Tag: Gratitude

How to Achieve Inner Peace – 15 Amazing Tips!

How to Achieve Inner Peace – 15 Amazing Tips!

Today we will be talking you through how to achieve inner peace. The quest for inner peace in this chaotic world is a noble one. By finding peace within ourselves, we make it easier to navigate the turmoil of others, whether it’s society or dealing…

Self-Care Morning Routine Ideas – Ultimate Guide!

Self-Care Morning Routine Ideas – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be talking you through some self-care morning routine ideas. Just imagine, the sun is rising, the curtains add an orange beam to the day, and here you are, presented with a brand-new day, a new beginning, and a fresh start. The times…

Mental Health Tips for Men – Ultimate Guide!

Mental Health Tips for Men – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will diving in deep with mental health tips for men.

If you’re a man, or you know a man, perhaps your brother, friend, son or uncle, who you know needs support, please encourage them to talk to someone they can trust.

Whether that be a friend, relative, work colleague or even a professional, speaking to someone in confidence can help relieve the load.

I was one of those men that didn’t talk, and it nearly cost me my life. Within the space of three years my life fell apart rapid. In those few years, I had become an alcoholic with severe depression, insomnia and anxiety, with it all coming to an end in 2019 when I nearly died from liver failure.

Honestly, as a man, I can say talking really can be the best therapy and seeking support will help enormously.

Men can often feel like they’re not allowed to talk, for whatever reason, but they need to know it’s safe to talk about how they feel.

Let’s end the stigma of men not talking about their feelings – yes, they do, and yes, sometimes, they need to.

It doesn’t matter who you are, we all have feelings.

This post can be for men or women, but I feel it’s important to us men, to end the stigma and to know it’s OK to talk.

Despite what you might think, everyone has mental health, but not everyone will have mental ill-health.

There are many ways to you can look after your own mental health, but these are our 19 tips.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified therapist, therefore all the advice given is from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

Mental Health Tips for Men – Ultimate Guide!

 

Keep up with relationships that are healthy and rewarding

Researchers have found that people who are more socially active have a higher quality of mental health.

Instead of isolating, try your best to sustain your positive relationships with co-workers, family members, and friends.

Keep up with them digitally through video chat parties and events, and if you can, do a socially distant activity like taking a walk around the park.

However, there can be instances where you need to detach from certain people to sustain your mental health.

Do you find yourself frequently arguing with someone? Is someone always passive-aggressively insulting you and making you feel bad?

You can always try to work it out. But there can be a moment in which you realise that enough is enough.

Let go of any toxic relationships that are weighing you down.

 

Practice meditation/mindfulness exercises

Throughout the day, meditate when you need to feel relaxed. By doing mindfulness activities throughout the day, you can get more insight into your emotions and increase your ability to pay attention.

Schedule meditation breaks during the morning and afternoon/evening, this is your time for inner healing.

Frequent meditation research has shown can boost the quality of your relationships and may help you overcome anxiety.

Are you new to meditation and mindfulness? No need to worry, take a look at my mediation for beginners and mindfulness activities post.

 

 

Physical exercise

It’s been shown that doing physical exercise can be great for your mental wellbeing and help with anxiety and depression.

The new year is a perfect chance to start a workout routine. Since there are so many different activities out there, you can undoubtedly find one that’s right for you.

On YouTube, there’s a wide range of classes taught by experts. Even when it’s cold out, you can exercise whenever, wherever.

You can also set up a video chat workout with some friends – crank up the tunes and make it a social activity!

 

Stay hydrated

Going hand in hand with exercise, drinking more water has a huge impact on an individual’s mental health.

Dehydration from lack of water can be a common cause of frequent headaches and lethargy, leading to an inevitable negative mood.

Drinking enough water provides our brains with the fluids it needs to be able to function properly, allowing for quicker thinking and reaction times.

Unsure of how much you should be drinking? The unofficial advice given is to be drinking around 2 litres a day.

This can be a lot for those who don’t drink much so for that extra push you need, why not treat yourself to a personal water bottle with motivational times to drink imprinted on the design of the bottle?

They’re both trendy and great for ensuring you maintain your water intake throughout the day.

