Keep those negative emotions at bay and reprogram your brain to think more positively. Sounds difficult? Well, it doesn’t have to be!
These simple tricks and habits will help you get out of any negative space and welcome in a more optimistic frame of mind.
Try out these tips for becoming more positive and improving your outlook on life:
Do morning pages
In her book The Artist’s Way (Pan Macmillan), Julia Cameron urges people to free-write two to three pages every morning – whatever comes into your head. This declutters your mind and allows your constructive self to emerge.
At the same time, use evenings to reflect on how you may have positively affected someone’s life that day, and whether there was someone who had an impact on yours.
When you experience a negative event, ask yourself: What’s the worst thing that could have happened that didn’t happen? If there was a purpose for me going through this, what was it? What lesson did I have to learn? What can I laugh about, now that I’m looking back on it?
Your mind can’t see the words ‘not’ or ‘but’, so you can take any negative thought and make it positive by putting the word ‘not’ in front of it to try trick your brain into only hearing the positive version.
For instance, instead of saying, ‘I feel so angry with you’ say ‘I’m not feeling very happy with you.’ You’ll be hearing the positive statement which, in turn, makes you feel positive.
Spend time in nature
Nature has a way of recharging our minds. Feeling the sun on your skin or watching running water also has a calming effect.
Try to spend at least 10 minutes a day outside, whether that’s sitting out in your garden, walking your dog at a park or riding your bike around the neighbourhood. Soaking up some Vitamin D is an excellent boost for your immune system as well as for your brain.
Keeping track of the things in your life that you’re grateful for is a simple yet very effective way to help maintain a positive outlook on life.
Try writing a gratitude list in your diary and look back on it every time you feel some negativity creeping in. If you enjoy bullet journaling, why not make a gratitude tracker to help keep track of anything positive that happens throughout the day.
Why not share the good vibes? If a friend, family member, co-worker or even stranger say or does something kind, write them a quick note thanking them. Not only will this improve your mindset, but it may also make the other person’s day!