Becoming Mindful….Many things in our lives revolves around this issue… Mindful eating, mindful selfcare, mindful of others…we hear it all the time but what does it really mean?
The thoughts that float around in your head on a daily basis condition you in how to think and deal with situations. For this reason, the importance of your surroundings is an essential ingredient of your mindset’s health.
Do you surround yourself with positive people?
Do you start your day on a positive note?
How you choose to deal with disappointing and irritating daily life situations is another important factor to take into account. These situations can arise often, and being on guard to combat them with positivity is imperative to maintaining a positive mindset, and having this ability to conquer negative thoughts as they arise will empower you to live a much more pleasant life. We will work through many issues to cause this mindset shift throughout the week.
Simply put – there are positive people and there are negative people, and you luckily have the ability to choose which you’d like to be.
Conquering your mindset to become a more positive person can be easier than you might think. Let’s go over a few key ways to conquer your mindset to create a more positive outlook:
Choose to begin your day with a meditation or yoga session. Quiet your mind, get in touch with yourself and begin your day with caring for your body and spirit.
When you feel yourself thinking in a negative tone, turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. Most of the time, our negative thoughts are just what we’re conditioned to go to first, and when we train our brains to think positively instead, true change happens.
Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Being and remaining properly hydrated is incredibly important to our health, including the health of our minds. Having a clearly operating mind will allow you to make a transition much easier, and you will feel much better overall.
Identify with your inner voice. Many of us have been conditioned to think negatively through past experiences and self-doubt. Realize that you are now in control of this voice, and separate yourself from the old one.
Realize that you are not perfect, and love yourself anyway. You are unique and beautiful.
Be quiet. What thoughts and emotions arise in you when you are completely still and present?
The psychology behind negative thinking states that it seemingly protects us from bad things happening, with the idea that we have mentally prepared ourselves for these instances. Once you train your mind to conquer negativity with logic and reason, the harmful effects from this thought process will begin to dissipate. Beginning to consistently think rationally and not in extremes will help combat this negativity from overtaking the mind. Negativity breeds illness in our bodies and relationships, so this is a very sensitive and important topic to overtake.
This is no easy task in the world we live in, and most certainly takes a lot of heart and practice to get the hang of. Negativity is all around us – and luckily, we are in control of how to process what enters our minds. Negative thoughts reinforce negative emotions. What kind of people do you spend the majority of your time with? Do you treat one-time setbacks as temporary or continual?
Assumptions lead to a great deal of negative emotions. Going into situations without assuming the outcome is one simple step to take a great deal of negative stress off of your plate. That family reunion you’re not ecstatic about going to, or that evaluation at your job that’s coming up next week – both are stressors that many people face. Both of these situations could still end up being stressful situations, of course, but eliminating the unnecessary stress leading up to it is an exceptional way to improve your positive mindset and practice avoiding negativity.
How do you stay positive? How often do you allow yourself to slip ito the negative? How do you pull yourself back?
Two incredible ways to keep a positive mindset is through expressing gratitude and using affirmations.
What gives you purpose in life?
What are you grateful for on a daily basis?
Keeping a Gratitude Journal causes our minds to remain positive throughout the day, and will be our daily assignment for today.
Here’s one of my favorite journals, and it’s under $10.00
Gratitude Journal – with prompts
Looking forward to hearing your tips in the comments! Leave me a note!