Jamie McCabe

Ten Easy Ways To Add A Little Positivity To Your Day!

Thinking positively can enhance your mood and improve both mental and physical health. If you feel like you’re a “the glass is half empty” kind of person though it can be difficult to find ways to change your thoughts from negative to positive. Below are some simple changes you can add to your day to help improve your positive mindset. Pick one you feel you can commit to and make it a habit! Once that one becomes part of your routine you will find it easier to add more or to come up with your own ideas.

  • Whether you have a long commute or are just quickly running to the store for milk use this alone time to practice some deep breathing and to listen to music you enjoy. Be mindful of the moment, focusing on what you are doing instead of getting distracted and bogged down with thoughts of what you have to do later that day or things that have not gone well earlier. This will make you feel more relaxed as well as being a safer driver.
  • In the morning when you’re brushing your teeth use those minutes to say a few positive affirmations to start out your day on a positive note! Tell yourself how you will make today a good one. Identify one goal, big or small, that you plan to work towards that day. If you take the time to focus on the goal you will be more likely to put in the effort towards achieving it that day.
  • Before you go to bed instead of going over your “To Do” list for the next day take a few minutes to go over everything you completed that day no matter how big or small those tasks are. You completed them and you deserve to feel good about getting those things done.
  • Try complimenting a stranger or maybe a co-worker you do not talk with often. This helps you to be more mindful by looking for positives in others. We also tend to feel better and more positive when we can brighten someone else’s day!
  • Compliment yourself! While you’re noticing those positives in strangers that we talked about above take a moment in the morning to look in the mirror and tell yourself something nice that day! Think beyond just how you look and also focus on what qualities you possess that make you a good person!
  • A quote a week: Find quotes that really speak to you and inspire you and put a new one up every week somewhere that you will see it often- your fridge, your bathroom mirror, your desk at work.
  • Positive visualizations: Before attempting something, especially something new or something you are nervous about, take time to visualize how you want it to go. We often focus on the worse case scenario instead of a positive outcome. Imagine it going well- this will help boost your confidence going in which will likely improve the outcome as well.
  • Gratitude: Set a time during the day to say a few things you are thankful for each day. I think meals are a great time for this. If you have children sitting down together for meals and all sharing what you are thankful for that day can help you to focus on what is really important.
  • Before you get out of bed in the morning give yourself a minute or two to name a few things you are looking forward to that day to help get your started on the right foot. These can be simple things like having your morning cup of coffee or that your favorite tv show is on that night.
  • When you feel something is not going right, or maybe even the whole day feels like it’s going bad challenge yourself to identify one positive that has come from that otherwise unpleasant experience. Sometimes the positive is that you learned from it or even that you discovered your strength from going through it but practice finding that silver lining and the positive you can pull from each day.