 

Accept and value yourself

Every single one of us is different and unique in our own way, and we are all good at doing different things.

That being said, no one is perfect so be sure to treat yourself with kindness and respect. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

Embracing who you are helps boost self-confidence which can lead you to discover new friends, places and things, and can help you through difficult times.

 

 

Associate with positive people

Associating with the right people can do worlds of good for your mental health.

If your friends or family members tend to be negative and simply don’t see the glass as half-full, find yourself some better people to spend time with.

Mental-health-tips

Of course, you don’t have to ditch important folks just because they have negative attitudes some of the time, just bolster your network of friends with those that have a positive mindset.

Otherwise, those damaging mindsets may seep into your thinking.

 

 

Set life goals

If you don’t have a clear direction in life, chances are your mind is constantly wading through the possibilities and stressing about the future.

Whether it’s on a personal or professional level, try to set long-term goals. That way, you know what you’re working toward and it’s going to be easier to ward off career or personal life dissatisfaction.

When you reach a goal your notion of self-worth improves.

 

 

Create a new routine

For starters, keep up with some kind of routine. If your typical routine isn’t feasible anymore, create a new one.

Try to get up and go to bed at similar times, eat at regular hours, and schedule slots for personal hygiene and exercise.

The predictability of a routine may help you feel more in control, which is important for mental health, according to the Mayo Clinic. Plus, regular exercise may reduce anxiety and improve your mood.

 

 

Take a break

In those moments when it all seems like too much, step away, and do anything but whatever was stressing you out until you feel a little better.

Sometimes the best thing to do is a simple breathing exercise: Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. For each one, count to four as you inhale, hold it for a count of four, and then exhale for another four.

Mental-health-tips

This works wonders almost immediately.

Try to slow down focus on the present moment, this will  calm the mind also.

 

 

Take a break from social media

Social media may seem like a convenient, easy way to keep in touch with people, but it can also have a negative effect on your mental health.

Recent studies show a link between frequent social media use and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Make a greater effort to socialise in person, rather than online, for the best results on your mental health.

 

Read books

Reading just 30 minutes a day over time will produce amazing benefits. I hear you – “What? I don’t have 30 minutes a day to read!”  Well, quite honestly, I think we spend at least that amount of time on other activities like social media or television each day.

Plus, I would add that we really cannot afford not to acquire this habit. Reading 30 minutes a day would mean that you could probably get through 2-3 books in a month and 24 to 36 books in a year!

That is amazing! Think of all you could learn in one year by cultivating a simple daily habit of reading.

Top tips

The following books I cannot recommend enough:

 

 

Avoid alcohol in excess

You’ve probably heard it before (maybe repressed it for some reason), but I would recommend not drinking in excess and only drink in moderation.

Drinking too often can cause higher levels of anxiety and depression which can cause a downward spiral in your mental wellness, I know this all too well.

Don’t take this as me saying you have to completely cut alcohol out of your life, but try to consider the negative impacts that alcohol can have on your mental wellness before drinking in excess.

 

Sleep well

While many consider sleeplessness to be a symptom of mental illness, recent research suggests that it may be a cause of poor mental health. Sleep, particularly deep sleep, is crucial for maintaining a healthy mind, according to leading sleep scientists like Berkley’s Professor Matthew P. Walker.

Doctors recommend practicing good “sleep hygiene” – only use your bedroom for sleeping, cut out the use of electronic devices before bedtime, and keep the atmosphere cool and dark.

If you still have trouble sleeping, consider cutting out caffeine or increasing your physical activity during the day.

 

 

Practice gratitude

Gratitude has been clearly linked with improved well-being and mental health, as well as happiness.

The best-researched method to increase feelings of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or write a daily gratitude list.

Generally contemplating gratitude is also effective, but you need to get regular practice to experience long-term benefits.

Find something to be grateful for, let it fill your heart, and bask in that feeling.

 

 

Self-care

No matter how crazy life gets we all need to make time for self-care. Spending time loving yourself is important for our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

This is important for you to have a healthy relationship with yourself. You need to love yourself too!

 

 

Volunteer

Volunteering your time can be a major boost to your self-esteem, plus you get that “feel good” emotion by helping out those in need.

