Always thinking positively can be a challenge, especially over the winter months. Sometimes, it doesn’t always take much to destroy a good frame of mind – a cancelled train or a meeting not going as you planned, and you can start to feel the positivity slip away.
So how can you bring more positivity into your life? Here are my top five starting points:
Record your achievements
Every Friday afternoon get into the habit of taking five minutes to write down all of your achievements – both at work and in your personal life. Maybe you delivered a great presentation at work or implemented a new system? Put it on the list. It could be that you tried a new bar with friends and managed to get to the gym twice in a week. Put that on the list too. Write at least 10 things but aim for 20.
Acknowledge what you’re grateful for
Spend another two minutes writing at least 20 things in your life to be grateful for. It could be something as seemingly insignificant as a sunny day, lunch with colleagues or a painting done by your kids. If you initially struggle with this then try thinking of things you would miss if they weren’t in your life.
I have a silent alarm on my phone that goes off three times a day with a positive affirmation so I am constantly reminded of what I am achieving and what I am working towards. Try this with your own affirmations, such as:
- I am grateful for this day
- I love and enjoy what I do
- I am healthy and happy
- I am proud of my achievements
Surround yourself with positive people
Spend more time with positive people. Is your best friend the most positive person you know? Arrange to meet. Or you could buy a new book that is uplifting, try a new gym class or watch Great British Bake Off and be inspired to take a cake into work for everyone to enjoy.
Avoid negative drainers
Are there people in your life that suck the energy out of you? Try to be around them as little as possible. If it’s a friend, think about if the friendship is really doing you good. If you want them in your life then look for ways to manage it so that so you’re not spending excessive amounts of time with them. If you have a dinner date lined up, for example, let them know you can’t stay late. An early morning meeting the next day is a useful ‘get out of jail free’ card.
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