Over the past few months I have really been focusing on putting myself in a better mental place. Having stopped my depression medication in February, it has honestly been a long journey. I can finally say that I am in one of the best places in my life, and if you are struggling with this, you can do it too! Here are a few ways that you can change your mindset.
Start Practicing Gratitude
I will go ahead and disclose that I am not a spiritual person, at all. Even though I am not active in any religion, I do think that you can change your mindset by respecting the world around us. Practicing gratitude will help you realize all of the good around you. A lot of time people think that you have to have a journal to practice, but you really do not. Here are 5 ways you can practice gratitude starting today!
- Use a journal: You can take any journal or notebook you have and write out 5 – 10 things you are grateful for each day.
- Meditate: I have been actively meditating for almost 15 years now, and I swear this helps! Wake up a little earlier to have a 5 -10 minute meditation and think about everything you are grateful for, say them outlaid, or silently to yourself.
- Join a Group: There are seriously so many resources online of amazing people who are also on a journey to change their mindset. You can find these groups either on Facebook, or there may even be a local group near you. If you cannot find a group to join, start your own!
Take a Look at Those Around You
This is one of the more difficult tasks, but you may need to take a look at the people around you. If you notice that there is a particular individual who is bringing your energy down or makes you feel negative, it is either time to have a conversation with them about how they are making you feel, or you can just move past them.
We all know people who fall into this category, and trust me, keeping them around is not worth it. It can even be family that is changing your mindset. You have to remember that what you hear directly impacts what you say and how you think. If all you hear is negativity or gossip, that is what you are going to think about as well.
Practice Positive Affirmations
Years ago, positive affirmations were never my thing. I did not think that talking to myself or telling myself things were going to be okay would actually work. Last year I started to use positive affirmations to help me manage my anxiety and depression. Not only did they calm me down in those times, but I also noticed a boost in how I felt about myself and my motivation to do things.
You can either write down positive affirmations in a journal, on your phone or listen to an audio that has them repeating. I am a huge fan of listening to positive affirmations and repeating them. This is such an easy task, and you can seriously feel a change in your mindset after you start this. It almost feels like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders.
Observe Your Thoughts
A lot of the time we suppress our thoughts. We pretend that we can bury them and they will just go away. The truth is, those thoughts do no go away, period. All they do is sit in the depths of our mind and continue to make us second guess ourselves. You need to make sure you are taking the time to think about why you are feeling certain things if they are really impacting your life, and how you feel about it. If you ask yourself these questions, you can usually get down to the bottom of these thoughts and help them go on their way.
Get Up and Get Moving
The current state of the world has a lot of us stuck inside. Even if you are still under restrictions where you live, there are plenty of ways that you can get up and get moving. It can be as basic as just getting up and cleaning your home, taking your dog on a walk, or masking up and heading to the grocery store. Chances are that if you are spending all of your time inside or alone, you are probably having some down moments. I highly suggest making sure you are still as active as you can be. You can think of it as your body moving releases everything that is keeping you down!