness … and many other random thoughts that stop us being who we are meant to be … sound familiar? Well, meet your ego!

Imagine you are coming from a place of love, which is our soul purpose … and then imagine your ego isn’t! Your ego doesn’t want you to succeed. Don’t let it win. Imagine you saw a child in the playground being bullied, cruel words being thrown at this poor innocent human being … what would you do? I’m hoping you’d stand in and save this child. Imagine that child is you and your ego is just hurling this abuse, making you feel small, vulnerable and scared. What are you going to say to that ego of yours? Back off … Just back right off. Now, tell yourself …

Use the above as a daily affirmation, it will help to instil a belief in yourself. Courage to move forward into the life you should be living.

Who we are meant to be is deep within, our purpose is to serve … you can only serve by following your true desires. Your passion is a gift for you to use. In some way or another, it will serve you and others. So have the courage to follow this passion.

Therefore, you need to ignore that ego of yours and follow your heart. You must have courage. Having the courage to ignore all the doubts, the nay-sayers, the mood-hoovers and all that negativity that can seep into your pores will give you such happiness and joy. Replace all this negativity with love, remember you are here to serve … this means you have a job to do while you’re here and you will know what that job already is. Now it’s your turn to ignore that egotistical ego of yours, surround it with a warm loving hug and let your courage soar.

This week’s self-reflective therapeutic creative writing exercise,

Free writing exercise; answer these 2 questions …

What do you wish you had the courage to do? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Write from your heart. Include everything you would love to achieve. Don’t leave anything out. Really push the boundaries with these questions. When you’ve finished, ask yourself what you need to do to achieve these goals? What steps can you put in place to make it happen?

Have the courage to follow your dreams … your dreams are there for a reason. It is your purpose to fulfil them.

Remember: Positive messages throughout the day, helps the negative thoughts stay away.

So be inspired daily with this

free inspirational guide.

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx

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How to Feel Blessed When You Are Feeling Unblessed – A to Z Inspirational Blog; B is for Blessed with Blessed Quotes and Therapeutic Writing

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This week’s inspirational word

B IS FOR BLESSED

Do you often meander through life feeling as if you have problems to solve? Everything seems to be an issue? You’re not where you want to be in life? Do you hear yourself complaining about the smallest of things? But you feel irritated by these small things, that they don’t feel that small to you? In fact, you may have even answered, ‘No, I don’t complain about the small things …’ But actually when you put things into perspective they really are the small things.

Concentrating on what isn’t going right in your life is a sure way to bring more of ‘what isn’t going right in your life’ to you.

The best way to start counting your blessings is listing all the things you are grateful for. Gratitude will lead to more blessings. This is the way the Law of Attraction works. Once you understand this and see it working, you will get a buzz from counting your blessings.

Your weekly therapeutic creative writing exercise is below … even if you feel blessed, this exercise is definitely worth doing, as it will consciously bring forward all those things you are grateful for, which will lead to even more things to be grateful for … more blessings.

It’s going to take more than a therapeutic writing exercise for me to see my blessings … 

Does the above sound like something you would say? Do you really feel as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and you really don’t know how to move forward? Sometimes we have to go through challenges to reach the other side. There are better outcomes once we’ve solved the issues that are holding us back.

If you haven’t read the Angels post from last week, do so when you can. I truly believe in every hardship, barrier or problem there is a lesson to be learnt. Our Angels don’t want to punish us, far from it, but they want us to live a better life and sometimes we can’t see that better life, because we think, ‘this is it?’ ‘How can things get better?’ It’s times like this you need to try and let go, concentrate on things you can do something about and truly look at the things that make your life blessed. Try thinking about being blessed without including material things … go deeper, spiritual and connect with a higher power.

Therapeutic Creative Writing Exercise

If you have a highlighter, it is very useful for this exercise.

I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to answer with one of the five answers below the question, quickly. Don’t think about your answer, just answer it …

  • How blessed do you feel?

1/Extremely Blessed     2/Blessed     3/Not quite sure     4/Not Blessed     5/You are so far from blessed you don’t think the word exists

Using the ‘free writing’ technique, try to expand on this, why do you feel the way you feel? For example; if you have written down that you don’t feel very blessed, try to explain these feelings to yourself by writing this down. If you have written down, you feel extremely blessed, write down why you feel so blessed. Whatever your answer, delve deeper.

It doesn’t matter how long you write for, what matters is that you write and try to get an understanding of how and where you are on the ‘feeling blessed’ scale.

So now, I want you to read over your thoughts and highlight anything negative. This isn’t me asking you to dismiss your feelings or emotions, this will help you understand how much your negative thoughts are taking over your positive thoughts. Ask yourself how much of your words are highlighted compared to your un-highlighted words. 

If you haven’t highlighted any words, well done! This means you are on the right track for counting your blessings. This should feel amazing. Keep hold of your script and in moments of doubt, read through these thoughts.

If you have highlighted words, this is absolutely fine and perfectly normal. This is why I’ve created these exercises, to help you develop a positive mindset, even in those times when you don’t feel so blessed.

Firstly look at the highlighted words and ask yourself can I do anything about them? If you can do something about them, great … write down what you ARE going to do. This in itself is a blessing. Some problems have no solution, we have to ride out the wave and wait patiently. But even then, all is not lost, concentrate on the things you CAN do something about.

Once you have completed the above, now write down 20 blessings in your life … from the fact you can get up on a morning to the natural beauty that surrounds us. The last part of this exercise is great when sitting outside in nature. Gratitude is one of the most important elements in creating a life of blessings. Once you start to appreciate that you are truly blessed by simply being, you will feel elevated to a wonderful spiritual level of divine existence.

If you can practice daily becoming more attuned to your spiritual self, you will find yourself feeling truly blessed always. This doesn’t mean problems and barriers won’t come your way, but how you deal with them will make life much easier, because you’ll always remember how blessed you truly are.

Remember: Positive messages throughout the day, helps the negative thoughts stay away.

So be inspired daily with this

free inspirational guide.

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx