Trying to think positively certainly sounds more appealing than thinking negatively, yet it seems so difficult to do. Incorporate positive thinking through a few practices in your everyday life. First, try positive affirmations. Affirmations are statements repeated to the self- either things that are true or things you want to be true. You can come up with your own list of affirmations or use a daily affirmations book or phone app to inspire you. Second, set positive intentions for each day. Try creating a jar full of slips of paper each containing a positively charged intention, such as joy or gratitude. Each day pick a positive intention and try to apply it to your activities. Lastly, practice mindfulness. By noticing and being aware of our thoughts and actions we can pick up on when we are starting to get negative. Without judgment or criticism, acknowledge your negative thinking and let it go. You’ll be back to happy thoughts in no time.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Author Richard Carlson famously added the subtitle “and its all small stuff” to his popular book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Staying calm in the face of adversity, however big and small, is good for your wellbeing. You learn to let the behaviors of others fall like water off a duck’s back. Through recovery, we realize we are not in control of the world. By letting go of the minor details, we can become grateful for that fact! Stress less and your mental health will improve more.
Avoid watching too much news
There’s a lot of good in the world. Unfortunately most mainstream media news doesn’t cover it. Crime, pain, death, war, and destruction broadcast through living rooms all over the world every day. It is good to be informed. As it is said, ignorance is bliss. There’s no need to completely cut out the news. Monitoring your news intake and limiting the amount of news you consume is a way to keep your spirits up. Try looking for alternative news sources online that share positive stories and ideas.
Look at something Bigger than You
Being in nature is gaining scientific backing for improving mental health. Taking time away from the constructs of mankind to be in the unadulterated purity of nature helps reset the brain. Free from advertising and society’s demands, time focusing on the vastness of nature is good for your mental health. If you can’t get somewhere remote, try looking out your window. Even a few minutes staring at the sky will help you feel more at ease.