Life has a knack of throwing us into negative situations at every turn! Instead of dwelling on that which is out of our control, it’s imperative to learn how to shift our perspective from negative to positive even in the midst of challenging situations. Developing your ability to hold onto a positive mindset is not only beneficial for your mental health, but is also helpful to those around you. Below, you will find four different techniques to ensure that you can remain positive when life throws a curveball at you, even if it feels impossible at first:
Regardless of how difficult life can get, it’s crucial to remember that you still have things in your life for which you are grateful for! Voicing some of life’s blessings can help you practice gratitude for the little things. Find your closest friends or family members and talk about the aspects of your life you are most thankful for. Additionally, try keeping a journal or a short list where you write down things that happen in your life that are good; you will be surprised by how many positive things happen in a day that are so easy to miss! Actively acknowledging what you are grateful for will provide a buffer for your emotional well-being, even in the hardest of times.
Has your self-criticism reached an all time high? Do you constantly blame and beat yourself up about life’s negative situations that are out of your control? Take your mind to brain bootcamp and re-train it to stop being so hard on itself! The more you mentally abuse your spiritual being with constant negativity, the more that negativity will be a part of your everyday life. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones whenever you can, and you will train your brain to more easily shift from a negative to positive mindset. With a little hard work and dedication to thinking about the positive aspects of your life, you will be able to take a step back and see life for what it’s really worth.
Physical exercise is not only good for the body, but it is great for the brain! Exercising releases endorphins in our minds that stimulates positive emotions and feelings. Working out, such as practicing the mindful art of yoga, will boost your self-esteem while helping you focus and meditate.
Change isn’t always easy, yet change will happen. Accepting that these life changes will happen early on will help you to relax, and eliminate anxiety you may have been holding on to. Try to remind yourself about the positive aspects of change, no matter how hard it may seem at first. Some of life’s most painful changes, such as the loss of a loved one, can send you into a downward spiral of negative thinking. However, when your brain has been built up resilience through positive thinking, you will be more capable of navigating all that life brings you. With the power of positive thinking, you can train your mind to put negative situations into a clear, insightful perspective.
Finding ways to turn negative situations into positive ones can sometimes feel like a challenge, but you’re not alone! If you are having trouble seeing the positive aspects of your life, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your South Bay and Hermosa Beach, CA therapist, Dr. Kelly Mothner! For any questions or concerns you may have about my therapy services, call me today at 310-892-2572, or email me at DrKellyMothner@gmail.com.