If you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer in your local community, use the website Volunteer Match for guidance.

There are many concrete benefits of giving back to the community, one of the least celebrated is the emotional health of the giver.

 

Celebrate your wins

Make it a habit to celebrate your wins. High fives might seem cliché but there’s magic in the movement.

If you don’t believe me, check out one of the most popular TED talks of all time by Amy Cuddy.

Make a habit of saying the right thing to yourself and others with your body language.

Small tweaks can bring about big changes.

And, have a little fun, too. Life’s too short for anything less.

If you can, encourage celebrating wins in your workplace, too.

A change in office culture, to one of support and congratulations, will have an uplifting effect on the energy and mood of any workplace.

Mood is contagious so make sure the right one is catching. You won’t just be changing your life; you’ll be changing the lives of those around you.

 

Open up to someone

Knowing you are valued by others is important for helping you think more positively. Plus, being more trusting can increase your emotional well-being because as you get better at finding the positive aspects in other people, you become better at recognizing your own.

 

Reach out to get some professional help

Though there are plenty of things you can do to take charge of your mental health, it’s vital to get extra help if you’re not feeling great.

While it can be overwhelming, you should reach out to a friend, family member, or partner who can help and support you through this difficult time.

Look for a licensed counsellor, psychologist, or psychiatrist depending on your needs.

Improving your mental health can subsequently lead to you reaching other professional and personal goals, and so it should be regarded as just as important as your physical health.

If you aren’t motivated and happy, you won’t get very far. We all have the potential to find happiness. With the right tips and professional help, you can get there.

 

Mental health tips for men – Final thoughts

You have the power to take positive steps right now to improve your resilience and emotional health.

Don’t wait until you’re in a crisis to make your mental health a priority. Besides, it is easier to form new habits when you are feeling strong.

You can then implement those habits when you need them most. Pick something from this article that resonates with you and try it. Then, try something else.

Slowly putting in place routines, habits, and regular patterns will help you feel better through gradual change.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@lawrence-wellness.com. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

IF YOU FOUND THIS POST USEFUL, THEN PLEASE SAVE THIS PIN BELOW TO YOUR PINTEREST MENTAL HEALTH BOARD OR SOMETHING SIMILAR FOR LATER – THANK YOU!

 

Mental-health-tips

18 Ways to Practice Self-Love – Ultimate Guide!

18 Ways to Practice Self-Love – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will diving into ways to practice self-love. Practising self-love can be a challenge, especially at a time when you may feel low due to circumstances surrounding you. There is never a better time than right now to start putting yourself first and taking…

A Beginner’s Guide to the 7 Chakras – All You Need to Know!

A Beginner’s Guide to the 7 Chakras – All You Need to Know!

Today I will be bringing to you all a beginner’s guide to the 7 Chakras. Chakra points are energy spots in the Human body. In Sanskrit, ‘chakra’ means ‘wheel’, and the exact definition of chakra is “wheel of spinning energy”, a whirling vortex like the powerhouse…

12 Habits to Change your Life – Ultimate Guide!

12 Habits to Change your Life – Ultimate Guide!

Habits have the enormous power to make or break us in life.

Whether our days are primarily made up of good habits or bad ones, the evidence will show itself in our health, happiness and productivity.

Clearly negative habits are much easier to adopt than positive habits.

Positive habits require discipline and routine, but once we design a life that consists primarily of good habits we begin to move through our days with more ease and consistency.

There is less effort required once we have created systems that lead to positive results and outcomes.

Today I have put together a simple guide of positive habits that can have a dramatic effect on your life if put into practice.

 

 

12 Habits to Change your Life – Ultimate Guide!

 

Practice Mindfulness

When you put Mindfulness into practice your mind will declutter massively!

I can’t explain how much this practice has changed my life. When you’re mindful your life will transform.

By living in the present moment, you become at peace with your past thoughts and illusions made up in your mind.

Observe your thoughts, become at peace with them, take away the emotional attachment.

12-Habits-to-Change-your-Life

When you find your mind wandering, revert back to the present moment.

The more you live in the present moment, the mind quickly loses control over you. The mind is a tool that should be working for you, not controlling you.

