In today’s time and age where competition is so high, be it in the academic or professional sphere, people tend to feel demotivated or feel a lack of confidence due to the pressure surrounding them all the time.
In today’s day and age where everything is available with a click on the internet, people resort to searching for solutions online for staying positive in life and gaining the confidence to face and conquer challenges and failures in life.
“People tend to have a cognitive bias toward their failures, and toward negativity,” says Matthew Della Porta, a positive psychologist and organizational consultant. Our brains are more likely to seek out negative information and store it more quickly to memory.
Try these tips to make your brain stay positive:-
1. Express gratitude.
Negative events loom large unless you consciously balance them out. Thinking about the good in your life can help balance that bias, giving your brain the extra time it needs to register and remember a positive event. To help your brain store positive events, reflect on what you’re grateful for and why at least once a week. Write down your blessings, such as the opportunity to pursue a career you love or a family that supports you. If you prefer a daily habit, then keep a nightly log of good things that happened that day.
2. Repeat positive affirmations-
As any politician or advertiser knows, the more often you hear a message, the more likely you are to believe it. The same goes for messages about who you are and what you are capable of doing. By repeating positive affirmations with conviction several times each morning, you are training your brain to believe them. Choose two to three affirmations that represent your values and goals, The repetition will influence the way you interpret negative events, making you more resilient.
3. Challenge negative thoughts-
Each time a negative thought arises, we choose how to respond. If left to our own devices, we tend to dwell. Our brains home in on negative events so they seem much bigger and more significant than they are. To combat that, start by imagining the thought as separate from yourself, as something you can observe and deconstruct. Next, challenge negative thoughts that are unfairly self-deprecating.
How to Train Your Brain to Stay Positive:–
1. Don’t move a muscle–
Lie still. Ease into the present slowly. Let your mind and body connect without jarring movements
2. Try to remember your dreams-
Most people will say they cannot remember their dreams or that they don’t dream at all. We all dream multiple times during the night. You can train your mind to remember your dreams by lying absolutely still without thought. Dreams reflect our unconscious feelings. It’s worth paying attention to your unconscious emotional state.
3. Consider what makes you happy-
Choose three things that make you happy. Turn up the corners of your mouth into a big smile. Your happy thoughts will be forefront in your consciousness all day long.
4. Relax your body-
It’s natural when you first wake up to think you feel relaxed but you might not actually be relaxed. We tense up at night and we might still be tense when we begin to wake up.
Waking up the body is different for everyone. Some bodies and minds wake up more quickly than others, but a great way to enter the present is with an intention to meditate. If thoughts are running amok, trying to clear your mind. Slowly roll out of bed and sit on a pillow, back against the wall and spend time (at the beginning 2 – 5 minutes) sitting quietly.
6. Align your energy –
A straight spine is essential for meditating because it aligns your spine so energy can move through your body unobstructed. Shrug your shoulders back and feel your sit bones rooting. Note your body’s stillness.
7. Don’t think-
Meditation is not complicated. It is a process intended to let your thoughts go. You will have thoughts even with your intention not to think, but if you can’t stop, what is most important is not to attach any emotion to the thoughts.
8. Breathe –
If your mind becomes active, focus your attention on your breathing. Extend the breath and you will continue to be in a peaceful state.
9. Focus on breathing –
Find your breath interesting. After all, breathing is the essential ingredient for staying alive. It is your life force so honor it with attention.
10. Have an attitude of gratitude –
Your inner clock will begin to nudge you. It’s at this moment that you begin the gratitude phase of waking up: name 5 things you are grateful for and smile.
11. Get rid of the negativity –
Having negative thoughts at the beginning of your day is definitely a bad risk for your well-being. Your brain wants to go into negative mode first. It’s human nature to dwell on the negative.
Resist the negative and shift focus what is positive about your day and your life.
12. Don’t attach –
Don’t attach to thoughts when you wake up. You’ve got the whole day to do that. Attachment fosters illusion rather than reality and causes stress and anxiety.
13. Let your most pressing issue go –
The most pressing issue of your day will be at the forefront of your brain. Is it positive or negative? If it is negative, put a positive spin on it. You can turn any negative into a positive.
14. Stay relaxed –
Your thoughts manifest in your mind and body. Notice how your body tenses with uncomfortable issues. Relax your body by taking a very deep breath and let the breath out slowly. Shrug your shoulders back and open your heart.
15. Think yes instead of no –
No means resistance is at work. Yes means possibilities and opportunities. Yes means being strong and willing to cross over a mental threshold and be surprised.
16. Stay present –
Make an intention to stay present during the day. If you think future or past thoughts, reconnect with the present moment. The power of the day is in the now.
17. Eliminate something from your day –
Make an intention to eliminate something superfluous from your day. Make it a practice to give up something daily. Non-attachment and is good for the soul.
18. Be with happy people –
Make an intention to surround yourself with joyful, happy people during the day. Walk away from energy drains – people, places and things that stand in the way of your happiness and keep you stuck in the quicksand of the day.
19. Take on positive pursuits –
Invest in positive pursuits during the day. Keep the negatives away. If you are lacking in positive energy, negative energy will go after you. Do something that brings joy into your life. Go to the gym, eat a healthy lunch or call someone and acknowledge the gift of that person’s friendship.
20. Stay off one social media a day –
Eliminate one social media outlet a day. Stay off Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat and rely on your own energy to keep you positive.
21. Be mindful at all times –
Take time for self-reflection. Assess how you feel inside yourself. Self-reflection is like taking your emotional and spiritual temperature. You don’t need to know how things work or understand the meaning of life. Life just is. Live it.
22. Give no excuses, no blame –
It’s human nature to make excuses and to apply blame when things are not going well. Make an intention to take full responsibility for what you do every day.
23. Embrace daily challenges –
Life is an opportunity — it’s an opportunity to be the best that you can be. If you are thirsty, drink; if you are hungry, eat. Everything you do has meaning and purpose and affects your creativity.
24. Exercise –
Daily exercise promotes positive attitudes. Your neurotransmitters will be sparking away all day. Exercise in the morning – that morning walk is also meditative – noontime or evening. But do at least 20 minutes daily for good heart health.
25. Open your eyes –
Open your eyes, turn on some favourite music, dance and let the positivity flow through your bodies.
Believe me, it works. Do give it a try and witness the positive changes in your life
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