Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by the information that floods the news media? These and other stressors can affect you, and it’s easy to see how negativity can quickly rule the day.
Positive thought affirmations are powerful. Use these tools to help you with your own mental well-being and outlook on the world. Incorporate one, two or all five of these suggestions:
- Change Your Words. Add a barrel full of positive words to your vocabulary. Notice the kinds of things you tend to say on a daily basis and ditch the overtly negative thoughts. Fill the word-void with positive words that encourage motivation and optimism.
- Smile. It is a seemingly small thing to do but can make a big difference. As you are sitting at your kitchen table or home office desk, practice smiling for a whole minute. Practice walking around with a slight smile on your face and watch how it impacts others. A smile has a ripple effect.
- Get Some Sun. Humans need vitamin D to help combat depression. Soaking up the sun is a great natural source of this vitamin. Being outdoors helps lift our spirits and raises our energy levels. Be sure to use sunscreen and be mindful if you have any medical risks from sun exposure.
- Serve Someone Else. Our own lives can be, at times, all-consuming. When we do something good for someone else, it’s incredibly uplifting for you and for them. You can give to the Lobo Food Pantry or volunteer your time if you are not financially able to give.
- Be a Kid. When was the last time you skipped, jumped rope, or played ball? Have you ever watched a child skip on the playground and thought about how whimsical and happy they are? Fun activities are a reminder of your childhood, and they are a nice energy boost.
Takeaway: You can take the reins and the power of how you think, which affects how you feel, improves your well-being, and changes the life you are experiencing. When we arrive outside of ourselves, we are able to gain some perspective on our own lives and see the brighter side of why we are here. Random acts of kindness can propel us to positivity.
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