How to Maintain a Positive Mindset When You Don’t Feel Like It

We all have days when we know it’s better to be upbeat and positive, but for the life of us, we just don’t feel like it. When you face challenges or feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude. The good news, there are several simple things you can do to lift your mood, feel happier, and stay positive.

Begin to experience the happiness you deserve by taking positive steps today that will lead to a brighter tomorrow.

1. Start your day with something positive.

Set an intention each morning to start the day headed in the right direction. If you resolve to experience something positive first thing in the morning, this will set the stage for you to have a great day.

  • Wake up earlier. Do this by setting your alarm to go off 15 minutes before you normally get up. This extra time will enable you to have a more organized and productive day.
  • Develop a morning routine that you can repeat daily to ease into your day’s responsibilities. Determine which activities help improve your mindset and put you on the path to positive thinking. Then find two or three things you can do each morning that’ll set the stage for a successful day. As these become habit, you can slowly add to the routine.
  • A routine will help your body and mind settle in and focus on what you need to accomplish and will guide you through a peaceful set of steps that calm your mind and create unstoppable momentum. Which is way better than rushing around or forgetting important details.

2. Set exciting goals.

If you wake up each morning with nothing to look forward to, your mind may quickly latch onto negative feelings that can last throughout the day. Give your life focus by setting goals that motivate and excite you. Write those goals down and review them every day. Each day, take some small action that brings you closer to attaining your goal.

  • Set aside a few minutes this week to write down all the reasons why each goal is important to you. How will you feel when you reach the goal you’ve set? How will your loved ones be affected? How will your quality of life improve?
  • · Spend a few minutes each day reading through this list. A big enough “why” can help you to overcome obstacles that are in your way.

3. Surround yourself with positive people.

Spend more time with people that make you feel good about yourself, encourage you, and bring out the best in you.

4. Write a diary or journal entry.

Writing can help you to process your own emotions and feelings. Set a time each day to write these down, and you’ll instantly feel better.

5. Have a quick tidy up.

You’ve surely heard of “clear space, clear mind”! Make some time, even if it’s only for 5 minutes each day to tidy your environment – your mind will thank you.

6. Take a walk or go for a run.

If you are feeling stressed or worried, taking a short walk or run outside will raise your mood and can also calm you down.

7. Listen to music.

It is well known that music can boost happiness and reduce anxiety. Put on your favorite album and you will notice yourself humming, smiling and dancing in no time!

8. Eat at least one healthy meal.

Your body and mind will thank you for eating at least one healthy meal with fruit and vegetables each day.

9. Remember that bad days happen.

When you have a bad day, don’t beat yourself up or dwell on it. Remember that tomorrow is a new day with exciting possibilities and challenges. Your next victory is right around the corner when you resolve to start with a fresh perspective.

These suggestions will only help if you put them into practice. Pick one or more of them and decide that your happiness is worth small changes that lead to a big payoff!

Live Love Authentically ~

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Hi, I'm Rita.

After 20 years of passionate work as a military leader, teacher, coach, and mentor, I realized it was my calling to turn my passion for helping others into practical knowledge for the real world.

Becoming a Certified Mindset Transformation Coach has been my greatest gift to myself. Now, I coach driven women to breakthrough limiting beliefs and unlock their full authentic selves. Challenging them to set goals and go after them, developing their inner leader, and improving their confidence in ways they never thought possible. It is my sincere desire to be the coach, mentor, and cheerleader that we have all needed at one time or another. 

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