How to create a positive mindset
This post was written by Kristina from the ballroom coach
How to create a positive mindset
1. The Little Things
The first simple tip is to do things that make you happy. We all have things that spark joy for us. Whether that is going for a walk, reading a good book or spending time with friends. Whatever makes you happy, try to do more of that. This sounds simple, and it is but, sometimes the simple things are the most profound. Notice those little moments that creates that feeling of positivity for you and try to incorporate those into your daily life.
Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and to redirect your thoughts. It is a great way to train your mind towards more positivity and awareness. Research shows that people who meditate daily have more positive emotions. Meditation does not need to be something difficult or super spiritual. Meditation can be done anywhere and at anytime. If you are new to meditation it can be helpful to use guided meditations, which there are many available on YouTube, or an app to help you get started. Like anything new, meditation takes some time to master and understand but set aside 5-10mins a day in the beginning to practice and you will soon see the benefits.
Exercise is a great way to boost positivity. When we exercise it increases endorphins, adrenaline and dopamine, which are chemicals associated with feeling happy and positive. Of course, the effects are not as strong if you hate exercising. Exercise can be so many things, it can be a bike ride with a friend, going to the gym, taking a dance class or playing sports. The most important is to find something that you enjoy doing.
Journaling is a daily exercise where you write down thoughts and feelings. Research showed that a group of students that were asked to write down positive experiences in their life experienced better mood levels and fewer illnesses after just three days. An easy way to get started with journaling is to sit down daily and write down all the positive experiences you had during the day. It can be anything from the big things, like getting a job promotion to the small things such as someone smiling at you in the street. Whatever you experienced that day that made you positive, write it down. In the beginning it might be hard to think of things, especially if you are not in the habit of having a positive mindset. With practice, you will find that the more you start noticing the positive things in your life, the easier it will be to see. You can do gratitude Journaling at the end of the day before going to sleep to set your mind up for a great sleep or in the morning to build that positive mindset for the day.
5. Play Time
As children, we play all the time and maybe that is one of the reasons that children often have a positive outlook on life. As adults we have so many chores, meetings and deadlines that needs to be done, that we forget to play and have fun in our every day life. Try to schedule in playtime every week, whether that is playing a game with your children or partner or something that you enjoy alone.
6. Self Talk
We have about 50.000-70.000 thoughts per day. We all engage in self-talk whether we are aware of it or not. With that many thoughts a day it is important to increase the positive self talk and decrease the negative. Imagine having someone sit next to you all day, feeding you with negativity- that would surely affect how you feel about yourself and the world around you. This is what negative self-talk does to you. Self-talk is also known as inner dialogue, inner voice or self-communication. Self-talk can both be internal or out loud but the idea is that you are both the sender and the receiver of the message. The best way to change your negative self-talk to a positive one, is to first become aware of it, for example, writing down every time we notice a negative thought. Then make a conscious decision to stop it. Then reframe it with a positive thought. For example if you drop something you might tell yourself “ I am so clumsy, I can’t believe I am that stupid” then tell yourself to stop that thought and reframe it to “Everyone drops things, I will try to be more careful next time”. The situation is the same but how we think about it is different and that is crucial in cultivating a positive mindset.
Affirmations are positive statements that can be used to boost positivity. You need to repeat them often and believe in them. Affirmations are more than just wishful thinking; they are like exercise for the mind. Just going to the gym once will not improve your physical shape but constant effort will. Affirmations work in the same way. Basically, think of something you would like to achieve, put it in the present tense and repeat the sentence to yourself daily and whenever you need a boost. Affirmations can also increase confidence and control negative feelings such as impatience and frustration Examples of affirmations are: “I can do this”, “I am beautiful and special”, “I have a positive mind-set and am grateful for my life”. Find ones that relate to you and your life.
8. Body Language
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