Social distancing and self-isolation are the new normal. In this environment, it is even more important to maintain a positive mindset. When you get into the habit of starting every day as a Positive Sayings Day, you will improve not just your emotional balance, but your physical and mental health as well.
These are probably the toughest mental times we will experience in our lives. Mammoth upheaval in such a short time. It is easy to feel fearful and let negativity take you over, but never has it been more important not to let it beat you down. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy – when you feel negative about everything, you find that just about everything gets more difficult, and you are more likely to get the worst of it.
A Positive Sayings Day is a way to avoid thinking in a negative light. It is designed to reinforce a more positive attitude to let you keep enjoying the little things in life. Don’t focus on the negative. It is up to you to rise above it.
The power of positive thinking may seem a bit cliché, but it really does wonders for your self-esteem, overall mood and reduces the risk of COVID-19 or other chronic diseases.
10 Steps Towards a Positive Sayings Day
Here are 10 ways to make today a Positive Sayings Day, and help you keep your chin up and make the most of it.
1. Start your day with positive affirmations
Begin by reflecting on the good things in your life, and by thinking about the good things that can happen during the day.
Don’t get stuck in a trough by focusing on all the things that can go wrong. Thinking positive leads to positive actions and outcomes.
Set yourself some tasks for the day and achieve them. It’s mighty sweet to go to bed at night with a feeling of accomplishment. It allows you to reflect on these successes first thing the next morning, triggering a positive chain of events.
2. Recognise your weaknesses – and work towards improving on them
No one is perfect, so don’t worry about things you could do better. Put things into perspective.
You’re going to make mistakes, but instead of seeing this as failure, see it as a learning experience. Break down what went wrong so you can learn from it, and use it to your advantage.
3. Surround yourself with positive friends and keep them close
Surrounding yourself with people who are grounded and upbeat helps you maintain a positive outlook. Positivity, as is negativity, is contagious. So, choose your friends wisely.
We may not be able to socialize as easily – no more BBQ’s or dinner parties etc., but social media is a great way to stay in touch. Don’t let physical distance define your group.
4. Be thankful
There are many people in the world in a much worse situation than you. This is world wide pandemic, so many are sharing the pain of isolation and social distancing.
Start your day by being thankful for all that you have.
Each night before going to bed, write down 3 things you’re grateful for. It may be as small as a great cup of coffee or something bigger as finishing a project or getting your work done on time.
Make it a habit and you’ll soon realize it’s become part of your daily routine.
5. Seek humor
Nothing lifts the spirits like laughter – it signals the brain to release ‘feel good’ hormones. This reduces stress levels and allows you to see the silver lining, even in the most difficult of situations. It’s hard not to feel positive when you’re enjoying a good belly laugh.
Share humor with your friends; watch stand-up comedy or funny movies. Don’t let the hard times beat you.
6. Work on tomorrow’s reality
Put time aside every day to work towards the future you want. It won’t come to you unless you let it.
This might be learning new skills, building your work experience or gaining new knowledge. It might be in developing better personality traits or ridding yourself of vices.
Maybe it’s your body – more exercise, a better diet to generate more energy and focus. Maybe it’s your physical environment, a new apartment or redecoration.
The list is endless, only you know what will have the biggest and best impact on moving you closer to your goals.
7. Live the life you want – find something you love to do and do it
Inner strength comes from the confidence and satisfaction that comes from knowing that you who you want to be. You don’t have to try to fool anyone, or pretend to be what you are not.
Our world is competitive, and the best way to succeed in a competition is to make the rules yourself. Don’t waste time and energy following other people’s ideas.
Taking the time to engage in something you’re good at and actually enjoy fills you with a sense of joy and fulfillment.
8. Adopt a rich man’s attitude
Success breeds success. Rich people seem to just expect that things will work out in their favor. Sometimes it’s no more than this attitude that opens doors. Give yourself the opportunity by adopting a similar perspective.
Live in the future, believe in yourself and your goals, and leverage your skills and capabilities to grow your wealth, self-respect and happiness.
Rich people let positive thought rule their days.
9. Don’t let negativity get on top of you – beat it back
Often it’s easier to just morph into a negative mindset. Believe it or not, these are learned behaviors. It takes practice to stay positive. Repetition. As Arnold Schwarzenegger would say “its all about the reps”.
When you find yourself in a negative frame of mind, (and we all do) you have to pull yourself pout. There are many ways of doing this, each dependent on you and the situation.
One way that has worked for me is to think in terms of risk management – what is the worst possible thing that could happen? Will we all die? End up in the poorhouse? Unless the situation is really extreme, you will be able to rationalize your fears and negativity by refocusing in some better outcomes.
10. Stay healthy
We tend to exercise less than we should and eat unhealthy foods. These are ingrained habits that can be hard to shift.
Here are some tips to help you get on top of it:
- Try eating one healthy meal a day
- Drink a glass of water before each meal – you will feel fuller before eating, and you won’t eat as much
- Be active during lunch – even just a brisk walk will help burn off the calories you just ate and will aid in the digestive process.
- Try a Meal Replacement Bar like a healthy protein bar as a snack instead of junk foods.
- Exercise regularly – a half hour a day of physical activity like walking or running will do the trick when you can’t get to the gym.
Practice makes perfect
Reinforcing positive living requires practice. That’s why we think in terms of a Positive Sayings Day. The more you do it, the better you’ll be at it. Then, one day when you’re in the midst of a crisis, you’ll find that the first thing that comes to your mind is not what can go wrong, but how can you use my strengths to overcome this adversity.
No one said life was easy and sometimes we get overwhelmed with what life throws our way. But it’s up to you as to how you’ll come out the other end. You can decide whether you’ll have a positive perspective and make sweet, delicious lemonade, or you’ll be negative and be left with a batch of sour lemons.
The people who emerge as winners from this insane period of world history will be those who take advantage of this slowing down of our daily lives to refocus themselves. One source for guidance on this is Tony Robbins – a well-known and respected leader in the field of self-development. He has many courses, books and materials that can help you do just this. Some of them can be accessed through the link below.