You’ve probably heard the quote, “It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react to it that matters.” When times get tough, it’s easy to forget how far a positive attitude can go. That’s why you have to prepare yourself ahead of time. You have to “fill your glass” with positive thoughts and daily habits that can help you push through when you can’t see the other side.
The Power of Positive Thinking
Creating a positive mental space is particularly important for a healthy lifestyle. No matter how hard you exercise or how well you eat, stress and regular negative thinking can be very harmful to your body. When you think about your health, remember that everything is connected. So, if you’re struggling with negative thoughts, self doubt and stress, what can you do to overcome?
Just like the picture says, you can start by letting go of the thoughts that do not serve you and drawing near to the ones that do. How can you accomplish this?
Get a piece of paper and write down affirmations to say out loud each morning and night. You can say things like, “I will not let negative people affect me.” “I am responsible for my own feelings.” Or, you may just want to find some positive quotes that resonate with you and say those. If you say them enough, you will begin to believe them, and those positive beliefs will go a long way in times of need.
There is scientific evidence that suggests meditation can help balance emotions, relieve anxiety, and increase awareness and focus. Studies have shown that meditation can positively impact physical health as well. Scientists have seen measured biological changes when studying people during meditation. More importantly, neuroimaging has shown that the positive effects on the brain persist after meditation has ended.
How to Begin a Meditation Practice
1. Choose a convenient time and quiet place so that you can continue to practice regularly. Making a “meditation spot” will help you settle into your practice each time.
2. Sit comfortably. Some people enjoy sitting on a pillow so their knees are below their hips. This allows your hips to remain more open.
3. Practice on a relatively empty stomach. If you need to eat before meditation, I recommend a light snack like fruit or nuts. A heavy meal requires more effort to digest and you want to reserve that energy for your practice.
4. Begin by deep breathing. Find a pattern of breath that is calming and works for you. It may take a second. Stick with it.
5. Open your eyes slowly at the end of your meditation. Take time to allow yourself to come back to where you began, with a new set of eyes and intentions.
Here are a few resources for guided meditations to get you started:
Do you practice meditation now? If so, how has it helped you improve your health and overall outlook?