The Power of Positivity: “You can not have a positive life and a negative mind” (Joyce Meyer)
Positivity really is a superpower. It has been shown to have significant benefits on our health, relationships and increases our overall happiness. It makes sense… if you’re not focusing on the negatives, you don’t wear your body, mind and resources down with stress, worry, anxiety and frustration. Staying positive though, can seem an impossible task in today’s world and so many of our thoughts are focused on the negative (especially about ourselves). We really can be our own harshest critics! Being positive does not mean ignoring the negative, but rather overcoming the negative. So, what can we do to start increasing the amount of positivity we have in our lives? Luckily for you, we have put together some starting points. As always, we would love to hear what works for you and any other suggestions you have!
The OutdoorCure Guide to Flexing your Positivity Muscles:
1) Observe your thoughts – even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. Do you notice the same negative thoughts creeping up in your mind? Do they follow the same theme or pattern? Quite often this can be the case without us even realising it. Make a note of what they are. Can you think of a way to break the cycle or to minimise or even solve the issue?
2) Spend more time with those people who have a positive impact on you. They will inspire, empower and motivate you, giving your energy levels a huge boost. Positivity really is contagious.
3) Get to know positivity and bring the language of positivity into your life. What is positivity for you? Is it love, hope or serenity? Is it creativity, joy or inspiration?
4) Switch off – we go on and on about this one. Falling down a social media rabbit hole for 3 hours not only wastes a significant amount of time, it also means you can start to play the comparison game and let the negative thoughts creep in. If you need to use social media for work or social connection – set a timer and switch off when it goes off.
5) Set aside time to do something you love. It doesn’t matter what it is – walking, reading, watching a comedy show or trying out a new hobby. Prioritise it and plan it into your week.
6) Look after your mind and body – yes yes this old line. But seriously, it is much easier to embrace positivity if you are doing the basics. Make sure you eat well, get enough sleep, exercise regularly and practice mindfulness.
7) Give something back. Get involved with community, take action for causes you believe in, litter pick, do a sponsored walk or simply help out a friend, neighbour or stranger in need. Acts of kindness, no matter how small, give your happiness an instant boost.
Make positivity your superpower. What changes will you notice?
The OutdoorCure Team x