I’m happy to admit that I’m not the most positive person. It would be safe to say that I am the epitome of a worrier. In the past I’ve been diagnosed with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) and even now it’s still something that I battle with, it’s something that never truly goes away.
This year one of my big goals was to really try to be more positive, which in turn I hope will result in me being happier. That’s not to say I’m unhappy as such, but I’d definitely like to have a more positive mindset. I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve been trying recently that I feel have really helped. Hopefully they might help you too!
Such a brilliant little website. 750 words allows you to brain dump your thoughts on a private space on the internet that can only be accessed by you. I’ve only just started doing this but it’s amazing how you can organise your thoughts better once you get it all written down. The beauty of 750 words is that you can just totally free type. It doesn’t matter if what you’re writing doesn’t flow, is full of spelling errors etc. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. Give it a go after reading this post and let me know what you think. I promise that your mind will feel slightly less cluttered once you’ve poured all your thoughts out.
I pinned the idea of a gratitude jar a few years ago, but have never actually got around to doing it myself. The idea is that you write down things you’re grateful for throughout the year on a piece of paper and pop it into the jar. Then, at the end of the year, or whenever you need a pick me up, you can look back over the things you’ve written. The other option is to get yourself a notebook (anything to buy some pretty new stationary!) and simply keep a gratitude list. Try to write down three things a day on a fresh page then simply look back at what you wrote when you’re feeling a bit low.
Take Time Out
The obvious one here, but an important one none the less. When was the last time you sat down and did nothing? And I mean absolutely nothing? Ten minutes a day sitting quietly simply listening to the noises going on around you can really help relax your mind. I’m not going to lie and say I do it every day – more often than not I do forget, but I see real benefits when I do remember. Going forward I’m going to set a reminder on my phone so I don’t forget to take some time out.
I’ve been reading a lot on the concept of minimalism and have adopted some of the principles in my day to day life. I’m still learning, but one of the first things I did was start to declutter the flat. I’ve always been good at this anyway, but having a big old clear out seems to make me feel so much better. Tidy house, tidy mind and all that jazz. Here are some brilliant tips I found on the website Becoming Minimalist that should help you get started.
I’d love to know what tips and tricks you use to be more positive. Let me know if you try out any of the above by leaving a comment below.