We can do these simple steps every day, quickly and easily, to improve our mindset:
1. Breath (or Meditate).
Studies show that just a few minutes a day of quiet can open our brains and make it available for our most innovative ideas. Sit or stand in a quiet spot, feet on the floor, and hands by your side or on your knees. Now just quiet your mind—picture a place that is your idea of peace, such as a beach or a mountain. Just breathe, consciously and deeply from your belly. If your thoughts start to intrude (the project is due today, a late bill, etc.), just notice, then go back to your picture. Five to 10 minutes of quiet, deep breathing during the day can also help us get back on track when stress levels get high, and clear our minds to come up with a better solution or next step to our challenge. Start your day with low stress levels.
2. Put your thoughts in check.
Have you ever gotten up on the “wrong side of the bed?” Where you wake up and instead of being positive and happy, you’re angry and frustrated and negative thoughts are steaming out of your ears? If you continue to spew negativity in the air you’re going to make yourself have a bad day. Thoughts are powerful things that create feelings, which leads to actions and behaviors that determine whether our day goes well. Learning that we can choose our thoughts is one of the most powerful things we can do to take charge of our lives. Taking five minutes to make sure our thoughts are positive starts the day off with the right mindset. If not, stop thinking those thoughts and replace them with ones that are.
3. Write down all the things you are grateful for.
Write down five or more things you are grateful for every day. Keeping a gratitude journal contributes to a positive life attitude, and makes us feel better, sleep better and even have stronger immune systems. Don’t write the same things every day- try to think of different things in your life that you are grateful for. You may really begin to start to appreciate them all!
4. Write out your schedule and intention list.
Before you leave in the morning, set an intention of how you want the day to end. Plan out how you are going to get things accomplished and in what order. How do you want the actions you accomplish today to make you feel at the end of the day? How do you want to feel about your relationships and what can you do today to move that forward? It doesn’t have to be major. What is one thing you can do that will make you feel better at the end of the day? Put it on on your list and make sure it gets done by the end of the day.
5. Get away from the news and drama.
Get away from the drama. Don’t turn on the news, don’t check your text messages, and don’t check your Facebook, Twitter and Instagrams. Do your morning commute without listening to the news (it’s never positive), talking on the phone or checking social media. It only has the potential to bring up bad feelings and agitation if someone has posted something you don’t like. Listen to your favorite music, a podcast, or even just take some time to reflect on your thoughts and your day. Sometimes you need to create this “quiet time” to concentrate on your own thoughts and needs. Do this for a week and you will find yourself arriving at work in a calmer, more positive and relaxed mindset.
Make sure you take 20 minutes a day to accomplish these tasks and watch how your mood improves and days get better and more productive!
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