Today we're sharing our top tips to help you create a positive mindset and make those small but important changes to support your personal wellbeing!
What is a positive mindset?
A positive mindset means that you have a positive expectation that things will turn out well and that you will succeed. Having a positive mindset has been proven to help improve your quality of life, give you more energy, better physical and mental health, and even help you recover faster from injury or illness. With so many benefits to having a positive mindset, let’s see what we can do to shift our mindset to a more positive outlook…
What can we do to shift our mindset?
1. Positive affirmations:
Affirmations are positive statements which you repeat to yourself on a regular basis, that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes. Here are some of the hero team’s favourite positive affirmations for you to try:
- I am strong.
- I am getting better and better every day.
- All I need is within me right now.
- I wake up motivated.
- I am grateful for everything I have in my life.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
The close ties between mindfulness and positive mindset make sense when you consider the outcomes of mindfulness: increased positivity, a greater sense of coherence, better quality of life, more empathy, more satisfying relationships, and greater hope (Vago & Silbersweig, 2012).
A simple mindfulness exercise you could try is to take a couple of minutes to bring your attention to each of your senses - what can you see, hear, smell, taste and touch? Bring your attention to each sense, staying truly in the present moment.
3. Spend time with positive people:
Negativity and positivity have been shown to be contagious. Consider the people with whom you’re spending time. Have you noticed how someone in a bad mood can bring down others in a room? A positive person has the opposite effect on others.
Being around positive people has been shown to improve self-esteem and increase your chances of reaching goals. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and help you see the bright side!
4. Start each day on a positive note:
Create a ritual in which you start off each day with something uplifting and positive. Here are a few ideas:
- Tell yourself that it’s going to be a great day, or practise your own positive affirmation.
- Listen to a happy and positive song or playlist.
- Share some positivity by giving a compliment or doing something nice for someone.
- Try the 30 Day Positive Mindset Challenge on My Self-Care Sanctuary
What steps will you take towards a more positive mindset today?