MY SECRET TO CHANGING YOUR MINDSET
When you want to make a change, the first step in that process starts with making a decision. Your mind is always going to be the start to making a difference within yourself and changing whatever it is in your life that needs fixing.
Life is funny and will not always go as you expect- your job might not be what you thought it would be, the relationships in your life may not be fulfilling your social needs, you might fall into a funk you don't feel like you can get out of, and you might find yourself feeling unhappy more than anything and not knowing why. SO many of these problems engulf your life and your emotions until soon enough you don't recognize the person you are. Sometimes you might find that you aren't who you used to be. All of these indicators are trying to speak to you to get you to realize something is wrong. Whether it started in your mind or is ending there, I believe that it can be the biggest factor in your day to day.
Your mind can change a bad day to good. Your mind can also make a bad day worse. YOU have to decide whether you are going to work to change that or if you are going to continue on stressing yourself and making it harder.
I recently gave this a try myself as I am finding myself unhappy and different these days. I used to be a ray of sunshine and that is what I was known for- being happy. That isn't what I'm feeling or finding these days. Instead I've been in bad moods more than ever, I can't quite seem to figure out a work / life balance with my new job, and I didn't know what I needed to change. SO I started with my mind, I realized I was harping on the negatives in my day and focusing on what I hated. I started trying to wake up 15 minutes earlier, speaking positivity, taking deep breaths when I get frustrated, and well you can read the rest.
Here are 6 ways to help change your mindset and make a better day:
FIND THE ROOT
The biggest step to changing your mindset is to find the source that is fueling negative thoughts or causing you unnecessary stress and unhappiness. Finding the root of the problem will help you understand how to fix it or understand what needs to be changed or even cut out of your life.
Change your morning routine
The morning can have the biggest effect on your day. My suggestion- Give your mind and body enough time to wake up, don't just roll out of bed and go. Fuel your body with energy, make sure you eat breakfast or at least bring it with you. Find what wakes you up and makes you shine in the morning.
Take moments to speak positivity and light into yourself and your day. I know it's cheesy, but tell yourself that today is going to be a good day and that you are going to make the best out of everything that comes your way. Start off your day saying that today is YOUR day.
Pray for your day
Now I get not all you might pray, but for me- this is how I help change my mindset and find peace. PRAY for patience, pray for strength, pray the peace to get through your day. Pray over anything that will come your way and pray that you handle it with grace and that you are slow to anger and frustration. Top it off with some time on your commute or midday with some Jesus music! I don't know about you but it brings me peace when I need it.
LOOK FOR THE GOOD
Use your eyes and mind to find the light in the dark. Look for the good in the day, look for the good at work, look for the good in the people around you and look for the good in YOU. Find reasons to smile and find reasons to enjoy where you are. This isn't going to be easy every day and it won't necessarily change over night- but you will find on the days you can point out the good, it will feel less dark.
STOP FOCUSING ON THE BAD
This goes hand in hand with my last point. Let go of the bad, look for the good. When you focus on what is wrong in the day, your mind revolves around it and you won't find happiness there. Instead you'll stay angry, frustrated, and even miserable. Happiness will go right out the window and you'll just be walking through life like a zombie. Wake up, push out those bad thoughts, and FIGHT for every day to have something good.
These aren't necessarily going to change your life over night, but these few steps can help you make a significant difference in your life. They can help you find happiness. It's easy to get stuck in a rut and it's easy to let it consume you. The only person that can get you out is YOU.
Until Next Time,