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Week 4 of Mindfulness

This week is about having a positive mindset. It's super important to nurture positive thoughts, and this challenging time is certainly no exception. Positive thinking will help reduce stress and anxiety while improving mental health. Lisa Drennan, IIN (Institute of Integrative Nutrition) Content Writer, explains that a positive mindset is actually a muscle that anyone can strengthen. As with our other muscles, we need to continue to exercise positive mindfulness. Here are three strategies:

  1. Don't "should" on yourself: How many times have you said, "I could've" and "I should've"? I know I've said that more times than I can ever count. This sort of saying can automatically put you in a negative mindset. Instead, focus on what you did do and give yourself credit.

  2. Journal your successes: At the end of the day, focus on things you've accomplished during the day and write three things down in a journal (maybe keep one by your bed). These can be big things, of course, but they don't have to be. It can be: "I drank 8 glasses of water", "I kept my cool even when so and so ticked me off", and "I ate a big salad today."

  3. Focus on gratitude: Think of people important to you and things that are meaningful to you. Think of your body and all the wonderful things it does for you each and every day, even if it's hurting now -- your body is working hard to heal you and keep you going.

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