A lot of people are struggling with all kinds of hardships right now. Some are silent battles that nobody knows about. It’s a strange time for everyone. Some people are processing it well and others aren’t. The best thing you can do for yourself and for others is to give grace and be kind.
No matter how you’re handling the current state of our world, everyone can use every bit of positivity right now. These are just a few things I do to maintain my positive mindset (in no particular order).
- Practice Daily Gratitude
Every morning, I write down 5 things I am grateful for and 1 of those things is related to my physical body. I have a journal, but you can write these down on anything! Find a napkin, sticky note, or even on the back of your hand. I always do this first thing in the morning so I can start the day off already in a positive mindset.
Positive words lead to positive thoughts. My affirmations always start with, “I am.” These statements don’t have to be things you already are. It can be things that you are striving for.
I am focused.
I am giving.
I am courageous.
I am mindful.
I am intelligent.
I am a millionaire.
I am an exceptional wife.
I am a badass.
- Self care Everyday
Self care is not just made for #selfcaresunday y’all!! You need to do at least 1 thing every single day that is taking care of yourself. It’s not about face masks and bath bombs. Take care of your soul. Sometimes you need to throw something away, organize your planner, end a toxic friendship, or eat a piece of chocolate. Self care looks different for everybody.
- Laugh More
If you know me, you know that humor is my coping mechanism of choice. I try to find the humor in every situation. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and forget about your worries. Follow those hilarious meme accounts and screenshot all the funnies so you can look back at it later.
I created a Facebook community a few days ago where you can share funny quotes. Nothing is off limits and it’s the perfect place for you if you have a twisted sense of humor. Probably not the best place if you get easily offended.
- 5-Year Test and 5-Minute Rule
Sometimes, you just have to LET IT GO! I know this is easier said than done. One thing that has always helped me let things go is doing the 5-year test. Look into the future and if it won’t matter in 5 years, LET THAT ISSSH GO!
Give yourself 5 minutes to feel your feelings and if there isn’t anything you can do about it, then move on.
If it will matter in 5 years and there is something you can do to change it, then devise a plan and do it.
I am literally the worst at meditating, but I know there are so many benefits to it. I highly recommend checking out Headspace and Calm on your phones for guided meditation.
- Practice Changing your Negative Thoughts
|This is too hard.||What other ways haven’t I tried yet?|
|Yeah, but she has a lot of money.||So how can I get on her level?|
|I’ve never done this before.||I’m excited to learn a new skill.|
Try this exercise the next time a negative thought comes through your mind.
Besides having mental clarity, there are also so many physical benefits of positive thinking such as:
- Increased life span
- Reduced stress levels
- Lower rates of depression
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Better cardiovascular health
- Better coping skills
What other tips and tricks do you have to maintain a positive mindset? I’d love to hear from you!