Staying positive in a negative world can be difficult.
Have you ever looked at the news headlines from around the world?
Here are just few of the headlines around the world at the time this was written.
The headlines range from murder to a cat hoarder and more.
Infusing the news headlines into your mind can bring about a sense of “doom and gloom” and negativity within yourself, if you are not intentional.
First of all, here are ways to ensure you do not allow what is occurring in the world to impact you.
How to stay positive begins with practicing gratitude daily.
By taking the time to journal on what you are grateful each day, you will increase your mental strength and build your mental reflection to the negative things around you.
Inside a Forbes article you can find seven scientific benefits benefits of gratitude.
I’ve personally found when I journal on what I am grateful for, it shifts my mind to a place of happiness and thankfulness. Start by writing down three things which you are grateful for in the evening before you go to sleep and repeat the process when you wake up in the morning.
“What if I run out of things to be grateful for?” you might be thinking. If you are honest with yourself, you will never run out of finding something to be grateful for.
How to stay positive requires a filter on what you take in.
Would you put water in your vehicle’s gas tank?
What you put into your mind, can be like inserting water into your vehicle’s gas tank. Your mind processes whatever you take in.
“The RAS is the part of your brain that serves as a filter between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. The RAS, which is located in the core of your brain stem, takes instructions from your conscious mind, and passes them on to your subconscious mind.”
What is put into the mind gets passed to the RAS and your subsconsious mind feeds on that.
What was the last piece of information your brain took in, prior to you reading this?
While I was taking an online class, the instructor asked each individual to remove themselves from media, news, etc. for the next 30 days.
What a shock to my system! I was dependent on the news.
As I progressed through the 30 day cleanse, I found I became more joyful, which created more energy internally.
Now, I know what you some of you are probably thinking. “Really, come on?”
Remember the RAS?
I found by not filling my mind with the news, it helped shape my day in a better mental framework. If you have never tried a media cleanse, try it for 30 days. If you decide to try it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what benefits came from this.
How to stay positive – add positive things into the mind through books, podcasts and videos.
Fill your mind with positive books, positive self-help information, personal motivational books and more, can help you reflect the negativity around you.
Did you know 26% of American adults say they haven’t read a book in whole or in the past year in print, electronic form or audio form? This is approximately three out of every ten adults.
Are you the 26% group? I trust you are not.
If you were to ask me this question about five years ago, I would have to sadly raise my hand and said, “YES”. The excuse I used then was “I don’t have time!”
Today, I am not in that group and I am infusing something positive into my mind on a daily basis. In my book, Tide Turners I have a list of books I recommend for reading, which will infiltrate positivity into your mind.
If you don’t enjoy reading, utilize audio books. Audio books are the fastest growing format in the publishing industry today.
Audio books go with you wherever you go, with your mobile device.
How to stay positive – utilize prayer.
Prayer is a time to connect with your creator and it’s a time to be honest and pray for what is occurring in your own life and to also offer prayer for others, that you may or may not know.
It’s a time to reflect on graditude and the blessings in your life. If you have never prayed, that’s ok.
Similar to a media 30 day cleanse, try it for 30 days and see what can happen.
24 hours a day, seven days a week, news headlines continue to develop, it never stops. With news being constant, you need to ensure you are intentional about implementing one or all of these strategies.
A Postive Uplifting Podcast
I enjoy podcasts and there are many positive themed podcasts available for you to digest. One of my favorites is The Real Brian Show. Brian has a wonderful format where he delivers a podcast three days a week.
Mondays are short digestable topics. His weekly Wednesday podcast offers a guest and I was blessed to have the opportunity to be a featured guest. You can access the link to the episode. His Friday format is fun with an “anything goes” style.
“The power plant doesn’t have energy, it has to generate energy.” – Brendon Burchard
In conclusion, be the one to generate your positivity, to protect your mind against the negativity, lurking in the news and around you.
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