This takes a lot of practice, as your mind has spent so many years in control. The mind has been projecting its illusions on you all your life.

Purchase a book, research it on YouTube. The Mindfulness practice is life changing when used consistently and persistently!

 

 

Get enough sleep

Sleep deprivation contributes to all forms of problems including irritability, anxiety, depression and weight gain. Prioritise enough sleep. According to experts, most adults need 7-9 hours a night. According to the National sleep foundation, the appropriate amount of sleep for adults may range from 6 to 10 hours of sleep.

With experts saying you need between 6 and 10 hours of sleep how do you know how many hours of sleep you need? Do you feel rested when you wake? Are you able to wake up without an alarm or easily get up when the alarm goes off?

These are signs you are getting enough sleep.

Feeling fatigued is a sign that you need more sleep. During times of emotional and physical stress, we often need extra sleep.

 

 

Early morning routine

Never underestimate the power of a solid morning routine.

A morning routine not only sets your day up for success, but if planned accordingly, it can create additional time in your day to work towards your goals.

This is the magic about mornings.

Morning-person

The time is yours, because it’s happening before the busyness of the day hits.

Beginning a morning routine is one of the most important habits to start right now.

Waking up early is tough (I’m not really a fan either), but it is so worth it.

 

 

Spend less time on social media/internet

With the advancement of technology this day, people tend to spend more time on social media than real people.

Social media has taken over the world, people tend to use it for different things. Social media and the internet have made so many people rich but let’s not forget the fact that it has made some not useful.

People spend hours on social media without doing anything. Spend less time on social media and you will see the result you get on a daily basis.

If you have something important to do, I will advise you to get rid of or delete the apps and focus on your business. Use social media in your spare time when you are not using it for business.

 

Practice gratitude

Gratitude helps you gain much needed perspective in times when you feel down. It helps you realise that life is not so bad and that there are still some very good things happening for you.

Most therapists recommend writing down a list of things you are grateful each day, you can do this in the morning or in the evening.

The list doesn’t have to be long it’s ok to write even 3 simple things that you are grateful for.

If you don’t know where to start, here are three things to start you off: I am grateful for the sunshine today. I am grateful for the meal I ate with my family and I am grateful for the wifi not playing up today!

You can be grateful for anything and everything and you are sure to feel a bit lighter, a bit happier once you have done this exercise.

 

 

Celebrate your wins

Make it a habit to celebrate your wins. High fives might seem cliché but there’s magic in the movement.

If you don’t believe me, check out one of the most popular TED talks of all time by Amy Cuddy.

Make a habit of saying the right thing to yourself and others with your body language.

Small tweaks can bring about big changes.

habits-to-change-your-life

And, have a little fun, too. Life’s too short for anything less.

If you can, encourage celebrating wins in your workplace, too.

A change in office culture, to one of support and congratulations, will have an uplifting effect on the energy and mood of any workplace.

Mood is contagious so make sure the right one is catching. You won’t just be changing your life; you’ll be changing the lives of those around you.

 

Declutter

Whether it’s your car, your closet or your bedroom, it’s time to clean things out.

We often overlook the fact that clutter is actually a form of mental and physical constraint.

There is a sense of harmony that comes from things being neat and orderly and this has psychological benefits.

You don’t have to be an “OCD” type all the time, but the mere act of cleaning and decluttering is extremely calming and liberating.

A lack of cleanliness and organisation often leads to elevated stress and depression.

It also suggests low self-worth as your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.

You’ve most likely heard the saying: out with the old, in with the new.

Make space for new opportunities to flow into your life by releasing items that keep you tied to the past and see if it doesn’t have a positive effect on your happiness.

 

 

Exercise

Exercise is one of those habits that everyone talks about. It makes you roll your eyes when you hear or read about it. Like what else is new? Exercise is good for you.

To me, exercise is a very important habit physically and mentally. I especially notice how much it impacts my life when I don’t do it. I become stressed, I’m also reactive and it shows in my relationships, in my work and in the decisions I make.

habits-to-change-your-life

I can’t seem to stay clear and objective when I don’t do it. Plus, I just feel tired and ache all the time.

