How to: Practice Mindfulness and Stay Positive in a Negative World

Hi loves,

We all know there has been some tragic events going on in our world right now and I’ve personally found my day-to-day mindset affected by these tragedies. Even though things seem grim, it is important that we try to stay positive and LOVE!

I admit I am not perfect with this, I have my days. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction which basically means that if you think positively, you will experience positive things in your life. If you are negative and think the worst of things, that’s what will happen. As MODSUN says, “Your mentality is your reality.”

MODSUN, a rapper/musician, released his own book called, “Did I Ever Wake up?” It completely changed my perspective on life, happiness and positivity. He talks in the book about his own personal life experiences but he gives his opinions on positivity and how everything stems from YOU and YOUR thoughts. The audiobook is available on his album called, “Look Up,” which is awesome because he narrates the book himself and its cheaper than buying the actual book for $25. I listen to mine on Spotify! If you find yourself in a negative mindset and losing your grip on life, this book is amazing. I often re-listen to it when I feel myself drifting and it always helps me realize that positivity is key.

Recently, I’ve discovered affirmations and how much of an effect they can have on your mind. Affirmations are words or sentences that help practice happiness and positivity. You repeat these affirmations to yourself and if you keep doing it, you actually start believing it (sounds crazy I know!) For example, if you repeat to yourself every morning, “I am going to make today one of the best days of my life,” you will almost trick your brain into believing it. At first, I felt crazy repeating sentences like that out loud, but it actually helps! I love creating new affirmations for different reasons and times, like for in the morning, at night, when I’m feeling sad or unmotivated. I really recommend finding some affirmations you like online, or making up your own, and repeat at least one, a couple of times a day and I promise it’ll completely change your mindset on life!

One thing that has probably helped me the most is writing my thoughts down in a journal. If I ever feel scatter-brained or can’t focus because I’m going through something difficult, I write down whatever is on my mind and it gets it out of my head and onto the paper. After, I feel relieved and ready to move on so I can continue with my day. I often do this at night so I can forget about what happened that day and I can sleep peacefully.

One thing that I’ve struggled to make a habit, but think helps with my overall state of mind is meditation. I first decided to start meditating when I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a post about the positive effects of meditation. I tried it that same night, just by steadying my breathing and I was pretty unsuccessful (not that I knew that at the time.) I kept meditating every night with the help of this app called Headspace and through listening to guided meditations on YouTube. Even though I have the hang of it, I still use YouTube for guided mediations because I find them the most effective. If you need a new way of relaxing after a long day or want to be more mindful, I definitely recommend meditation!

I hope some of these tips help you guys stay positive and practice mindfulness!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

– Nicole

 

 

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