|Life can bring experiences of instances of joy and triumph but also sorrow and heartache. At times it can be tough to feel positive vibes, especially while going through a tough time. Therefore, it can be important to focus your efforts on curating a positive mindset so that you can not only feel better overall but also continue working towards your hopes and dreams in life.
The previous articles in this series have focused on mindset through uplifting quotes, articles that share tips and tricks to discover your path towards happiness and success and even discovered and conquered our limiting beliefs.
The following guest article will tie all of these mindset ideas together with five fantastic tips for generating a positive mindset all while practicing ways of taking care of yourself. I hope this mindset series has been helpful for uplifting your own mindset and that you will be able to take the information shared in your own life. As always, feel free to share your experience in the comments below!
You can find Lucy at succeednow.co.uk or through the social media links below where there is a range of support to help you on your personal development journey.
5 Tips For A Positive Mindset
It is so important to remember that you are in control of your own mind. If you’re in a bad mood or having a bad day you can turn it around. It is useful to have a bank of techniques that you know work for you that are there when you need them.
Personally I love to commit to all my personal development habits daily to maintain a positive mindset. I start everyday with a one hour morning routine full of habits that keep me positive. I make the time for this by setting my alarm one hour earlier than I need to wake up. It is habit now and I can’t imagine not doing it.
Read: The Best Morning Routine For A Productive Day
Yours doesn’t have to be that long if that makes you feel overwhelmed. Even starting with one or two habits can have a huge impact on your mindset. You can then build it up as and when you want to.
Practice Gratitude Daily
It’s amazing how when you think about everything you’re grateful for that you’ve already got it can completely change your perspective. Imagine that you’re having a bad day at work. You take some time to reflect on everything you’re grateful for - the car that got you there, having a secure job, a secure income, a house to live in, food to eat, warm water, sight, hearing, ability to walk.
These are very general and you can make them much more specific for you but you get the idea. It’s hard to moan about a bad day at work when you’ve got all those positive things to be grateful for. Sometimes it’s easy to take those general things for granted but when you take the time to reflect on it and really feel gratitude it will completely change your perspective.
Create Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are powerful statements that start with the words I AM. You can create these for anything you want. For example if you want to work on confidence you could say “I am confident” “I am full of confidence” “I am confident in my life and my work” “I am confident in social situations”.
Once you have created your affirmations make it a habit to repeat them to yourself daily. You could record yourself saying them in a voice note and listen. You could say them out loud to yourself or in the mirror. You can also say them in your head throughout your day.
Make Self-Care A Habit
Self-care is a habit that I believe should be as important in our daily routine as brushing our teeth. I want for everyone to make it a priority without feeling guilty as there are so many benefits to self-care including maintaining a positive mindset, managing stress and improving relationships at home and work.
Start by making a list of all the activities that you enjoy doing - ones that make you feel happy, relaxed and that you enjoy. Then commit to spending 5 minutes a day on one. You can gradually build this up to as long as you’d like.
I used to think being sat in front of the TV was self-care time until I became aware of the negative impact of some programs. I stopped watching the news and soap operas and swapped for uplifting and comedies. I only watch TV one or two evenings a week for about an hour. The rest of the time is spent reading, meditating, listening to music, playing my keyboard and other self-care activities I enjoy.
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Commit To Learning & Implementing New Habits
I was introduced to personal development by my counsellor who recommended the book “Finding Peace In A Frantic World” a mindfulness book that she believed would help me manage my anxiety and depression. This opened my eyes to the world of personal development and I have since read so many amazing books that have massively helped.
My favourite has to be Confidence by Katie Piper as this is the book that single handedly transformed by confidence and still helps me today as I use the techniques daily. It’s full of ideas for you to take action on to see results which is my favourite type of book.
Read: 4 Personal Development Book Recommendations
Podcasts are another great way of learning. If you haven’t yet found podcasts if you have an iPhone it’s the purple icon. You can also listen on Spotify and other places. There is a browse and search option so for example if you want “personal development” or “positive mindset” all related podcasts will come up. I have so many favourites, you can read about 6 of them in a previous blog post.
Read: The Best Podcasts For Personal Development
Have A Meditation Practice
Meditation is a great way to connect with yourself and keep yourself grounded. If you’re new to meditation I recommend getting started with guided meditation. You can search on YouTube for any topic. I also love the app Insight Timer which is free and full of guided meditations on all topics.
I love the podcasts Mindful In Minutes and One Mind Dharma for short guided meditations on everything from self-love to stress and anxiety relief. If you struggle with sleep the podcast Tracks To Relax has amazing sleep meditations. I very rarely get to the end of the meditation so they are very effective.
I hope you have enjoyed reading and you’re looking forward to taking action on these tips and improving your mindset.
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