It’s impossible to be happy and positive 100% of the time. There is so much content out there on social media, shaming people for feeling negative or down, but this is a part of life. Everybody has their ups and downs!
One thing you can do, though, is when you notice you are feeling sad or having negative thoughts, you can change them. It’s important to feel your feelings, so let yourself feel sad and notice the negative thoughts, but don’t wallow in them.
Arm yourself with the tools to overcome and change those feelings. Below, I have listed some of my favourite ways to improve my mindset quickly. Try a few and let me know how you get on!
Curate your social media: When you scroll through your feed, notice any posts or accounts that bring up negative feelings – then unfollow. When I scroll through my Instagram feed, I feel uplifted and inspired. This is because I have curated my feed by only following people/accounts that light me up and that I connect with.
Have a creative day: When was the last time you took a day off and did something creative? Try colouring, drawing, crafting, baking or even something fun like trampolining or going to a theme park. Do something that inspires you and brings out the child-like creative in you.
Meditate: Meditation doesn’t always have to be sitting crossed-legged on the floor in silence. One of my favourite ways to meditate is what I call my shower visualisation. When you take your morning shower, imagine the water is positive energy, and it is washing all of the bad energy and negative vibes from your body and replacing them with a golden light of power and good vibes. Think about what feelings you want to embody for the day and imagine the water is pouring those feelings into your soul.
Use essential oils: This is a simple way to clear your mind and feel good. My favourite oils to use at the moment are lavender, sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus and jasmine. Experiment with your own blends to find your favourites. I either diffuse my oils or use them in a roller to apply to my pulse points for a quick boost throughout the day.
Journal: I can’t stress the benefits of journalling enough. Try writing a page of things you want to release or get out of your head, then write a page of what you want to invite into your life and watch how your mindset changes.
Get out of your head and into your body: When you’re absorbed in negative thought patterns, it will show in your body. For example, when feeling anxious, your body can become tense and stiff. Try doing some gentle stretching or exercise such as yoga or walking. If you have a lot of pent-up energy, do some high intensity cardio and release!
Please feel free to add your own mindset tools in the comments below, and don’t forget to let me know how you get on.