· By PYM STORE
How To Focus On The Good
What we think becomes who we are. If your mind is constantly drawn to the negative, it can be hard to move back into a positive space. Negativity can consume your mind and taint every aspect of your life. Learning how to focus on the good and acknowledge, but not give power to the bad, is a tool that everyone can use to improve their lives. If you’re ready to make a positive change, PYM has a few tips to help.
Try Saying It Out Loud
It can be during the quiet moments that we can start to spiral downward into negativity. When you’re alone, anxiety takes hold and can tell you all sorts of lies about how life is and what may happen in the future. If you start to feel like this, and the world is getting overwhelming, take a moment to say out loud what makes you grateful. You can even create a mantra that you can turn to when the going gets rough. “I am happy,” “Everything is going well,” and “I’m going to get through this” all make great, easily repeatable phrases that you can use during hard times. Repeat them to yourself in the mirror for an extra boost of confidence.
Besides reminding yourself out loud that things are good, practicing an even more profound sense of gratitude can really help make you feel more optimistic. People do this differently, and you need to find what works best for you. For some people, keeping a daily journal where they write down the things that they may have been grateful for that day can be a good option. In this situation, it also allows you to look back on it in the future and see all of the things that brought happiness into your life.
Other people like to sit around the dinner table with their family and go around it, everyone taking a turn saying something that makes them grateful. Some will do it at bedtime when they’re tucking in their children. Both are great ways to get children in the habit of remembering to be grateful, too. Teach them while they’re young, and they’ll grow up to be happy, grateful adults.
Meditate More Regularly
While meditation won’t lead to a total lack of negative thoughts, what it does do is help you to increase your mindfulness. When you live with a greater focus on being mindful, you live in the present moment. That may sound obvious because don’t we all live in the moment? But if you really stop and think about it, a fairly large part of most people’s day is spend in guilt or trauma surrounding the past or anxiety concerning the future.
Meditation, and mindfulness, help teach you the tools that you need to being able to learn to bring your thoughts back to the here and now. Sitting in quiet solitude, focusing your thoughts on your breath, centers you. You’ll also learn how to acknowledge any conscious thoughts that may pop into your brain and then let them slip by quietly. It is going to be hard at first, but anything worth doing is.
Try meditating for just a few minutes at a time, once or twice a week. Once you feel like you’ve gotten a handle of how it works, you can try to do it for longer amounts of time or more times a week. Don’t expect perfection.
Don’t Forget To Laugh
It’s next to impossible not to be in a good mood when you’re laughing. However, it can also be much harder to laugh when you’re not feeling positive about where your life is at. Knowing what can always get you to cheer up and laugh, whether that is putting on your favorite comedy special or just hanging out with your funniest friends, is a great way to hack your mood. There is a lot of truth to the idea that laughter is the best medicine.
Once you’re able to laugh, it becomes a lot easier to start to see the sunnier side of life. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, like dopamine and serotonin, that can keep you feeling happier for a while after you’re done. PYM Mood Chews can also help you feel better on that chemical level, which is an essential part of getting yourself to a better, more positive place.
Make Time For Yourself
And finally, make sure that you make time for yourself. It can be really easy to fill every day up with clutter, all of those responsibilities and commitments that we so often agree to instead of saying no. Often, we do this because we’re afraid of really being alone with ourselves. When you don’t have time to think, you don’t have time to worry, right?
Unfortunately, that’s just not true. Not only does a packed schedule not stop negative thoughts from coming, but it can also add additional stress to your life. When you’re able to clear your schedule, you can focus more on what makes you happy. It can also help you to build your self esteem and self confidence when you learn how to say “no” to things that you don’t actually want to do. It isn’t selfish to look out for yourself because you can’t help anyone else if you don’t have anything left to give.
Focusing on the good doesn’t mean that the bad goes away. But it does help you to see the positive side of things, even if it feels dark around you. PYM can help you from the inside out while you work on yourself too. It doesn’t always have to be sunshine and roses because rainbows only come with a little rain, but adding even just a little more positivity to your life can make life feel lighter.