So, I try to make exercise a part of my day whether it would be by walking for at least an hour, going to the gym, stretching, running or doing an at home workout. It has become a part of my life and it fits naturally. If it’s still not a part of your daily routine, just try it.

Top tip:

Moving your body or stretching for just 10 minutes per day can really help improve your mental health!

 

 

Meditation

I can’t stress how life changing meditation truly is! You may have tried it and not liked it, or you may have not done it for longer enough to see the results.

I urge you to create a daily meditation practice if you want to create a calm mind, body and life.

There are numerous studies proving the benefits of meditation on stress, depression, anxiety and even physical health!

 

 

Set goals

We all tend to have a vision for our life. What does that look like for you? What do you dream of doing?

I know you have something in mind you’ve always wanted to try but have been too afraid to get started.

Is it starting an online business? Is it a career change? Give this one some thought.

It’s time to think about what you truly want out of life and go after it.

It’s never the perfect time, and waiting for the perfect time will keep you from ever starting.

Identify the goals you have for your life, figure out a huge list of actions needed to accomplish these goals, and GET STARTED.

Setting goals is a life improving habit you need start right now. Don’t keep putting it off.

 

 

Read books

Reading just 30 minutes a day over time will produce amazing benefits. I hear you – “What? I don’t have 30 minutes a day to read!”  Well, quite honestly, I think we spend at least that amount of time on other activities like social media or television each day.

Plus, I would add that we really cannot afford not to acquire this habit. Reading 30 minutes a day would mean that you could probably get through 2-3 books in a month and 24 to 36 books in a year!

That is amazing! Think of all you could learn in one year by cultivating a simple daily habit of reading.

Top tips

The following books I cannot recommend enough:

 

 

Drink more water

A simple yet vital daily requirement, drinking water. This not only hydrates you but improves your bodily functions, preventing headaches, washes out toxins from the body, and helps with weight loss.

Drinking water can solve other problems such as clearing skin issues and providing mental clarity. One way to drink more water is to keep a water bottle with you at all times so you can hydrate yourself throughout the day.

I personally like to drink room temperature and hot water; this helps with digestion.

 

12 habits to change your life – Final thought

It’s worth it to note that we still have down days even if we’re the best at implementing these actions. It’s a part of life. However, these daily actions will help make those stormy days a little less dark, and make it so much easier to weather through.

Also, these habits don’t just create happiness, but also can be life changing in what you can achieve. With a brighter outlook, more energy and a positive mindset, the possibilities for our lives are endless!

What are you doing to live a better life?

I would love to hear your thoughts below on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@lawrence-wellness.com. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

IF YOU FOUND THIS POST USEFUL, THEN PLEASE SAVE THIS PIN BELOW TO YOUR PINTEREST SELF-DEVELOPMENT BOARD OR SOMETHING SIMILAR FOR LATER – THANK YOU!

daily-habits

How to Stay Positive During a Pandemic – Ultimate Guide!

How to Stay Positive During a Pandemic – Ultimate Guide!

Today I discussing how to stay positive during a  pandemic. As COVID-19 spreads steadily around the world, many of us are finding ourselves spending more time at home due to government restrictions. I have taken advantage of this extra time to focus on how I…

20 Habits to Change Your Life – Ultimate Guide!

20 Habits to Change Your Life – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will talking through habits to change your life. Habits have the enormous power to make or break us in life. Whether our days are primarily made up of good habits or bad ones, the evidence will show itself in our health, happiness and…

Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Ultimate Guide!

Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be discussing overcoming negative thoughts.

When you’re having negative thoughts, you know that getting your mind off of it is easier said than done.

In fact, research shows that when people are instructed not to think about a specific topic, it makes it even harder to get that topic out of their minds. But rehashing negative thoughts over and over in your head, also known as rumination, can be unpleasant and counterproductive—and in some cases, it can even lead to chronic depression.

Luckily, there are a few techniques that can help you stop negative thinking and refocus your mind on something positive, the best though, is to distract yourself with something else, something that requires focus and best of all, is productive and helps you improve your life.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified councillor/therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Ultimate Guide!

So here are some tips and tricks to get started. They worked wonders for me.  By following these guidelines, I have gone from being a pessimist and perfectionist, to having a strong and healthy mind where I have the self-belief and confidence to try new things (like this blog), to just go for it.

