Many people suffer from poor self-image. This means that they allow their negative thoughts about themselves to impact a large portion of their life. This can lead to all sorts of missed opportunities and lead to regrets for not seizing an opportunity when it presented itself. The thought and acknowledgment of not believing in oneself can lead to even more guilt about this and can turn into a vicious cycle. If you are reading this, you know that something needs to change. Self-reflection and a shift in thinking are definitely in order. Here’s how positive thinking can change your life for the better.
It is important that you practice things that will encourage a positive shift in your mindset on a daily basis.
There is Always Room For Self-Improvement
Something that many people fall into is the idea that they are too old to change or grow. This can lead to all sorts of mental health issues as well as long-lasting depression. When you practice positive thinking you will start to realize that you are never too old to change your career, start a new hobby, get a degree, and even learn a new language. There are 8 main types of intelligence as well as emotional intelligence, and all can be worked on at any time in your life.
If you feel like you are lacking in an area that you wish you had a better understanding of, then why not practice it. When we have thoughts that tell us we can’t do these things because we are stupid, this is a form of self-sabotaging behavior and will keep you in a box that stifles your growth. The brain can develop constantly throughout your life, so work on your different areas as you see fit. Improve your physical intelligence as well as your musical intelligence by dancing. Take up painting, and learn to draw, as both can improve your spatial intelligence. If you want to improve your logical intelligence read books on all sorts of interesting things. And play Sudoku as well as other puzzle games.
Healthier Lifestyle Choices
When you are stressed, down in the dumps, or feeling completely lost, you probably retreat to binge-watching, eating something unhealthy and this will just end up making you feel worse. When we actively stop ourselves from behaving this way and try to express our anxieties and cope with them in a healthier manner we find that we are healthier mentally as well as physically. Mental and physical health are tied very closely together. This means that when you eat a healthy diet and walk regularly, you will feel good and you’ll be more confident in yourself. This extends to living your day-to-day life and sends the message to your brain that you can do it.
It Can Make You Feel More Thankful
In 2021 the trend of keeping a journal and jotting down what you are thankful for. This is an important part of cultivating positive thoughts because you realize all you should be grateful for.
The nature of our social society has conditioned us in many ways to fixate on the negative. After all, negative emotions tend to linger longer and have a more vivid place in our memories. Why is it that something as tiny as a judgemental look from a complete stranger can ruin your entire day? You essentially allow it to outshine all of the other positives that happened in your day until that point? Making yourself aware of just how many positive things happen to you on a daily basis is one of the easiest ways to reprogram your mind. Start with the little things such as “I really enjoyed the weather today”, “a stranger smiled at me today” or even something as simple as “I got a good seat on the bus/train today”. It’s the little things that add up and make us grateful for what we have.
A Shift In Perspective
It is always important that you practice looking for the silver lining. This silver lining allows a shift in perspective. Life is all about perspective. Whether it’s talking with people to understand why they think and feel a certain way, or reading a good book, a change of perspective can really help you get out of a dark place. Sometimes it can even be as simple as changing your surroundings.
Positive thinking is something learned that we constantly practice. It becomes easier with time. It’s time to allow yourself that much need breather and shift in thinking. Be a glass-half-full person, not a glass-half-empty.