Positive thinking. Positive mindset. Positive mental attitude. You’ve heard them all, right?

They sound great on the surface but they’re also soft and fluffy terms that are easy to dismiss.

Don’t worry, I’m not gonna bang on that having a positive mindset means you have to be positive all the time. I don’t believe that “thinking happy thoughts” will bring you everything you’ve ever wanted in life. And I definitely don’t subscribe to the “good vibes only” dogma.

 

 

You don’t need to be constantly happy or cheerful and live in blissful ignorance of anything negative in your life to develop the right thoughts. You just need to balance both the positive and negative and still choose to be generally optimistic.

There’s far less pressure in acknowledging that you’re not always going to be happy and that’s ok, rather than being annoyingly cheery and bubbly because that’s what you feel you should be doing. 

Nobody wants that, Brenda.

By setting up a positive framework you can make an investment in yourself and your future, which involves all aspects of your life, not just how you think.

Monitor your mood

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure.

When it comes to personal wellbeing, your mood plays an important role in determining energy levels, where attention is focused, and what actions are taken.

Why should you care about tracking and noticing your mood patterns? Well, because the way you feel impacts the way you think. And the way you think determines the actions you take, which in turn influences your experiences and ultimately, your feelings.

You can’t control your mood, and you can’t always control the thoughts that pop into your head, but you can choose how you handle them.

Be grateful

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A regular gratitude practice is one of the things that has been shown by scientific studies to make us happier humans, in multiple ways.

Practicing gratitude changes the way you look at the world. It’s like swapping out the dark sunglasses for some rose-coloured lenses. Even if you feel like you’re already optimistic, a daily gratitude practice helps you focus on the stuff that truly matters in life. It ensures you don’t overlook the simple things that we all take for granted.

When you’re intentionally looking for the good in your life, you’ll always find it. If you haven’t done this before it might feel a bit weird but stick with it. If there’s one thing that’s going to change your mindset, it’s this.

Get some sleep

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I don’t think it’s any groundbreaking revelation that sleep affects your mental state. After all, there’s a reason the saying that a person “woke up on the wrong side of the bed” is so well-known.

In fact, according to estimates, insomnia is believed to affect approximately 33% of the world’s population. If our sleeping patterns affect how well we feel throughout the day, that’s a lot of people operating at a less than optimum capacity.

If we have quality sleep, we wake up feeling refreshed, we can cope better with challenges and come up with better ideas, and we get along better with the people around us. In contrast, when we don’t get quality sleep, we can feel irritable AF, and it can also lead to increased stress, anxiety and depression.

Be proud

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When you make a point of highlighting your achievements you increase your sense of self-worth. People who are proud of themselves tend to have a great passion for life, feel content and grateful, and are great at motivating others.

Feeling proud of yourself is going to motivate you to move forward with your short-term and long-term goals, which will increase your feeling of contentment.

Make a list of all the things you accomplish each day and you’ll soon start to see that all the small things start to add up. You might initially think that you haven’t achieved much, but when you break it down you can come up with 10 things in a day that you’re proud of. This is only going to create momentum in the right direction.

Get outside

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Numerous studies have proven that nature has a positive effect on your mental health. Just like sleep, it helps relieve anxiety, stress and depression. 

What you see, hear, and experience in nature can improve your mood instantly. There’s a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced negative emotions.

It can improve creative thinking, concentration and attention, and boost endorphin levels, which promotes happiness.

So make an effort to get outside each day and you’ll see a positive effect on how you treat yourself and others.

Want to track all of these things in one place?

I’ve created a neat little daily tracker to help you take control of your mental health and develop a more positive mindset.

You can monitor your mood, note what you’re grateful for, log your sleep, list what you’re proud of, and track your time outside each day, all in one handy document. Plus the great thing about it is you can either print it out or fill it in on your computer, it’s up to you.

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