The world we live in is full of chaos and uncertainty, so it’s no surprise that negativity sneaks into our minds from time to time - this doesn't mean your broken, it just means you're human!
However, it’s so important to remember that anxiety and overwhelm will have us believe that a situation is 100% negative, which is not true.
Our job is to seek out and redirect our focus to even the smallest silver linings no matter how crazy or messed up a situation may seem.
Mindset truly is everything.
But, how are you supposed to keep a positive outlook when it’s unclear what the future holds and negativity is all around you?
Here are 5 ways to keep your head up and your mind right in times of chaos.
Feed Your Mind
One of the best things you can do to maintain a positive outlook is to feed your mind positive, inspirational content on a daily basis.
This can be in the form of books, podcasts, Ted X talks, YouTube Videos, blog posts etc. The list is endless.
Search for content that inspires you to laugh, smile and see all the good this world has to offer. By making this a daily habit, you ensure that you keep a positive attitude even in the midst of chaos.
Watch Who You Hang Around
When life gets tough, as it sometimes does, it’s so important that you surround yourself with people that will support you rather than bring you down. Be super intentional about the people you allow into that circle.
Distance yourself as much as possible from those who tend to bring drama and negativity in your life. Set strict boundaries and be firm, even with family and friends.
It will be so much easier to keep a calm mind, when you surround yourself with people who have your back and don’t add to the problem.
Focusing on all the good things in your life is a great way to stay positive, even when the world seems to be falling apart.
Start a gratitude journal and write down 3 (or more) things each day that you are thankful for. Go back and re-read them whenever you get a chance.
It really helps to put things in perspective and reminds you that no matter how difficult life may get, you still have so much to be grateful for.
It’s nearly impossible to have a bad attitude, when you are being of service to someone else.
Simply knowing that you are making an impact on someone else’s life is enough to give you a sense of peace you won’t find anywhere else – and there are so many ways to do this.
Volunteer at local food bank, give to a charity of your choice, pay for someone’s meal in the drive thru or simply mow your elderly neighbors grass.
Giving your time and energy to something bigger than yourself will help you maintain a positive attitude and put a smile on someone else’s face.
That’s a win-win.
Take Your Thoughts Captive
Here's the truth... what we say to ourselves matters.
Our words and our thoughts have the power to change our actions and change our lives.
They can help us achieve our goals, and they also have the power to stop us before we start.
It seems crazy, I know!
The best part about this is that we have the power to choose whether we allow what we say to ourselves to help us or hurt us.
Questions to Consider: Is there anyone who brings more chaos than you'd like into your world?
Action Step: Brainstorm ways you can begin to gracefully and graciously stop spending as much time with them and allowing them into your space on a regular basis.
Questions to Consider: What am I grateful for, right now?
Action Step: Take out your Creating Calm Journal and jot down 3-5 things you're grateful.
Grab your Creating Calm Journal by clicking the image below!