Making space for a positive mindset

Did you know the average person has an estimated 70,000 thoughts per day! Living with anxiety, I’m almost positive mine is double that, at least.

Take a moment to think about the thoughts that run through your mind.
Are they positive and uplifting? “Today is going to be amazing!” Or negative and self-defeating? “I don’t want to go to work. Today’s gonna suck.”

Positive thoughts boost your mood, spirit, and tend to generate even more positivity and happiness in your life. That’s a no brainer, right? If only it were that easy.

Of course we all know that negative thoughts negatively impact your mood, your day, and your life overall. I feel like I let myself get too caught up in the negative headspace, because to be honest, it’s easier. It’s easier to throw myself a pity party and bask in the negativity. But then, I end up in a cycle. Wake up, bad mood, bad day. I take it out on family, friends, and co-workers. We’ve all been there, right?

The good news is there’s things we can do to break this vicious cycle. Choices we can make and things we can eliminate.

Things to let go of

  • Negative self talk. Bashing yourself on a daily basis takes a toll. Be nice to yourself.
  • Limiting beliefs. Replace beliefs that just aren’t serving you anymore and rework
    them to into self-supporting goals.
  • Resisting change. If you want different results, do something different. Make change small. There’s no need to create chaos in the name of change.
  • Comparing yourself to others. I love to say “Comparison is the thief of joy” and it’s so true. Comparing yourself is like discarding everything you’ve got going for you at this very moment. Using someone else as a benchmark is healthier than
    comparing yourself, so distinguish between comparison and admiring. Shoot for admiration.

Make space for

  • Gratitude. Even when you think you don’t have it all, focus on what you
    have today. Keep a gratitude journal and each day write down five thoughts you are grateful for.
  • Surrounding yourself with like-minded, uplifting people. People who are vibrating on the same positive frequency will keep you grounded, inspired, and connected to your greater life’s purpose. They will help you believe in yourself, too.
  • Reflection. Take time to reflect, meditate, or simply release all thoughts and
    emotions. Create stillness in a quiet space and get back to a neutral state of mind and body.
  • Doing good for someone else. Focus your energy on lifting up someone else and notice how your spirits elevate as well. I volunteer with HeartSupport and it’s amazing how much helping people through their organization builds my spirit. My spirit thrives when I’m pouring happiness into other people. Find an organization that matters to you and spend time volunteering.

What things have you tried that help you get in a more positive mindset? Tell me in the comments below!

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