“Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” ~ Erma Bombeck
SO TRUE RIGHT! Life is in a constant state of motion with SO many moving parts. You’ve got the highs, you’ve got the lows, and then you’ve got ALL the in between. It’s stressful. Trust me, I know.
If you tend to stress a lot and think more of what’s NOT going right in your life than what is going right, you’re not alone. It’s very common but you do need to try to change your way of thinking. It may be hard but you owe it to yourself.
Your thoughts are powerful and when you work to change them, you can truly change your life.
Shifting Your Mindset
It’s important to remember that your mindset and attitude can make or break the changes in your life. How you act, interact and react, how you plan and how you conquer your challenges all play pivotal roles in the outcome. One key factor is to find harmony within yourself. Say that again… FIND HARMONY WITHIN YOURSELF.
Here are some tips for shifting to a more positive mindset.
1. Talk to yourself the way you’d talk to a close friend.
If you find yourself in a bad mood, you might want to ask yourself what you’ve been thinking about. It’s probably not positive! Pay attention to that internal dialogue. Would you talk to your close friend the way you talk to yourself? If your answer is no, then you have some work to do.
What you say on the inside determines what happens on the outside. If your internal dialogue is positive and you encounter a setback, you can talk yourself through it. You will automatically say things like: “I can do this. I have overcome challenges before. I know this is temporary. I will turn things around.”
Positive self-talk is comforting, empowering and contributes greatly to ease of mind and happiness.
2. Practice stopping your negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones.
If you know your internal dialogue is not positive, practice stopping the negative thought and saying “NEXT!” Try to disregard that negative thought and replace it with a positive one. Take a minute or two to breathe deeply and try to relax. I find stepping outside to get some fresh air is often very helpful to clear the mind.
3. Make a success list.
What wins have you had in the past year? List them. Include all wins, big and small. Once your list is complete, re-read it. Sometimes you have to go back and reflect on your victories as a mental reminder of how awesome you truly are. Spend more time on what went right rather than on what went wrong. Noticing your accomplishments always fuels future accomplishments.
4. Do a self-compassion check.
Do you give yourself a soft place to land when you’ve had a bad day? Make your mind and home a comforting place. Be kind to yourself and show yourself some empathy. Designate a room in your home as a place of serenity where you can recharge. Create a space that reminds you to breathe and exhale negativity.
5. Have goals to keep you in motion.
We always feel better when we’re in action mode. Goals keep your brain focused on making positive changes in your life. Even the act of making a list of goals can shift your mindset. So grab a pen and put it to paper stat. Take charge of your life, fuel your fire and let empowering thoughts flood your mind.
6. Reflect on what’s good about your life.
When’s the last time you really sat down and thought through all the things you’re grateful for in your life? Reflect on all that’s good. Take notice and try to appreciate them each day. It’s a powerful way to stay in your happy place.
When you practice being positive, you’ll be amazed at how it can lift your mood and lead to more positive outcomes in your life. There’s truly POWER in POSITIVITY. Embrace it. Live it fully. And let it strengthen and shape you into the person you WANT to become!
The Blendtopia Team