Top 10 Tips for... Keeping a Positive Mental Attitude
Use positive words – choosing positive ‘can do’ vocabulary such as ‘that’s OK we’ll find a way forward’ has an impact on your mood and the mood of those around you.
Know when you need to change – When you know things aren’t going how they should and it’s making you unhappy, do something to change it for the better.
Plan your week and your day – Knowing what you want to achieve helps you to focus on priorities, match your longer-term goals to weekly accomplishments and complete the daily tasks you need to do to achieve your weekly goals.
Accept that things don’t always go to plan – Have a plan but don’t get stressed when you have to change it. The important thing is then adjusting your plan to get you back on track.
Strive for Optimism. – Remember that a positive mental attitude is something you work towards rather than being something you have or haven’t got.
Take a look at those around you – are you mixing with others who have a negative attitude? If so, it could affect your own attitude. Mix with positive people.
Don’t compare yourself with others – we automatically look at the great qualities others have and that makes us feel bad about ourselves. Don’t forget all the good things about you.
Make a good start to the day – Open the day with a smile and lots of energy. Every day brings something new to do and learn. Make the most of it.
Don’t sweat the small stuff – when something goes wrong, ask yourself if it really matters. The chances are it doesn’t so put things into perspective and you will find a way around it.
Respond not React – When we respond to a problem, we think it through, find a logical solution and then take action. When we react we lose the logical thinking part and often escalate the situation. The former makes us enthusiastic and positive; the latter makes us negative and frustrated.