Happy Sunday everyone. How has your week been?
As I sit writing this post, the morning sunlight beams delicately onto the wooden table in front of me. The birds chirp outside in a beautiful chorus whilst the sky reveals a crystal blue canvas – not a white trace in sight. I sip on sweet iced coffee, recently percolated, and feel an injection of energy as I press the keyboard. It is a peaceful start to the day and I am grateful for that. What are you grateful for at the moment?
As you probably guessed from the title, today’s blog topic is all about maintaining a positive mindset. So, grab yourself a cup of tea and I hope you enjoy!
Throughout lockdown, many of us have struggled with keeping so positive during a time of uncertainty. All this alone time has allowed me to see the importance and power of positivity and how to alter thinking habits.
Of course, it is impossible to always stay positive. Sometimes, the stress of life meets us at cross junctions, causing us to feel like we are stuck behind a traffic of to-do chores and problems. It’s natural to feel like this from time to time. But it’s also important to realise that our mindset plays a particularly important role in how we cope with some of the issues we face.
So, how can you keep a positive attitude? It does involve time and practice. It’s all about converting the way you think, like a habit. Often, when we are negative, we are habitually thinking negatively, and it often becomes unnoticed because it happens so often! But with practice and time, it is most definitely possible to adapt your way of thinking from a negative mindset to a more positive one.
It really helps me to practice gratitude every day. Ask yourself what you are grateful for and remind yourself of even the little things in life that you are grateful for. Throughout lockdown, I have actually realised that humans are quite basic, simple animals. The next holiday booked or a fancy meal out are just luxuries – it’s the smaller things in life which matter, like family and friendships. Practicing your gratitude’s every day routinely encourages your mind to focus on the positives in life, which can often go neglected and forgotten about when life overwhelms us. Focussing on the good and reinforcing it can really help gain a more positive attitude.
Remember: being responsible of a problem does not mean that is it your fault. However, being able to take responsibility for the way you handle the problems and stresses in life is also useful in order to feel more positive. Take the example of being rejected by a career. Yes, it’s disappointing and yes, it’s unpleasant, but it is not your fault that they rejected you. Take the responsibility for the way you handle the rejection – you are responsible for you. This can be applied to many problems which occur in life – a stolen bank card? Had an argument with your partner? Failed an exam? Although these situations are unideal, being able to take responsibility for the way they make you feel can help largely with your overall attitude to life and the problems which come with it.
Engage with positive resources
I’ve just finished reading ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.’ It’s a great book, offering advice with regards to holding an accepting and mindful approach to life. I also love listening to the ‘Deliciously Ella Podcasts’, which cover an array of topics, from building a happy brain to dealing with stress. Engaging in positive resources and learning about positivity most definitely cheers me up and helps me practice a positive attitude!
I hope these tips will help some of you. Don’t forget to join the family to be notified whenever I upload a blog post!
Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx