How can I think more positively?
It’s a new year and a new you, BUT, are you finding it tricky to find ways to think more positively?
Sometimes, when life if against us, it’s super hard to find solutions and ensure we think more positively. Here, I have decided to share with you a few of the techniques I use.
You’ll find number #2 especially hard. Women certainly get into the habit of putting themselves down. Do try to stop yourself and find reasons (and there will be plenty!) to love yourself, and of course, others.
#1 Set Small Achievable Goals
People tend to think negatively about themselves because they focus on failures or a perceived inadequacy.
Identify a goal and break it down into a series of small achievable steps.
Focus on your successes and the positive aspects of yourself that allowed you to achieve your goal.
Those same traits and aspects will help you reach other goals.
#2 Be Aware of Negative Talk
Identify negative thoughts and patterns to counteract their impact.
Once you recognize the negative thought, immediately replace it with a healthy, positive thought.
Don’t believe or allow the negative thoughts to stick around. Kick them out.
#3 Create Affirmations
Make a list of affirmations and mantras you can use to counteract negative thoughts. For each negative feeling, create a list of positive encouraging phrases to keep you on the right track.
For example: “I can do anything for 5 minutes. I am strong. I am smart. This too shall pass. I can do anything I set my mind on.”
#4 Visualise Your Success
When you find yourself feeling doubts, fears, and negative thoughts about a task or situation, visualize a successful outcome.
Close your eyes and picture it. Visualise how it looks, feels, and sounds. Open your eyes and hold onto those feelings.
Recreate the image as needed.
#5 Focus on Your Happiness
Make time for happiness.
Read, take a walk, call a friend, knit, paint, dance, take a class, watch your favourite movie, plant something, explore a new place, write, take photographs, etc.
Share your joy with others.
#6 Surround Yourself with Positivity
The people in your life can make a significant difference in your own thoughts and emotions. If you want to be more positive, surround yourself with positive people.
Limit your exposure to negative people and situations. Make sure you don’t support negative people or circumstances.
#7 Practice Gratitude
Gratitude shifts your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have. It helps you feel abundance rather than lack. It’s powerful.
Write about the positive aspects of your day. Write down 5 things that you’re grateful for, each day. Journal about 5 nice things you did for someone. Write about 3 things that someone did for you.
#8 Take Care of Yourself
It can be difficult to be positive when you’re exhausted, you don’t feel well, and you put everyone else first. Put yourself first. Eat well. Exercise and move your body.
Pay attention to your health, emotions, and mental wellness to maintain a positive outlook.
#9 Give Back
Giving back to others helps you look at the world differently. Not only does it make you feel grateful for what you have in your life, giving back has been shown to make people feel more connected.
If you want to feel better about yourself and the world around you, get involved in making it a better place.
#10 Recognise your Accomplishments and Successes
Make a list of your accomplishments, successes, and your positive attributes.
Create a brag sheet and write down everything that is wonderful about you. Add to this list when new skills, attributes, and successes arise.
#11 Review and Move Forward
Keep the list handy to review on a regular basis.
We are all constantly changing and evolving, so ensure you move your goals forward too! Keep that positivity flag flying!
Good luck on your positivity journey and please do let me know if you have any great stories to share with the Spinnin’ Plates readers.