What does positive mindset mean? A positive mindset is having a positive mental attitude. It’s about seeing the good in every situation and looking forward to favourable results.

Having a positive mindset, you’ll be able to create good thoughts that can help you transform energy into your reality. Possessing it, you’ll achieve happiness and health in your life.

With a positive mindset, you’ll make positive thinking a way of life, a habit, which helps you continually search for the good by getting the most out of every situation in which you are in. It’s an optimistic attitude that can help with mood, mental and physical health.

There are positive benefits to mood and mental health by having a positive mindset and we’ll see how a positive mindset helps improve mood and mental health.

 

Why Does Positive Mindset Help with Mood and Mental Health?

 

You should never underestimate the power of positivity in improving your mood and mental health. With it, you can develop a positive life outlook that you can harness each day.

For example, being kind to yourself and limiting the negative self-talk and self-criticism will lead to self-acceptance and boosted self-confidence. With a positive mindset, you can also become less critical of life in general, eventually leading to reduced stress and uplifted mood.

As a result, you’ll be less likely to suffer from depressive thoughts, anxiety and stress which can cause problems if left unmanaged.  So, with constant practice of having a positive mindset, you can handle and manage your day-to-day emotions and stress in a more positive way.

You will also be more creative and it will be easier to solve any problem. Plus, you’ll have better coping skills, possess clearer thinking and experience reduced depressive symptoms.

 

The Relationship Between Mindset (Negative or Positive) To Mood?

 

You might have noticed how a negative mindset makes you irritable and moody. And even your relationships, productivity and overall being might have been affected by it.

The reason is that mental health and state of mind affects all aspects of your life, including the way you feel about your relationships, your physical health and yourself.

When you have a positive mindset, you feel better about yourself and can make everything in your world (work, life, career) seem easier because you’re searching for the silver lining and finding hope in every situation.

On the other hand, having a negative mindset makes you feel bad and pessimistic because you’re always worried and concerned that things could go wrong.

Then things might not turn out as planned and the worst-case scenario happens and you’re feeling worse than ever before.

If you’re in a gloomy state of mind, it can negatively affect your productivity, creativity and self-esteem.

With a positive mindset, you’ll experience – joy, interest, pride, engagement and contentment. On the contrary, a negative mindset brings fear, sadness, anger, depression and anxiety.

 

How to Change A Negative Mindset to Positive?

 

Identifying negative thinking is the first step to turning it into a positive thought.  There are many forms of negative self-talk that can ruin your mood. One of them is filtering, wherein people tend to magnify the negatives of a situation while filtering out the positive aspects of it.

For example, you did great job at work.  You completed your tasks ahead of time and you handed in that report before the deadline. Instead of hearing the compliments and feeling good about yourself,  you instead think that you could have done better and that the report is the worst thing you have ever done.

To change this negative thinking into a positive one, you need to learn to be kind to yourself and remember that you are human and nobody’s perfect.  You need to accept that when people give you compliments they actually mean it.

Another form of self-sabotage is catastrophizing or anticipating the worst case scenario.  All of those ‘what ifs’ that occur in your mind.  For example, you might think entire day is ruined because you’re late for work.  Instead, think of what is the worst thing that could happen and what is the probability of that actually occurring.  Then come up with a plan of how to deal with it if it actually happens.

You’ll probably find that the worst case scenario probably would never happen.  Then you can stop worrying and stressing about it.  And anyway you’ve thought of a plan if the worst thing happens.

 

 

How Mindfulness Can Help with Mood?

 

Mindfulness helps with mood because it allows us to reconnect with our body and the sensations it produces.  It is possible to be mindful in every activity that you do. Some examples include cooking, walking and mindfulness meditation.

“Mindfulness promotes awareness of your feelings and thoughts, as they unfold.”

Mindfulness allows you to be in the moment, the now, to experience the smell, sound, sights and taste in any given moment. It lets you become aware of the feelings that you are experiencing and thoughts in your mind.

To be mindful, focus your attention on what you can see, hear, smell, touch or taste at any given moment.  You allow thoughts to come and go.  An analogy would be cars on a freeway.  You don’t focus on any car you just see the cars driving by.

When you feel an emotion such as anxiety or a panic attack, sit in that emotion.  Feel where it is in the body.  Feel your breath.  Feel the feet on the ground and yourself sitting in the chair and focus on all of these feelings.  Let your thoughts come and go.  And very shortly the anxiety will subside.

So, if you want to improve your mental wellbeing, practice mindfulness to understand yourself and enjoy your world better.

 

How To Do Mindfulness

 

Mindfulness promotes awareness that helps you notice the early signs of anxiety and stress, allowing you to deal with them better.  Here are some simple tips on how to start with it at home.

 

  1. Practice it during activities, such as brushing your teeth, eating breakfast or taking a shower. Focus on the sound, sight, taste, feel, smell and taste of doing these routine activities.
  2. Practice meditation. There are a number of apps that you can use to practice mindfulness.  One app that I have had success with is Headspace.  It is a paid app but worth the money and can calm you down from a panic attack in a few minutes.
  3. Keep mindfulness short, such as responding to bursts of mindfulness or engaging in being mindful for a few times daily. The reason is that the brain responds better to short bursts than to a lengthy session and you can turn mindfulness into a habit.

 

7 Examples of A Negative Thought and How to Turn It to Positive

 

Negative thought Positive thought
1.      It’s my first time to do this. I’m excited to learn something new.
2.      It looks complicated. I’m sure I can find a way to work it out.
3.      I don’t think I can do it. I will try to figure it out on a different angle.
4.      I don’t think it will work. I will try to make it work to the best that I can.
5.      They don’t seem to be interested in communicating with me. I’ll find a way to start the conversation.
6.      I am so bad at this. I know I can do it. I’ll try again.

 

Final Thoughts

Having a positive mindset opens new opportunities for positive change and you can see how a positive mindset helps improve mood and mental health.  It allows you to stand back and look at things in a positive light instead of dwelling on the negative thoughts or things that could go wrong. With constant practice, positive thinking lets you control your emotions, turn the negative into positive, and create a better outlook on life. Eventually, you’ll live a happier life with reduced stress and more opportunities to be happy!

Kristin is a NLP Practitioner and Health Coach helping people with mood and mental health.  She has bipolar disorder.  In the past she had an attempted suicide and two nervous breakdowns.  But through technques to improve mood and control emotions she hasn’t had any symptoms of mental illness for 10 years.  Now she teaches her method to other people so they can also get over overwhelm.

To work with her click here

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