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How to boost Your Positivity: Practical Strategies for a More Positive Mindset

Updated: Jan 27

The power of positive thinking!

Positive thinking is the practice of focusing on the good things in your life, rather than dwelling on the negative. It's about looking for the silver lining in every cloud and choosing to see the best in every situation. Research has shown that having a positive outlook can have a number of benefits, including:

  • Improved mental health: Positive thinking has been linked to lower rates of depression, anxiety, and stress. When you focus on the good things in your life, it can help you feel more hopeful and resilient when facing challenges.

  • Better physical health: Positive thinking has also been linked to better physical health outcomes. Some studies have found that people who have a positive outlook may be less likely to develop high blood pressure or other stress-related health problems.

  • Increased success and happiness: Positive thinking can also help you achieve your goals and be more satisfied with your life. When you believe that things will work out for the best, you're more likely to persevere through challenges and setbacks.

Overall, the power of positive thinking lies in its ability to help you feel more hopeful, resilient, and motivated, which can in turn lead to improved mental and physical health and increased success and happiness.

One way to be more positive in is to focus on the things that you're grateful for and to try to find something positive in every situation. Another way is to surround yourself with positive people and to avoid negative influences. Additionally, practicing mindfulness and engaging in activities that you enjoy can help to improve your overall mood and outlook. Finally, it's important to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally by getting enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in regular exercise.

How can I focus on the Positives?

One way to focus on the positives is to practice gratitude. This can involve keeping a gratitude journal where you write down things that you're grateful for on a daily basis, or simply taking a few minutes each day to think about the things that you're thankful for. Another way is to surround yourself with positive people and to avoid negative influences. Additionally, trying to find something positive in every situation, no matter how difficult it may seem, can help to shift your focus to the things that are going well in your life. Finally, practicing mindfulness and staying present in the moment can also help you to focus on the positives (more on this later). How can I avoid negative influences?

One way to avoid negative influences is to limit your exposure to them. This can involve setting boundaries with people who bring you down or engage in negative behavior, and limiting the amount of time that you spend with them. Additionally, it can be helpful to avoid consuming negative media, such as news or social media, which can often highlight negative events and perspectives. Instead, try to focus on positive or uplifting content that can help to improve your mood. Finally, it's important to take care of yourself and to prioritize your own well-being. This can involve engaging in activities that you enjoy, practicing self-care, and seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional if needed.

What can I do first thing in the morning to make myself feel positive throughout the day?

There are several things you can try doing first thing in the morning to help yourself feel positive throughout the day:

Practice gratitude: Take a few minutes to think about the things you are grateful for in your life. This could be the people in your life, your health, your home, or any other blessings. Focusing on gratitude can help to shift your perspective and start the day off on a positive note.

Set positive intentions: Consider what you want to accomplish or how you want to feel today, and set an intention or goal for the day. This could be something as simple as "I want to be more patient today" or "I want to feel more organized and productive." Having a positive intention can help to focus your energy and efforts on what matters most to you.

Engage in self-care: Take care of yourself by doing something that nourishes your body and mind. This could be as simple as stretching, going for a walk, or taking a few deep breaths. By prioritizing self-care, you can set the tone for a positive and fulfilling day.

Practice positive affirmations: Repeat a positive affirmation to yourself, such as "I am worthy and deserving of love, happiness, and success." This can help to shift your mindset and focus on the positive aspects of your life. There is more on this further down.

Remember that it's important to be kind to yourself and to allow for flexibility and grace as you navigate your day. It's okay if things don't go perfectly, and it's important to practice self-compassion and forgiveness when needed.

How can I stop procrastinating?

Procrastination can be a challenging habit to break, but there are a few strategies that you can try to help you stop procrastinating and get things done.

Identify the reasons why you're procrastinating. Are you feeling overwhelmed, unsure of where to start, or afraid of failure? Understanding the underlying causes of your procrastination can help you to develop strategies to overcome it.

Set specific, achievable goals for yourself. Break larger tasks down into smaller, more manageable steps, and set deadlines for each step. This can help you to stay on track and make progress towards your goals.

Eliminate distractions. Remove any sources of distraction, such as your phone or social media, while you're working on a task. This can help you to stay focused and avoid getting side-tracked


Get started right away. Sometimes the hardest part of a task is getting started. Once you start, it can be easier to continue and make progress. Reward yourself for making progress.

Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small, and reward yourself for making progress towards your goals. This can help to motivate you and keep you on track.

Remember, overcoming procrastination is a process and it may take some time to break the habit. Be patient with yourself and keep trying new strategies until you find what works best for you.

Create a Positivity Journal

Here are a few ideas:

Write down three things you are grateful for each day. This can help shift your focus to the positive aspects of your life.

Record your positive experiences and accomplishments. This can help boost your self-confidence and sense of accomplishment.

Write down affirmations or positive statements about yourself. Repeating affirmations can help change negative thought patterns and improve your overall outlook on life. More on this further down.

Keep track of acts of kindness you have performed or have been shown to you. This can help cultivate a sense of connection and positivity in your relationships.

Draw or doodle in your journal. This can be a creative outlet that can help reduce stress and bring joy.

Write about a person or experience that brings you joy or inspires you. This can help cultivate feelings of gratitude and appreciation.

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations are statements or phrases that are meant to be repeated to oneself as a way to promote positive thinking and a more positive outlook on life. These affirmations can be about any aspect of one's life, including self-worth, relationships, career, and personal goals.

The idea behind using positive affirmations is that by repeating these statements regularly, a person can train their mind to focus on the positive aspects of their life and to believe in their own abilities and worth. This can help to increase confidence and self-esteem, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a more optimistic and proactive approach to life.

Positive affirmations can be used in conjunction with other self-care practices, such as mindfulness meditation, self hypnosis, exercise, and journaling, to help improve overall mental and emotional well-being.

Here are some examples of Positive Affirmations.

  • "I am worthy and deserving of love, happiness, and success."

  • "I am in control of my thoughts and actions, and I choose to focus on the good in my life."

  • "I am capable and strong, and I believe in myself and my abilities."

  • "I am grateful for all the blessings in my life, and I choose to let go of negative thoughts and emotions."

  • "I am confident and positive, and I embrace change and growth."

  • "I am surrounded by love and support, and I am thankful for the people in my life."

  • "I am deserving of abundance and prosperity, and I am open to receiving all the good things life has to offer."

Remember that it's important to practice positive affirmations consistently, as they can help to rewire your brain to focus on the positive aspects of your life. You can also try writing down your affirmations and reading them out loud to yourself each day, or setting aside a few minutes each day to focus on repeating your affirmations to yourself.

How do I practice Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment and being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judgment. To practice mindfulness, you can try the following:

Find a quiet, comfortable space where you can sit or lie down and relax.

Take a few deep breaths and focus on your breath as it moves in and out of your body.

Notice any sensations, thoughts, or feelings that arise without trying to change them. Simply observe them and let them pass. If your mind wanders, gently redirect your focus back to your breath. Continue to focus on your breath for a few minutes, or for as long as you like.

Practicing mindfulness on a regular basis can help you to reduce stress, improve your focus and concentration, and become more aware of your thoughts and emotions. It can also help you to become more present in your daily life and to be more mindful of the choices that you make.


Finally, Self Hypnosis and or Guided Meditation can be a great tool to help you to be more positive. ​We have a large range of downloadable Self-Hypnosis and Meditation sessions HERE All the sessions on our website are written and recorded by Sharon Shinwell. Sharon is a UK qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been helping people to improve their lives for over 20 years

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