And my positive mindset means that when I do have negative thoughts (because I am just human, I can’t switch them off completely), I can redirect my thoughts without allowing them to infiltrate my emotions and ruin my good mood for the day.

 

Surround yourself with positive people

People who we spend most of our time with often determine our thought process. If a colleague of yours has a habit of judging people from their dressing sense, you are bound to feel conscious about your own dressing sense when you are around them.

Similarly, when you are with someone who doesn’t have a habit of fault-finding and always manages to appreciate little things in people, you will feel good about how they make you see things in a positive light.

Energy, negative or positive, spreads fast and you don’t want to be wasting your time sitting amongst those who aren’t helping you in beating negativity.

 

 

Recognise negative thoughts and silence them

If you want to maximize your positivity, I recommend that you start to learn to silence any negative thoughts.

You need to stop them telling you that you can’t do it, that you don’t have what it takes.

Paying attention to discouraging thoughts that don’t believe in you automatically decreases your self-confidence and prevents you from acting.

Negative self-talk, it happens to all of us and it’s hard to control.

overcoming-negative-thoughts

Those negative thoughts come to our mind, most of the time without us even knowing why. But that’s’ ok, don’t beat yourself up for that.

However, it’s really important that you learn how to recognise negative self-talk as soon as it occurs, in order to lessen its power.

When you’re able to identify negative thoughts, it’s then much easier not to listen to them and to replace them with neutral thoughts – or even better – with positive thoughts if you can.

When you’re able to recognise negative self-talk, you can finally ignore your inner critic!

So that’s why being self-aware of your own thoughts is so important!

 

 

Learn from the past

It’s never fun when we make mistakes or fail. It doesn’t feel good, and we feel bad for a while. Still, it’s no use going back to it several times after the fact.

Let’s say you made a mistake at work and your boss scolds you. It sucks at the moment. But then it’s done and you go home. When we ruminate, we go back to the moment when we messed up and we get scolded, and relive the moment repeatedly.

This is what makes us feel even worse than the actual situation. It’s almost like we’re punishing ourselves repeatedly for that one mistake. Instead of doing that, take it as a lesson to learn from.

Think about the situation once again if you will, and think about how you can prevent that from happening again.

What actions can you take next time to make sure to do it right? Once you’ve figured it out, take note of the action, and let go of the mistake.

 

Practice being grateful

Take the time each day to write down some of the things that you are most grateful for. Whether it is sunny days, a good night spent with your family or friends, a job that you love going to, or even just the gift of life, write down some of the things that make you happy and that you are grateful for.

Practicing gratitude is one of the best things that you can do to immediately shift your perspective. It’s why I recommend keeping a daily gratitude journal, and it’s why I do keep one. It’s a great way to help remind you of all of life’s blessings and will help to keep them at the forefront of your mind.

overcoming-negative-thoughts

Gratitude journals are a great way to bring some self-care into your daily routine and they only take about 10-15 minutes out of your day. Try adding them either into your morning routine or right before bed.

Either way, they are a great way to reflect on positives in your life and remind you that no matter how you feel there are positives to be thankful for.

Plus, they are easily affordable! This one is only £7, bargain! Or, you can also just use any notebook you have and write the date and 1-5 things you are grateful for that day.

 

 

Live in and come back to this moment

When you’re tapping into negative thinking then you’re often thinking about something that happened. Or something that may happen. Or both, all jumbled up as your mood and thoughts sink.

To snap out of that put your attention fully into this moment instead. Into what’s here right now.

Start making it a habit to spend more of your time in the present moment and you’ll, in my experience, naturally have fewer negative thoughts and be more open and constructive.

A couple of ways to bring yourself back to being mindful and this moment are:

Focus only on your breathing.

overcoming-negative-thoughts

Take a 1–2-minute pause right now and take a little deeper breath than you usually do. Make sure you’re breathing with your stomach and through your nose.

During this time focus only on the air going in and out and nothing else.

Take in the world around you.

Take a 1–2-minute break, get out of your head and put your attention on what’s around you right now. Nothing else.

Just focus on the people walking by outside your window, the muffled words and noises from the street, the smells around you and the sun shining in and warming your skin.

