The most common advice we hear from people when we are going through a rough period is “Stay positive”. Even though it seems overused, there is something about it that has a much stronger effect on your physical and mental health than you are aware of. Having a positive attitude even during the worst times gives your internal vibration a boost which makes you more capable of facing whatever comes your way.
However, staying positive is not always easy especially when being surrounded with unexpected challenges or negative energy. The following 6 tips can help you train your brain to stay positive even when it seems impossible.
1. Subconscious retraining
The first thing you need to do is to learn how you can release the negative energy you have accumulated. Negative experiences, especially those from your childhood, can stay with you and haunt you for decades. Unless you get rid of them, you will never be able to reach your full potential.
You can learn how to reach these ‘buried’ experiences and also learn how to believe in yourself more with the help of exercises such as tapping and neuro-linguistic programming.
There are also other approaches, such as hypnotherapy, but no matter which one you choose it is important that you learn how to create a strong positive perspective which starts by letting go of past traumas.
2. To feel positive, be positive
Being kind to others and making other people happy also makes you feel good about yourself. Even if it is a minor favor or helping a stranger can help you escape the negativity for a while.
Try to create habit of doing something kind for another person when you feel hopeless or anxious. You will teach your brain to feel positive and the periods of negativity will become shorter and shorter.
3. Focus on the things that make you happy and glad you are alive
Try to pay attention as much as you can to the things that make you genuinely happy. Get a notebook that you will use for this and every morning write down 5 things that make you happy.
It can be anything that you find joyful such as the smell of the air after rain, or the way your dog welcomes you when you get home from work. Write down the things you feel proud about, or the things that inspire you to become more successful. By focusing on things that make you feel happy, the neural pathways in the brain will strengthen and as a result you will learn how to find more and more things you feel happy about.
4. Take care of your body
You are what you eat. Literally. The food and drinks you consume as well as your level of exercise or sleep quality have an enormous influence on your emotional health. In order to become a positive thinker, first think about how well you take care of yourself.
One of the most important factors is a healthy diet rich in various nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Being deficient in certain vitamins can even cause negative emotional states such as anxiety and depression.
Lack of sleep can also trigger anger and negative thinking, which is why you should sleep at least 8 hours every day. By taking proper care of your physical health you are also taking care of your mental and emotional health.
5. Make time for the things you love
We are often too preoccupied with our work and social commitments to make time for the things we love. But if you make your work a priority and never make space for the things you are passionate about you are very likely to become negative.
Try to create boundaries and spend at least one hour a day doing something you enjoy without being interrupted. You will be more than happy once you do this.
6. Flip the negativity into positivity
Training your brain to see the bright side of any situation can be done with almost no effort. However, at the beginning you should challenge yourself consciously in order to learn how you can find the good in everything.
For example, when it seems that everything you touch breaks, think that something better is waiting around the corner. Instead of thinking about yourself as a failure, find a way to turn the situation into an experience you will learn from.
Think of your setbacks as opportunities. If you didn’t get the job you wanted, work harder until you do instead of feeling sad about it. Doing this constantly will teach your brain to see the positive side without being prompted, and that way you will attract even more positivity in your life.