In those times, making time to do something for me pulls me right out of my funk. How often do you open your mailbox and get a handwritten note from someone you care about for no reason? I am a mushy person to the core, so this activity brings me the utmost joy. Words of Affirmation are my love language. I love to tell people how I appreciate them in the form of words, and I feel most loved when I am told why a person is grateful for me or why they love me.
It will not only improve your mood when you write and send the note, but it will also shift your attention to feeling grateful. Just remember to leave your cell phone at home.
Get out and take in the sights, the sounds, and smells of your surroundings. Look at things with new eyes. Just this week, in an effort to pull myself out of a post-vacation funk, I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood. I brought my dog, who forces me to slow down and smell the roses—or in her case, the tree that the previous dog peed on.
I live in Southern California, so this is a rare treat that I found to be a blessing.
I stopped, picked up two of the leaves, and saved them. When I returned home, I felt a new sense of connection. To get out and breathe in the fresh air, hear the birds chirping, and see the wonders of nature was just the pick me up I needed. Try it out; even if you have to bundle up to walk around the block, I promise it will shift your mood and clear your mind. We are all so caught up in our own little world most of the time.
That compliment made me realize that I often see myself in one way, which is way harsher than I would allow someone else to treat me. I am continuously amazed at how other people see me. You never know how you look in other people's eyes. You never know what kind of day a person is having, or how good or bad they feel. If they feel good, you will make them feel even better, and if they feel bad, it could change their whole outlook.
Just make sure it is genuine, we are intuitive beings and can easily tell when someone is insincere. You know the list, the one that has one or two daunting items. The items on your list that make you feel like doing those things would be like the equivalent of having to run a marathon? I certainly have those lists. It feels so good when I finally just bite the bullet and do it. Make a mental list of all that you are grateful for. It can be anything from how a cup of steaming hot tea warms your entire body, the way it feels to look up at the stars, or gazing at the perfect sunset.
The way it feels to sit next to a crackling fire, enjoying a perfectly blended smoothie, or something as big as being lucky enough to have two legs to walk on and two lungs to breathe with. What are you thankful for? Think about it, revel in it. Seems like a no brainer, but exercising can sometimes feel like the biggest task of all. Take a yoga class, jog around your neighborhood, ride your bike, try a new booty kicking barre or sculpt class at your local studio or gym.
Working out provides a proven natural high. By moving your body, you are working out all the stale, stagnant energy that lowers your vibration, mood, and motivation. Think of it like this; you will never feel worse after a workout.
By clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, you are literally, and metaphorically, making space in your life for new energy. Having clean, organized surroundings allows for more productivity, freedom, and clarity. You will feel the difference in both your mind and body. When your surroundings are out of order, what else is out of order in your life, and how is it slowing you down? When I let my inner child run free, and check my ego at the door, I feel a sense of joy that can only be explained through a smile that spans ear to ear and a laugh that sings freedom.
My old boss taught me the best trick. It lightens the mood in seconds flat, invites your inner child in to play, and changes the entire dynamic of whatever situation you are dealing with. So, go ahead, get silly— wiggle it out.
The love of a pet is pure and unconditional. Pets offer us some pretty valuable lessons as humans.
Spend time enjoying a pet, observe them, cuddle with them, appreciate them, learn from them. Energy is contagious, so make sure the energy you surround yourself with lights you up from the inside out. Skip to main navigation. Mindbody Download the app. Published Monday Apr 15, by Ashley Tracey. About the author.
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So while sun, moon, and rising signs are really just the tip of a very large iceberg, understanding these three signs together will give you a much fuller look at your personal astrology than a sun sign will alone. It makes sense why these three signs are especially significant to who you are. The sun is, quite obviously, necessary for our existence and is literally the center of our solar system, so naturally it has a significant place in astrology.
The moon is the closest celestial object to us here on Earth, so again, one can see why its astrological influence would also be especially notable. Lastly, your rising sign represents the very beginning of your birth chart and from there, determines the rest of your chart's placements, too — again making it a vital part of your basic astrological self. That said, let's take a quick journey through the basic explanations of sun signs, moon signs, and rising signs so you can start applying them to your life and making the most of astrology.
Bustle chatted with fabulous astrologers Lisa Stardust , Renee Watt , and Ashley Otero to get the scoop on this important astro triad, so read on. Sun signs are definitely the most popular and well-known part of one's birth chart when it comes to mainstream astrology sometimes even referred to as "sun sign astrology". For many people, it's the only sign they know! As mentioned earlier, many horoscopes are based on sun signs alone, and it's usually what someone is referring to when they ask you what your sign is or state their own. All you need to calculate your sun sign is the month and date of your birth.
This makes it easy to do simple pop astrology, as people don't need to delve into the rest of their chart or even find their birth time, in most cases in order to find their sign. So just as the sun is the center of our solar system and the root of life on Earth, your sun sign represents the center of you , or the core of who you are. When it comes to your personality, your sun sign is a constant; it's your core at a basic level. It shows what motivates and drives us — what pushes us to success," explains Stardust. Basically, the sun relates your life path and the truest core of who you are — it's generally considered your highest expression of self.
As Watt explains to Bustle, "Your sun sign is an indication of how you present yourself to the world and is associated with your unique identity. The sun placement in a chart will often give a lot of info on how one may express themselves and can often have an effect on creativity. That said, it does make some sense why there's an added emphasis on sun signs in mainstream astrology. So whereas your rising sign is your surface-level personality and your moon sign is your private emotional self as you'll learn more about below , your sun is your personality's center , much in the way that the sun is the center of our little universe.
All right, let's step out of the sunshine and journey into the beauty and sensitivity of the moon-ruled night! Just as the moon in the sky rules over the nighttime and all that hides there, so does your moon sign — so basically, it relates to the private, emotional, beneath-the-surface parts of your personality. When you've got that, you can either consult an astrologer or use an online moon sign calculator to find out what sign rules your lunar self. The moon has always been linked to our emotions, so it makes sense that your moon sign rules over your emotional and more intimate side.
Again, in the theme of darkness and shadows, your moon side rules the more shadowy parts of your personality — the sides that only the people closest to you get to see. This part of yourself can also come out if you're in a highly stressful situation, and there are other times when your moon sign could eclipse your sun sign , too.