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Down In the Dumps? 8 Ways to Improve Your Mindset

By Christa Destefano

It’s no secret that a positive mental attitude can have a beneficial influence over your quality of life. Just what exactly about the other? How could a poor outlook, or a negative surrounding, influence your health?

As reported by the Midwest Center for Stress Control, the average adult has 300 negative thoughts every day, about one every 2 minutes.

Negative thoughts are related to increases in adrenaline and cortisol, higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels and issues in the immune system. Constant sentiments of anger, insecurity, anxiety, worry, and jealousy (among many more) not merely lead to aches, pains, or digestive problems in your body but tend to also lead to chronic disease conditions and a shorter life expectancy.

“These reviews that suggest our bitter and grumpy emotions can have a physical manifestation is something that energetic medicine has recognized for a long time – it is essential to connect on a conscious level with our physical bodies and register how our fluctuating moods can affect how we physically feel.” [huffingtonpost]

So what things can we do to raise our thinking and in-turn, improve our well being?

Change Your Mind, Reprogram Your Life

1.) Write it down and permit it to go- take note of every single damaging thought you’ve got. You will discover something therapeutic about “journaling” your pet peeves; putting them on paper and after that “closing the book” on it.

2.) Constructive criticism- ask a few men and women that you trust what you might do to enhance your frame of mind

3.) Begin the process of using good self-talk any time you have a damaging thought. Rather than getting upset at yourself for eating that piece of chocolate cake, vow to do better the next day!

4.) Affirmation techniques- One of the many personal developments books I’ve read, it said to think of a goal and write it down; wording it as if you are already actively performing it. Make sense? Here’s a few instances of goals:

* Mental Goal: “I benefit from studying self-improvement books and following self improvement podcasts each week.” Or it may very well be something like, “I appreciate my job and co-workers. I’m a positive influence on those around me and appreciate lifting people up.” * Family Goal: “I enjoy traveling with my loved ones and spending quality time with each other.” Or it could be, “I appreciate spending my Saturdays doing day trips or events with my family.”

* Financial Goal: “My work is consistently developing and I am reaching and helping a lot more people through it.” Or I am putting $100 every month into savings for my kids.”

* Professional Goal: “With my Herbalife achievements, I actually have developed a solid client base and can take more time volunteering and doing the thing I really like.”

* Community Support Goal: “Now that I am making over $10,000 monthly, I love supporting a range of non-profits monetarily and through time commitments.”

* Social Goal- “I am friendly and extroverted and enjoy looking my best.”

* Spiritual Goal- “I am focused on staying the most thoughtful and understanding individual I’m able to be. I select love and understanding versus judge, hate or discriminate.”

* Physical Goal- “I enjoy working out three days weekly and maintaining a healthy diet to energize my body and mind.”

Attempt this, think of a goal you’d want to reach for every one of these categories. Find 8 index cards, set the category towards the top and jot down your goals as if you are actually living it out. Carry the cards at hand and look at them frequently. Holding in the for-front of your mind how you’re striving to “be better” will help you actually get “better”. When you accomplish your goals, set brand new ones! That is how you will continue to mature as an individual!

5.) Let the past be the past. You are unable to change what’s already happened, nevertheless, you can keep it from transpiring down the road. Forgive yourself for the past but be determined to not let it happen in the future.

6.) Self improvement- read a good quality book. Honestly, I mean it. Dani Johnson, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, etc. Come in contact with them on Facebook, Twitter, sign up for their subscriber lists, enjoy their podcasts, etc. Don’t prefer to sign up for every one of these different things? Visit . On the right-hand section there’s a spot to place your email address and name (I know it says it’s for a social media e book, whether you will use that or not just subscribe anyway). You’ll get weekly emails with 2 inspirational quotes and a inspiring YouTube video that runs about 5-10 minutes in length. Good way to continue being positive during the entire week!

7.) Get some exercise- arrange some exercise into your day-to-day schedule. If work is the key cause of your thinking negatively and negative feelings, do a few laps all around the building on your lunch hour. Kids driving you up a wall? Get them outside and bring them for a walk (together with fresh air/ exercise should help tire them out :) )

8.) Clean house- no, not literally “clean your house” but remove those negative people in your life.

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