When it comes to health and wellbeing, mental fitness is much of the internal force that can drive us forward or hold us back. Adopting a positive mindset means changing our perspective to better overcome difficulties and actively cultivating an optimistic perspective.
According to Mayo Clinic, an American hospital and research centre, having a positive mindset can help reduce stress and stress-induced conditions, increase our lifespan, lower rates of depression, improve cardiovascular health and even improve resistance to the common cold. With so many benefits, you may wonder: how can I practise positive thinking? We’ve put together six practical exercises to push you in the right direction.
Add positive affirmations to your morning routine
Start the day on a note of your choosing. Whatever your morning routine is like, add in time to look at yourself in the mirror and repeat phrases that encourage positive thinking. It might feel silly at first, but you’ll notice differences in how you approach the day. Tell yourself things like:
“Today will be a good day.”
“I will work to be the best version of myself.”
“I am everything I need to succeed.”
Whether you’re running late or stressed for a big meeting, these daily reassurances help calm you, uplift your mood and increase your self-worth.
Be kind to yourself
It has been said time and time again that we are our harshest critics. Without realising, we can say hurtful things to ourselves that we would never repeat to another person. Chastising yourself for mistakes, picking at physical flaws, using negative language such as “I can’t do this,” or “I will never be able to…,” are forms of language that hurt our self-esteem. Learn to speak to yourself the way you would a loved one: “I’m proud of myself for…,” “I have made great improvements in…,” or “I can complete this daunting task,” – these are starting points to be kinder to ourselves.
Adopt an active and healthy lifestyle
When you make efforts towards a more active lifestyle, it’s not only your body that reaps the benefits. Yoga, jogging in the park, joining a gym or signing up for group classes are ways to get your body active and pumping endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body and reduce pain sensors. Physical exercise reduces stress and feelings of depression, battles anxiety, and improves your self-esteem and sleep – all of which contribute to maintaining a positive mindset. Dubai Fitness Challenge is the best time to shop around the city’s sports offerings and see which activity brings you internal joy.
Surround yourself with people who motivate you
The mood, energy and language of the people we spend time with deeply affect our mood. Negative influences, from pessimistic friends to people who stimulate your anxieties, can affect your mental wellness in the long run. The best thing to do is to fill your life with positive friends, mentors and guides – people whose constructive and optimistic attitude towards life inspire your own.