Positive Mindset

Developing a Positive Mindset

No matter what you are doing in life – trying to accomplish a major life goal or just trying to get dinner cooked — thinking positive can help improve the outcome. When you get trapped in your “stinking thinking,” you can get caught up standing in your own way. If you want to have successes both big and small, the best thing you can do for yourself is to learn the power of positive thinking and how to incorporate it into your everyday life. At alteredSTATE, developing a positive mindset is one of our main pillars to sustaining a life of recovery.

Adopting a Positive Mindset

On paper, thinking positive seems like an easy task — ignore the stuff that makes you feel bad, stay connected to what makes you happy, and sift through the chaos of your day in order to avoid negative thinking. But when put to the test, thinking positive is not always that simple. As humans, we have several different elements that infiltrate our lives, ranging from common daily stressors to long-term challenges that we may have difficulty overcoming. All of this is normal and expected, but when attempting to develop a positive mindset, you might need to do some extra work to get your brain (and behaviors) moving in the right direction. 

So, what can you do to include positive thinking into your regular routine? Consider the following:

Practice gratefulness

When times are chaotic (and even when they are not), it is helpful to stop, take a breath, and practice gratefulness. You can do this by writing in a journal, setting aside a block of time just to relax and reflect on your thoughts, or engage in activities with your family that help express your gratefulness (such as going on a nature walk, for example).

Turn off the “sound”

Now more than ever before, there is a constant sense of “sound” everywhere we go. Whether it is the news, social media alerts, or work emails, it can be beneficial to limit what you have access to and what has access to you. Studies show that social media, for instance, is closely linked to depression and anxiety, both of which can produce strong, overwhelming feelings of negativity and hopelessness. Doing things such as taking a break from the news or taking your time responding to work emails can help you maintain a sense of peace and preserve your optimism.

Exercise Helps You Meet Nutritional Needs

Learning new skills in one area of our lives, it tends to help out in others. Exercise triggers diet, which is why those who exercise regularly in recovery tend to eat better. This not only helps restore nutritional depletion from those who have been suffering from addiction, but also helps boost self-confidence and self-esteem.

Be mindful of who is around you

The old adage “you are only as good as the company you keep” is sometimes spot-on. If you surround yourself with people who are regularly bringing you down, you can’t expect to always be able to rise above and maintain a positive mindset. Ensuring that you have positive, healthy people around you as opposed to pessimistic, toxic people in your inner circle can encourage your levels of positivity.

Accept what you cannot control

Human beings easily get wrapped up in trying to control the things that are simply out of their control. While some individuals have an easier time letting go of what they cannot change, others have a more difficult time doing so. Regardless of what side you fall on, practicing accepting what you cannot control can help you remain focused on a healthy, positive mindset.

Developing the skills to alter your mindset on days when you need it most is extremely beneficial. However, if you are looking to maintain positive thinking and turn it into a lifestyle change, there are ways to do just that. We can teach you how – no matter what your circumstances. With our 1:1 coaching and direct lesson plans, you’ll learn how to maintain a positive mindset through disruption and drawbacks in your life and keep you locked onto achieving your goals.

Benefits of Positive Thinking

When we think positively, we are not only making an effort to create more peaceful lives, but we are also benefiting ourselves in several other ways, such as:

  • Decreasing the likelihood of developing serious and/or potentially fatal illnesses or diseases
  • Improving the immune system and cardiac health
  • Encouraging more physical activity and exercise
  • Developing stronger mental resilience 

Even when it seems too difficult to muster up the strength to be positive, doing so can save your life.

If you are finding yourself stuck in a negative mindset, unable to get unstuck – we are here to help. At alteredSTATe, has always been fulfilled in coaching individuals on how to leverage their strengths to drive high performance in both their personal and professional lives. We have built the entire alteredSTATE platform to help working professionals and executives become the best version of themselves by shedding their old mentality and embracing a new mentality anchored to Positive Mindset, GRIT, Self-Care, and Movement.

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