 

 

Remember to let things go

As much as you’d like to control everything that happens, truth is you can’t. This is an especially tough pill to swallow for people who like to be in control all the time.

However, we need to remember that there’s only so much that we can control. Most other things are beyond our control, and that’s just how it’s always been and always will be.

See the beauty of letting go. Once you let go, you’ll feel free of the drama.

 

Set boundaries around social media

Just like it’s important to protect yourself from toxic relationships by setting boundaries, they also need to be set around social media.

Many of us are using social outlets for hours every single day. This can lead to comparing ourselves to others, negative thoughts, and even anxiety.

study found that when volunteers limited their social media use to just 30 minutes per day, they had major improvements in their well-being. Some even felt less lonely and less depressed.

What does this tell us? This is proof that stepping away from our phones and not immersing ourselves in the social media world all day can actually have a very positive effect on our mood.

The result may be less negativity, and you may even find you have more time and energy to put into things that truly matter (like self-care and spending time with loved ones).

 

Energise your morning routine

Mornings set the tone of your day. When you feel sluggish in the morning, you can bring the same disposition all throughout the day.

Pump up your morning routine to start the day with a bang. You don’t need to wake up as early as 4 AM as other successful people do. Follow what works for you.

Planning your day in advance towards a particular goal helps create a laser focus on what needs to be done. Some routines that you should do in the morning:

  • Meditation
  • Setting your top 3 priorities for the day
  • A 20-minute exercise ((At the very least)
  • Listening to a podcast or reading a book

 

 

Start meditating

I remember when I started meditating sitting for 7 minutes was excruciatingly painful. Now I sit for 30/40 minutes and I love it.

Meditation was the doorway to so many new things for me. It taught me to be more present in my daily life. It taught me to witness or observe my thoughts and feelings instead of getting hooked by them. It taught me to hear my own soul speak. It helped me more confident and not get wrapped up in negative thoughts.

I knew my meditation practice was making a difference with how I am in my everyday life. I once had a short fuse and temper, but now I am a more peaceful person.

overcoming-negative-thoughts

It has had a massive impact on my life.

Instead of having emotional meltdowns, over certain situations, I feel complete peace. I smile joyfully and takes things in my flow.

That is the power of meditation. It naturally turns you into a calmer, confident, more peaceful person. Make it a part of your daily routine.

 

 

Practice a brain dump exercise

Brain Dumping is a form of psychological Self Care that gives you a feeling that you can free yourself of negative thoughts by writing them on a piece of paper.

Negative thoughts find a way to creep in when the mind is cluttered with all kinds of thoughts. You need to declutter your mind in order to make space for positive thoughts to set in.

Brain Dumping is one of the most useful ways to get rid of the negative thoughts and clear your mind.

 

 

Positive affirmations

Affirmations are a great way to appeal to the good side of any individual. The sad truth is, you often, by default, speak ill of yourself every day. Positive affirmations can turn the table around. They are like the essential elements for a plant to grow. Without them, the plant will wither and die.

Create a list of at least three affirmations per day. Recite these affirmations throughout the day when it’s tough.

 

Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Final Thought

Many a times, negativity makes you believe that the problem lies within you. But the fact is, it’s how you allow yourself to feel that determines what your mind will eventually think.

If you feel happy and grateful about everything that you have, negativity can come nowhere near you. Get over the feelings of regret, hate, jealousy and sadness and you will find yourself feeling more alive and positive.

What are you tips for dealing with negative thoughts? I would love to hear them.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@lawrence-wellness.com. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

IF YOU FOUND THIS POST USEFUL, THEN PLEASE SAVE THIS PIN BELOW TO YOUR PINTEREST MENTAL HEALTH BOARD OR SOMETHING SIMILAR FOR LATER – THANK YOU!

 

overcoming-negative-thoughts

50 Gratitude Journaling Prompts – Simple Guide!

50 Gratitude Journaling Prompts – Simple Guide!

Today I will talking you through 50 gratitude journaling prompts. Journaling is quickly becoming more popular, with hordes of people starting their day by opening the pages of their notebook and writing. Writing has long been recommended by counsellors and psychologists as a way to…