We all know “Life is uncertain” and this is a fact.
For some people, it may appear like a cakewalk on the outer edge, but we don’t know their struggles and hardships.
Stress, tension, depression, etc are the problems being faced by all the people struggling to achieve their targets in lives, be it some college degree or finding a job, or promotion, or maybe as simple as university competition.
Although stress keeps on reminding us of our targets, an uncontrolled amount of stress may lead to diseases like cardiac arrest, mental disorder, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, and many more.
The good news is stress can be controlled. So, don’t worry and get ready for some action. By making small changes to our daily routine and habits we can easily train ourselves to handle stress, keeping tension and depression at par.
How Positive Thinking Helps To Fight Stress
Before proceeding, we must learn the role of positive thinking and happiness in our life. Researchers have found positive thinking has a big impact on the happiness of a person positively impacting mental and physical health.
Positive thinking never means to ignore the circumstances. Instead to approach unpleasant situations with a positive attitude. Once we decide to be on the positive side, we stop seeking excuses and start finding solutions, we accept challenges and stop behaving as losers. These challenges thrill the human mind and secrete good hormones for the human body.
Ways To Implement Positive Thinking In Your Daily Routine
Before we begin the battle, we must understand the reasons why this started. To be more precise understand the reasons and the symptoms of stress, which may vary from person to person. Some people would have observed symptoms like heavy breathing, anger, frustration, panic, etc.
We need to have a two-way approach to combat stress. One for instant action and the second to build resistance over time by practicing daily habits.
The best method for instant relief is, as soon as you discover being attacked by stress, start with deep breathing and distract yourself completely from the situation. You may try the following for distracting-
- Take a coffee/tea/juice break.
- Go out in fresh air for a walk.
- Talk to someone you like (friend, spouse, parents, etc).
- Listen to soothing music.
- Many dance it out (you may consider this awkward, but this works well for me). The list may go on… you can explore what helps best in your case.
Reducing stress is as important as combating it. By following these practices daily, you can turn on your positive thinking and hence reducing the stress.
1. Practice Meditation
Meditation helps in better connection of mind, body and soul. Your physical health is hugely impacted by your mental health.
As a beginner, you may face problems concentrating so I suggest starting with a guided meditation. Joining a yoga club will also be a good idea to boost morale until you get into the habit. A combination of yoga/exercise and meditation works best to cure the negativity.
2. Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude will make you look at the blessings you have in life. Often in the race to achieve bigger things, we neglect the smaller happiness. We never celebrate our small achievements aiming for higher ones.
Start with thanking for things that are making our life beautiful. Make a list and go through it daily for a constant reminder of the beauties you have in life.
3. Practice Forgiveness
Lots of people hurt themselves and others because they cannot forgive what happened in the past. Letting go of the past and forgiving everyone including yourself will help in making your heart calmer and hence more inclined towards positivity.
Practice forgiving one person for what they did wrong to you and eradicate the hard feelings that you have in your mind and heart for them. Accept things as they are. Allow yourself to make mistakes at times.
4. Practice Self-Love
Many people have low self-esteem, because of their body shape, size, complexion, low grades in college, poor background, etc. One must understand whatever we own belongs to us and abides by our happiness. If you, yourself will not love your appearance or your possession, how can you expect anybody else to love you?
Start with pampering yourself, boost your confidence with positive self-beliefs and affirmations. Learn new skills to polish your personality. Be more confident.
5. Make A To-Do-List
Setting a goal is like giving direction to your life. I agree that life is unpredictable but keeping some goals in life will make us motivated through our journey called life.
Begin with making small goals to big ones and focus to achieve them. Your goals may be some trips, buying a dream house, building a dream project, etc. This will make you more creative keeping away from negativity.
6. Make A List Of Affirmations
We can never be positive all the time, so we need to find ways to bring us on track whenever we feel getting off-track.
Making a list of positive affirmations, quotes that gives motivation will help in motivating. Maybe watching some videos from motivational speakers can have the same impact.
These ways will work but the only key to success is consistency. I agree that it is hard to begin but we must push ourselves to move out of our comfort zones. Once displaced you will see amazing things happening to you. You may fail time and again but never refrain from trying again.
About the Writer
Poonam Sharma with her never give up attitude is passionate about solving issues whether personal or professional. She is on a mission to change the lives of millions by her writing.