Ways To Be More Positive & Increase
Positive thinking can bring us many benefits such as decreasing stress, improving our immune system, and bringing about more happiness in our lives. I know it’s easier said than done which is why I’m sharing with you 7 easy ways to be more positive in order to help make this process a little bit easier. 🙂
7 Simple Ways To Be More Positive
1. Choose to live in the present moment.
When you find your mind worrying about the past or the future, try to bring yourself back into the present moment. Notice your surroundings or the task you’re working on at the moment.
The more you train your mind to do this, the easier this gets. The more present you are in the here and now, the easier it is to be positive.
2. Start and end your day with gratitude
Instead of jumping into the worries of the day ahead or thinking about things that went wrong throughout the day, try to focus on things that you are grateful for at the start and end of your day. These things can be small or big, whatever comes to you.
Practicing gratitude changes your focus to be on the wonderful things that are in your life instead of focusing on what you feel is lacking. When you change your mindset to be focused on gratitude, you’ll start to naturally be more positive in your everyday life.
3. Be more active
Many studies have been completed that show the benefits of exercise on mental health. These benefits come from the hormones that are released during exercise that boost your mood as well as from your mind being focused on exercise and not thinking about all the normal worries that your brain creates.
The type of physical activity you do doesn’t matter, any form of exercise that you enjoy will give you mental benefits. Whether it be yoga, weight training, walking, or high intensity cardio, they are all still exercise. You want to do something that you like so that you stick with it and make it a consistent part of your life!
4. Work on changing your inner voice
We all have an inner voice and unfortunately, many of our inner voices tend to lean toward the negative. We repeat negative statements to ourselves such as “I am not good enough” or “I can’t do it”. These statements become a pattern, and when said over and over to ourselves, we start to believe these statements even though they are untrue.
When you catch yourself saying a negative statement, try to say the opposite to yourself to retrain your brain. To make this even more powerful, try to say the opposite AND give yourself a reason to believe it such as:
- “I can do it because I am smart and capable”
- “I am good enough because I’m unique and there’s only one me”.
5. Eat healthy
The food we intake has a direct impact on how we feel. Think about how you feel if you eat something heavy and greasy as opposed to how you feel if you eat something with a lot of fresh vegetables.
Food itself can make you feel a certain way but also making the choice to eat healthy will boost your mood because you’re choosing to do something good for yourself!
Keep in mind that everyone is different in regards to what foods make them feel good so there isn’t one set diet plan for all.
Also, it’s not to say that you can never splurge and eat some cookies or something that’s considered “unhealthy,” but changing eating habits to be overall healthier can help you be more positive in life.
6. Improve your posture
Our posture has a direct correlation to our emotions. Think about how you hold yourself when you’re feeling sad. You probably let your spine slump forward, your shoulders roll in, and your head is down.
Now think about when you’re feeling happy, you are probably more upright, your shoulders are back, and your heart/chest is open.
There’s no “perfect posture,” but overall keeping ourselves in a more upright position can help boost our mood.
So next time you find yourself slumping forward, try to make a conscious effort to change it.
7. Accept the fact that being positive is your choice
Many times we let the outside world control us so much that we forget how much control we have over ourselves.
There are always going to be bad things happening in the world but there also will always be good things.
I’m not saying to ignore the bad but we can choose where we place most of our focus. We can choose to mostly focus on the bad which will keep us negative or choose to mostly focus on the good to facilitate a more positive life.
We can chose to be negative or positive.
You have the power to make this choice and to change your life for the better.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and that you try out some of these suggestions! This isn’t an all inclusive list and there are plenty of other ways to be more positive. Find what works best for you and actually implement it into your everyday life! The key to seeing change isn’t to just do something one time, it’s to make it part of your routine.