Inside: Add these positive mindset habits to improve your outlook and attitude for the day ahead.
When it comes to changing your life, habits are a powerful tool.
Habits can help us improve our physical health. They can help us stay organized, achieve our goals, and strengthen our relationships.
Habits can even help us change the way we think.
If you’re looking for ways to embrace a more positive mindset, habits can help you make it happen.
The right positive mindset habits can help you banish negative thoughts, focus on the good instead of the bad, and shift your mood.
By making a few small adjustments and incorporating some regular practices into your routine, you can transform the way you think in a big way – and live a happier life.
5 Easy Habits For a More Positive Mindset
Want to have a more positive mindset? I’m excited to share a few things you can incorporate into your personal routine that can help you make it happen. But there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.
First, you don’t have to embrace all of these habits. And you don’t have to try to do everything at once.
When it comes to habits, it’s often best to ease into them and make small, manageable changes – starting one habit at a time.
As for which one you try first? There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s all about finding what resonates with you and being able to commit to repeating that behavior on a regular basis.
These habits might feel like they take a lot of effort at first, and you may not realize their benefits immediately, but over time you’ll be surprised to see the impact they can make if you stay committed.
1. Start your day with some positive affirmations.
One great positive mindset habit is to start each morning with a positive affirmation or two.
Not sure what a positive affirmation is? It’s a simple phrase or statement that you can repeat to move away from negative thinking and help to change your mindset in a more positive direction.
Affirmations can help you reduce stress, embrace a more optimistic outlook, boost your confidence, and more.
A few examples of positive affirmations that can influence your mindset include:
- I choose happiness and positivity.
- I am grateful for the blessings in my life.
- I’m capable of overcoming the challenges that I face.
You can write your positive affirmations in a journal, log them in an app on your phone, or speak them out loud to yourself as you stand in front of a mirror or navigate your morning routine.
Your mind believes what you repeatedly tell it so make sure you’re feeding it positive thoughts.
2. Begin a gratitude practice. Look for the good.
Another great way to move your mindset in a positive direction is to embrace a gratitude practice.
Many of us have been blessed with so much – but it can be difficult to recognize all of the things that are going well in our lives, especially when we’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
By making time each day to pause and reflect on the things you are thankful for, you can boost your mood, lift your spirits, and make it easier to have a positive outlook on life.
Similar to positive affirmations, there’s no right or wrong way to begin a gratitude practice. Some people make their gratitude practice the first thing they do each day, reflecting on two or three things they’re appreciative of before even getting out of bed.
Others identify what they’re grateful for as they brush their teeth, or sip their morning coffee. Some people like to use gratitude prompts and physically write down the things they are grateful for, or use an app to track them.
For others, simply noticing simple joys throughout their day is enough.
Some even share their gratitude practice with friends and family, pausing collectively to reflect on all of the things working in their favor.
3. Take care of your physical and mental health as part of your daily routine.
When it comes to improving your physical and mental health, exercise is key. Moving your body on a regular basis releases endorphins and serotonin, chemicals that are proven to boost your mood and release stress.
Incorporating exercise into your routine can feel like a challenge – but the key is finding something you enjoy.
You’ll get the same mood-improving results from walking, running, yoga, weightlifting, kickboxing, exercise classes, mountain climbing, dancing, and basically any other kind of intentional movement.
By finding something you love to do, you’ll be able to more easily make it a regular part of your routine so you can reap the benefits it brings for months and years to come.
Also, getting outside more often and enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors can do wonders for your well-being and overall outlook. Fresh air is good for the body and the soul.
4. Put a stop to negative thoughts.
It can be hard to have a positive mindset when your mind is constantly filled with negative thoughts.
Those critical, not-so-kind thoughts might feel like something you can’t change, but with a little intention and awareness, you can teach yourself to work through them and focus on the positive instead.
The first step in putting a stop to being negative involves recognizing them when they pop up. Pause and acknowledge a negative thought when it crosses your mind.
If possible, try to understand where this negative thought came from – what caused it. Was it something you said? Something you did? An action taken by someone else?
Once you identify your negative thought and its origin, try flipping the narrative. Replace that negative thought with a positive or neutral one.
It might feel like a challenge at first, but with time, that positive shift will become a reflex.
One example of this that many of us can relate to involves acknowledging thoughts about things we have to do that we don’t necessarily want to do.
Shifting Your Perspective: Have to vs Get to
I have to go to work today. I have to pay my rent. And I have to clean my house. I have to run a million errands this weekend.
Instead of considering these as burdensome obligations, shift your perspective to considering them as blessings.
I get to go to work today. Some people aren’t so lucky. There are many people out there who can’t get a job or can’t work due to health concerns.
I get to pay my rent. I get to clean my house. There are a number of people who can’t afford a safe place to live.
I get to run a million errands this weekend. How great is it that you can help your family or friends and get what you need?
By shifting the way you think about these things and realizing the things we have to be thankful for, they become opportunities – instead of obligations.
5. Carefully consider and control the influences in your life.
The final one of the positive mindset habits is to carefully consider and control the influences in your life. From the people you spend time with to the things you watch and listen to, every input can influence your thoughts and mood.
Do you feel depressed after watching the news for too long? Limit the time you spend watching it or just keep up to date by reading select headlines.
Do you feel discontent after scrolling on social media? Consider who you follow and intentionally curate your feed.
Do you have people in your life who drain you and make you feel bad about yourself? Consider limiting their access to you and choose to spend more time with the people who make you feel encouraged, supported, and loved.
Notice how the things and people in your life are impacting you and make adjustments as needed to increase the positivity throughout your day.
What are your favorite positive mindset habits? Leave a comment and let me know!
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