Hey people with emotions,
During this time we need to focus on positivity more than ever. It is easier said then done though, so today we will talk about taking that negativity out and focusing on the positive.
Hold up! What is positive thinking? Positive thinking is “a mental and emotional attitude of expecting good and favorable results, and not getting discouraged when plans do not proceed as expected. It means trying over again and not accepting defeat” (Remez Sasson).
Your thoughts affect your actions, so focusing on positivity can help you live your best life. While it may seem daunting to change your mindset from 0 to 100, and it can’t be done all in one day. It is a work in progress, you can start with something as simple as having one positive thought each day. Just one. From there you can grow, and think of two positive things, then three, then four, and so forth.
Why is it sooooo important to have a positive mindset? Physical and mental benefits have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and can reduce the likelihood of developing certain conditions such as: hypertension, depression, and other stress related disorders.
Now that we know the effects positive thinking has on you physically and mentally, lets talk about 7 ways to positive thinking.
7 Ways to Positive Thinking:
1.Gratitude Journal: Writing is a great way for you to look back and see all the things you were grateful for in the past. You can start this by every night writing down: things to be grateful for today (look at events of the day). Then think about things to be grateful for (long term things).
2. Look after your body and mind: Research has shown that taking care of our bodies physically and mentally can influence our happiness and train our brains over time to be more positive. Something like exercising for 20 minutes each day is a great start. Exercising releases endorphins, endorphins are “molecules that are produced to relieve pain and produce a sense of well-being.” Eating healthy also takes a big part in taking care of your body, if you eat junk food you will feel more sluggish.
3. Make time to do something that you love: Easier said then done, it doesn’t matter what it is, just as long as it makes you happy. Some great examples are movies, reading, hiking, painting, video games, etc. I am currently playing Animal Crossing non-stop, it has taken over my life! As long as you love it, do it!
4. Set Goals: Positive thinking doesn’t just happen in a snap, you have to work towards it. Setting goals goes hand in hand with positive thinking. Goal setting can empower you and generate new ideas. Make sure you set a clear goal, a target date to complete it by and then small steps needed to achieve it.
5. Deal with your Negative Thoughts and Feelings: How many times have you heard in your life, “Don’t bottle up emotions”? I have heard it my whole life! And those people have a point! Make sure when negative feelings and thoughts pop up that you process them. Whether it be by talking to someone, drawing, painting, or writing down in a journal. Heck talk to yourself! You may look crazy, but the important thing is letting out those negative emotions.
6. Live in the moment: Everyone worries! Add anxiety to that worry to that worry, and oh boy! But living in the moment is soooo important. Enjoy right now, don’t think about work, family, school, or the past. Just right now, what is going on around you as you read this? Are you in your bed snuggled in your blanket? Are you outisde? Can you hear the birds chirping? Can you feel the sun on your skin? Live in the moment… right now.
7. Surround yourself with positivity: Surrounding yourself in positivity can be shown in a multitude of ways. You can surround yourself with positive people, whether it be friends, family, coworkers, or even favorite online celebs. When you surround yourself with positive people you will hear positive outlooks, positive stories, and positive affirmations. Their positivity will sink in and affect your own line of thinking.
So if you ever need anything, We’re here to help. It’s just us.
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