1. Start each day with a positive thought
When you wake up tomorrow morning try to not think about the hectic day at work you might have, or how exhausted you might feel, instead think of something that makes you happy. It could be something you are looking forward to like an upcoming holiday or reflecting on a good moment you had the previous day. It’s good to start your day on a good note with a positive thought.
2. Have a positive support group
It’s important to have a positive support group to help you through challenging and difficult times in life. Surrounding yourself with positive people will help you stay positive when faced with a negative situation. There are plenty of negative people out there—avoid them! Their negative attitudes will only bring you down and be counterproductive to your goal of practising positive thinking.
3. Exercise your body and mind
We know that exercise is good for our bodies, but it’s also important for our mental health. Our Eudaimonia! report found that those with an active lifestyle had the highest wellbeing scores (an average score of 6.92 out of 10), while those with an inactive lifestyle had a 22% decrease in wellbeing. Exercise releases endorphins in our brains that make us feel better, so it has a massive metal health benefit. Yoga is also a good exercise to add to your routine if you need to focus and meditate, or just switch off your mind after a hectic day.
4. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
Taking time to think about everything that you’re grateful for isn’t just the ‘right’ thing to do; it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved moods, energy and substantially less anxiety due to lower cortisol levels. Take time out every day to focus on the positive.
5. Channel negative thoughts into positive ones
Negative thoughts are the core of negativity and at times it’s overwhelming to eliminate these kinds of thoughts entirely. However, these thoughts are just a mindset and you can change this mindset by changing your habits. When you experience negative or pessimistic thoughts, use this as a cue to shift gears and think about something positive, however, small the positive aspect might be it is still positive. In time, a positive attitude will become a way of life.
Edgaras Lindinas – Weekend Fitness Manager - “Supporting people and helping them to find a better state of better mind, body and spirit are my motivation. After being a professional athlete for a decade, I haven’t stopped challenging myself and in 2014, I joined the YMCA volunteer programme, becoming a part of the YMCA Family, continuing my learning, developing new skills and gaining confidence as a fitness professional. After focusing on teaching a variety of classes, I got an opportunity to become the Weekend Fitness Manager and to introduce my own innovations, experience and passion to the Club programmes”.