We live in a world where there is an overload of information and multiple distractions to make us feel overwhelmed and easily give in to pessimism. There are some good days, while the bad ones fool us into thinking that we should give up on any of our long-term or short-term goals. It can feel daunting to develop an “I can do it” attitude while we find no flicker of hope for improvement. However, having a positive mindset and attitude can take us a long way in every aspect of our life. From enhancing our productivity at work to helping us foster positive relationships to boosting our immune system, an optimistic attitude equips us with tools to face everyday challenges. If you are someone who’s isn’t able to comprehend how to develop a positive mindset in every situation, this one is for you.
Health Shots got in touch with Dr Jyoti Kapoor, Founder-Director and Senior Psychiatrist, Manasthali, to understand how to think positive.
How to develop a positive mindset?
Developing an optimistic mindset is not a day’s job. It is an everyday choice that we make amidst all challenges. However, with patience, you can develop healthy habits that help you stay sane and happy even if the current situation isn’t favorable. Here are some expert-suggested ways to help you become mentally resilient.
1. Practice gratitude
Gratitude is one of the most powerful drugs for happiness. Make it a conscious effort to practice gratitude every single day. List down at least three things that you are grateful for, and you’ll find yourself running out things that you can actually be happy for. Being grateful for what you have keeps you calm and contented while flushing you up with more positive energy to do better. “This can help shift your focus from negative aspects to the positive aspects in your life,” says the expert.
2. Surround yourself with positivity
Your company matters a lot and decides the trajectory of your life. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who uplift and inspire you. Limit your exposure to negative influences such as negative news or toxic individuals, suggests the expert.
3. Challenge negative thoughts
As per experts, an average human mind thinks between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts in a day. That’s jaw-dropping! So, imagine if you choose to think negative, how much of an influence every negative thought would have on you. Remember that we are never our thoughts. They are a product of our egoistic mind, and once we fall into this whirlpool of thoughts, there is no coming back. Understand the seat of your consciousness, challenge all your negative belief patterns, and do things that are needed to keep you in a healthy mindset.
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“Replace your negative thoughts with positive and empowering ones. Focus on the possibilities and solutions rather than dwelling on problems or setbacks,” says the expert.
4. Practice self-care
“Take care of your physical, emotional and mental well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation such as exercise, pursuing your hobbies or spending time in nature. Make self-care a priority to maintain a positive and resilient mindset,” suggests the expert.
5. Set realistic goals
Set achievable goals for yourself and work towards them. Celebrate your successes along the way, no matter how trivial they look, as this can boost your confidence and reinforce a positive mindset.