Positive thinking is a school of thought. And it is based on overcoming negative thoughts in order to create new, more optimistic and healthy ones.
The aim is to achieve psychophysical well-being.
This type of thinking was born and developed as a specific technique of personal improvement of the quality of life by intervening on one’s thoughts.
We have collected the 20 best exercises to achieve a state of well-being.
REPROGRAMMING AND THE “POSITIVE LIST”
1) The main technique is affirmations. These are the phrases that summarize any characteristic the person would like to possess.
Or the events he wishes to experience. These phrases can be said aloud, thought or even sung.
The continual repetition of these statements leads the mind to undergo a slow and gradual “reprogramming”.
2) Make a simple list of 10 things that are good in your life, even the simplest and most banal.
For example, spending time with friends, family, reading, and so on. This type of exercise helps to avoid dwelling on difficult moments in life.
But it reminds us of everything positive and to see that, despite everything seeming to go wrong, in reality it is not.
POSITIVE THINKING: MEDITATION AND THE LIST OF QUALITIES
3) Meditation can also be an effective method to clear the mind from the “weight” of responsibilities. And to be pervaded by a new and reinvigorated hope for today and tomorrow.
4) Another list, always of 10 points, this time of the qualities that each of us possesses. Any, physical or temperamental.
Usually we tend to always be too critical of ourselves, and most of the time we forget the qualities that distinguish us. This is a good way to remember.
THE 5 MINUTES OF THE MORNING AND THE “GRATITUDE” DIARY
5) In the morning, as soon as you wake up, before starting with the tram-tram of everyday life, you have to reserve five minutes.
You get comfortable, you close your eyes.
And then you see the day that is about to begin to flow in a serene and stimulating way.
Thus you avoid any negative thoughts and start the day with a different charge from the usual daily numbness.
6) Keep a “gratitude” journal. It’s not a “Dear Diary…” type of writing, but a real “reminder” of anything to be grateful for in our life.
THANKS AND LISTENING TO EMOTIONS DEVELOP POSITIVE THINKING
7) Exercise related to number 6. Give thanks. Be grateful for what’s good in your life. Family, friends and so on. And don’t feel embarrassed to thank whoever you want.
8) During the day, whenever you feel the need, listen to your emotions.
Joy, anger, love, whatever, and see what comes out. This is a good way to tell when negative thoughts are sticking to you.
Even if you don’t even notice it, so you can change course.
EXPRESS ANGRY AND EXERCISE
9) Another good exercise can be learning how to express anger. Keeping everything inside, you know, is not good.
There is a risk of exploding at any moment. Learn to express what is bothering you calmly and without yelling.
10) Exercise. It sounds strange, but it is proven that playing sports or physical activity reduces accumulated stress.
And it makes us feel “lighter”, as well as increasing self-esteem and optimism.
INCREASE POSITIVITY AND RETURN CONTACT WITH NATURE
11) Learn to attract and find events, people, anything that increases positivity in your life. And try to put distance between you and the negativity.
12) Being in the middle of nature. Once in a while, try to carve out a little space of time to be outdoors.
Being in contact with nature helps to relax and get rid of stress.
It is also an excellent exercise to learn to be with yourself and reconnect with yourself and the nature that surrounds you.
VOLUNTEERING, LOOKING FOR MEMORIES AND SOME POSITIVE THOUGHTS OF THE PAST
13) Helping others. Volunteering fills the heart and makes it clear that you can’t just think about yourself.
14) When you feel tired or sad, find a memory in the back of your mind that makes you feel good.
Once found, hold it tight. And try to remember all the sensations and emotions you experienced at that moment.
Well, now you face your days with those same emotions.
AVOID DISORDER AND BREATHE WELL
15) Avoid clutter; both mental and physical. Living in a cluttered environment tends to generate stress.
Better to live in a pleasant space, where the keys are not perpetually unavailable, and welcoming.
16) Breathe well. It may sound silly, but breathing is almost viscerally connected to our moods.
When we are in a state of anxiety, we sometimes feel short of breath.
And when we are angry we tend to breathe quickly. Learning to control your breathing is an effective technique.
It is useful to control all those “toxic” emotions that pervade us in some moments. And you chase them away as you can chase away a fly.
LOOK TO THE FUTURE AND SLEEP ENOUGH
17) Thinking about the future. Look at what is to come not as a fatal event but in a positive way, with the hope that your dreams can come true.
This will give you the courage to face any kind of day to come.
18) It is scientifically proven that getting enough sleep is good for the body and mind, as sleep is a powerful regenerative means for the brain.
TALKING AND THINKING POSITIVE, AVOID COMPARISONS WITH OTHERS
19) Talk positively. From the beginning, often every sentence we say begins with “not”. I cannot do this, nor that other; and so on.
Try to eliminate that “not” from your sentences! You will see that a small but significant change will take place in your way of thinking.
20) Following the line of the above exercise, avoid making comparisons with others, whether they are colleagues, schoolmates or friends.
Avoid feelings like envy and focus on what happens to you. It is not true that “the neighbor’s grass is always greener”.
Take care of your garden instead of thinking about others.
These great little exercises can change your life and help you accept yourself and love yourself. They help us not to give up in the face of life’s problems.