How to Shift Your Perspective
Perspective on life is so important. It really does dictate so much of how your life goes and how you interpret how it’s going. When you’re able to shift your perspective, you can make it through even the hardest times. Instead of letting life get the best of you, get the best of life with a few of our favorite perspective-shifting life hacks. PYM would love to be a part of your evolution by helping it feel less stressful so that you can enjoy the ride.
Why Perspective Is So Important
What’s the big deal about perspective, you ask? Well, it really is a central factor in how you feel about nearly everything - yourself, your loved ones, your job, your home, etc. How you look at things and the angle from which you approach them can significantly alter your worldview. You may not think very much about your perspective, but it has far reaching consequences.
How To Shift Your Perspective
Now that you understand a little better why perspective is such an essential thing to living your best life, how can you shift it so that it starts to work for you instead of against you? We have some tips that you can put into action today. Each can help to shift your perspective in small but essential ways.
Appreciate Your Freedom of Choice
It’s really easy to get stuck in thinking that everything bad is happening to you, that the universe is somehow out to get you and wants you to fail. As much as that would take the responsibility off of you, the real truth is that so much of where we find ourself comes down to the choices that we have made. While that may sound like a bad thing, that’s also the part that allows you to reinvent yourself constantly. Every single day is a new opportunity for new choices.
When you really change your ability to see how much power you truly do have in your own life, it also gives you the freedom to really take risks. You can make any decision that you want, as long as you’re ok with what the consequences of those decisions may be.
Pay More Attention To Your Thoughts
We all have a narrative constantly running in the background, for better or for worse. A great way to start to shift your perspective is to start to tune into that more, paying more attention to the general theme of your self talk and commentary.
If you find that your self-talk tends to be more negative, acknowledge that and work to change it. If it’s already positive, congratulations! You’re already well on your way to shifting your perspective and also likely in the minority. Most people, because of trauma, pop culture, and lack of tools, tend to have negative self talk much more than positive. The great news is that this is a fixable issue once you know-how.
Start by trying to be consciously aware of your negative thoughts. Once you’re aware of them, you can also learn to spin them to be more positive. Instead of thinking, “I can’t do this,” try to tell yourself that you are going to try your hardest and that it’s ok if you don’t succeed. It’s going to feel awkward at first, but soon it will become natural.
If you can’t break out of that cycle, change what you’re doing. Try to smile or laugh at the situation, or take a break and take a walk. Sometimes you just need a moment or two to get your attitude in check.
Consider Other Perspectives
To really learn how to shift your perspective, you also have to focus on being consciously aware of other people’s. The ability to take any given situation and look at it from a different angle helps you to learn about it from a well-rounded point of view. It also helps you to be better able to empathize and to judge people less.
This is an especially important way of looking at things if you’re involved in a situation that has engaged you emotionally. Instead of just immediately getting angry and defensive, take a second to try to see why the other person or people involved might also have a right to be upset. You might even find that you’re the one in the wrong, and you can apologize instead of blowing things out of proportion.
Think Of The Bigger Picture
Another great way of changing the way you look at things is by stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture. Small, day-to-day inconveniences have a way of tripping everyone up and setting bad moods into motion in just a blink of an eye. Instead of letting things like that dictate your entire day, take a deep breath and think of how much impact it really has in the long run. Two days from now, will you be thinking about how annoyed you are at that person who cut you off in traffic? Likely not. Use that line of thinking to approach things, and you will probably be much more able to brush off the small stuff.
This is definitely something that takes practice and work. It doesn’t make those things any less irritating, but it does help you to be able to have the levity and space to see them for the minor issues that they likely are. PYM Mood Chews are another great way to give yourself this space, allowing you to approach life with less feelings of stress and feelings of overwhelm.
Shifting your perspective is easier than you may think and can really change your entire life. PYM Mood Chews would love to be a part of your process because there are so many more important things in life than getting hung up on the small stuff. ess, so that you can more easily fight the right headspace that you need to truly be able to love the life that you've been given.