How to develop a positive mindset
Sometimes it feels like we’re bombarded by breaking news and upsetting current events. The world is rapidly changing, and sometimes it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook. The good news? There are strategies to help readjust your thinking, so you can teach yourself or others how to develop a positive mindset.
These six steps can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel:
1. Focus on the things you can control
Take a moment to ask yourself what’s worrying you and which factors are within your control. Focusing on things that you have no influence over will only drain your energy and leave you distressed. When you let go and reorient yourself towards things you have control over, a sense of empowerment can trigger positive emotions.
2. Take a break from the news
It’s important to stay updated, but constantly reading the news can be unhealthy for your mind. Like all things, balance is key. Take a break from the anxiety and screens and use this time to flood your brain with positive stories or do things that give you joy. You can always check the news after you’re done!
3. Stay connected with loved ones
We crave human connection and connecting with loved ones is a sure-fire way to feel positive. Socialise with your friends and family, whether that’s in-person, in a group chat or a Zoom party. Chances are, many of you might be feeling the same way – so your crew is a great support network for you to lean on.
4. Mindfulness practice
Make time in your day, even if it’s just for a few minutes, to meditate or do a mindfulness practice. At first, it might feel strange with your monkey mind on overdrive, but with regular practice, you’ll soon be able to regulate your body and restore your mind to a calm state. As a starting point, great apps like Headspace or Calm can help guide you through.
5. Work it out
Exercise is not only beneficial for your physical wellbeing, but it can also do wonders for your mental health. It releases endorphins which create positive feelings in your body, increases confidence and reduces stress and anxiety. Make time in your schedule for a work-out, run, dance, or sports to get those happy hormones flowing.
6. Gratitude is the attitude
Adopting a daily gratitude practice can transform your mindset and build happiness. Even during times of uncertainty, you can find gratitude in things like having a bed to sleep on or running water. Take notice of how this practice helps boost your mood, cultivates awareness of the good things in your life and makes it easier to cope with tough times.
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