14, 03, 2016
A lot of us take the wonderful things we have in our lives for granted and may not even realize it. We’re constantly looking for more and better things because what we have may not seem like enough. A lot of this may come from negativity and the influence of society’s standards of what we think we should have and need by a certain amount of time.
I’ll be one to admit that I have my lows where I question a lot of what I’m doing in my life, and sometimes I start to think nothing is possible or going my way. I made it a point this year to keep my chin up and to not only work on my physical health but as well as my mental health. These are a few things I’ve been doing to remind myself to keep a positive mind.
1 – Keep a gratitude journal – Earlier last month I decided it was time to start journaling again. It not only keeps certain events and memories on file, but it’s a place where I can reveal myself without any judgment or fear. Writing in a journal let’s you be true to yourself and what you’re feeling – whether is be happy or sad. Not everybody is comfortable with keeping a physical journal or even know just how to get started, so I’ve been loving apps such as Bliss Gratitude Journal that help to guide and encourage you everyday to write and reflect on the good things in your life.
2 – Make time to do the things you love – Sometimes work and other responsibilities take over and we forget about doing the things that make us happy. You have time for anything as long as you make time for it, so do not let your love of painting, going on hikes, or dancing go to waste. Continuing to do the things you love helps to keep you grounded and happy at the most negative or stressful times.
3 – Create a list – When you have something(s) to look forward to it brews up positivity. Listing down all of your hopes, dreams, and aspirations will help give you a vision of what you want for your present or future. I’m a true believer that if it isn’t written down then it doesn’t exist, and a dream will only remain a dream until you believe it can be a reality. Just to give you an idea, my list consist of personal goals, career goals, and other bucket list goals. The most rewarding part about having such a list is when you’re able to scratch out what you’ve already accomplished.
4 – Take care of your overall health – Instead of just switching up your diet or doing more reps in your workout, I believe it all comes down to making it a permanent lifestyle change and not just something you do until you have met your goal. Exercise not only transforms and builds strength but it helps keep a healthy mood and mind. I’ve been doing and following the monthly calenders of Blogilates pop pilates and I’ve never been happier! The important thing here is to do something that you look forward to doing and not something you feel like you have to do. As for diet, limitation and restriction from anything only makes it worse. Whether you’re vegan or a meat eater, there’s always something you can do to make what you put into your body a better choice. I personally have made to the decision to cut out meat and other animal by products, and have also included more vitamins and supplements into my diet. I make sure to take a multi-vitamin and Sibu Seven Omega 7 Fruit Oil everyday.
5 – Get a good night’s sleep – I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before, but as someone such as myself who has suffered from severe insomnia, take it from me when I say getting a good night’s rest really does make a huge difference with your energy, mood, and overall health. Ever since I started to do the above steps I’ve been waking up a lot less throughout the night without my thoughts keeping me awake. I’ve also noticed I’m a lot less sluggish and depressed when I have my full 7-8 hours of sleep.
What are some things you do to keep a positive mind?