Practice Gratitude

Practice Gratitude
You can shift your outlook on life when you come from a perspective of gratitude:
  • Make a list of 3 things you’re thankful for every morning.
  • List 10 reasons why you’re grateful for your job.
  • Look for unexpected surprises such as ‘my sunny office window’ or ‘cool work friends to have lunch with. ’
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Accept Your Emotions

Allow yourself to feel your feelings, so you don’t spend more energy avoiding them than you would on feeling them. This way you can focus on the situation, fully experience the feelings and maybe better understand why it hurts and what to do about it.

Research also indicates that writing about negative emotions made people less depressed and more positive about life than before they started writing. 

Take Daily Risks

Structure and routine are important, but in excess, they may stop you from growing. Taking certain risks can be healthy and rewarding.

Challenge yourself to take a risk each day, do something new or differently, anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone.

Live In The Present

Mental health tends to deteriorate when we obsess over past happenings instead of taking responsibility in what we’re doing or creating in the now.

Live in the present without hyper-focusing on the future or the past.

Be Introspective

Avoid coasting through life by asking yourself if you are in denial about or resisting something in your life.

Step back and consider where your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are coming from. Always ask yourself if it is helpful, necessary or if there isn’t a better option.

Laugh

Research indicates that adults on average don’t laugh much during the day, so watch a funny movie or play games.

Live Your Personal Values

Your values serve as an ‘inner GPS system’ that guides you through life, helping you make the right decisions and keeping you on track.

Knowing and living your values will lead to a sense of balance, confidence and fulfillment.

Keep Tabs On Your Thoughts.

Beware of your thoughts, else you may fall in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts, which seem to sprout naturally. Not only do these thoughts sink our mood but we also start to see them as truths.

Monitor, challenge and replace negative thoughts to work through them and see they are untrue and changeable.

Discover Or Rediscover a Passion

Take the time to consider your passions. Doing something that really engages your mind is great for well-being.

Do What Makes You Happy

Sometimes it can feel like you’re going through your days on autopilot, and that can get tedious and depressing. 

Start your day off on a positive note by engaging in an enjoyable activity every morning.

Get Rid Of Rotten Eggs

There are often rotten eggs in your life that drag down your mental outlook. Identify your rotten eggs and figure out how to remove them.

Your rotten eggs might seem small. But even annoyances can add up and chip away at your mood and well-being.

Positive Scents And Sounds

Our surroundings can affect our well-being. Use that to create a positive feeling at home with lemon, peppermint or other essential oils you love or playing some music that fits your mood.

Get Inspired

Surround yourself with simple things that inspire you. Like subscribing to a daily quote to listening to uplifting audiobooks, or reading magazines with exciting ideas.

Carve Out Time To Meditate

Take a few minutes each day to sit, relax and breathe. Meditation is simple and it doesn’t take much time or effort, besides being quite soothing. 

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Name your limits

You can’t set good boundaries if you’re unsure of where your limits are.

Identify what you can permit and accept and what makes you feel uncomfortable or stressed.

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Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are found in fiber and starch and are beneficial for brain health as they release glucose slowly into our system, helping stabilize our mood. Simple carbohydrates are found in sugary foods, cause fluctuations of feelings of happiness and produce a negative effect on our psychological well-being.

Reframe or divert

The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.

Once you’ve done that, you have 2 options: reframe ( look for an opportunity instead of ruminating on the loss ) or divert (shift your focus to something else).

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