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3 Things I Do To Support My Mindset

The other day someone told me that I "seem like a very positive person"


I smiled a little. It's nice to be seen that way but I will be the first to tell you that my brain is often very, very negative.


In fact, our brains have what's called a "negativity bias" - our brains will focus more on the negative things (what's going wrong) than what's going right.


As part of my own mental health Journey I've spent a lot of time working on my mindset (and it's really a daily process). Here are a few tools that work for me.



1. Gratitude Lists

One of the most effective tools I've discovered is gratitude lists. It's simple, yet incredibly powerful. Taking a few moment to jot down a few things I'm grateful for helps me shift my focus away from negativity and appreciate the positive aspects of life. Some days this feels really hard! Over time, it rewires our brain to seek out the good, leading to a more optimistic outlook on life. Your gratitude list can include things as small as savoring a warm cup of coffee or as significant as the support of loved ones.



2. Reading for Personal Growth:

When it comes to shaping a positive mindset, reading has been a game-changer for me. I make it a point to delve into both professional development and personal growth books regularly. Books (and podcasts!) introduce new perspectives, spark creativity, and inspire personal growth. By feeding our minds with positive and uplifting knowledge, we gradually cultivate a resilient mindset.


3. Moving My Body: A Workout for my Mental Health

It's no secret that exercise has a profound impact on our mental health and well-being. For me, incorporating physical activity into my daily routine has been crucial. Whether it's a brisk walk, a yoga session, or a high-intensity workout, exercise releases endorphins – our brain's feel-good chemicals. These endorphins reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while promoting a sense of well-being. Moreover, staying active enhances our self-confidence and body image, further contributing to a positive mindset.


Remember, nurturing a positive mindset is not a one-time event; it's an ongoing journey. Just like physical health, our mental health requires daily attention and care. The tools I've shared – gratitude lists, reading for personal growth, and staying active – have been instrumental in supporting my mindset, but they may not be the perfect fit for everyone. Each of us is unique, so find what resonates with you and embrace it on your own journey to a more positive and resilient mindset.


Alison


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