Adapting a more positive mindset is less about the significant changes you make and the slight shifts in your lifestyle. There are a variety of daily habits that can help you start living a more positive, happier, and fulfilling life just by changing your mindset.
Here are seven daily habits that can help you develop a positive mindset and start living happier, more joyful lives.
1. Choose a Morning Habit That Makes You Feel Positive
Instead of stressing yourself out by trying to transform your entire morning routine, you don’t have much interest in, pick one. Choose one habit that you feel would put you in a good mood and make you feel good about yourself.
You may eventually add other habits to your morning routine to boost your positive mindset, but for now, pick just one. Here are some ideas for positive habits you can add to your morning routine:
- Writing in your journal every morning
- Going for a walk when the sun comes up
- Doing yoga or stretching
- Sitting on your patio or balcony with your morning cup of coffee or tea
- Meditation or visualization
2. Move Your Body in a Joyful Way
An excellent habit of adding to your daily routine is to move your body in the form of exercise. The key here is not to choose a fitness routine that is too rigid or try to punish yourself for what you eat. Instead, you want to look at it as a joyful way to move your body and treat your body with kindness.
Any form of exercise you enjoy can be included, such as:
- Walking your dog
- Going on a nature hike
- Strolling down the beach
- Doing yoga
- Early morning stretching
- Tai chi
3. Find Your Preferred Way to Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is essential for improving your mindset, but there isn’t just one way to do it. You have a few different options for expressing gratitude daily. It might include:
- Writing down what you are grateful for in a journal
- Writing down your gratitude list in your daily planner
- Keeping a gratitude jar, where you write something to be grateful for every day on a piece of paper, fold it up, and put it in the jar
- Thinking to yourself about how grateful you are every time something good happens, or you feel appreciation for something
4. Use Positive Affirmations Every Day
To think more positively and change your mindset, you need to practice it every day. One of the best ways to do this is with affirmations. Affirmations are positive words of encouragement that you repeat every day to start changing your subconscious mind and, eventually, your conscious mindset.
One thing to note is that in the beginning, affirmations won’t feel like they are making a difference, but be patient. Choose affirmations that speak to you and invoke a positive emotion, then write them down or say them out loud every day.
5. Think it, Then Write it Down
Writing your thoughts in a journal might not be your favorite thing, but it is impactful when trying to have a more positive mindset. You have so many ideas and feelings going through your mind that they can become overwhelming. It is hard to be optimistic and happy, and positive when you keep replaying stressful events in your life.
Start a habit of doing regular brain dumps, where you write down everything on your mind. It doesn’t have to take a long time or have any structure. Just get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Do this every day for at least a few minutes a day if you can.
6. Say Something Kind to Yourself
Now is the time to improve your self-talk. If you tend to think more negatively about yourself, such as how you act, look, how others see you, your abilities and talents, and your mistakes, this keeps you from having a positive outlook on life.
If you want a positive mindset, it starts with you and how you talk to yourself. You need to be kind and speak to yourself like you would a best friend. That internal dialogue you have and those feelings about yourself matter, even if they are never said aloud.
Every time you think something negative about yourself, you are affirming it. Start affirming something different. Start focusing on the good things about yourself, your talents, your natural beauty, kindness, and all the things you are proud of.
If you find it difficult, make a daily habit of writing down 3-5 things you love about yourself. They can be the same every day or change based on how you feel.
7. Visualize a Positive, Happy Life
Visualization is an excellent and simple tool that can start transforming your mindset into one filled with positivity and hope. All you have to do is spend a few quiet moments every day, either when you wake up and before you get out of bed or at night before going to sleep, and visualize your dream life.
It works best when you are in a restful state and have no outside distractions, which is why doing it in bed is so helpful. However, any time you are in a calm state during the day can be helpful.
It is similar to daydreaming, but you focus on something more specific and put that positive scene on repeat. Chose a short scene to visualize that represents something you want in your life, and that also creates a positive, euphoric feeling.
It can be anything from playing with your kids or spending time in nature to your wedding day or achieving the success and abundance you are trying to attract into your life. The only thing that matters is that it makes you happy and feel hopeful.
When you add these simple habits to your daily routine, you will notice that it is much easier to maintain your positive mindset.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.