5 Tips to Regain a Positive Mindset
Life is a constant struggle – for some more than others. It takes a great deal of strength to come to terms with your place in the world. Same thing to find contentment in what’s around you. Throughout the process it’s easy to develop a type of cynicism and negativity that affects everything you do.
You really need to regain a positive mindset to live a healthy productive life.
As someone that lived with and works with anxiety and mental health issues, it’s visibly clear how much negativity affects your ability to live a quality life. Negativity bleeds into everything that we do. It creates disaster thinking, hopelessness, and turns life into something that seems more like a chore than a gift.
There is no reality to negativity. It’s simply a mindset that stands in the way of happiness. That’s why it’s important to find ways to change your mindset. Change it into one that is more positive.
A mindset that will help you overcome the trying things you deal with on a regular basis. You need a mindset that will give you the best opportunity to find happiness in yourself and others.
Strategies to Create Positivity
Positivity will not come overnight. It is however, needed to help regain a positive mindset. Positivity is a process, and one that you have to be committed to if you really want to change to be more positive. Below are several effective strategies for creating positivity.
- Fake Positivity
Your first step should be pretending to be positive in everything that you do. Look at what positive people do and fake it. There are two benefits to this. First is simply training – you need to get used to the idea of being a positive person.
The only way to do that is to fake positivity. Second, the mind has a way of adapting to the way you act. You’ll often find that when you pretend to be positive all day, every day, you start to genuinely feel more positive.
- Find Positive Focus Points
Every day you deal with stresses. As a result the negative mindset focuses on those stresses and forgets all of the positive things that happened during the day. There are always – always – positive things that happened if you know where to look.
That’s why you should try to find a way to bring those to the forefront. One way is through positive journaling – every night, challenge yourself to write 10 to 20 genuinely positive things that happened during the day. Eventually you’ll start to remember and look for these things as they occur so that you can write them in the journal.
- Surround Yourself With Positive People
Who you’re around has a genuine effect on your positivity. Negativity is contagious. It may be hard, but if you often spend time with friends that are negative or less supportive, you need to cut back on the time you spend with them and spend more time with people that have the mindset you wish to emulate.
When you exercise it is more than a tool for fitness. Exercise itself releases chemicals in your brain that improve your mood dramatically. That’s why anxiety, stress, and negativity are more common in those that are inactive, because their brains aren’t receiving a rush of these chemicals. Exercising often is crucial.
- Fill Your Life With Laughter
Finally, change your lifestyle to one that is always focused on happiness and laughter. Think of the TV shows you watch, for example. Are you watching humorous sitcoms and stand up comedy? Or are you watching horror movies, dramas, and shows that sour the mood? These are examples of areas that can be used to laugh and create positivity instead, and the effects can be very powerful.
Creating a Positive Mindset
Positivity is not a cure for your anxiety, but it drastically improves your ability to cope, and brings back the value into your day to day life. If you struggle with the issues that are affecting you in life, learn to be positive by committing to the above self improvement tips, as a result you’ll often find that your life changes dramatically.
About the Author: Ryan Rivera struggled with a negative mindset throughout most of his adult life. It wasn’t until much later that he learned to cope with anxiety, something he writes about at www.calmclinic.com.