Several Tips for Fuelling Your Positivity Whatever Month It Is!
Having reached out to my several communities in October – Positive Attitude Month for those who weren’t aware – it was heartwarming to receive so many bloody brilliant techniques and tips that people are using to both fuel and maintain their positivity.
So here they are… 😊
Focus on what you have, not what you don’t
Focus is an incredible tool that we all have. The capacity we have within ourselves to focus is unmatched. We don’t always have control over this game we call life, but we are in control of where we put our focus and our attention. Invest it in something meaningful and watch your attitude begin to change.
Be optimistic and believe in the power of you
To be optimistic is to possess an overall positive outlook on your world and have trust in good things happening. You’ll see an uplift in confidence, improved quality of life, and feel less stress.
Practice positive self-talk (my fave)
It’s true that some of us can be our harshest critics. If not checked, over time this behaviour becomes deep-rooted, causing us to form a negative opinion of ourselves that becomes hard to get rid of. We all have a voice (or voices) in our heads and it’s the voice we speak to and listen to the most – quite simply, it’s our thoughts and we can have up to 80,000 a day! Therefore, please be mindful of the thoughts in your head and do what you can to respond as much as you can with a positive message – also known as positive self-talk.
Instead of thinking “I blew that big time,” replace it with “how could I do that differently next time round to get a better result?”
Every small shift in the way you talk to yourself will influence your ability to take control of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviour under stress.
Start to write down some simple positive mantras and say them to yourselves over and over again. Their positive impact is something I learned many years ago and there are millions upon millions of people worldwide who swear by them.
Here are mine if that helps to get you up and running 😊
Find what makes you laugh
Laughter has been proven to reduce stress, lower anxiety and even has a positive impact depression. It’s also widely known to improve your coping skills, mood, and self-esteem.
Wherever possible, find humor in as many life situations as can, especially the difficult ones. Give yourself permission to laugh as it instantly lightens your mood and makes things seem a little less uncomfortable. Even if you’re not feeling it; pushing yourself to laugh can both improve your mood and lower your stress levels due to the endorphins released by your brain
Surround yourself with positive people
We are what we eat, we are what we think and we are also the sum part of those we spend most time with. Negativity and positivity have been shown to be contagious in equal measure so think carefully about the company you keep. Think about that negative person at work – or in your family or circle of friends – who has the ability to kill the mood. How much time do you spend with them? How much of an influence do you allow the to have on you…On the flip side, think of those people who light up a room every time they walk in? What can you learn from them?
Being around people with a positive perspective on life can and will improve your self-esteem and increase your chances of achieving the goals you set. So go surround yourself with people who lift you up and help you see the bright side of life. Remember, it’s your choice who you hang out with 😊
Stay humble and pursue gratitude
Taking time to pursue gratitude and embrace humility are traits worth having. Pursue gratitude by taking time out every day to focus on the positives and witness change for the better in your life.
Take time every day to jot down all the things you are grateful for – sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can bring the most pleasure. Rest assured; you’ll be pleasantly surprised at you what you discover.
Create a set of rituals
Why not kickstart each day – or end each day if that’s your thing – with something uplifting and positive. Here’s a bucketload to choose from:
- Tell yourself that it’s going to be a great day or any other positive affirmation that springs to mind – I’ve shared some of my positive self-talks in this blog as I’ve really felt the impact of mantras. Especially impactful if you repeat them over and again as you drop off to sleep…
- Wake up and engage in box breathing for a few minutes – really focuses your mind on the day ahead
- Engage in some stretching – yoga or even a short plank will leave you feeling energised
- Stick an uplifting tune on before being overwhelmed with the news of the day
- Be brave and follow up your usual hot shower with at least 60 seconds of freezing cold water – go find your Wim Hoff. It’s amazingly revitalising
- Write down five things you are grateful for every day
- Be aware of your small wins – they really can make all the difference
- Get yourself outdoors every day if you can and start collaborating & connecting with nature
- Go all out to be around those nourishing, positive people in your networks and communities
- Read inspiring books on a regular basis. – make it part of your learning diet
- Go for a swim – outdoors especially uplifting
- Running or even just jogging is scientifically good for your soul – go find your local weekly Park Run. It’s free and it’s fun no matter what level you might be
- Smile at the first person you see – it’ll make you feel good and who knows, might make the other person feel that little bit better to boot.
Celebrate Being Positive Every Month
Maybe Positive Attitude Month should be every month? It would certainly alleviate some of the perceived doom and gloom that some people appear to be peddling of late…
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