“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — William Shakespeare
When something goes horribly wrong, our emotions hardly feel like a choice. It’s logical to feel upset, angry or guilty about a negative situation, so it only makes sense to react accordingly, right?
Not entirely. Research suggests that our happiness is more of a choice than purely influenced by circumstance. And as the Shakespeare quote above implies, the nature of our situations may just be determined by how we categorize them. In other words, a negative attitude may appear to be the logical reaction, but that doesn’t mean we have to adopt one.
It isn’t hard to be one of those people who looks on the bright side of life, but it might take some practice.
According to studies with the optimistic mindset, you can improve your mental and your physical health.
5 Tips for Positive Mindset
1. Give to Receive
Being kind is not only good for others, but a simple small act of kindness can also help you to feel better about yourself. It doesn’t have to be something significant or unique. Even a small favor can make a positive mindset and will make you stop with the negative thoughts.
2. Turn Negative Into Positive
In any situation that is challenging and difficult, what you can do is to make your brain to always see the bright side of things.
First, you need to do it yourself. When you are in a difficult situation, instead of feeling down and helpless stand for a while, take a moment, breathe and think about the positive aspects that might occur from every situation.
When things simply do not work out the way you imagined or wanted, you should bear in mind that maybe the Universe has better plans for you.
Often we are not aware just how capable and brave a person can be when in tough situation.
When you encounter the first hard thing, remember to not view yourself as a failure and like you are worthless, instead, try to think of how every situation you are in can make you grow as a person.
3. Take Care of Your Body
Yes, your lifestyle can have a huge effect on your mindset. According to one research what you drink and eat can affect your state as well as whether you sleep well and exercise. In order to think positive, you need to feel positive.
Your diet is crucial; you need to receive the needed nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. You need to improve your food intake in order to improve your health and mindset.
There are links between anxiety and depression with vitamin deficiencies. You need to have enough and proper sleep.
If you do not get the needed 8 hours at night that can make you cranky and can raise your negative attitude and might cause anger.
Treat your physical parts better, and your emotional and mental parts will award you.
4. Subconscious Retraining
There are modern techniques that can help you release and uncover the negativity inside.
The past experiences like those you had as a child can stay in your body and minds with years, and if there are some bad experiences and memories, sometimes they can drag you down in a dark and negative mindset.
As soon as you get into that world of negativity, you need to get out. There are ways that can help you to solve this. You can try hypnotherapy, for some people that actually works.
5. Set Aside Specific Time For What You Love
Nowadays, everyone has a busy life with work and with different kind of chores. And while we try to achieve everything in the house and at work and do our best we somehow seem to forget about ourselves.
Yes if we do our best at work and at home we will achieve success and be proud. But, what about now? Don’t you need to enjoy while achieving great things in life?
When we do not make time for ourselves, we become negative and depressive.
Start to make boundaries and at least one hour of your day spend it on yourself. Do it just for you. Sometimes you will need to say no and neglect other things in order to have this time for yourself.