Are you ready to begin to improve your outlook on life? It’s easy to get caught up in life’s disappointments and daily stresses, especially around the holiday season. Studies show that during the holidays- people start to show more signs of depression and increased anxiety caused by loneliness, family and financial pressure, and lack of fulfillment.
But try not to worry too much this upcoming season and don’t allow yourself to be consumed by all the negativity that can surround the holidays. A positive life can be achieved with a little bit of work and a change of attitude.Here are five important steps to take to start living a positive life and conquer this holiday season with some good old holiday spirit.
Live in the Present
Sometimes we find ourselves thinking too much about the past and worrying about the future. This can lead us down a dangerous path of anxiety and depression. Living in the present allows us to take a step back from situations we can’t control and accept what is.
When we begin to live more in the present and focus on the here and now, we can begin to feel more positive and appreciate what we have now.
Practice Yoga and Meditation
We spend our days thinking too much about money, tasks, responsibilities, and worries. How can we begin to clear the clutter in our minds and take some time for ourselves? Yoga and meditation are great ways to relax your mind and pull you into the present moment.
They have been known to help with anxiety, stress, and depression. Perhaps a good yoga class can help to ease the holiday stress and put you in a positive mood. Some additional benefits of yoga and meditation include:
Yoga increases energy levels, to feel better throughout the day.
Yoga improves productivity, so you can accomplish more.
Yoga improves sleep patterns, for a good nights rest.
Yoga reduces chronic pain and improves digestion.
Meditation can help with decision making .
Meditation reduces stress and improves your mood.
Practicing gratitude daily can have a positive impact on our lives. It can increase optimism and give us gentle reminders of what we have, not what we lack. Many people choose to journal simple gratitudes so they can go back and reflect on what they wrote. Others choose to set daily reminders- especially in times of stress or discomfort.
Practicing gratitude is linked to increased happiness and feelings of satisfaction, so why not give it a try? Start by jotting down a few things in life that you are grateful for, and practice this exercise daily to see how many things you can come up with.You may be surprised by how many good things you can find.
Set Daily Intentions
Setting daily intentions tends to have a bigger impact on a person than one might think. It sets the stage for the day and serves as gentle reminders of the things we want to accomplish.
For example, say you decide to set a daily intention of exercising for 20 minutes before lunch. Then say to yourself “I want to exercise for 20 minutes today because it will make me feel good, and improve my overall health”. As you place a reason behind the intention, you are more likely to follow through and feel proud when it is accomplished.
Did you know that there is a direct correlation between eating well and a positive lifestyle? When we consume too much junk food our bodies and minds tend to feel more tired, unfocused, groggy, and imbalanced.
Maintaining a healthy diet and consuming healthy foods that are rich in vitamins, fiber, and protein gives us a natural energy boost that has a positive mental and physical effect. Therefore, eating well promotes a positive lifestyle and makes us feel good about ourselves day after day.
Find moments for relax your mind and body
Live a unique experience of total relaxation for the body and the mind through the pleasures of water in a magical atmosphere and finish by relaxing completely with a 60 minute massage.A positive life isn’t the easiest to achieve, we still have to deal with the everyday frustrations and negativity that life throws at us. By taking a few simple and actionable steps, you can achieve a positive life and work towards improving it daily. What steps do you plan to take to add a bit more positivity to your life?