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Nov
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Positive Thinking Techniques

Half empty, half full or just a cliche?

Positive Thinking Techniques That Work!

It’s easy to let the world around you drag you down, the grind of daily life, relationship problems, financial difficulties etcetera can all get the better of you at times . However there are some really practical, simple and straight forward positive thinking techniques that can give you a boost in times when you need a lift.

No, I am not naïve enough to think that the following techniques will solve the underlying reasons for why you are feeling down but they canmake the world seem a much more positive place. And In my experience as soon as you start to look upon your situation in a more positive light it opens  the door to more positive things, circumstances, people and places to enter in. You just need that intial trigger to help you turn the corner and these simple positive thinking techniques may help you do just that!

Reframing. This is one of my all time favourites. Very simply take a step back from your life and try and view it with some detachment. Is your life really that bad? Are you struggling to find food each day? Is the world going to end if your situation doesn’t improve? Will it stop spinning? No, of course not, the only permanent in life is change. And whilst you may feel down at the moment for whatever reason put things into perspective, if you have the means to be reading this website online then you are already very lucky when you consider the following:

 “Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.”

“At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.”

“Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.”

Source: globalissues.org

I could go on but you get the point I think. Put your life and problems into perspective and you may start to feel a little better about them.

Gratefulness. Following on from the above, how often have you sat and thought, yes, I’m really lucky to have close family and friends, a job to go to, access to developed healthcare, education and so on. There are lots of things in your life to be grateful for, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you what they are. So, be grateful for them, fill yourself full of the feeling of gratitude and thankfulness for all the things that you already have! Once you feel thankful and realize what you already have then it gives you a foothold to propel yourself forward and to have another go at overcoming any challenging situations that you may be facing.

Smile. Yes simply smiling can make you feel happy. Normally people think that we smile as a result of being happy but you can actually do the reverse. Put the smile on your face and then it will make you feel happy. Yup, that’s right scientists have proven that this sort of backwards way of feeling good actually works, for more information try this source.

Sing. I am not going to offer any scientific research or smart quotes to support this positive thinking technique. I just want you to try it. If you are feeling blue, simply recall one of your favourite songs and try and sing it out aloud. Go ahead and give it a try. It is virtually impossible to sing one of your favourite songs and remain in the same state of feeling, it will almost inevitably lift your mood. Sing along to a CD, DVD or whatever but aka sure you give this a try as it is so effective.

Meditate. Within the space of a few short minutes you can transform your thought pattern from one of being confused, mixed up, agitated , stressed and generally down to one of light freedom, clarity of thought, harmony and peacefulness. Yes, this can all be done within the space of a few minutes silent meditation. Simply find a quiet spot take a seat, close your eyes and start drawing deep breaths and try to empty your mind if thoughts. You can do these by simply focusing on one or two key words. I focus on the words ‘calm’ when I breathe in, and ‘relax’ when I breathe out. I focus solely on these words and it tends to block everything else out.

Another method is to try the same thing but if other thoughts enter your mind, acknowledge the thought, label it and then let it go e.g. a though enter my head about a work deadline, I would simply mentally say to myself, that is a thought about a work deadline accept the thought and then let it drift off. There may well be other thoughts that follow this and you can simply do the same with all the thoughts that enter. Eventually the thoughts will reduce in number and your mind will begin to calm and settle allowing you to focus on your breathing and leave a much clearer mind. This is such a powerful tool to use as an ongoing habit that I highly recommend that everyone give it a try at least!

Exercise. This is my personal favourite positive thinking technique and it never fails me, ever! Going to the gym and pumping iron, taking a long walk in the countryside, swimming for half an hour, taking a boxing class. All of these things give you an ideal outlet for your energies. Not only does it stimulate the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters which give you the natural high feeling, there are so many health related benefits that you’d be crazy not to embrace this option (in my opinion). Improved mood, increased confidence, increased social interaction, improves quality of life, is a great coping mechanism, improves self-image and helps you sleep better. However, don’t take my word for it, take the Candian governments word for it instead: Canadian Mental Health Authority.

I could go on with more positive thinking techniques but you don’t need lots, you only need to find one or two that really work for you and pursue them when you see fit. I can honestly say that all of the above have been really helpful for me in working through some of my life’s darker moments. I hope you also get some benefit from these or why not share your own positive thinking techniques below!

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