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8 Powerful Habits To Help You Develop A Positive Mental Attitude

“The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.”

-Chinese Proverb

 

Every single day we are bombarded by a constant stream of seemingly uncontrollable thoughts. In fact, the average person has about 45,000 negative thoughts a day! That’s 80% of all your thoughts taking up most of your mental real estate. When our minds become cluttered with negative thinking, we lose focus on the task at hand and forget about priorities. Thankfully, we can train our minds to resist the toxic pull of negative thinking and develop a positive mental attitude instead. The first step is learning how negative thoughts arise and to learn how to stay aware of how we respond to them.

How Did We Get Here?

 

Negative thoughts arise when we dwell on the past or get anxious about future events. The past becomes difficult to bear when we begin to relive the weight of shameful events, disappointments, and mull over the missed opportunities in our lives. The future can cause negative thoughts because of the sheer vastness of the unknown that lies before us. We often worry about paying bills, our careers, and other events that haven’t happened yet. We become entrenched in scenarios that we imagine for ourselves and forget about the reality of the moment. Controlling our emotions will help us to cultivate a healthy mental environment of self-awareness, discipline, and happiness. Here are 8 ways to develop a positive mental attitude:

 

  1. Cultivate A Sense of Awareness Over Your Thoughtsyour-thoughts-create-your-life

Self-awareness will always be an important skill to practice. Create reminders to help you label negative feelings as they arise. Try putting a rubber band on your wrist to remind yourself to relax when you get anxious. Take time to slow down and figure out why you feel a certain way instead of becoming overwhelmed by the feeling itself. Learn to distinguish between harmful and positive emotions. You don’t have to believe everything your brain drops onto your lap. Train your mind to break free from instantly identifying with negative emotions.

 

  1. Break The Spell and Take Action

Train yourself to break the trance of negative thinking and learn to develop physical patterns to help interrupt negative thoughts from snowballing out of control and ruining your day. Keep the rubber band on and give it a light pop when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. Get up and stretch. Declutter your mind by going out for a short walk. Allowing yourself short distractions as a way to gather and collect yourself is a great way to disassociate from the mental looping of negative thoughts.

 

  1. Practice Positive Self-Talkpositive-self-talk-quote

What we say to other people is not nearly as important as what we say to ourselves. The voice that resides in our minds can help direct us in living the kind of life we want to live and what we ultimately feel and do in the world. Creating a positive dialogue with yourself on a daily basis will help strengthen your internal perception of your capabilities. Believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities.

 

Related Article: Why Saying Is Believing – The Science of Self Talk – NPR

 

  1. Control Your Knee-Jerk Reactions

We are responsible for our own emotional reactions. People are vulnerable to mistakes when they act on their triggers. Train your brain to be mindful of these reactions and be patient with how you choose to respond. Mindfulness meditation is a great tool for calming your brain and avoiding knee-jerk reactions to the pressures of life. It can help you measure circumstances and make better, more informed decisions rather than simply reacting. Mindfulness meditation and developing self-awareness can help us ask better questions about ourselves and the world around us. Taking 10 deep breaths can help your mind to relax and focus when you start to feel anxious, upset, or sad. Inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth. Try focusing on your breath for at least ten minutes of your day in a quiet spot. Learning to relax will help you to become more patient and focused on the reality of the moment.

 

Related Article: Get Motivated Through Mindfulness Meditation! Here’s How!

 

  1. Develop and Practice Gratitudepractice-gratitude-text

One of the most important qualities in developing a positive mental attitude in life is to practice gratitude. You can practice gratitude to your friends, family, and co-workers by writing thank-you letters that express the impact they have had on your life. Practice writing a few things you’re grateful for a few times a week. You can also practice gratitude by lending a hand to those who need it. Help your neighbor with their groceries. Donate your time to helping your friend with homework. Gratitude can help strengthen connections with the people around you. It can help you develop a positive outlook on how to treat others and yourself.

  

  1. Surround Yourself With Positive People

It’s important to keep people around that will inspire and challenge you to be a better person. We tend to vibe off the attitudes of people we respect and admire. Often times our mental life can be directly indicative of the company we keep. Be wary of toxic individuals. Run a mental audit of the people you surround yourself with. Ask yourself if those people make you feel good about achieving your goals. Do they support you in your endeavors? Are you happy and energized by their presence? Are you comfortable being yourself around them? Learn to find people who keep you laughing and smiling.

 

  1. Get Out And Enjoy Yourself

The demands of modern life can be incredibly taxing and draining of our mental life that we sometimes forget to slow down and reward ourselves with a little fun. It’s important to learn when and how to unwind. Make time for yourself. Find healthy ways to keep your spirits up. Dedicate yourself to one of your passions and lose yourself in it. Make time for your hobbies and spend your free time with quality people. Explore different parts of your town. Sometimes it’s all about appreciating the little things that make us who we are and keep us sane.

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  1. Strive To Keep Your Life Simple

The more challenges we choose to accept in our lives, the busier and more complicated everything will turn out to be. This can make it harder to maintain a positive mental attitude. Life is about balance and simplicity. Practice maintaining a minimalist lifestyle and focus on de-cluttering your mind. Try to cut down on your to-do lists and learn to get rid of things you no longer need. You will feel lighter both spiritually and mentally.

 

 

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How You Can Stay Up In Down Times

 

It is so much easier to be positive when life is going well. When things start going downhill, such as when you lose your job or lose someone special, it can make it much harder to be positive. In many cases, it doesn’t even have to be a significant problem to cause you to become cynical. The best thing to do is to actively resist your negativity, which can be a chore but is entirely possible if you work at it. Remind yourself that these down times aren’t going to last forever. Your attitude could improve if you do something about it now.

 

Related Article: Control Your Attitude for Next Level Achievement

 

Express Gratitude

Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, make sure that you are mindful of the good things you have. It could be something as simple as an awesome friend, your health, or the fact that you were able to get out of bed and walk around. Write these points down and add to the list as you think of new things. Posting the list where you know you’ll see it means you get to see and read the good, as well as think about it.

 

Related Article: Get Motivated Through Mindfulness Meditation. Here’s How!

 

Volunteer Your Time/Money

 

volunteer-make-a-differenceWhile many people seem to be cash-poor in this world, you can always volunteer a little time to help others who are less fortunate. Pick a charity or find out what options are available in your community. If you can’t find anything, consider making one, such as cleaning up the parks or roadways. Donating your time to a greater cause helps you look at things from a new perspective, meet new interesting people and improves the way you view yourself and your current situation.

 

Here is an interesting article showing 10 interesting facts about volunteering – 10 Facts About Volunteering

 

Notice Good Things

Whenever you start feeling down or negative, stop yourself and immediately think of something good, even if it is something you’ve already considered before. If you can’t think of anything at that moment, go back to your list of reasons to be grateful, and you’ll start changing that negativity into positivity. Learning how you can stay up in down times is crucial to getting the most out of life.

 

Related Article: If you are having trouble getting motivated and staying motivated after feeling down try using this list to help you learn how to stay motivated. 16 Things You Can Do To Stay Motivated

 

 

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