7 Mindful Habits for Positive Thinking
Today we’re going to share with you seven mindful habits. Incorporate these into your daily life to boost your positive thinking and kick negativity to the curb!
Mindfulness is the ability to root yourself in the present moment. To put yourself here and now so that you can focus on the task at hand and appreciate the things around you. There are so many benefits of being mindful.
Creating a positive mindset is definitely a big one.
1. Be Mindful of the Words You Use
There is power in words.
Put a focus on stripping your language of negative talk to keep your mind in a positive place. The way you speak matters so much to your mindset and your success.
Take a day to pay attention to what you say. Pick out specific words that make you feel positive and powerful. And then pick out the words that are more negative and don’t help you build yourself up.
Words like “can’t” and “never” set a negative tone. Try replacing them with more uplifting terms that set you up for positivity.
You may usually say that you’ll never get your dream job. But when you tell yourself (and others) that you’re working to get your dream job, it instills that positivity in you and pushes you toward that success.
Repeating positive affirmations can also help to boost your confidence.
These phrases will remind you of your inner power and how you’re working toward your goals. By repeating them, you consistently infuse your life and your mind with positivity.
2. Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
Let yourself be in the moment and take a look at everything you have in your everyday life. Don’t just look at the big things; notice all the little things you have to show gratitude for.
Think about the lovely weather, that delicious food you ate, the excellent server you had at dinner, and a movie that turned out to be really great. These are all little reasons to be thankful.
As you pick things out, you’ll start to notice that, overall, many days are far more positive than negative.
3. Be Mindful of Your Reactions
Your emotions play a significant role in how you live your life. You can inject more positivity into your day by being aware of your feelings and how they cause you to react to things.
When you feel a negative emotion, don’t just shove it down. Internalizing it won’t help you get it under control.
Instead, identify it. Take the time to figure out what made you feel that negative emotion. And once you know it better, accept it as part of yourself.
We all feel negative emotions. That’s just human nature.
The more you know about yourself, the more you can embrace your emotions. You’ll be less likely to have adverse reactions because you can catch them and turn them into something more constructive.
By embracing all of yourself, you will start to see how positive you can be even in challenging situations.
4. Be Mindful of Your Breathing
Sometimes, you just have to stop and breathe.
When things get overwhelming and stressful, taking a break to breathe will help you deal with it more positively. And if you have more time, you can spend five or ten minutes meditating to calm yourself down further.
As you perform your breathing exercises, try repeating one of your positive affirmations to calm yourself. Or picture all that negativity leaving your body as your exhale.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, a small break to focus on you will do wonders for your mindset and help you overcome your stress with a clear head.
5. Be Mindful of Who You Spend Your Time With
It’s undeniable that you are an accumulation of the people you spend time with. Whether it’s positive or negative, how they act is bound to rub off on you in some way. You can’t avoid it.
That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with people who bring positivity into your life.
If you sense someone around you is showing signs of toxic behavior, it’s best to cut them out of your life. Continuing to keep a negative person around is draining, and they will try their best to drag you down into their negativity with them.
Be mindful of your needs first, and only spend your time with people that boost your energy and make you feel good about life.
6. Be Mindful of What You’re Grateful For
Practicing gratitude is an excellent technique to bring more positivity to your life.
One easy way to do this is to start a gratitude journal. It’s as simple as writing down three things you are grateful for every day. You can do it when you first wake up in the morning or before you go to bed at night.
Make it a point to express your gratitude to the people in your life regularly, so they know how much they mean to you.
The more you practice gratitude, the more likely you are to recognize how much you genuinely have to be thankful for. Putting you on the path to viewing your life with a more positive mindset.
7. Be Mindful of How Much Time You Spend on Social Media
Spending all day on your phone, scrolling through social media can harm your positive thinking.
Just think about all the emotions you experience daily while you’re on social media. It tends to lead to intense feelings of missing out or dissatisfaction with your own life compared to others.
Take some time each day to unplug to avoid clouding yourself with negativity.
And always keep in mind that nine times out of ten, the life that someone portrays online isn’t an accurate representation of how they’re really living. Everything looks better through a screen.
You have so much to be optimistic about outside of social media.
Everything in life is a cycle, one thing feeding into the next. When you are mindful, you start to see the good around you. This leads to being more in tune with your mind, which allows you to tap into the power of positive thinking.
Positive thinking opens up so many good things in your life.
Using these seven mindful habits, you are sure to head down the path to positivity. Every day won’t be perfect, but as long as you remind yourself to look on the bright side, you will always find yourself back on the right track again.
About the Author
Karen Lein is the General Manager of Copper Beech Townhomes and Grove San Marcos. She is a Fresno State alumna and enjoys traveling and watching football. #GoDogs